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  • WINTER 2013

    Drink it on purpose

    There are several somewhat believable stories about the first time someone made sparkling wine (on purpose), all amounting to rural legend...no one knows.... so any story that is told has the same zero chance of being 100% accurate. Right or wrong, I have been telling this version for over 35 years...

  • FALL 2013

    Rootin', Tootin' (wine) Mavericks

    Mavericks... That’s what they were...Rootin’, Tootin’ Mavericks. They listened to some “All-Hat-No-Cattle” advisors; those without risk in the game. They planted wine grapes where alfalfa grew to sell to exactly 2 wineries in Washington State, whose collective ...

  • SUMMER 2013

    Rosé... time for libation rotation

    Wouldn’t it be nice to have a wine that bridged the gaps between occasions and personal preferences; a “One – size – fits – all” wine that everyone liked every time? Something the “red only” folks could knock back with their “white only”...

  • SPRING 2013

    Cabernet, the Elvis of Wines

    Oh, sure… I’ve craved and consumed Syrah. I’ve extolled the virtues of Cabernet Franc or Pinot Noir. And fleeting fashion has drawn me to Grenache, Tempranillo and Malbec. But if there was just one wine available,

  • WINTER 2012

    Pairing food, wine and friends

    There is little more confounding than the quest to find the best pairing, the marriage, the perfect food to go with the perfect wine. First of all, the subjectivity scale is pegged on what good food is. Some would demand an extra teaspoon of sherry in the consomme in order to proclaim it worthy ...

  • COKE ROTH

    Drink Riesling like a man

    I have a Best Friend Forever. Riesling. In txt, that's my BFF (I have a teenager at home).

  • SUMMER 2012

    A brief history of the devil's brew

    Let me preface this edition's painful infliction of verbosity with an excerpt from Armon M. Sweat Jr. when addressing the 1952 Texas House of Representatives:

  • COKE ROTH

    Still sexy after all these years

    My cutting-edge research on reader captivation compels a column beginning with -- sex. Not the steamy kind found in trashy novels, and not the utterly revolting sort like thinking about your parents.

  • COKE ROTH

    So you want to be a wine judge

    Ed. note: Beginning with this issue, Coke Roth will share stories -- mostly true -- from his adventures in tasting Northwest wine over the past five decades.