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Taste Washington 2017: Food and Wine Pairing Glimpse

Taste Washington, is THE EVENT to attend if you are a “foodie” and enjoy wine. Like I mean as soon as the Taste Washington tickets go on sale in December buy them! Participants have a giant selection of some of the best Washington wines to taste.  In addition, spectacular cuisine is showcased by some of the region’s best caterers and restaurants.  For general admission you have... read more

Forking Seattle Book Review

If you’re thirsty for knowledge about the people behind Seattle’s overflowing beverage scene, pick up a copy of Forking Seattle by local author Ronald Holden. While at first glance the book may appear to pay homage solely to Seattle’s food scene, take a closer look and you’ll find a section titled “I’ll Drink to That” which serves up stories on Washington’s wine and craft beer industries.... read more

2014 Tenet GSM Washington meets France

The 2014 Tenet is a Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre blend from Tenet Wines. Tenet Wines is an international collaboration to restore Syrah’s popularity and prestige. Once esteemed, Syrah fell out of favor in the 1990s.  Tenet Wines crafts three wines: a Washington Syrah, a French Syrah and a Washington Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre blend (GSM) – the Tenet. Washington Syrah, due to... read more

Taste Washington 2016 White Wine Highlights

I had the great pleasure last weekend to attend Taste Washington 2016.  My assignment, to cover white wine varieties, was definitely a challenge given there were more than 225 wineries represented at the Grand Tasting.  Some of my old favorites maintained their excellent wine making and some new wineries to me that really stood out in their specific specialties.  Before going into more detail about my... read more

Celebrating a Kitchen Gypsy with Washington Wine

As the winter weather drives us into the kitchen seeking refuge from the cold, it’s a good time to find comfort in new cookbooks. One of the books providing an escape to lighter, brighter places is Kitchen Gypsy, Recipes and Stories from a Lifelong Romance with Food by Joanne Weir. If you love wine and food pairing, make sure you’re familiar with Joanne Weir. I’ve long treasured my well-worn... read more

Washington Wineries in Top 100 Wineries

Congratulations to Washington Wineries listed in Wine & Spirits Top 100 Wineries 2011. Wineries from around the world were considered for this list but Washington wineries took 11 out of the 100 spots. Andrew Will Buty Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Crest Gramercy Cellars Januik L’Ecole No 41 Leonetti Cellar Mark Ryan Winery Pepper Bridge Sparkman Cellars This makes me curious about the... read more

Beer vs Wine: Dinner at the Waterfront Seafood Grill

Which will emerge triumphant when it comes to pairing with dinner: beer or wine? Kristen Young, Sommelier of the Year 2011, in one corner and the iconic Charles Finkel, founder of Pike Brewing, in the other corner have created a unique beer vs wine pairing dinner at the Waterfront Seafood Grill for the closing night of Seattle Beer Week, May 29th. Last year, Kristen sparred beer vs wine with Sam Calagione,... read more

Riesling Rendezvous Grand Tasting Review

I considered myself extremely lucky when I received a phone call on Sunday afternoon  July 11th asking whether I’d like to cover the Riesling Rendezvous Grand Tasting for Bean. Of course I would! The weather was sunny and in the 70s, perfect for drinking one of the most refreshing wine varietals. The event, hosted by Chateau Ste. Michelle winery and Dr. Loosen estate of Germany is a celebration of... read more

Auction of Washington Wines Odyssey Tickets on Sale

Make your wine dollars matter this summer with a series of events celebrating Washington wine AND benefiting uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s  Hospital and Washington Wine Education. Barrel Auction and Picnic with Washington Wine Makers Spend a summer afternoon on the grounds of Chateau Ste Michelle, sipping Washington wines poured by the wine maker. Enjoy picnic fare prepared by Tulalip... read more

Ivars Food and Wine Adventures Review

Recently, Ivar’s has launched a new series called Food and Wine Adventures, in which they pair local wines with local seafood.  On March 10, 2010 we attended a Food and Wine Adventure of white wine and shellfish, showcasing Chateau Ste Michelle. Executive Chef Chris Garr planned a menu that highlighted the bounty of the sea and married the characteristics of a diverse assortment of white wines from... read more

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