‘The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine’ expansion still to be announced, patch 1.12 … – MNR Daily

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'The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine' expansion still to be announced, patch 1.12 ...
MNR Daily
Fans of the long awaited brand new expansion to the epic open world action role playing video game, "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt" will apparently have to wait a bit longer for the "Blood and Wine" expansion as it is expected to be coming in the first ...
The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine DLC Promises More to Come; $24.99 Expansion ...Lawyer Herald

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Woodinville Wine Events: January 1st-15th

Woodinville Wine Events: January 1st-15th

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Castillo De Feliciana – January 8th – Acoustic Night Featuring Brian James
Auberge de Seattle – January 9th – Winter Freast Cooking Class
Northwest Cellars – January 10th – Corks and Canvas Painting Class
Ambassador Wines of Washington – January 13th – Comedy Night

Weekly Events:

Russell’s Restaurant – Tues-Fri – 4-6pm – Happy Hour
Purple Woodinville – Wed – Fried Chicken Night
Novelty Hill Januik – Wed –  5-8pm – Wednesday Wine’d Down
Bunnell Family Cellar – Thurs – 5-7pm – “Wine Therapy Hour”
J. Bookwalter Tasting Studio – Thurs & Fri – 3-6pm – Happy Hour
Mark Ryan Winery – Thurs & Fri – 5-7 – Happy Hour
The Woodhouse Wine Estates – Thurs – 5-8 – Happy Hour
Butler Wine Tours– Fri & Sun– 3pm – Friday Wine, Buy & Dine with Bellevue’s Purple Cafe and Wine Bar
Matthews Winery – Fri – 6:30-9pm – Friday Night Live
Covington Cellars – Fri – 4:30-9 -Friday Night Dinners
Kestrel Vintners – Fri – 6pm – Friday Night Rhythm and Vine
Village Wines – Fri – 7-10pm – Live Music
Long Shadows – Fri – 6-9pm – UnWine’d Happy Hour & Live Music
Northwest Cellars – Fri – 5-8pm – Happy Hour with live music from local artists

Columbia Winery – Fri – 4-7pm – 1/2 Price Flatbread Pizzas and wines by the glass
Village Wines – Sat – 7-10pm – Live Music
Covington Cellars – Sat – 5-9pm – Saturday Night Dinners
Butler Wine Tours – Sun – 3pm – Sunday Wine, Buy & Dine with Bellevue’s Purple Cafe and Wine Bar
Village Wines – Sun – 3-6pm – Live Jazz

Monthly Events:

Northwest Cellars – 4-8pm – Second Thursday Wine & Art Walk – Kirkland Warehouse Wineries
Woodinville Wine Cellars – 6:30-9:30 – First Friday Music
Eye of The Needle – 5-8:30 – Third Friday – LIVE Kickback
Ambassador Wines of Washington – 4:30-7 – First Saturday – Ladies Night!

Industry Events:

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Provisioner Wine to Release New Rosé and Host Tasting Party on Roosevelt Row – Phoenix New Times

Phoenix New Times

Provisioner Wine to Release New Rosé and Host Tasting Party on Roosevelt Row
Phoenix New Times
On Thursday, January 7, Arizona winemaker Eric Glomski and the rest of the Provisioner team will toast the release of their wines at MonOrchid on Roosevelt Row. From 6 to 11 p.m., gusts can enjoy a whole hog roasted by chef Bryan Nowicki of Page ...

Happy New Year!


I’d like to wish everyone a happy, healthy New Year. 2015 was kind of weird for me in some respects, with lots of twists and turns—but then, life always provides the unexpected, doesn’t it? The thing I’m learning, or trying to, is that I usually land on my feet, and that, no matter what happens, it’s all good.

Well, it’s not always all good, obviously. But in looking back over what is turning into my long life, I can see how almost every time something happened to me that I thought was a disaster, it actually turned out to be good. “Every cloud has a silver lining,” they say. The challenge is to see that silvery glow when the cloud is enveloping you in darkness. Not always easy—that’s where faith comes into play. I don’t mean blind, mindless faith, but a faith based on reason: something along the lines of, “Hey, this has always worked out for me in the past, so why shouldn’t I believe it’ll work out in the future?”

I’m looking forward to more great projects in 2016 working for my wonderful employer, Jackson Family Wines. It was nearly two years ago that I quit my job as the Famous Wine Critic and went to JFW. Lots of people were shocked that I would voluntarily give up such a hard-earned, coveted position. But I was ready for something else, and I also thought it’s only fair to move aside and let a newer generation have the fun of being a Famous Wine Critic. I’m glad I made that decision.

I’d also like to thank my readers for continuing to check me out every morning. The content of this blog changed when I made my job transition, but I still try to keep it interesting and timely. To some extent, my profile has gone down, which I anticipated and totally understand. But that’s good; things have quieted down in the Comments section, and on social media like Twitter, where for some reason some people got angry enough to write stupid things about me when they should have been living their lives. It’s nice to have those head-butting days behind me.

So have a great New Year’s Eve. Party hearty, if that’s your thing, but party safely, and please, don’t drink and drive! See you in 2016!

Ukraine says Crimea vintage wine sale at Massandra illegal – BBC News

BBC News

Ukraine says Crimea vintage wine sale at Massandra illegal
BBC News
The Ukrainian government has condemned a Crimean auction of vintage wines as illegal and warned foreign buyers that international sanctions are in force. The Massandra winery near Yalta is Ukrainian government property, but new managers took over ...
Kyiv Threatens Action Over Crimea WinesRadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
Kiev cries foul as historic Crimean wines go under hammerYahoo News
AFP: Kyiv cries foul as historic Crimean wines go under hammerUkraine Today

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“Life Goes On, Man” (The Most Popular 1WD Articles Of 2015)

“Life Goes On, Man” (The Most Popular 1WD Articles Of 2015)

Normally for these year-in-review recaps, I start by going into some details about my life over the last twelve months.

F*ck that sh*t this time. I’m focused full steam ahead on the future, baby.

If you need a summary, 2015 was the year that I gifted myself my freedom. The results are much more positive than I’d expected: while far from being perfect, generally speaking my life is great. Most importantly, my kid is doing great. And what I do for a living is still, well, great (although, from here anything else would be a pretty serious letdown, unless I could finagle a paying gig as a hammock nap tester).

So this year I am skipping the detailed recap, and getting right to the good stuff (you’re welcome!).

Here are the top ten most popular 1WD articles published in 2015, as measured by visits (if I’m utilizing my website analytic skills correctly, that is… which is a seriously sizable if)…

10) It’s Not “Hipster” If It’s Already “Mainstream” (On Delectable And The Changing Tastes Of Today’s Fine Wine Consumers)

Well… it’s not. High-acid wines are already hitting some mainstream stride, so I’m not sure that they can accurately be called “hipster” (let’s give the fine wine drinking populace more credit than that).

9) Are Wine Critics More Qualified Than Wine Bloggers?

An interesting discussion without a clear answer, mostly because the lines between “blogging” and “critic” are so fuzzy (and, I’ll wager, will remain that way for a looooong time to come).

8) On The Fine Art Of Not Giving A Sh*t (Wiegner Etna Recent Releases)

A testament to the power of a) engaging wine personalities, b) providing coverage for those winemaking regions that don’t typically get mainstream press, and c) putting obscenities into the title of your blog post.

7) Wine And Social Media: Not Just For The Tech Savvy

You know what… if you don’t get this by now, then there’s little that I or anyone else can do for you on the subject.

6) Wine Scores: Please, Wine Producers, Stop Shoving Them In My Face

In which I espouse the not-so-novel idea that, in an era where people have more freedom and outlets for expressing their opinions than ever before, we should actually let them express their opinions without trying to shove someone else’s opinion into their faces.

5) There Is No Wine Blogging

To be read in the Monty Python voice of “There is NOOOOO rule 6!” (with apologies to my Aussie friends). The ease of writing and publishing have made creating a blog post the written equivalent of taking a photo with your cell phone, regardless of topic. And, yeah, that includes wine.

4) Science Has Not Really Spoken (On The Study Of Big Flavor Wines)

Over-the-top wines are popular because you’re letting them become popular (and that’s addressed to both consumers and those in the wine biz).

3) No One “Needs” Your Wine (30 Lessons in Wine Communication)

I’m ecstatic that my little spotlight on this wine industry presentation got some decent traction; hopefully, that translates into more wine biz folks taking those points to heart.

2) Apparently “Riedel” Is Actually Pronounced “A**hole” (Glassware Company Bullies Wine Blogger)

I’ve been accused of more than one person of writing this piece to capitalize on the publicity of the legal row between Hosemaster of Wine’s Ron Washam and glass making company Riedel. To which I would answer: f*ck you, Ron’s a friend of mine and I wrote it to support him. Does that sound angry? It does? Well… ok, I need a drink…

1) Millennials Aren’t Changing Wine – Access To Information Is

It turns out that the folks who have been saying that Millennial consumers aren’t actually all that special in their buying habits might have been correct, just not in the ways that they’ve all been thinking.


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