Reviews wines from Washington, Oregon and Canada. Michael Alberty writes about wine for The Oregonian, the oldest continuously published newspaper on the U.S. west coast. He turned to wine writing after 16 years in the retail wine trenches of Illinois and Oregon. He has written about wine for publications based in England, Australia and the United States. He has also published work in the fields of international environmental politics and major league baseball. Earlier in his life he tended bar in Portland, pulled espresso shots in Seattle and made sandwiches with a famous bluegrass banjo player in Champaign-Urbana.