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Gold Medal Experience: Grand Wine Tasting

The Seattle Wine Awards Grand Wine Tasting is a gold medal experience. After a year off, the Seattle Wine Awards Grand Tasting returns with a revised format Sunday July 22. This year,  the award winning wine makers gather at the Rainier Club to present their gold medal award winning wines for you to taste. EVERY wine poured at this premiere event is a DOUBLE Gold or GOLD award winning wine. Spend a summer... read more

God, Family, Farm, Wine: Coyote Canyon Featured Winery for August 2010

We talk a lot about the passion for wine and the stories behind the wine makers. Mike Andrews shares not only his passion for wine but the essential ingredients that create that wine: farming, family and God. On the way back from the Wine Bloggers Conference of North America, (WBC10), we had the pleasure of spending the entire day with Mike Andrews as he offered us a tour of his winery and vineyards and... read more

Revisiting 2010 Seattle Wine Award Winners

It’s been over a month since The 2010 Seattle Wine Awards Grand Tasting took place, and the memory of that fabulous day is still fresh! If you’ve read the posts by Bean and Ed, you know this is an event not to be missed. In my humble opinion, this wine event is exceptional from start to finish. Seattle Wine Awards Executive Director Christopher Chan does an excellent job of taking care of the industry... read more

Seattle Wine Awards 2010: Celebrating the Old and the New

The Seattle Wine Awards Grand Tasting is the penultimate event of the year to enjoy and celebrate our state’s spectacular and growing wine industry. This was an opportunity to taste the new releases of my favorite wineries as well a chance to try many wines from those vintners that I have yet to visit. In fact 100 winemakers were pouring a vast array of outstanding wines at this Washington wine... read more

Not even Seattle sun outshines Seattle Wine Awards Grand Tasting

The Seattle Wine Awards Grand Tasting was on Sunday, June 13th and featured almost 400 award winning Washington wines.  Every wine poured at the event was an award winner. For me, wine is not only a beverage but it is an experience. The Grand Tasting was not only about award winning wines but a fantastic wine experience of food, conversation and connections,  and Washington wine. Food Held in the... 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

North American Brewers’ Association Awards Washington Beer Excellence

For three days the judges sampled and sipped some of the best beers in North America. It was a tough job but the North American Brewers’ Association was up to the task of judging more than 1000 beers. 22 Washington beers won medals at the North American Beer Awards, including nine gold awards! Washington breweries swept the Scotch ale category at the 2010 North American Beer Awards with Laht Nappur... read more

Grapevines, adventure racing & Washington wine

What visions come to mind when you think of wine? Do you think of  romantic dinners or do you think of biking, golf, racing and hiking, even football? We encourage you to think of wine “out of the box” (although there are lots of good reasons to explore boxed wine but that is for another post!) The opportunities to learn more about wine are limited only by your imagination! This past November... read more

Walking Man Oaked Aged JayWalker

I had the pleasure of savoring the Walking Man Oaked Aged JayWalker at the WABL 4th Anniversary party. The Walking Man Oaked Aged JayWalker is a Russian Imperial Stout, aged in American Oak barrels. Clocking in at 12.7 ABV, this is a BIG beer, brewed in honor of Jay Johnson. Big but not brutish, this Washington beer has lots of malt, with bourbon overtones and  toasty flavors. It has some chocolate and... read more

William Church Winery: Featured Winery 11/09

Honeymoons herald the beginning of a marriage, but for Leslie and Rod Balsley,  it was also the inspiration for the award winning William Church Winery. …”started on our honeymoon in Italy, where we were struck by the integral role wine played in the social fabric of everyday life for the people that lived there.” They fueled their own passion for wine with juggling a wine making... read more

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