Experimental Spicy Fremont IPA

Fremont Brewing is one of Washington’s more creative breweries. I like to sample their one-off experimental beers like Fremont IPA w/ Medjool Dates & Garam Masala. This version of Fremont IPA smells sweet but drinks dry.  It looks and smells like pumpkin pie but the lingering hop bitterness erases any illusions of pumpkin pie. This beer knows it is an IPA, not pie, and is not afraid to show... read more

Think Pink for Thanksgiving

Blustery rain storms don’t usually inspire me to drink a rosé wine, except for Thanksgiving time. It can be challenging to pair a single wine with the myriad of flavors. You can close your eyes and see a table laden with Thanksgiving favorites: turkey, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, squash and pumpkin pie. Many will go for a nice Washington white wine based on the turkey. I... read more

Taste Washington World Beer Cup Winners Tonight

Last minute notice for a special Halloween treat for Washington beer lovers. Malt and Vine has sold their souls to the devil for the opportunity to pour Washington’s World Beer Cup winners – TONIGHT only. Tonight is the night to taste ALL of the Washington beer winners. From 5:30 until close, Malt & Vine is showcasing award winning beers, some that have never been sold outside of brewery or... read more

The Legend of Stout Pumpkin Risotto

Well this Stout, Pumpkin and Mushroom Risotto. may only be a legend in my mind but I wanted to tie this post in with Halloween.  Besides, I might be feeling a tad big pumpkin headed today. So why re-visit this recipe today? Here are my reasons in chronological order, not necessarily order of importance. 1) I would rather taste this savory, earthy and creamy  Stout, Pumpkin and Mushroom Risotto for... read more


BLEND  wine, food and friends into a fun and delicious afternoon this Sunday, September 16 from 3-6pm at Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle. BLEND showcases Washington Wine’s best wine varietal: the BLEND! Years of debate and lively discussion surround the topic of which grape is Washington Wine’s “signature” varietal with Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet and/or Riesling... read more
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