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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

Is Pairing Wine with Chocolate Like Having Sex on the Beach?

There we were in a banquet hall full of people at an Enological Society event  joyfully sipping wine when the guest speaker uttered those horrific words, “Red wine and chocolate don’t go together.” I can’t recall who the guy was, what we were sipping, or even when this was (although it was long enough ago that the organization has since changed its name to the Seattle Wine Society). However, I... read more

Its a great weekend to be a Washington beer and wine lover!

Summer has come to Seattle and with it, a lot of opportunities to enjoy some great Washington beer and wine this weekend. Summer Festivals Enjoy Washington wine and beer at Kirkland Uncorked all weekend long. Check out the wine garden at Seattle’s annual celebration of food at the Bite of Seattle at the Seattle Center this weekend It is a great weekend to head over to the peninsula’s Lavender... read more

First Annual Cork and Pork

Join the festivities and fun at the first annual Cork and Pork  at William Church Winery. This is an event that owner Rod Balsley has been talking and dreaming about for a long time. Start talking to him about really good BBQ and his eyes just light up! Rod should be really beaming on Saturday because William Church Winery has lined upChampionship Two Loose Screws BBQ to prepare a full BBQ dinner for you... 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

Friday Night Highlights: Washington Brewers Fest 2010

The annual Washington Brewers’ Festival began with the ringing of the seminary bell on a gorgeous Friday afternoon in St Edwards park. The sun was shining but the temperature was mild as patrons roamed the festival grounds in search of their favorite beers. Friday night varies from the rest of the festival in three ways: Friday is adult only, families are welcome the rest of the weekend. Only select... 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

Woodinville Pre-Passport and Release Party Wrap Up

Friday night, I grabbed a sneak peek at some Woodinville Passport parties and release parties at Cuillin Hills Winery, DesVoigne Cellars, Patterson Cellars,  Pondera Winery and William Church Winery. It was a great evening without crowds and plenty of time to talk directly with the wine makers. Cuillin Hills Winery Derek DesVoigne was pouring, the tunes were rockin’ and the stories of drinking in... read more

5 Tips to Enjoying Woodinville Passport Weekend

The annual Woodinville Passport Weekend is upon us! Woodinville Passport weekend offers the opportunity to visit up to 40 different Washington wineries, all with tasting rooms in the Woodinville area. Some of these boutique wineries are only open a few days out of the year and this is your opportunity to visit them and taste their wines. This year, with the recent influx of new wineries into Woodinville,... read more

Life of Wine: Wine 102

I love that wine is a living, breathing thing that continues to evolve in the barrel, the bottle even in the glass. William Church Winery has partnered with Certified Sommelier Yashar Shayan to offer a series of Life of Wine classes. I recently attended the second in their series, Life of Wine: Wine 102. Yashar started us off with a quick review of wine tasting tips to help the participants appreciate the... read more

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