NW Wine Academy Spring Release Weekend

The Northwest Wine Academy celebrates their  new spring release June 12-14, 2014 at South Seattle Community College. Thursday, June 12th – 2-7 pm Preview day! Be among the first to taste these new Washington wines. Enjoy a leisurely and quiet tasting before the crowds come! Friday, June 12th – 2-7 pm Northwest Wine Academy Alumni Showcase! Taste the NW Wine Academy wines, plus  meet... read more

Wine Business – A Dream or Bureaucratic Nightmare?

You might have read the article in the Puget Sound Business Journal about David LeClaire’s highly anticipated Seattle mega wine store and thought, “Wow, why hasn’t anyone done that here in Seattle before?” While the article notes that the business is “in the funding stage” it doesn’t delve deeper into the challenges anyone opening up a new wine business in Washington faces. If you’ve read... read more

Beer, Wine and Cheese!: Fromage Blanc Smack down

During Seattle Beer Week, Naked City Taphouse and Brewery did a Tale of Two Continents beer dinner. One of our favorite pairings was fromage blanc on toast with raspberries and proscuitto served with Pinkus Alt. I loved the simplicity of the pairing and started to think how I could use this pairing for my Wine and Cheese final at the Northwest Wine Academy. Yes, you read that correctly, I wanted to pair a... read more

NW Wine Academy Summer Release Party

The Northwest Wine Academy, at South Seattle Community College, is celebrating summer by with the release party for four white wines this weekend Friday 4-7 and Saturday 12-4. Unoaked Chardonnay Barrel Fermented Chardonnay Rousanne-Viognier Ave Regina – Late Harvest Viognier Come sample the wines, nosh on treats prepared by the Culinary Arts students and meet the faculty and student wine makers. In... read more

Advanced Food and Wine Pairing with Chef Lenny Rede

The Northwest Wine Academy will be offering Advanced Food and Wine Pairing with Chef Lenny Rede this summer. Advanced Food and Wine pairing transcends the classic pairing rules and encourages students to de-construct their food and wine pairings. Instead of learning to serve Wine A with sauce B, students will work with five proteins, five sauces and five wines to create the best pairing(s) possible. It is... read more

Learn Wine and Cheese Pairing at NW Wine Academy

This spring, the Northwest Wine Academy is pleased to offer a Wine and Cheese pairing class with Chef Instructor Leonard Redé. Just in time for springtime patio parties and summer picnics, learn how to create cheese pairings to delight the senses. Wine and cheese are a classical pairing but not every cheese is destined to be great when paired with wine. Port is exquisite when paired with Roquefort... read more

Ready, Set, Syrah part 2!

We enjoyed one of our best ever Twitter Taste Live line ups last week with Ready, Set, Syrah part 1, hosted by Hospice du Rhone. It was a great time with real time conversation with tasters and Syrah producers around the world. Special appreciation to the South African wine makers that got up before the crack of dawn to get on Twitter Taste Live with us! On Tuesday, December 15th, we continue on our Rhone... read more

Ready, Set, Syrah

Tonight, Taste Live in partnership with Hospice du Rhône, is presenting the first in their two part series on Syrah. Tonight’s selections will focus on Syrah (Shiraz) from Australia and South Africa: 2006 Boekenhoutskloof Syrah, South Africa 2006 The Old Faithful “Cafe Block” Shiraz (single vineyard), McLaren Vale, Australia 2007 Hewitson “Ned & Henry’s” Shiraz, Barossa Valley,... read more

Holiday Wine Tasting at NW Wine Academy

Sample wines and get some holiday shopping done at the NW Wine Academy’s Holiday Wine Tasting. The free holiday wine tasting runs on Friday, December 11, 3-7pm and on Saturday December 12, 12-4.  NW Wine Academy will be pouring a selection of their red and white wines, including some of their Tri-Cities Wine Festival award winners. Latest Releases Reds: 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Cabernet... read more

20something – the New Vintage

I was lucky enough to be able to accompany Bean to the Washington Wine Commission’s 20something event at the Fremont studios last Saturday, and I have to say that I hope that I get the chance to go again.  Before I get into the event itself, I’d like to give a few specific comments on a few of the wines and food I tasted early on. The Wine I personally prefer red wines over most others, Syrah... read more

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