The Orcas Island Film Festival is an ongoing experiment in cross-pollinating various artistic mediums with film as the synergetic force.
Washington wine is coming of age in a big way, with a tally of more than 750 wineries, top scorers in the national media, and exciting educational winemaking programs in Seattle and Walla Walla that are bringing young talent to the dynamic and ever-evolving vineyards and wineries in our state.
Thank you to Wine Spectator‘s Dana Nigro for her fabulous review of my book, The Green Vine in her blog, Mixed Case. How exciting! It will be in the December print issue of Wine Spectator, but you can read it now here:
Nigro calls The Green Vine “…a nice stocking stuffer of a book for eco-minded foodies who want to learn more about wine or for wine lovers who’ve decided it’s time to know more about sustainable, organic and biodynamic winegrowing.”
If you have a moment to write a short product review of The Green Vine on Amazon, that would be so great – thanks so much for your support!
I'm very excited to announce the release of my book The Green Vine: A Guide to West Coast Organic, Biodynamic and Sustainable Wines, from Mountaineers Books Skipstone Press.
This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the designation of the first American Viticultural Area in Washington State.
Here is an article about Kay Simon & Clay Mackey of Chinook Winery, also celebrating a 30th birthday!
... strange to be at the Tulalip Casino, aware of the native people that were and are still here, taste wines from France, Italy, Cali, Washington and Oregon, see the very dapper Chef Marcus Samuelsson (an Ethiopian born, Swedish-adopted New Yorker) demo his coconut-milk/buttermilk fried chicken, served in his Soul Food restaurant Red Rooster in Harlem (named after a neighborhood in Amsterdam). Whew!
The photo they used is a picture of me at Taylor Shellfish Farm's Pacific Coast Oyster Wine judging a couple years ago, looking pensive - I think I remember thinking - Damn, I love oysters, but dang, Jon Rowley, 25 kumomotos is a lot! We had to taste each wine WITH an oyster! At least they were small. What am I complaining about - it was awesome!