Woodinville Passport by foot: Savoring sips and spring

As Bean reported from Day 1, Woodinville Passport has lots to see, do, hear and taste. On day two I chose to see, do, hear and taste at a slower pace, abandoning the chariot and walking from sip to sip.  In the year since the last Passport several traffic roundabouts, new sidewalks and pedestrian crossings were put in the southerly portion of the Woodinville wine country making it possible for the first... read more

Woodinville Passport Day 1 Review

With over 40 wineries participating in the Woodinville Passport Weekend, there is a lot to see, do, hear and taste.  Here are some of my highlights to give you ideas for your own passport adventures. Woodinville Wine Country is changing and those changes are reflected in Woodinville Passport. People like the new and shiny so the newer tasting rooms tended to be more crowded than some of the tried and true... read more

Who Won First Annual Grape Cup? WSU or UW

Washington State University (WSU) alumni joined University of Washington (UW) alumni wine makers competed in the first annual Grape Cup, held last night at the Pickering Place Barn in Issaquah. Twenty five wineries participated in the Grape Cup benefit for the Washington Farmers’ Housing Trust.  Wineries were  divided into teams, based on alumni status of their wine makers and they were decked out... read more

American Lamb Jam Review 2009

If you love lamb the way that I love lamb, I hope that you were at the first annual American Lamb Jam Seattle! Dine Around Seattle Chefs created succulent lamb dishes to pair with award winning Washington wines, to support the Fare Start organization.  The American Lamb Board sponsored this event, as well as the upcoming Dine Around Seattle for November 09. Chef and wine pairings Monsoon East paired Pho... read more

Brian Carter Cellars – Taste Woodinville

Taste Woodinville provided an excellent Pre-Passport opportunity for Washington wine lovers to sample the exquisitely blended European style wines of Brian Carter Cellars. Tonight, they poured three wines: 2006 Oriana, 2005 Byzance and 2004 Solesce. 2006 Oriana This wonderful white wine blend is 45% Viognier, 35% Roussanne, and 20% Riesling. It is a very light pear color with crystal clarity. The tropical... read more

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