Charles Smith

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2014

    Steve Kraus of Press Coffee Roastery Takes Us Through a Coffee "Cupping"

    This is part two of our interview with Press Coffee owner Steve Kraus. Today, he's taking us through our first coffee "cupping," a process similar to a wine tasting -- except with a lot more slurping. On Monday, we chatted about coffee as an agricultural product and found out why cuppings are so imp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2013

    5 Rosé Wines Under $20

    Rosé wine is a very divisive topic. A recent New York Times article, Rosé: In Demand, but Not Demanding reports, "If you feel the need for a good, strong bath of cynicism, gather a few sommeliers in summer and discuss rosés. They could give teenagers a few lessons in eye-rolling, lip-curling, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    Summertime Wines: Sangrias, Sparklings, and Sunshine.

    All right, it's summertime (at least to this Oregon native it is). When I open my car door and could fire pottery in the heat blast I'm met with, I know we've arrived. I suppose oppressive heat and blistering sunshine are not the ideal conditions for drinking a big, earthy, tannic red wine (for so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    Lifting the Wine-List Veil at Citizen Public House

    Welcome to Vine Geeks, where Brian Reeder and Pavle Milic of AZ Wine Merchants take the drinking game quite seriously. Pay attention -- you might just learn something. Today, Brian heads over to Citizen Public House to uncork the secrets of the restaurant wine list. In all likelihood, a restaurant ... More >>

  • Culture

    February 9, 2006

    Sucker Punch

    Good actors in search of a better script