La Petite Mort 2011

Bastille Day marks the release of one of our favorite beers, the Black Raven Brewery La Petite Mort. This nutty brown ale is as pretty as the globetrotter it is served in. It is a big, boozy, yet balanced brew. The guy next to me thinks it is too big and chewy in the mouth but I disagree. At 8.8% it is a big beer and that big mouth feel reminds you to sip and savor this Washington beer. You wouldn’t... read more

Melon Felons Auction and Party

For 17 years, I have been teaching breast exams to UW medical students. Less than one week after my first breast exam lab, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Although she survived that episode, she died  years later from leukemia, a side effect of her previous breast exam treatment. Her breast cancer treatment was aggressive, requiring radical masectomy, radiation and chemotherapy to combat the... read more

Black Raven Brewing vs EFESTE at Italianissimo

Food lovers rejoice! Beer and Wine can elevate food into a higher plane of deliciousness when the pairing is right. Although wine is well known for the ability to transform the dining experience, many believe that beer is an even better pairing. This Thursday you can decide for yourself when you dine with Black Raven Brewing and EFESTÉ at Italianissimo. Five Beers from Black Raven Brewing Five Wines from... read more


You probably don’t think of Lacey, Washington when you think of Tempranillo, but Amy and Josh Stottlemyer  are going to change your mind about that. The 2008 Stottle Tempranillo is one of Stottle Winery‘s  first releases and it makes a statement. With fruit sourced from Eldering Vineyards, this garnet colored Tempranillo doesn’t taste like a freshman release of a new winery. This... read more

Debuts and Discoveries Report: New Washington Wineries to Watch

The annual Debuts and Discoveries, produced by Seattle Uncorked,  is a great opportunity to taste wines side by side from some of Washington’s newest wineries. Four of the contributing writers to the Wine Beer Washington Blog attended the event and three of us were on the judging panel. We all have slightly different palates and preferences, so all had our own favorites, but a number of wines really... read more
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