Wine Spectator Reviews The Green Vine!

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!


Better with Age: Chinook Wines and Yakima Valley AVA Turn 30

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the designation of the first American Viticultural Area in Washington State.

Here is an article I wrote for Seattle magazine about Kay Simon & Clay Mackey of Chinook Wines, also celebrating a 30th birthday!

When Kay Simon and Clay Mackey first put down roots in Prosser in 1983, there were only about 40 wineries in the state, and the Yakima Valley had just been established as the state’s first American Viticultural Area (AVA). The inspirational couple behind Chinook Wines, Simon and Mackey went on to carve a niche for themselves by making approachable, affordable wines even as they helped shape the burgeoning industry around them. This year, as more than 750 wineries churn out award-winning vintages, Chinook and the Yakima Valley AVA celebrate their 30th anniversary.

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Skillbillies: The Answer to How is Yes

There’s a new brand of American Do-it-Yourselfer on the scene.

Perhaps driven by the  escalating excesses of the last 50 years, spurred on by fears of global climate change and the environmental damage done, these  granddaughters and grandsons of the Hippie movement are coming into adulthood with eyes wide open, knowing the world they’ve inherited is jarringly scarred.

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Small Comforts: Why I’m drawn to tiny houses

I got the chance to be a guest blogger for the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company and attend their workshop in Seattle on January 12 & 13, focusing on the very practical skills and tools you need to build a very small house. As a preliminary exercise before taking part, I put down a few (very non-practical) ideas that were rattling around in my tiny brain. I’m inspired by the people that have done so, and who have changed their lives to live simply – we’ll see where it takes me!   

I also had this little cardboard Barbie house, complete with Nat King Cole album.

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Taste of Tulalip: Big Bites at the Small-mouthed Bay

We often forget that long and embattled history has played out for hundreds or thousands of years on the ground on which we stand. Tulalip Resort seems like it sprang from I-5 itself, fully formed in all its casino-y glory, there to serve the weary and hungry traveler.

But the land surrounding this super-modern casino has been Tulalip land for centuries; and after the chaos of the late 18th and early 19th century, it was only in 1979 that the Tulalip tribe revived the First Salmon Ceremony, the old way of gathering people of the region together to eat, drink, dance and celebrate the return of the life-bringing salmon.

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101 Publishing eBook Author Interview: Shannon Borg on Wine

Check out my 101 Publishing eBook Author Interview: Shannon Borg on Wine

The people at Demand Publishing have been really awesome! I wrote three eBooks: Beginner’s Guides to Grenache, Tempranillo and Muscat. They set up a webinar (i still don’t think that’s a word…) about social media promotions, etc. etc., and it was fascinating! Several speakers shared their strategies for spreading the word about …whatever it is you want to spread the word about. They’ve also done interviews with all the writers of their wine book series – and here’s my interview!

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!

Also check out my friend and fellow wine eBook author Jameson Fink‘s blog, eBooks and interview!

Wine 101 eBooks (Moscato, Grenache, Tempranillo) are now available!


This was a great project – Thanks Anna Roth for the recommendation! I wrote three short-ish Wine 101 guides to three different grapes – Muscat, Grenache and Tempranillo. Since they are trying to get the books out there, you can get a free copy of one of them – check this out:

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