Becoming a Level 1 Sommelier

NEW ARTICLE Reaching Level 2 Sommelier “Champagne for everyone!”, Brett Zimmerman, Master Sommelier proudly announced.   And with that, there were [...]

Becoming a Level 2 Sommelier

READ Becoming a Level 1 Sommelier It’s Official….I’m Certified! It’s been two years since I successfully passed my [...]

What Type of Wine Drinker Are You?

by Steven Sinkler Wine drinkers come in every shape and size.    They also come with every type of opinion and knowledge level as well. I have now survived five summers as owner of The Wine Shack and have come to the conclusion that wine drinkers come in a couple of categories.   My guess is that you’ll find yourself in here somewhere. […]

Drink it Now or Drink it Later? THAT is the question!

Aging Wine: Do You Drink it Now or Drink it Later – That is the Question! The typical Wine Shack customer is looking to purchase a wine they can drink in a few hours or over the next few days. Years ago, I heard that something like 50% of wine is consumed within 48 hours of purchase. […]

Clearing Up the “Misunderstandings” About Riesling

How does such an amazing wine become so misunderstood? We can blame California winemakers for a couple of things; chardonnay that tastes like buttery oak planks and rosé that tastes like sweet pink water, but we can’t blame California for the confusion surrounding one of my favorite wines, riesling. […]

Everybody Loves a Weekend at Camp, Especially When Its Oregon Pinot Camp!

Every summer, since beginning in 2000, a group of Oregon’s finest wineries hold “Oregon Pinot Camp”, a jam-packed weekend of seminars, presentations and tastings devoted to Oregon’s premier wine grape, Pinot Noir.  […]

It’s Tough Work…Really.

Maryann and I recently returned from a “work trip” – a week-long Wine Cruise with Un-Cruise Adventures.  We soaked in the beauty of a sail on the Columbia and Snake Rivers, ate like kings and queens and the wine was pretty darned good too. […]

Try These Four Summer White Wines!

Hello from Steven! As the days get longer (and sunnier) and the temperatures get warmer, I get a big smile on my face, because white wine season is here.  Yes, I enjoy an earthy Oregon pinot noir and a fruit-forward Washington grenache, but I really love a crisp, cool glass of white wine.  […]

Great Wines for Summer Foods

Summer is here and who doesn’t love going to a picnic, barbecue or bonfire on the beach?  Each of these is a great time to share a bottle of wine with friends or family.     […]