Farm to Table Beer and Wine Dinner

Italianissimo continues their exquisite and FUN beer and wine dinner series on Thursday August 11th. This month, Chef Kent Betts partners with 21 Acres farm to craft a locally sourced, seasonal dinner: 5 beers. 5 wines. 5 courses. All  beer, food and wine are local, sustainable, and/or organic. Menu Kale and beet summer salad, garnished with edible flowers. BEER: Domaine Dupont Organic Cidre Dupont WINE:... read more

Woodinville Passport: Plan for Sunday and Beyond

Woodinville Passport 2011 is more than just a weekend, this year Passport extends through May 31, 2011.  Saturday and Sunday are the kick off weekend, featuring food, live music and  some of the best wine deals. Starting our day After we picked up our Passport and wine glasses from Columbia, we took Shona’s advice, from Woodinville Wine Update, to start our Passport experience  with mimosas at... read more

#WAWine Rockin’ Tweet up

Wine Rocks joined in the national #WAWine event on June 3rd in its own inimitable style. Hosted by Tera Shimada & Jess Affolter of Sixth Avenue Wine Sellers, this tweet up featured some of the outstanding winners of the Seattle Wine Awards. I was lucky to try a few of these wines.  One that I had not tried before was the 2007 Grand Reve Vintners Collaboration III Series Syrah.  This wine had the deep... read more

Effective, Efficient Twitter for Beer Wine Industry

Twitter has proven itself as a powerful means to disperse information, news and reviews in the beer and wine world. A number of Washington wineries have been very successful in building and maintaining customer enthusiasm and loyalty via utilizing Twitter. Walter Dacon Wines started their Twitter account just days before they were nominated in our reader’s choice Tasting Room poll. Twitter was part... read more

Tasting Room Reader Poll Results

And the winner of our Winery Tasting room poll is… Walter Dacon Winery Walter Dacon Winery Kiona Vineyards and Winery Hard Row to Hoe tied with Icicle Ridge Winery Alexandria Nicole Cellars Benson Vineyards Here are some of the comments that our readers shared about Walter Dacon Winery tasting room: Of course the wine is fabulous, the thing is, it feels like home!  Ann & Lloyd have created a... read more

Winery Tasting Room Wish List Essentials

For many small wineries, the tasting room is their public face to the world.  The winery tasting room is their primary means to entice and engage customers – a true, full-on marketing opportunity. The experience of tasting the wine can leave a longer impact on our memory and our pocketbook than the nose of a wine, no matter how enticing. Lately, there have been a number of conversations about... read more

Vote for the Washington Wine of the Year

Final voting is now open for Washington Wine Report’s Reader Survey. Between now and December 16, you have the opportunity to vote for your favorite Washington wine of the year. 2009 Wine of the Year finalists (in alphabetical order): Alexandria Nicole Cellars Crawford Vineyard Viognier 2008 Alexandria Nicole Cellars Petite Sirah Mr. Big 2007 Forgeron Cellars Champoux Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon... read more

Alexandria Nicole Cellars 07 Merlot

Deep burgundy in color, the nose on this Alexandria Nicole Cellars 07 Merlot is subtle cherry, dried plum, tobacco, beef jerky and hint of smoke on the nose. On the palate, the fruit of this Washington Merlot is subtle, appearing predominantly as tart cherry and that is more prevalent on the lingering finish. Mid palate is smoke, spice and assertive tannins. The strong acidity and tannins beg me to pair... read more

Best of Washington Wineries Award Winners

King 5 Evening news just announced the winners of the Best of Washington Wineries. Congratulations to Alexandria Nicole Cellars for winning first place in the Best of Washington Wineries 2009 contest. Almost 200,000 votes were cast by the community to select their favorite Washington winery. The winners of the 2009 Best of Washington Winery contest were: Alexandria Nicole Cellars Columbia... read more

Alexandria Nicole Cellars Wine Club- friends with benefits

Alexandria Nicole Cellars recently announced their new Wine Club VIP program. Most Washington State wine clubs offer scheduled shipments of wine, special tastings and events, and wine discounts.  The new Alexandria Nicole Cellars Wine Club VIP program offers additional benefits and discounts in partnership with select businesses statewide.  This VIP program is unique in that it offers benefits to food... read more

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