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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

Free Lamb Cooking Demo with Wine Tasting

Do you love lamb yet wonder how to prepare it at home? Would you like to have confidence when selecting a wine to match? This Sunday is your chance to learn from two acclaimed Seattle chefs and two amazing Washington winemakers.  You’ve seen Bean wax poetic about American Lamb and wine after attending Lamb Jam. Well, consider this a MUCH smaller yet very intimate, scaled down Lamb Jam. On one... read more

Lamb Jam 2011

The 3rd Annual Lamb Jam took place at Bell Harbor Conference Center, Sunday October 23, 2011. Lamb Jam increases in size every year and so does the amazing array of lamb and wine choices. [Show as slideshow] ... read more

Farm to Table Beer and Wine Dinner

Italianissimo continues their exquisite and FUN beer and wine dinner series on Thursday August 11th. This month, Chef Kent Betts partners with 21 Acres farm to craft a locally sourced, seasonal dinner: 5 beers. 5 wines. 5 courses. All  beer, food and wine are local, sustainable, and/or organic. Menu Kale and beet summer salad, garnished with edible flowers. BEER: Domaine Dupont Organic Cidre Dupont WINE:... read more

Slow Food presents Hunt, Gather, Cook

Hunt, Gather, Cook with Hank Shaw and Chef Robin Leventhal Thursday July 28th. Slow Food Seattle has teamed up with Readers to Eaters and Wine World to create a unique event where you can meet, greet and eat with Hank Shaw, the author of Hunt, Gather, Cook: Finding the Forgotten Feast will share his adventures in the field and in the kitchen with a talk on wild foods and book signing. Special guest, Chef... read more

Tale of Two Wines From Hestia Cellars

On Saturday, several new Washington red wines were released in Woodinville, including Hestia Cellars 2007 Reserve. This red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, held for 30 months before releasing, intrigued me so I decided to drop in.  My decision was buoyed by a recent delightful experience with their 2009 Chenin Blanc that I wanted to share with the winery owners, Shannon and Angie Jones. Visiting... 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

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

Celebrate Washington Wine Month at The Local Vine 3/25

The Local Vine is pleased to announce TWO great Washington wine tasting opportunities on  Thursday night, 3/25/10.  Please join us as we taste wines with Chad Johnson, wine maker from Winery of the Year Dusted Valley Vintners and participate in the national Tweetup for Washington Merlot! Washington Merlot Tweetup: 5-7pm In collaboration with Sean Sullivan, Washington Wine Report and the crew here at... read more

St. Nick’s Day Open House – Washington Wine in Woodinville

The  2009 Saint Nicholas Day Open House in Woodinville was held December 5th and 6th.  Thirty-three wineries were pouring Washington wine in almost as many locations scattered throughout Woodinville.  For two days winemakers and staff poured for both wine novices and enophiles, all the while smiling and talking.  Bean and I joined the fun on Sunday visiting 9 of the 33 participating wineries. Columbia... read more

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