Happy New Year everyone! I think it goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway. 2022 has to be better than the last two years! Who would have ever thought this Covid thing would have carried on this long, Things are looking up and I hope we can soon start putting this in the memory books.

Talk about a cold snap. I can’t remember the last time I saw it dip down into the teens here and then it had to snow. Almost a white Christmas. I’m not a huge fan of snow. I think that if you like it, go to it, but please don’t bring it to me. I will admit that it is pretty. It’s gone for now, what a relief. So much easier to get to work and to function in general. I know the guys at the store will be relieved that they don’t have to shovel snow and spread salt around the parking lot and sidewalks. I’m happy for the kids, I know that when I was a kid and it snowed, I was out in it every day, all day. Nowadays, I just can’t seem to tap the kid in me when it comes to snow.

As most of you know, I’ve announced my “Winery Of The Year” for 2021. Washington Winery, Terra Blanca has garnered that honor. Terra Blanca Winery is located on Red Mountain and I have long been a fan of their wines. I will be posting my first episode featuring their wines on my YouTube channel today. I review three of their entry-level wines called the Arch Terrace Series. I am deeply impressed with all of them, especially for the price. Check it out if you get a chance. I really enjoy talking about and promoting my choice of “Winery Of The Year”, which I will be doing over the months to come. This spring, I hope to make the trip over to the winery and interview Keith Pilgrim for my YouTube channel. I encourage you to go there and visit. They have a beautiful winery, one of the nicest I’ve seen, with an expansive tasting area, beautiful views and they have a great restaurant.

My wife Susie and I are really looking forward to traveling again. It’s been tough for both of us. So many places in the world to visit. It’s actually been three years since I’ve traveled abroad. We were planning a trip to the Rhone Valley when the pandemic stopped everything in its tracks. As a wine writer, traveling enhances my content. Susie and I still reminisce about our trips to South Africa, Italy and Reims in France. All those trips gave me so much to write about. One of my fondest memories is getting a call while we were in Santa Margherita Ligure, informing me that Marilisa Allegrini would be willing to do an interview with me. She is pretty much a rock star in northern Italy. Marilisa and her brother own Allegrini, one of the most respected wineries in the area. They make a stunning Amarone as well as other outstanding wines. As you can imagine, I was very nervous. Marilisa was a gracious hostess and she made the interview easy. That is a moment in life I will always cherish.


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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