Ah, where to start.  It all depends on your view point, palate and experience.  I believe Wine is meant to be experienced and enjoyed.  I started out mainly as a Merlot drinker, not really into wine.  After visiting many different wineries and tasting different wines, my palate has developed quite a ways from whence I came.  Reds for me were the wines of choice, I did not really like white.  Reds and whites was the vocabulary I started with. Now I can tell you the difference between, Zinfandel, Pinot, Cabernet, Merlot, Sangiovese, etc.  Whites are more than Chardonnay, (still trying to appreciate this one) but have really grown to love Reisling after a visit to Trisaetum in Oregon.  Viognier,  Pinot Gris are a couple of others I am starting to enjoy.  So after the rambling, Wine Tasting….  I have loved the exploration and tasting of new and different wines, because Merlot is not Merlot, Pinot Noir is definitely a wine with a multitude of tastes and body.   Taste and enjoy, explore the options ( of which there are many).  You also can find excellent wines from $5 to $50 that are exceptional. So again, in order to keep all of this wonderful knowledge and appreciation for wine, it seemed we needed to keep track of this experience, also as wine and the drinking of wine has always been a social experience, it seems only right that we share this with others who appreciate wine like we do.

We are not wine Critics, (enough of those)  we like to discover new wine and the stories and passion behind those wines.

Michael & Robin Renken











Come Join us!  Post your thoughts on new wines you have come across.

Michael Renken

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Robin Renken CSW

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  • Map Yakima Valley 2019 courtesy of WineYakimaValley.org
    Chardonnay: Nuances in expressing site - an example from the Yakima Valley
  • Map of Italy
    Prosecco: Bubbles from Northern Italy's lush green hills
  • Flowers for Julien – Beaujolais in May #Winophiles
  • Le Cigare Blanc 2015 - a pairing, a look back and a look forward
  • Spanish Provinces Catalunya in Green
    Priorat: Medieval Monks, Modern Rebirth and Outstanding Wine from Spain
  • A Stunning Sunset View at First Ridge Vineyard
  • Lambrusco: A Virtual Visit and an Odd Pairing
  • Chicken Adobo with vermicelli rice noodles, mint, cilantro and carrots
    Nostalgia in a Wine and Food Pairing with Chardonnay
  • Lowe Wine - Drought, Biodynamics and Soil
  • Illahe Panorama
    Spring, Pappardelle and an Illahe Viognier
  • Map of the most important wine-growing areas in Argentina
    World Malbec Day and a grocery store Malbec
  • Finding Connections in the Northern Rhône
  • Fresh baked banana bread
    Thai turkey salad and Red Electra Moscato
  • Packet of Chicken Rosemary and orange slices in the sous vide cooker
    Easter Feaster! A last minute pantry pairing day.
  • An Australian Semillon and Malaysian Noodles
  • Comfort through food and wine - #pantrypairings and #travelinabottle
  • Map of Mudgee to Nullo Mountain (map via Google Maps)
    Lowe Wine - 2015 Nullo Mountain Riesling
  • David Lowe of Lowe Winery in Mudgee Australia
    Lowe Wine - a brief history with David Lowe
  • a large boulder just off of Kitzke's Candy Ridge Vineyard in Jim's yard
    Seth Kitzke on Kitzke Cellars, Upsidedown Wine and so much more.
  • Washington AVA Map Courtesy of Washington State, with Candy Mountain AVA
    A Vineyard walk on Candy Ridge with Seth Kitzke
  • The bare cliff wall below the Audrey block at Amstrong Family Winery's Valley Grove Vineyard
    The Valley Grove Vineyard and the future of Armstrong Family Winery
  • Vignoble de Bordeaux
    Bordeaux Bubbles? #Winophiles
  • Amstrong Family Winery - The Journey to Washington
  • Fresh herbs sage and rosemary
    Nesting and pairing - polenta with red pepper and eggplant with a Rhône Style blend
  • JB Neufeld Cabernet Sauvignon
    Yakima Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with JB Neufeld
  • Dessert at Muse Raspberry, white chocolate, rhubarb, wild fennel, liquorice Hunter Valley NSW Australia
    Exploring New South Wales - Hunter Valley
  • On Australia - fires and wine
  • Mudgee Region with Cara George
  • Exploring New South Wales - Mudgee #ouraussiewineadventure
  • Though the mountains may crumble...Apremont and some Alpine pairings #Winophiles
  • A tale of two syrahs
  • Sarah Hedges Goedhart on her journey to winemaking and biodynamics
  • Hedges Family Estate - Red Mountain Washington - the history
  • Map of French Wine Regions
    French Wine...where to begin? #Winophiles
  • Social media etc...for wine writers (and wine enthusiasts)
  • Washington-AVA-Map-courtesy-of-Washington-State-wine
    Red Mountain AVA Yakima Valley Washington
  • How to measure a year - 2019, specifically..
  • Sunrise on vineyard , Montagne de Reims, France
    Champagne - a history beyond the bubbles
  • 12 Days of Wine Day 12 - Syncline
  • View of the Johan Vineyard in the Van Duzer Corridor of Oregon's Willamette Valley
    12 Days of Wine Day 11 - Johan
  • Girardet Tasting Room in Umpqua Valley in Southern Oregon
    12 Days of Wine Day 10 - Girardet
  • Wooldridge Creek The Scenic Route
    12 Days of Wine Day 9 - Wooldridge Creek
  • Cowhorn Entrance Gate in the Applegate Valley in Southern Oregon
    12 Days of Wine Day 8 - Cowhorn
  • Map of French Wine Regions
    The Multiple Expressions of Vouvray! #Winophiles
  • Panorama of the view from Mae's Vineyard
    12 Days of Wine Day 7 - Quady North
  • Armstrong's Valley Grove Vineyard Barn Walla Walla Washington
    12 Days of Wine Day 6 - Armstrong Family Winery
  • Justin of JB Neufeld at Gilbert Cellars in Washington's Yakima Valley AVA
    12 Days of Wine Day 5 - JB Neufeld
  • Cote Bonneville, Tasting Room Sunnyside Washington
    12 Days of Wine - Day 4 Côte Bonneville
  • Valdemar Estates Winery and Tasting Room in Walla Walla Washington
    12 Days of Wine - Day 3 - Valdemar Estates
  • The Chapel on the Chapel Block at Red Willow Vineyard Yakima Valley Washington
    12 Days of Wine 2019 - Day 2 Owen Roe
  • Hedges Family Estate the garden with the fountain Red Mountain Yakima Valley Washington
    12 days of Wine 2019 - Day 1 Hedges Family Estate
  • Matt pouring the 2018 Tulloch Verdelho #wmc19 White/Rosé Wine Social
    Speed Dating for Wine - the Lighter version - White/Rosé Social
  • Sunset at Owen Roe Winery in Yakima Valley
    Cabernet Franc Day - Rosa Mystica Cabernet Franc
  • Cowhorn - well of course it's biodynamic...
  • David Lowe of Lowe Winery in Mudgee Australia
    National Zinfandel Day with an Aussie Zin from Lowe
  • Rolling vineyards showing the altitude in Rasteau Photo Courtesy of Inter-Rhône
    Fall, Thanksgiving and the flavors of Rasteau #Winophiles
  • First Creek Winemaker's Reserve 2017 Shiraz Hunter Valley Red Wine Social
    Speed dating for wine - Red Wine Social at the Wine Media Conference
  • Map of our travels in New South Wales
    Exploring New South Wales - Shoalhaven Coast & Southern Highlands #ouraussiewineadventure
  • Biodynamic
    Digging into Biodynamics and a tasting
  • Quady North Rose blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre is bright and fresh.
    Cans and kegs - packaging sustainability with Quady North
  • Wine Yakima Valley
  • Vineyard View at Johan in the Van Duzer Corridor
    The Scenic Route Part 8 - Johan and Quady North
  • Cote Bonneville, Tasting Room Sunnyside Washington
    The Scenic Route Part 7 - Du Brul to Hiyu
  • Corsican village of Bonifacio on the cliff side
    Corsica – An Island and it’s wines #Winophiles
  • Entrance to Valdemar Estates Winery and Tasting Room
    The Scenic Route Part 6 - Visiting Rioja in Washington and dinner at a gas station in Walla Walla
  • Vines on the top of Snipes Mountain at Roskamp Vineyard in Washington's Yakima Valley
    The Scenic Route Flash Tour 2019 Part 5 - One day 3 Washington AVAs
  • Wilridge Vineyard in Naches Heights AVA at Sunrise
    The Scenic Route - Flash Tour 2019 Part 4 - Naches Heights and Yakima Valley
  • Stems
  • Vermentino and Smoked Trout Pairing
  • Newburg OR to Bridal Veil, to Syncline Winery
    The Scenic Route - Flash Tour 2019 Part 3 - Columbia Gorge to the Yakima Valley
  • Map of the South West of France
    French Poets, Philandering Kings and little sweetness from Jurançon #Winophiles
  • Cowhorn Entrance Gate in the Applegate Valley in Southern Oregon
    The Scenic Route - Flash Tour 2019 Part 2 - Southern Oregon Applegate and Umpqua Valleys
  • The Scenic Route - Flash Tour 2019 - Part 1 Vegas to Southern Oregon
  • Los Hernández Authentic Tamales Union Gap Washington James Beard Award Winner
    Los Hernández - Great authentic food in the Yakima Valley
  • Beckham Riesling block
    Amphorae, riesling, Jura varieties and more with Beckham Estate Vineyard
  • magenta chair art
    Beckham Estate Vineyard - The story
  • Carhartt 2018 Savignon Blanc bottle shot with apple, lemon zest and honeydew melon
    Tasting blind - globetrotting at home
  • Map of Italy
    A tale of two Malvasia Biancas
  • Le Cocagne Rosé of Pineau d'Aunis from Coteaux du Vendômois 2018
    A Loire rosé, a Bordeaux from Pommerol and…..cheese #winophiles
  • Sparkling Vermentino - "tears of laughter and joy"