March Food and Wine Pairings

Beneath the Cork with Mike H. Assistant Liquor

Columbia Crest winery has found a home in the Horse Heaven Hills of Washington for more than two decades. This region and winery combine to make some of Washington’s and maybe the world’s most affordable and best “every day” drinking wines. The soil deposits from the Missoula Floods during the Ice Age and the current climate help create a terroir there ideal for wine grapes like Cabernet, Merlot, Chardonnay & Riesling just to name a few. Continue reading “March Food and Wine Pairings”

Cheese Of The Month: Jarlsberg

Cheese of the month: Jarlsberg

Jarlsberg has grown in popularity since its international launch. Its success lies in the secret recipe used to manufacture the cheese, the people who make it and their pride in always delivering a product with the same consistent high quality and unique taste. Continue reading “Cheese Of The Month: Jarlsberg”

Great stories begin with Charles Smith Wines

Great stories begin with Charles Smith Wines -

Beneath the Cork with Mike H. Assistant Liquor

Great stories often accompany wine brands and labels but only great wine will get me or anyone to have a second glass.  Charles Smith wines present the perfect marriage of story and quality.  In his youth Charles craved world travel and at his first opportunity he left California for Denmark.  For the next nine years he managed rock and concert tours throughout Europe where he developed a passion for wine.  Eventually he returned to the United States where he operated a wine shop near Seattle.  After a chance encounter with a winemaker while in Walla Walla he was convinced to make wine of his own.  In 2001 Charles released 330 cases of K Syrah, which was the beginning of this self-taught winemaker’s career in producing wine.

His K Vintners wines are excellent wines and are still available in limited quantities today.  However, in 2006 Charles was struck with the idea that the great majority of wine consumers drinks wine for today and has no intention of aging their wine.  He launched Charles Smith wines at this point with the idea of making wines true to their variety of grape, and ready to drink without delay.  Today he makes five Charles Smith wines that are readily available:  Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon, Eve Chardonnay, The Velvet Devil Merlot, Boom Boom! Syrah and Kung Fu Girl Riesling.   Speaking of stories, each of these wines’ names undoubtedly comes with their own tales; may I suggest grabbing a bottle and a glass and starting your own story?

Until next time – Cheers! 

– Mike
Coborn’s Liquor Division Assistant Manager

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Wines for Your BBQ

What to Drink When You’re Grilling

At the end of the day, pairing wine with food is really all about drinking what you like. But, there are things to consider if you really want to have the food enhance the wine and vice versa. Wines have different flavors, intensity, texture and weight – and thinking about those things with your food is a great way to find a perfect pairing. Continue reading “Wines for Your BBQ”