Mari Womack, Damsel Cellars wine maker, dispays her wine making handiwork.

Red Thread™ Exclusive | Damsel Cellars

binNotes | a wine blog Red Thread™  Exclusive | Damsel Cellars  by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML Follow binNotes: | Twitter | Pinterest | Facebook | Instagram “I don’t damsel well. Distress, I can do. Damseling? Not so much.” ― James Patterson, Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports   Welcome to the Red Thread™. A writer’s job is to listen.  This means allowing wine growers, … Continue reading Red Thread™ Exclusive | Damsel Cellars

#WW: Meet the Winemaker: Forgeron Cellars

Welcome to binNotes Terroirist Tuesday: Meet the Winemaker Today’s Exclusive:  Marie-Eve Gilla – Forgeron Cellars Walla Walla WA by L.M. Archer, FWS Follow binNotes: | Twitter | Pinterest | Facebook A winemaker’s story is a true hero’s journey –  involving obstacles, an occasional mentor, and the ultimate reward – in this case, wine. Details may vary, but never the storyline. Today’s winemaker, Marie-Eve Gilla of Forgeron Winery in Walla Walla, started her … Continue reading #WW: Meet the Winemaker: Forgeron Cellars

12th Annual Washington State Wine Awards

12th Annual Washington State Wine Awards Honors Food and Wine Leaders by L.M. Archer Washington Wine Commission honored wine and food industry leaders at the 12th annual Washington State Wine Awards on Monday, January 26, 2014 at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall. Washington State Wine President Steve Warner and staff organized the elegant, four-hour extravaganza featuring wine tasting from over 70 Washington state vintners, gourmet nibbles, hob-nobbing, and awards … Continue reading 12th Annual Washington State Wine Awards


…in case you haven’t noticed, binNotes has a new look. That’s not all.  In October, binNotes changes hats at Lachini Vineyards to Guest Blogger during my upcoming studies in Burgundy and travels in France. Look for upcoming October guest blogs at: In addition: I’ve got some great events coming up, including attending Restaurant Zoe’s Burgundy Wine Dinner with Peter Wasserman this Monday, September 30th – … Continue reading Changes…

Notes from the Tasting Room Trenches

After taking a bit of a hiatus from binNotes this summer to learn the business side of wine, I return to the keyboard not quite refreshed,  but definately more informed about the realities of the wine industry. I’ve learned about retail and distribution and production, in addition to fluffy events and marketing.  I’ve interviewed, hired, trained, and sweat alongside tasting room troops. I’ve worked weekends, … Continue reading Notes from the Tasting Room Trenches

Geeking Out

Hey there, dear readers! Later this week, I head out of Woodinville Wine Country, international wine destination and hot air balloon mecca, for parts south and east, as follows: 7/27-7/28: International Pinot Noir Celebration in McMinnville, OR. I’ll be checking in at Lachini Vinyards in Newberg, OR., then checking out our new tasting room in Carlton, before making my way to the Sunday walkabout. 7/29-8/1: … Continue reading Geeking Out

What I’m Spouting Now…425 Magazine

Actually, I’ve been too busy to write the past month, but I’ve been quoted in the July-August 2013 425 Magazine’s ‘Quick Trips’ Section on Woodinville Wine Country. Check it out here. Kudos to Linda Jenkins for one fabulous article – cheers! Copyrighted 2013. All Rights Reserved. Follow binNotes…on Facebook…Twitter…Pinterest…the World… Continue reading What I’m Spouting Now…425 Magazine

Somewhere in WWC…

Dear Readers: No, I am not gone, nor have I forgotten you…it’s just that my day job has temporarily taken my writing life hostage, and refuses to negotiate…I’m sure many of you know the drill: interviewing, hiring and training staff; events scheduling, organization and management; working weekends and holidays delivering ‘Pinots Worth Coveting’ to appreciative audiences, plus the odd distribution run and special events surprise…I … Continue reading Somewhere in WWC…

Spoiler Alert: Fork in Road

  As some of you may already know, I started binNotes as an antidote to drudgery while writing a historical novel set in WW II Burgundy France. Here I could ‘play scales’ word-smithing while riffing on wine as art, not just beverage. But a funny thing happened on the way to the novel’s re-write. I fell in love with Pinot Noir. I also fell in … Continue reading Spoiler Alert: Fork in Road