Happy Holidays from Exact Wines

It’s been quite a year!  We want to thank our wine-loving community for your support – we’re very much looking forward to exploring new avenues and activities for the blog in the new year.

For now though, we’re looking forward to skiing, cooking and drinking good wine (of course!) with family and friends over the holidays!  Where ever you might be, we wish you a very happy holiday!

Bob, Christina, Bobby and Sophia Watt at the Remy Winery in Oregon.
Bob, Christina, Sophia and Bobby Watt at the Remy Winery in Oregon, November 2013.


Where Did the Name Exact Wines Come From?

Authored by Christina Watt

If you know me, you know I love a good story, and a good joke – the more ironic, the better.

So you’ll understand why I found this recent discovery to be so funny.

Our son was looking for a famous person to “be” in his third grade wax museum project.  Our daughter decided he should be Arthur A. Denny, the settler who founded Seattle, and who also happens to be the great, great, great, great grandfather of our kids.

He was intrigued by the idea, and wanted to see pictures to understand what this would really be all about.  Naturally, we Googled images of Arthur A., and checked him out on Wikipedia.

Arthur Armstrong Denny.
Arthur Armstrong Denny.

Now, here’s where I give you a little more background to pay off the punchline – and so that you’ll understand why this story is included on this particular blog.

In his day job, Bob, or should I say, Robert Denny Watt, III, is a diamond importer, and his business is called Exact Gems.  The name “Exact” comes from the schooner that the Denny Party sailed into Seattle on in 1851, landing on the beach at Alki Point.  Bob’s sister actually came up with the name for his business years ago, and it stuck.

The Exact.
The Exact.

So when we went to name this blog, I thought, why not keep the name?  Thus, Exact Wines was born.

Imagine our surprise last night when, upon reading more about Arthur A. Denny’s history, we learned that he was an extreme teetotaler.  Indeed, according to sources on Wikipedia, he disdained and abstained from alcohol to the point that he had the customers of his store buy their liquor direct from visiting ship captains so that he would not be involved in the transactions.

True?  Who knows for sure.  But to me, it sure was funny.

Musings: Well, it was an interesting idea…

Authored by Christina

We interrupt our reminiscence about Bordeaux to share musings from the “What were they thinking?” file.  (Technically, I suppose it could be the “What was I thinking?” file…)

On the way to dinner with a girlfriend last night, I stopped by the store to grab some last minute items for dinner.  Standing at the checkout at one of Seattle’s nicer grocery stores, I perused the chocolates to grab a nibble of dessert for after dinner.

That’s when this caught my eye.  Point Reyes Original Blue Cheese Wine Grapes.  Yup.  You’ve got it.

The exclusive, and apparently award-winning (?!) chocolate-covered Point Reyes Original Blue Cheese Wine Grape.  I know what you’re thinking.  All the great food groups in one place – what’s not to love??

I was intrigued – could they really make this work?  I was having dinner with a friend in the wine business, so I knew she’d be game to try it.

All the best ingredients in one place, what's not to love?
It seemed like a good idea at the time…

And now we know.  I did NOT love this.

Has anyone else been “brave” enough to try this delicacy?  If not, you can thank me later for “undiscovering” this for you.  If you have tried it, I’d love to hear how you would describe the “intense” flavors on the palate…