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Farewell: Enological Society of the Pacific Northwest

by Shona Milne on October 8, 2012

A bit of a sad event coming up November 8th at Chateau Ste. Michelle is the final dinner for the Enological Society of the Pacific Northwest, also know as the Seattle Wine Society. There will be a gourmet dinner and a number of guest speakers from the wine world to bid a fond farewell. You […]


Ancient Winery: 6000 Years Old in Armenia

by Shona Milne on January 12, 2011

From a story on KIRO7 is how a winery has been found in a cave in the mountains of Armenia. It has been dated to be about 6000 years old. There has been older evidence of wine drinking but not wine production. Wonder what challenges they faced back then making wine? Tweet This Post


Repeal Day: December 5th

by Shona Milne on December 5, 2010

Probition in the US lasted about fourteen years from 1919 to 1933. Utah, ironically, was the final state to vote for ratification of  the 21st Ammendment to repeal Probition. The 21st Amendment went into effect on December 5th, 1933. I suggest everyone lift a glass in celebration. The 21st Amendment Ratified December 5, 1933 Section 1. The […]


Bartholomew Winery: Wine Tasting in Seattle

by Shona Milne on June 6, 2010

I crossed water to go to Bartholomew Winery Grand Opening on Saturday afternoon. They are located in the Old Rainier Brewery building at 3100 Airport Way South, Suite 10, Seattle, 98134. I have known Bart a few years. He was just beginning to make wine so I was so happy to attend his grand opening event. […]


Drink Local Wine: But I Was in Virginia!

by Shona Milne on May 28, 2010

I had the opportunity to spend five days in Virginia last month. Part of it was for the Drink Local Wine 2010 Conference and part was to talk to about 25 Virginia wineries about customer service & etiquette in social media. I roamed the rolling hills of Virginia in search of wineries and stopped in at […]

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Free the Grapes: HR5034 Hurts Wineries

by Shona Milne on April 21, 2010

It seems that wholesalers and states are arguing that the current three tier system of alcohol is under attack. If this system is strengthened it could result in making it more difficult for wineries to ship directly to consumers. Apparently, wholesalers and state regulators argue that the three-tier system is under attack and that we […]


Chateau Ste. Michelle: Front Page News

by Shona Milne on January 11, 2010

There is a great article about Chateau Ste. Michelle on the front page of  today’s Seattle Times. There is also a video of Ted Basler, CEO, about winning twin honors; “Wine of the Year” from Wine Spectator and Ted Basler was “Man of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast. You can also check out the photo gallery […]


End of Prohibition: Repeal Day

by Shona Milne on December 8, 2009

In the frenzy of St. Nick’s I forgot about Repeal Day on December 5th. The 21st Amendment was ratified on December 5th, 1933 which restored our right to a drink.. Ironically, Utah was the final state needed for a three quarters majority. You can find out more history at Repeal Day. Tweet This Post


Winery Mystery: Belle Isle Wine Mystery Solved

by Shona Milne on August 26, 2009

With the guidance of Steve Snyder of Hollywood Hill Vineyards the wine bottle mystery is solved. Steve told me to get The Wine Project book to help find out the origins of a wine bottle that had been found under the Whistling Post Tavern in Skykomish. What I have found out from the book is that Stretch Island […]


Stretch Island Winery: Need History Detectives

by Shona Milne on July 24, 2009

I came across an interesting posting on Craig’s List a few weeks ago. It was a request for help to find out about a wine mystery and not much information has been found yet. The wine bottle in question is a half gallon “Belle Isle”,  Produced and Bottled by Stretch Island Winery, Inc. Grapeview, Washington. This bottle was found under […]