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Stress Free Santa Pictures!

Avoid the stress of the malls during the holidays.  You don’t have to put up with the long lines of cranky kids and impatient parents waiting for Santa. Once a year old Kris Kringle visits EFESTE, one of his favorite wineries. This upscale holiday event offers kids at heart a photo with the jolly man in red. The beautifully decorated cellar provides a festive backdrop. Of course, if... read more

Eat Seattle and Drink Washington

Food tours and cooking classes are activities I enjoy whether near or far from home. Yet, it wasn’t until recently that I participated in a food tour and cooking class with Eat Seattle at Pike Place Market. Most outfits I’ve encountered in my travels keep the tour and cooking separate. However, Eat Seattle Classes and Tours has the good sense to combine the two. Plus, they partner with some... 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

EFESTE Rockin’ Sips for LLS

Celebrate wine, love, life, family and fun at the 7th annual EFESTÉ Rockin’ Sips on Saturday, February 27, 2016. Rockin’ Sips is EFESTÉ Winery’s biggest event of the year, featuring a delicious assortment of Washington wine and beer, food and entertainment that is all for a great cause: Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). EFESTÉ, Long Shadows Vintners and Waters Winery will be pouring... 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

Sip and Sit with Santa at EFESTE Winery

Sip delicious Washington wines while you and or your loved ones get your picture with Santa with this year. Whew! Doesn’t that sound much better than driving to the mall and waiting in line for who knows how long with a bunch  of cranky kids? Imagine skipping that parking mess and the lines and sipping some Big Papa instead while contemplating if your right profile is your best side or your left.... read more

Experience EFESTE Winery

With the burgeoning growth of wineries throughout Washington State producing some excellent wines, how does one select one winery over another? Price point, quality of the wines, nifty marketing and personal taste are all part of the decision but the best wineries, in my opinion, provide an exceptional wine experience. Talented wine makers, an educated and enthusiastic staff and a well, thought-out... read more

Crush 2014 at Efeste

Crush at EFESTE Winery As the leaves start to change color and the days rapidly shorten, grape growers across Washington State are harvesting this years grapes for, what promises, to provide a spectacular vintage.  EFESTE Winery put out a call for volunteers to help with their crush, or to be more specific, help sort out the stems and leaves that would adversely effect the flavor of their wines.  As I... read more

Do you have YOUR bottles of Black Raven Unabridged yet?

On Monday, Black Raven Brewing released UNABRIDGED, an eagerly anticipated collaboration brew with Stone Brewing. The Unabridged is a wine barrel aged Saison with sumo mandarin oranges and acacia. The above is an accurate description of this Washington beer but it doesn’t do this delicious saison any justice. Light golden in color, this is a dry and refreshing beer. Traditionally saison were the... read more

It’s Time to Celebrate Merlot Again

Ten years ago a certain movie made drinking Merlot uncool. Today, Merlot is regaining its former status as a noble grape. One of the Washington wineries championing the revival of Merlot is Woodinville based EFESTE. This coming weekend, you can join the EFESTE family in commemorating the revival of Merlot as a great variety while celebrating the ten year anniversary of the movie, Sideways! Since the... read more

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