’08 Otis Kenyon Merlot

After finding a bargain '08 Syrah from this producer that was a definite miss I wanted to give them another shot because, frankly, Walla Walla produces great Merlot. Thankfully this was a good buy. Flint and herbaceous notes dominate but on the palate they settle into the background with blackberry and cocoa taking the lead.... Continue Reading →


’14 Spier “21 Gables” Chenin Blanc

I am a Chenin fiend lately. So this might be biased. Sue me. This is the Chenin for California Chardonnay lovers who want to, um, become worldly. Full bodied, with toffee and pineapple aromas, this has some serious oak on it, but it is integrated well enough to not be overbearing. On the palate, lemon-lime... Continue Reading →

Back At It

My first (adult) trip to the Okanagan, BC was in 2008. I didn’t know anything about wine, but I knew that place was usually hot, usually sunny, and usually a great vacation spot – all important things eh? Peculiar how these things go… 10 years on, addicted to the magic the vine can produce. Peculiar,... Continue Reading →

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