Okay, I’ve failed again at getting my article out about the demise of Merlot. I promise with all my heart that it will appear soon on this blog. However, I have once again introduced on my YouTube channel, another varietal that has taken a hit in the popularity department. The varietal is Syrah. I hope you get a chance to watch the blind tasting of Syrah, where I discuss the reason for the decline of interest in this varietal. Interest in certain wines is cyclical for sure, but it amazes me how some varietals stand the test of time, whereas others suffer the test of time. Wine drinkers can certainly be fickle.

My wife Susie and I are starting to get serious about our trip to Portugal in the fall. Susie is fervently reading up on the best places to stay and sharing with me what she is learning. I wish I had her tenacity to study up on where we plan on going. I cherish her for that. My job is to get the dates for our travel and connect with wineries that will accommodate a visit from us. I love the wines from Portugal and the country itself. It will be a great trip.

I will mention this once again, only because it is important to me. I am only 67 subscribers away from one thousand on my YouTube channel. What does that mean? When I hit one thousand, they start paying me for the advertising they are already doing on my most popular episodes. It won’t be much, but it will be something. If you can find it in your heart to subscribe to my channel, I would greatly appreciate it. I have some very interesting subjects planned for my channel. I will soon be reviewing wines made from the Tannat grape varietal. Many folks are not very familiar with this wine, so I’m excited to delve into this subject. I also plan on reviewing wines made from the Sagrantino grape which is found in Umbria, Italy, primarily from the village of Montefalco. Lots of good stuff to look forward to. Check out my channel, I think you will find it entertaining and informative.

March is the original “Washington Wine Month.” For some reason, they (whoever they are) decided to add August as another “Washington Wine Month.” Why do we need two? Anyway, in March they hold a big event at Lumen Field called “The Taste Of Washington,” where a ton of wineries sample their wines. A lot of people attend this event which goes on for about four days. On Saturday and Sunday, they have the Grand Tasting. It’s been a long time since I’ve been to one of these, so this year, I will be there on Saturday to sample wines and meet some new people and old friends. I really should attend this every year, I’m not sure why I’ve missed so many. I will definitely have a report for all of you when I get back from the event.


Stan The Wine Man

About Stan The Wine Man

I am a blue collar wine guy who has been in the biz for over twenty years. I work at a store in a tourist destination stop. I work hard at finding the best wine for the money. I love the challenge of learning my customer's palate so I can find the best wine for them, whether it is Petrus or white zinfandel. Cheers!
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