Happy 14th Birthday: Willows Lodge

by Shona Milne on August 26, 2014


Willows Lodge, a favorite Pacific Northwest retreat in the heart of Woodinville Wine Country, will host a month-long 14th Birthday Celebration this September, featuring special discounts and offers throughout the hotel, including its restaurants and newly renovated Fireside, as well as The Spa at Willows Lodge. The public will also have the chance to win 14 giveaways by posting photos of their favorite #celebrations held at Willows Lodge on the hotel’s Facebook page.

“It’s our birthday, but we wanted to celebrate our guests and Woodinville neighbors by giving them the presents,” said Denny Fitzpatrick, general manager, Willows Lodge.

The public is invited to post photos of their favorite celebrations held at Willows Lodge on the hotel’s Facebook page with the hashtag #celebrations.  Beginning on Tuesday, September 2, the Lodge will choose one winner at random each weekday (Mon – Fri) at 14:14 (that’s 2:14 p.m.) until the [click to continue…]


27th Auction of Washington Wines: Success!

by Shona Milne on August 19, 2014

Auction of Washington Wines raises $1.8 Million for Uncompensated Care at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Washington State University’s Viticulture & Enology Program

More than 2,500 attendees participated throughout 27th annual series of summer events

The 27th annual Auction of Washington Wines culminated August 14-16 in Woodinville, Wash. at Chateau Ste. Michelle, raising $1.8 million for uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Washington State University’s Viticulture & Enology Program. Known as the region’s premier charity wine event, the weekend featured the Picnic & Barrel Auction, Winemaker Dinner Series, The Columbia Winery Charity 10K Race and 5K Run/Walk and Kids Dash, as well as the Wine Gala.

“This annual weekend has brought together members of our Washington wine industry, professionals and patrons for the last 27 years. What is humbling is that even after nearly three decades, the dedication and support only continues to grow,” said Aimee Sheridan, Auction of Washington Wines Executive Director. “We are thrilled that through all this celebration, funds raised benefit the uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital, as well as future winemakers of our region through Washington State University.”

Thursday’s Picnic & Barrel Auction featured picnic games and gourmet fare prepared by a team of chefs from Tulalip Resort Casino, and the exciting Barrel Auction set new fundraising records with $93,000, an increase of $21,000 from 2013. The Barrel Auction highlighted more than 23 wineries, some pouring releases created specifically for this event.

Wine lovers attended one of 10 winemaker dinners on Friday evening at locations including various locations throughout Puget Sound including [click to continue…]


Woodinville Wine Events: August 16th-31st

by Shona Milne on August 14, 2014

©2013 Richard Duval Images

Auction of Washington Wines – August 16th - Auction of Washington Wine Gala at Chateau Ste. Michelle

Celebrate Woodinville – August 16th – Summer Concert

Columbia Winery – August 16th – Charity Run and Walk

Obelisco Estate – August 16th – 2011 Cabernet Release

Sparkman Cellars – August 17th - Olsen Vineyard Barrel Tasting

Brian Carter Cellars – August 22nd – Puppies on the Patio – Homeward Pet Adoption Center will be visiting. Please bring a pet food or money donation and help Homeward Pet.

William Church Winery – August 22nd – Flip Flop Fridays – The Fibonacci’s

Castillo de Feliciana – August 22nd – Live Music & A  Food Truck

Chateau Ste. Michelle – August 22nd – Summer Concert Series – Gypsy Kings’ 25th Anniversary Tour

Michael Florentino Cellars – August 23rd – 2012 Preview Tasting – Taste the 2012′s before they are blended and bottled! [click to continue…]


Auction of Washington Wines: Wine Gala

by Shona Milne on August 8, 2014

The Wine Gala – Saturday, August 16, 2014 The 27th Anniversary Wine Gala will be held on the grounds of Chateau Ste. Michelle. Guests will enjoy a six course meal prepared by some of the area’s finest chefs. Each table will be hosted by a Washington state winemaker who will pair and pour wines from their collection. Entertainment will include nationally renowned auctioneers Ursula Hermacinski and Fritz Hatton and performances by composer, director and performer Rich Gray, plus live and silent auctions. Seating at the Wine Gala is limited. Tickets are $500 per person. Purchase your tickets here.

The Grand Finale. The Wine Gala, held on the grounds of Chateau Ste. Michelle under the stars of the northwest sky. Take your seat at a table and enjoy the ride through your Winemaker hosts selection of wines, paired exquisitely with a six-course dinner created by local Chefs. The evening will be filled with one-of-a-kind collectable wine lots, trips to destinations around the world, and much more. It’s the Ultimate Party.

Wine Glasses In The Dark


Auction of Washington Wines: Winemaker Dinner Series

by Shona Milne on August 6, 2014

Winemaker Dinner Series – Friday, August 15, 2014 –  These intimate dinners will be held at private estates throughout the Puget Sound. Patrons can experience the company of Washington winemakers whose wines are paired exquisitely with a gourmet meal created by the regions’ most well-renowned chefs. Seating at these dinners is limited. Tickets are $250 per person. Purchase your tickets here.

Private Estates around the Puget Sound

Call it a tradition – in one evening, ten dinners take place at the same time, in multiple locations, with various personalities. Inside stories. Secrets revealed. It’s the ultimate experience and only our Winemaker Dinner Series gives you such access and so many choices. Whether you prefer a quiet dinner in a wooded setting, a waterside soiree, or an easy gathering on the back patio, you will be wined and dined with the ultimate in Chefs and winemakers from Washington.


Grab your furry friend and walk this way to the First Thursday Wine Walk in the Hollywood District on August 7th. Get your tickets here.

  • Featuring Homeward Pet, Woodinville’s no-kill animal shelter, hosted by J Bookwalter
  • Purple Cafe and  The Commons offers wine walk participants one Free Dessert per table with the purchase of $25 or more, in addition to Free Corkage on one bottle from a participating wine walk tasting room.  Dogs are welcome at the outside tables.
  • Sky River Mead is hosting the artist opening of Lyn Linder
  • J Bookwalter is hosting the alfresco eatery The Roundabout Cafe
  • Brian Carter Cellars is hosting Sweet Wheels Food Truck www.sweetwheels.netLuv
  • Luv Macarons hosted by Torii Mor

NOTE:   AUGUST’s Main Ticket Station is OTIS KENYON


Columbia Winery Charity 10K Run and 5K Run & Walk – Saturday, August 16, 2014  - The 8th Annual Columbia Winery Charity 10K Run and 5K Run & Walk welcomes participants to join 1,400 other runners and walkers at 8:30 a.m. at Columbia Winery in Woodinville.  Register here.

The Columbia Winery Charity 10K Race and 5K Run/Walk & Kids Dash (formerly The Covey Run) provides fun for the whole family. Experience a scenic course through the heart of Woodinville wine country and enjoy great food, beverages, kids activities, music and more! Great prizes, plus a bib drawing for all registrants and fundraisers. Presented by the Run for Children’s Guild, proceeds support uncompensated care. More than 1,400 participants expected!


Barrage Cellars: Duval Images Exhibit

by Shona Milne on August 2, 2014

Richard Duval’s wine fine art photo exhibit “Metal Impressions” is set for a month-long run at Barrage Cellars in Wville’s Warehouse district through August 31.  Enjoy these riveting metal-on-metal photos.  Richard is one of the leading wine photographers in Washington – you can see more of his work at www.vinelines.com or on his Facebook page “Duval Images.”

Barrage Cellars is open Saturday and Sunday 1-5pm.


Woodinville Wine Events: August 1st-15th

by Shona Milne on July 30, 2014

©2013 Richard Duval Images

EFESTE – August 1st – Seated Reserve Tasting

William Church Winery – August 1st – Flip Flop Friday -with Jacob McCaslin – The sounds of blues & soul

Castillo de Feliciana – August 1st – Live Music & a Food Truck

Finn Hill Winery – August 2nd – Summer Release

Woodinville Wine Cellars – August 2nd – Summer Party

William Church Winery – August 8th – Flip Flop Friday with Scout Smith – Acoustic rock and soul

Woodinville Wine Cellars – August 8th – Second Friday Live Music – Jesse Taylor

Sky River Mead – August 8th – Twilight Tunes – Music by Jacob McCaslin & Roll the Credits

Castillo de Feliciana – August 8th – Live Music & a Food Truck [click to continue…]


Force Majeure: Moving to Woodinville

by Shona Milne on July 23, 2014

I’m looking forward to seeing the new place from Force Majeure which should be opening up sometime in August. They are moving from their space in Totem Lake to Woodinville. Susan told me a bit of what prompted the move and sent me a few pictures of how the space looks right now.

The move was prompted by the addition of  Todd Alexander as Winemaker and General Manager from Bryant Family Vineyards.  They needed to have their own winemaking facilities.  Susan told me that they are getting really excited about the move and it has given them a chance to rethink/redesign the tasting room, and that it’s going to be really great having all the new production capabilities under one roof. They are taking a part (almost 6,000 sq feet) of the old Chrysalis school.  Currently, they are in demolishing mode, but build-out should start soon.

The new Force Majeure will be  located in the Woodinville Commerce Center at 18720 142nd Avenue NE, Woodinville. They are close to Covington Cellars and Kaella Winery.