EFESTE hosts its largest event of the year, Rockin’ Sips, on Saturday, February 27. The winery will be joined by Long Shadows Vintners, Waters Winery, and Black Raven Brewing pouring some of the region’s top wine and beer. Popular cover band Soul Siren will provide a live performance while guests enjoy nibbles by Italianissimo, Green Apple Catering, and EFESTE’s in-house Old Press catering. A photo booth courtesy of Kapchur Us Photography and a souvenir glass round out the experience.

If you buy your tickets by February 5th you can use the code special $10 early bird saving on tickets to Rockin’ Sips for Woodinville Wine Update readers. Use Code: Rockin Get your tickets here.

Participants will also have a chance to win fantastic donated items from the winery and other local businesses. The featured “Winemaker for a day” package valued at $3500 lets a party of two enjoy a private flight to Prosser with EFESTE owners Kevin and Angela Taylor to experience the EFESTE estate vineyards on Red Mountain first hand. Winemaker Peter Devison will offer a tasting of the grapes and the resulting EFESTE wines. Before departing wine country, dine with the EFESTE family at Wine O’Clock Bar and Bistro. [click to continue…]


6th Annual Cabernet Classic: Bellevue Porsche

by Shona Milne on January 31, 2016


SEATTLE, WA (January 18, 2016) – Seattle Uncorked is pleased to announce the 6th Annual Cabernet Classic Grand Tasting Event featuring the king of the grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon!  This prestigious event will be held at the new Porsche Bellevue on Saturday, February 6, 2015 from 6-9pm. Get your tickets here.

Cabernet Classic

Cabernet has long been the “KING OF WINES!” Experience the class act of the wine world & the range of this famous grape varietal with a dazzling array of over 50 of the best Cabs as well as an array of Cab Blends from 26 of Washington’s premier wineries. [click to continue…]


Woodinville Wine Events: January 16th-31st

by Shona Milne on January 12, 2016

©2013 Richard Duval Images

©2013 Richard Duval Images

Nancy’s Auberge Cooking School – January 16th – West Africa Dinner
Alexandria Nicole Cellars – January 16th – Yoga with a Twist of Wine

Chateau Ste. Michelle – January 23rd – SESSIONS – Modern Relics

Northwest Cellars – Janaury 23rd – A great “vintage” Seahawk releases his own Signature wine!  Norm Johnson Signature Series Wine Release Party

The Woodhouse Wine Estates – January 24th – Cooking Class

Russell’s Restaurant – January 28th – Bourbon Battle Dinner – Local Distilleries – Skip Rock, 2 Bar, Westland & JP Trodden

William Church Winery – January 31st – 6th Annual People’s Choice Chili Cook-off

Weddings in Woodinville – January 31st – Experience Woodinville’s top wedding venues. Eight venues, more than 100 vendors and chauffeured transportation.

Weekly Events:

Russell’s Restaurant – Tues-Fri – 4-6pm – Happy Hour
Purple Woodinville – Wed – Fried Chicken Night
Novelty Hill Januik – Wed –  5-8pm – Wednesday Wine’d Down
Bunnell Family Cellar – Thurs – 5-7pm – “Wine Therapy Hour”
J. Bookwalter Tasting Studio – Thurs & Fri – 3-6pm – Happy Hour
Mark Ryan Winery – Thurs & Fri – 5-7 – Happy Hour
The Woodhouse Wine Estates – Thurs – 5-8 – Happy Hour
Butler Wine Tours– Fri & Sun– 3pm – Friday Wine, Buy & Dine with Bellevue’s Purple Cafe and Wine Bar
Matthews Winery – Fri – 6:30-9pm – Friday Night Live
Covington Cellars – Fri – 4:30-9 -Friday Night Dinners
Kestrel Vintners – Fri – 6pm – Friday Night Rhythm and Vine
Village Wines – Fri – 7-10pm – Live Music
Northwest Cellars – Fri – 5-8pm – Happy Hour with live music from local artists

Columbia Winery – Fri – 4-7pm – 1/2 Price Flatbread Pizzas and wines by the glass
Village Wines – Sat – 7-10pm – Live Music
Covington Cellars – Sat – 5-9pm – Saturday Night Dinners
Butler Wine Tours – Sun – 3pm – Sunday Wine, Buy & Dine with Bellevue’s Purple Cafe and Wine Bar
Village Wines – Sun – 3-6pm – Live Jazz

Monthly Events:

Northwest Cellars – 4-8pm – Second Thursday Wine & Art Walk – Kirkland Warehouse Wineries
Woodinville Wine Cellars – 6:30-9:30 – First Friday Music
Eye of The Needle – 5-8:30 – Third Friday – LIVE Kickback

Industry Events:


Chef Brian Scheehser Will Pour His Garagiste Wines — Piggyback Cellars For The First Time

A collection of first-release wines, scrumptious farm fare, original works of art, and toe-tapping tunes will be showcased during Vintimate at Kirkland’s Heathman Hotel. The Thursday, January 28 event, to be held from 5-8pm in the San Juan Ballroom, offers guests the rare opportunity to be the first to taste Chef Brian Scheehser’s Piggyback Cellars 2012 and 2013 Amber Roussane and Syrah wines. Guests will also be able to view local artwork from two artists – Kim Wheaton and Mark Hussein. Scheehser has also crafted a seasonal selection of tastes inspired by freshly picked items from his 18-acre farm, as well as other local farms he enjoys.Piggyback Cellars was established in 2011 as a micro-négociant specializing in very limited production wines often known as “vins de garage” or garage wines. With each growing season, they only produce 55 cases of each varietal per vintage year. The winery is family owned and operated in Seattle. Winemaker Scheehser likes to focus on the terroir of the land as he does with his 18-acre farm and when he’s cooking in the Kitchen at Trellis Restaurant.Piggyback cellars was born from the support and partnership of the Washington Wine Community. From the beginning, their Syrah and Amber Roussanne grapes have come from Yakima Valley AVA.

As a visual artist, Hussein has been expressing himself with photography and writing for over 50 years emphasizing his commitment to recording and preserving the natural environment. Influenced by the French Impressionists and the great 20th century American black & white photographers, Hussein’s images convey the simplicity of place, time, and mood. His work was selected for presentation in “World In Focus,” an exhibition of photography designed to expand awareness of the world’s endangered environments and cultures.

Since 1997, Wheaton has lived and painted in the Columbia Basin region of Eastern Washington with her family, dog, and horses. Shortly after arriving, Wheaton was immediately struck by the subtle, magnetic landscape. She found its scale and vastness irresistible with its endless horizons, strong shapes, subtle colors, and interesting textures. Wheaton wanted to distill them down to their essence without sacrificing the realism of the landscape. She was exhilarated by the challenge of taking a simple palette of primary hues to create the subtle, muted tones of far distant fields and rich vibrant foregrounds and finding ways using color, light, and shadow to communicate the wonder she felt by a landscape that often goes unseen because it is perceived as bleak and monotonous.

Both artists’ work will be on display at the Hotel through the end of January 2016.

Vintimate is a 21 and over event. Tickets are $35 per person in advance and $40 per person at the door. Both price options are inclusive of tax, gratuity, and commemorative glass. To purchase, call (425) 284-5858 or email events@heathmankirkland.com.

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Woodinville Wine Events: January 1st-15th

by Shona Milne on December 31, 2015

©2013 Richard Duval Images

©2013 Richard Duval Images

Castillo De Feliciana – January 8th – Acoustic Night Featuring Brian James
Auberge de Seattle – January 9th – Winter Freast Cooking Class
Northwest Cellars – January 10th – Corks and Canvas Painting Class
Ambassador Wines of Washington – January 13th – Comedy Night

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Taste Washington 2016: Tickets on Sale

by Shona Milne on December 22, 2015

Taste Washington Announces 2016 Dates

Tickets to the nation’s largest single region wine and food event go on sale December 8

SEATTLE – Visit Seattle and Washington State Wine invite wine lovers to mark their calendars; Taste Washington, the nation’s largest single-region wine and food event, will take place March 31- April 3, 2016, at various venues throughout Seattle. Tickets to all four days of events are available at www.tastewashington.org. A special holiday promotion is also being offered for the Grand Tasting, $10 off Sunday only General Admission through December 31. Promo Code: 16TASTE.

         Now in its 19th year, Taste Washington promises a full weekend of activities, from the elegant Red & White Party featuring distinctive wine pours to the signature Grand Tasting, which features hundreds of Washington State wineries, food from top Pacific Northwest restaurants, chef demonstrations and more.

·  Thursday, March 31 Red & White Party, an upscale evening on the Seattle waterfront at the gorgeous AQUA by El Gaucho featuring exclusive pours of vintage library wine, exceptional barrel samples and reserve wines that will only be available at the Red & White Party.

·  Friday, April 1 Taste Washington on the Farm, three unique daytime excursions led by local chefs and Washington State winemakers. The intimate hands-on lunch experience brings together wine and food lovers and the people who grow and produce artisanal products for that the Pacific Northwest is known.

·  Friday, April 1 The New Vintage, an upbeat event aimed at the next generation of wine lovers is complete with a backdrop of music, dancing and tasty bites at Motif Seattle.

·  Saturday and Sunday, April 2 and 3, the weekend culminates with two days of educational seminars led by top wine writers and sommeliers at Four Seasons Hotel Seattle and the Grand Tasting at CenturyLink Field Event Center. [click to continue…]


Washington Wines: On Top Wine Lists

by Shona Milne on December 20, 2015

Washington State Wine Recognized on Top Wine Lists of 2015
Wine publications acknowledge 42 Washington State wines on the Top lists of the year

Three of the nation’s most influential wine magazines have awarded Washington State with top accolades for the 2015 year. Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast and Wine & Spirits have released their “Top” of 2015 lists, which celebrate 42 Washington State wines from 32 Washington State wineries.

Each year, editors select standout wines from thousands of submissions from around the world reviewed throughout the year to name their most celebrated 100 wines in the following categories: Top 100, Top Cellar Selections, Top Best Buys and Classic Scoring Wines. Wine & Spirits Magazine also celebrates the Top 100 Wineries in addition to naming top specific wines.

Fourteen Washington State wines made Wine Spectator’s Classic Scoring Wines of 2015, a list that celebrates wines that earned scores of 95 points or higher on the Wine Spectator 100-point scale, and an additional seven wines were listed on Wine Spectator’s Top 100.

Wine Enthusiast named Washington State 23 times to its three Top 100 lists: Top Best Buys, Top Cellar Selections and its most acclaimed, The Enthusiast 100. Of the named 23 wines, Washington State landed in the top 15 of each list.

Wine & Spirits selected six Washington State wineries for its Top 100 Wineries of Year. This list is a collection of producers from around the world with the most exceptional track records in the magazine’s blind tastings.

“We are thrilled to see Washington State continue to stand so prominently on these lists,” said Steve Warner, president of Washington State Wine, the organization which represents all wineries and growers in Washington State. “These recognitions continue to prove Washington State’s reputation for crafting wines that rank among the world’s best.”


Wine Spectator Top 100:

·       #2 – Quilceda Creek 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

·       #22 – Gramercy Cellars 2012 The Deuce Syrah

·       #28 – Baer 2012 Ursa

·       #31 – K Vintners 2012 The Creator Cabernet/Syrah

·       #34 – Tenet 2013 The Pundit Syrah


Wine Spectator Classic-Scoring Wines of 2015

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Woodinville Wine Events: December 16th-31st

by Shona Milne on December 15, 2015

©2013 Richard Duval Images

©2013 Richard Duval Images

Cheers and Happy Holidays to all. Remember that some wineries may have adjusted hours or may be closed over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

Village Wines – December 16th – Port and Dessert Tasting

Northwest Cellars – December 17th – Sip & Shop JJ Caprices

Northwest Cellars – December 19th – Sip & Shop to benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital

Woodinville Wine Cellars – December 19th – Tasting With the Winemaker

Matthews Winery – December 28th – Corks and Canvas

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POP!: Bubbles & Seafood Weekend in February

by Shona Milne on December 5, 2015

Top 10 Reasons to Attend Pop! Bubbles & Seafood on February 20

Seattle Wine and Food Experience Kicks-Off Epicurean Weekend with Opening Night Event

 Pop! Bubbles & Seafood returns on Saturday, February 20 to kick off the Seattle Wine and Food Experience (SWFE) epicurean weekend February 20-21. POP! takes place in a new location – the elegant McCaw Hall (321 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109) – in the heart of the Seattle Center. Presented by Seattle magazine, the celebration brings together the bounty of sustainable seafood from the Pacific Northwest with sparkling wines across the globe.

Back for its second appearance, Pop! Bubbles & Seafood teases the taste buds and refreshes the palate with a range of culinary and drink options. Jamie Peha, event producer and president of Peha Promotions, asked her team of experts to advise on the top 10 reasons to attend Pop! Bubbles & Seafood Number one on the list is bubbles!

Pop! Bubbles & Seafood Top 10 List:

1.     Bubbles! Expect more than 40 sparkling wines from around the world: Washington, California and other American sparkling, Spanish Cava, French Champagne, Italian Prosecco and Alsatian Cremant. Yashar Shayan, certified sommelier and founder of Impulse Wine, shares his top three favorite bubbles to be featured at Pop. 1) Nicholas Feuillatte Brut Reserve, “It’s a fun, nuttier style, and highly affordable among Champagnes,” says Shayan. 2) Piper Heidsieck Brut non vintage, “this brut is a generously rich style, very creamy, with lots of biscuit notes and a great value, that delivers a lot of flavor.” 3) Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Blanc, “this is a great example of well made American sparkling. It’s very toasty and lush, with clean apple flavors, and a crisp finish,” says Shayan.

2.     Seafood – 16 local chefs prepare their favorite gourmet seafood bites to pair perfectly with all those bubbles. Alaska Seafood Marketing pairs up with Copperleaf, Orfeo and Rockcreek.  For a full chef list visit www.seattlewineandfoodexperience.com/pop.

3.     New Location – Now held at the tony McCaw Hall, this central, iconic location in the heart of Seattle Center is the perfect setting for this sparkling Pacific Northwest evening. [click to continue…]


Woodinville Wine Events: December 1st-15th

by Shona Milne on December 1, 2015

©2013 Richard Duval Images

©2013 Richard Duval Images

Alexandria Nicole Cellars – December 3rd – Girls Night Out

Woodinville Wine Country – December 4th – Holiday Wine Tasting at Molbak’s

Woodinville Wine Country – December 5th & 6th – St. Nick’s Holiday Open House

EFESTE – December 6th – Santa Photos

Alexandria Nicole Cellars – December 6th – Somm Sunday

Ambassador Wines of Washington – December 9th – Night of Laughs

Village Wines – December 9th – Bubbles Jam [click to continue…]