Washington Wine Barrel Auction: Previews and Reviews

Say ‘hello’ to August and the Auction of Washington wines. August 2011, I distinctly remember standing on the grounds of Chateau Ste. Michelle winery,reciting the alphabet.  You would think that as a trained librarian, I could do that in my sleep but before the evening was out, I was having a bit of trouble.  You see, Bean had given me the enormous task of sampling all the wines offered up... read more

Winners at the Winemaker Olympics

Winery teams battled for the gold at the Winemaker Olympic Festival on July 27th, at the Redhook Brewery Bowl. Previously a triathlon event this year’s festival was four separate competitions working with the tools and techniques of the wine making trade. The setting might have been casual but the competition was fierce! Wineries competed against one another in costumes and camaraderie to support the... read more

8 Washington Wines that Haunt

Halloween is my time to celebrate the Washington wines that have haunted me this past year. These are some the wines that lingered in my memory long after the glass has emptied.  The wines range from barrel tasting to unexpected treasures from a friend’s cellar. Adams Bench 2009 Sangiovese Red Willow VineyardI thoroughly enjoyed the Adams Bench 2006 Sangiovese Ursula at the release... read more

David Lake, Legendary Washington Winemaker and Vegetarian Matchmaker?

Earlier this summer, Bean invited a lucky few over to her front yard to participate in a blind tasting featuring Washington Rieslings and Syrahs she had received as samples. This was one of our Pair & Share wine gatherings so it was not quite a “blind” tasting.  She revealed the varietals to provide us a clue about what food to bring.  In a post to come Bean will reveal the wines we... read more

Do Washington Wines Stand the Test of Time?

Over the course of the year we’ve opened up some Washington wines that have been doing time. Not hard time, but around a decade of aging give or take. So far we’ve been very fortunate and discovered that these reds have shown that they are indeed age worthy. I find that impressive, particularly considering that today’s wines are often produced to meet consumer demand for wines that are... 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

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

5 Tips to Enjoying Woodinville Passport Weekend

The annual Woodinville Passport Weekend is upon us! Woodinville Passport weekend offers the opportunity to visit up to 40 different Washington wineries, all with tasting rooms in the Woodinville area. Some of these boutique wineries are only open a few days out of the year and this is your opportunity to visit them and taste their wines. This year, with the recent influx of new wineries into Woodinville,... read more

Ready, Set, Syrah: Go Washington!

Hospice du Rhone is hosting the third and final part of their Ready, Set, Syrah series on 3/24/10.  This time it is all about Washington state Syrah, just in time for Washington Wine Month!  Previous Ready, Set, Syrah events explored California, French, Australia and South African Syrahs. On March 24, 5pm PST, wine lovers around the country will start tasting Washington Syrah and sharing their... read more

Seattle Food and Wine Experience Review

Eating gourmet food and drinking wine, beer, and cider were just some of the activities offered by the Seattle Food and Wine Experience on February 28, 2010. The Taste of Tulalip Culinary Exhibition Stage also offered a chance to learn a thing or two from the chefs of the Tulalip Resort Casino, including a demo on how to prepare Geoduck Fritters. Tulalip Bay Fine Dining also served up an Asian BBQ Pork... read more

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