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Talk Nerdy To Me

Posted on by Chip McLaughlin in Theme Wines | Leave a comment

Being a founding member of a Seattle based wine group titled “Cork Dorks,” it should come as no surprise that I have fallen in love with a brand that talks nerdy to me. Wines of Substance is a Washington winery stationed in the south sector of Walla Walla.  With branding based off of the periodic table and packaging that is geek sheik, this is surely a brand that all nerds, geeks and dweebs can get behind. Beyond the alluring packaging …

Inclined to Syncline: Rhone Varietals From Washington

Posted on by Chip McLaughlin in Great Wines Under $20 | Leave a comment

Being a resident of Washington state, I have the opportunity to try some of the best wines that the state has to offer. One winery that I am super excited about right now is Syncline Winery. Syncline, (a trough of stratified rock in which the beds dip toward each other from either side) embodies it’s name. Located in Lyle, Washington, (Columbia Gorge AVA), Winemaker James Mantone was inspired by what other Washington winemakers had done with traditional Rhone and Burgundian …