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Beer and Wines that Haunt

Each year, we celebrate Halloween by recalling the wines we sampled this past year that continued to haunt us long after the last sip. This year we are correcting the error of not including beer in the list of Washington beverages that continue to haunt us. The list includes Washington beer and wine from barrel, new releases and the depth of the cellar.  Washington Beer Black Raven La... read more

Debuts and Discoveries Report: New Washington Wineries to Watch

The annual Debuts and Discoveries, produced by Seattle Uncorked,  is a great opportunity to taste wines side by side from some of Washington’s newest wineries. Four of the contributing writers to the Wine Beer Washington Blog attended the event and three of us were on the judging panel. We all have slightly different palates and preferences, so all had our own favorites, but a number of wines really... read more

Pour on the Plaza 2011

It’s hard to go wrong when you are greeted at an event with a glass of bubbles. Upon arriving at the El Gaucho Bellevue’s Pour on the Plaza on June 25th to benefit the Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club, I was welcomed to the event and handed a glass of Domaine Ste Michelle Blanc de Blanc. I admit to initial disappointment that Pour in the Plaza was moved partially indoors as the sun was making... read more

Pretzel Crusted Pickle Pairing with Pike Brewing

Who knew that pretzels and pickles could create a lip smacking good beer and wine pairing? Midwestern natives like myself understand the attraction of fried pickles but it was the culinary creativity of my Washington friends that gifted me with this blissful pairing. Here at Washington Wine & Beer we started a tradition of celebrating each other during our respective birth months.  Since we are all... read more

Müller-Thurgau: Another Sparkling Wine from Icicle Ridge

Sparkling wines are a great way to celebrate. In the last month, I have had the pleasure of celebrating two birthdays with Icicle Ridge Winery Sparkling Müller-Thurgau. I first tasted this Washington sparkling wine at a Jonathan Kingham concert at Icicle Ridge. The concert was the night before winemaker Don Wood’s birthday so a toast and some bubbly was called for. The winery staff served glasses of... read more

Its never too late: Worldwide Chardonnay Tasting 5/6

Join the world in raising a glass of Chardonnay on May 6, 2010! All day, around the world, people will be tasting Chardonnay and sharing their impressions with other wine lovers worldwide. From the big, rich buttery chardonnays to the crisp, fruity chardonnays you can find a Chardonnay to match almost any palate, if you know where to look and what to pair. That is what this Worldwide Chardonnay Virtual... read more

Ivars Food and Wine Adventures Review

Recently, Ivar’s has launched a new series called Food and Wine Adventures, in which they pair local wines with local seafood.  On March 10, 2010 we attended a Food and Wine Adventure of white wine and shellfish, showcasing Chateau Ste Michelle. Executive Chef Chris Garr planned a menu that highlighted the bounty of the sea and married the characteristics of a diverse assortment of white wines from... read more

Pike Chocofest 2010 Review

On February 11, a crowd infiltrated Pike Brewing Company for the 2nd annual Chocofest – a pairing of chocolate with wine, beer, and spirits.  One thing that immediately sets this event apart is the hospitality of the brewery’s owners, Charles and Rose Ann Finkel. They are such gracious hosts, introducing themselves to attendees and thanking them for coming. How many times do you attend a big... read more

Winter Weekend in Washington Wine Country

This holiday weekend is full of opportunities to enjoy winter AND wine in Washington Wine Country. Who says wine and snow don’t go together? In Washington state they do, especially in central Washington. Check out the activities in Lake Chelan and Leavenworth. Lake Chelan Fire and Ice Winterfest: January 15-17 The annual Lake Chelan Fire and Ice Winterfest have added a number of wine events, in... read more

Domaine Ste Michelle for New Years

Washington state is not necessarily known for its sparkling wines  but we do have a number of them. Domaine Ste Michelle has been making sparkling wines in Washington state for thirty years.  Domaine Ste Michelle makes their sparkling wines Méthode champenoise, the champagne style of making bubbly! Columbia Valley grapes, such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, are grown to achieve a bracing and crisp... read more

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