I am very happy to have been able to go to Taste Washington this past Saturday in Seattle. It’s an event that anyone who is deeply involved in the wine industry should go to. Of course, even if you’re not, it is an opportunity to taste a whole bunch of wines from over seven hundred wineries that had booths there. Along with the wineries, were booths where local restaurants and food establishments from throughout the state were sampling their products. I have to say that the food they were sampling was excellent.

I stopped by and visited with many of my friends from the wineries. It was nice to visit with Rob Griffin’s daughter Meagan, who is starting to take over the duties of winemaking at Barnard Griffin. I met Mary from Damsel Winery, one of my favorites and we set up a time for her to come to the island and present her wines to our wine group. I was very surprised to see Kyle MacLachlan standing at the booth representing his winery Pursued By Bear. He’s a fairly well-known actor. I told him I was surprised to see him there and he simply said he wouldn’t miss the opportunity. Super nice guy. I ran into Trey Busch from Sleight Of Hand Cellars and many others. It was good to see Craig Katz whom I have not been able to talk to in a while. He worked for Chateau Ste Michelle for a long time and that’s where I got to know him. He left them and went to work for an importer. It was nice to catch up a bit. Lots of handshaking and introductions that will be beneficial in the future.

Spring is just around the corner and it’s so good to feel the warmth of the sun once again. Of course, this means yard work is going to intensify. It’s always tough time of the yea for me, because it starts making it harder to get my YouTube episodes shot and published. I love a well-kept yard so I have to prioritize my time. Speaking of YouTube episodes, I have a doozy coming up with Ashley Trout. Ashley is the owner and winemaker at Brook & Bull Winery, located in Walla Walla Washington. She is one of the top women winemakers in Washington if not the west coast and I had the pleasure of being able to interview her for my channel. I’m working on the editing now and should have it aired soon. We had a lot to talk about but there is some trimming that is necessary. Speaking of my YouTube channel, I now have nine-hundred and fifty-four subscribers. That’s only forty-six away from one thousand. I’m getting close to what I consider a milestone. If you haven’t subscribed yet, consider doing so. I believe the content is both educational and entertaining. I’ve just aired my latest episode featuring Merlot from Washington State. Check it out. This is my fourth episode of the month focusing on Washington wines. I hope to do a blind challenge like WA vs. CA or WA vs. Old World wines. If I can just keep a balance between a nice yard and my YouTubing, I will be a happy man.


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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