Eating and Drinking at Wine Rocks 2011

This year’s Wine Rocks moved to the Georgetown Ballroom. Initially disappointed that Wine Rocks Seattle wasn’t returning to the Hard Rock Cafe, I applauded the move. A great venue, the Georgetown Ballroom is in a  historic and  beautifully restored building that originally housed the Mission Theater, which opened in the 1920s. The Georgetown Ballroom’s outdoor courtyard was a big... read more

Celebrating Cab Franc and Vivian

Cabernet Franc is well respected as a blending varietal but it is gaining popularity as star in its own right. Although Cab Franc wines can have a distinctive bell pepper aroma and vegetal characteristics, Washington Cab Franc tends to be fruit forward. Washington Cab Franc wines are less likely to display those vegetal characteristics especially if the yields are kept low in the vineyard.I have a soft... read more

Which Washington wines will pair with Taste of Thai?

This Wednesday*, September 29th, Feast and Tweet kicks off with a Taste of Thai. Wine may not be the first thing you think of when you think of Thai food but you might be surprised how some great some Washington wines pair with spicy Thai. Feast and Tweet is an opportunity to try some of those pairings. Feast and Tweet is a celebration of food, wine and friendship. It is an excuse to eat great food on a... read more

WBC or Bust begins in Woodinville

After months of planning, research and blogging, the lucky winners of the WBC or Bust Road Trip to Walla Walla Wine Bloggers contest began their journey across Washington state. Bloggers, along with a small group of traditional media and PR professionals, got on the bus from the Renaissance hotel to begin their road trip on Wednesday morning. The journey began in Woodinville with a tour of Chateau Ste... 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

Rosé Revival Results 2010

The sun came out just in time to join the 8th annual Rosé Revival at Ray’s Boathouse. Wine lovers gathered to celebrate rose and summer whites from 34 wineries and to support the Ryther League. We were delighted with the diversity of wines available at this Rosé Revival. Rosé wines have been plagued with a bad reputation of being the Kool-Ade of wines, but many of the roses were nuanced with... read more

Effective, Efficient Twitter for Beer Wine Industry

Twitter has proven itself as a powerful means to disperse information, news and reviews in the beer and wine world. A number of Washington wineries have been very successful in building and maintaining customer enthusiasm and loyalty via utilizing Twitter. Walter Dacon Wines started their Twitter account just days before they were nominated in our reader’s choice Tasting Room poll. Twitter was part... 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

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