#WAWine at The Local Vine

June 3rd was a time to celebrate Washington Wine. All over the country; wine lovers gathered around their kitchen tables, in winery tasting rooms or at their favorite wine bar to enjoy Washington wines. The Local Vine invited Small Lot Co-Op to pour wines from their portfolio. Kana Winery Dark Star 2005 (Rhone red blend) Lodmell Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2008 Morrison Lane Winery Carmenere 2005 Smasne... read more

6 Tips for Seattle Wine Awards Grand Tasting

The 2010 Seattle Wine Awards’ Grand Awards Tasting is on Sunday June 13. To help you get the most out of the Grand Tasting experience, we turned to Kristen Young, Director of Wine at Waterfront Seafood Grill, for advice. Kristen should know. As a member of the Seattle Wine Awards Tasting Panel she evaluated 150 wines a day during the review process. Kristen offers some basic wine tasting tips as well as... read more

Seattle Wine Awards Sneak Preview at the Waterfront Grill

Last night, we got to taste six Double Gold Seattle Wine Award Winners at the Waterfront Grill. Kristen Young, Sommelier at the Waterfront Grill was part of the 2010 Tasting Panel judges for the Seattle Wine Awards. 2008 Long Shadows Poet’s Leap, Columbia Valley 2009 Kestrel Vintners Falcon Series Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley 2008 Le Chateau Winery Chardonnay, White Bluffs 2008... read more

Seattle Wine Awards Preview

The Seattle Wine Awards are fast approaching! On Sunday, June 13th, you will have a chance to taste some of the best Northwest wines.  This truly is an exceptional event for the wine consumer, as all the wines poured are award winners selected from over 800 entries. While all the winning wines won’t be officially announced until June 1st, I had the pleasure of attending a preview Tweetup last... read more

Give the gift of wine experience: Seattle Wine Awards Grand Tasting

We all know wine tasting is fun.. BUT a wine tasting that combines an exceptional quantity of award winning Washington wines, in an elegant and iconic Seattle setting, is an exceptional experience. On June 14th, the Seattle Wine Awards Grand Tasting will take place at the historic Seattle Rainier Club. This premiere event allows wine lovers to sample award winning wines.  An esteemed panel of judges spend... read more

Covington Cellars: Featured Winery 1/10

The New Year is a time to start new things and they are taking that to heart at Covington Cellars Winery! Covington Cellars is ushering in the new year with a new brand, a newly renovated tasting room, a new chef and new babies! All of this is in addition to the Covington Cellar award winning wines that their loyal customers have come to love over the years. Cindy and David Lawson are the proud owners of... 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

Haunted by Exceptional Washington Wines

Some wines haunt us, they linger in our conscious even months after the bottle has emptied. In honor of Halloween and the some of the amazing Washington wines that I have sampled this year, here is a list of wines that have haunted me. Des Voigne Cellars 2007 Montreux Syrah During the September Woodinville Warehouse Wine Walk, Darren was filtering the 07 Montreux Syrah in preparation for bottling.... read more

Rio Vista: Featured Winery August 09

Rio Vista Winery not only offers beautiful river views but an assortment of wines to enjoy along with that view. It reminded Ed of a Roman estate where patricians would go out to tend their vineyards. Rio Vista is a beautiful, well manicured yet slightly remote estate. Surrounded by grapes on the estate, you need to first navigate a dirt road through orchards to find this winery along the river. It is off... read more

Tasawik Cellars 2005 Reserve

Tasawik Cellars reserved four of its best barrels from the 2005 harvest to create this Cabernet Sauviginon – Merlot blend.  The final blend also has 2.6% Cab Franc from Alder Ridge Vineyard for added character and complexity. This Bordeaux-style blend is a deep and dark ruby color. The nose has intense bell green pepper and jalapeno pepper aromas. Initially, this wine smelled and tasted a bit tight.... read more

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