Seattle Wine Blog

This blog is dedicated to commentary on all aspects of wine, especially short entries to help you find the best wines without the usual hype and spin. These are my frank, independent opinions, usually based on tasting wine at a public event, off the shelf or at the winery. "All creative acts must arise out of a specific soil and flicker with a spirit of place" -D.H. Lawrence

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Rum Runner

My mentor, Fritzy Haskell, was a rum runner, before she and Ben opened Haskell's Wine and Spirits in Minneapolis many years ago. Rum Runner in Tucson, Arizona reminds me a little of Haskell's. Of course, Fritzy directly imported many wines from small chateaux in France. This is almost unheard of today, although Mike Dodson in Seattle seems to accomplish this every year with Burgundy, as does North Berkeley Wines and Kermit Lynch.

Anyway, as I said the Rum Runner in Tucson sort of reminded me of Haskell's because of its broad selection of wine from California, Washington, Oregon, France, Spain, Italy and Australia. For a change, Australia did not have an in-your-face end display right in front of the store entrance. They had a nice selection of Washington wines including Stella Maris, Woodword Canyon, Seven Hills, Spring Valley Uriah, and Fourteen Hands Cabernet. Oregon was represented by St Innocent, Panther Creek, Erath, and Elk Cove.


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