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

Save the Walla Walla Wineries!

While driving to Walla Walla for the Wine Bloggers Conference, things along Highway 12 seemed a little different. We were puzzled when we didn’t see the wineries we usually drive by along the way. Curiously, our GPS kept recalculating. It turns out that Highway 12 has been widened and repositioned. As a result, wineries including Reininger Winery, Three Rivers, Cougar Crest Winery, and Skylite Cellars... 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

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

Black Raven Brewery Co.: Featured Brewery 2/10

What does an intriguing, crafty and smart bird, with a rich cultural history, have to do with artisan Washington beer? When asking that question about Black Raven Brewery, the answer becomes obvious. The staff at Black Raven Brewery are smart people with a wicked sense of humor, keen business savvy, creative and inquistive minds, and an appreciation for beer history and culture. The Black Raven gives them... read more

Tri-Cities Wine Festival 2009 Review

On Saturday, November 7, 2009, Roger and I headed over to the 31st Tri-Cities Wine Festival where nearly 100 wineries poured over 300 judged Northwest wines.  It’s amazing how many different grape varietals are now being grown in the area, and the night’s offerings included 40 of them.  Upland Estates Winery won the event’s esteemed Best in Show award for their 2007 Malbec, while Chateau Ste.... 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

Washington State Brewery and Beers win GABF awards

The Great American Beer Festival closes today and Washington State is walking away with a number of awards. A very special congratulations to Chuckanut Brewery for winning Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year! In addition, congratulations to Washington State breweries that won awards for individual brews. Chuckanut Brewery Redhook Ales Pyramid Breweries Ram Restaurant Brewery Silver City... read more

Chuckanut Brewery: Featured Brewery Aug 09

Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen just celebrated its 1st anniversary but Chuckanut Brewery in Bellingham is one in a long line of successful breweries created by Master Brewer Will Kemper and his wife Mari Kemper. Since 1984, they have been creating beer and breweries across America, Mexico and Turkey. Chuckanut Brewery believes that combining the technology and the science of the big breweries with the art... read more

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