Woodinville Wine Events: July 1st-15th

by Shona Milne on July 1, 2015

©2013 Richard Duval Images

©2013 Richard Duval Images

Convergence Zone – July 4th – 4th Annual Red, White and Blues

Chateau Ste. Michelle – July 4th – 4th of July at the Chateau – Celebrate the 4th at Chateau Ste. Michelle. Enjoy amazing wines, live music and our Artisan Showcase of over 25 artists on our property. Admission is complimentary. All ages welcome.

Columbia Winery – July 4th – Art & Science Defined: The Aromas of Wine

The Woodhouse Wine Estates – July 8th – Corks & Canvas Wine + Painting Party

Wine Rocks Seattle – July 9th – Wine, Food, Beer, Food Trucks, and Music – Elliott Hall at Bell Harbor – Pier 66

Alexandria Nicole Cellars – July 9th – Boys Night Out

The Woodhouse Wine Estates – July 11th –Vinyasa & Vino with Lululemon

Chateau Ste. Michelle – July 14th – Chateau 2nd Tuesdays – Grab your friends and a picnic blanket and enjoy live music from local artists on our front lawn. Our Wine Shop and Club Room will have extended hours until 8:00pm on these lively summer evenings. Admission is complimentary.

Celebrate Woodinville – July 15th – Concert and Festival

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”

Sky River Mead – Thurs – 3-6pm – Mead specials and Special Meads! – thru Labor Day

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

Long Shadows – Fri – 6-9pm – UnWine’d Happy Hour & Live Music

Columbia Winery – Fri – 4-7pm – 1/2 Price Flatbread Pizzas and wines by the glass

William Church Winery – Fri – 5-8 – Flip Flop Friday’s

Sky River Mead – Fri – 6-8 – Live Music through Labor Day

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:

Woodinville Wine Country – 4-8pm – First Thursday – Savor at Sunset Wine Walks – Hollywood District

Northwest Cellars – 4-8pm – Second Thursday Wine & Art Walk – Kirkland Warehouse Wineries

Woodinville Wine Country – 4-8pm – Third Thursday – Savor at Sunset Wine Walks – Warehouse District

Woodinville Wine Cellars – 6:30-9:30 First Friday Music

Northwest Cellars – 4-8pm – Last Friday – Happy Hour with great live Music

Ambassador Wines of Washington – 4:30-7pm – First Saturday – Ladies Night!

Industry Events:


Experience Woodinville: Willows Lodge

by Shona Milne on June 17, 2015


In nod to Iron Vintner Challenge, portion of proceeds to benefit Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center

WHAT: First annual Experience Woodinville, a relaxed, early evening showcase of all that Woodinville Wine Country has to offer with stations hosted by its wineries, distilleries, breweries and food and craft artisans.

WHO: Woodinville wineries:

Woodinville breweries and distilleries: [click to continue…]


Woodinville Wine Events: June 1st-15th

by Shona Milne on May 31, 2015

©2013 Richard Duval Images

Northwest Cellars – June 6th – Summer Lovin’ Fundraiser for Homeward Pet

Ambassador Wines of Washington – June 6th – Ladies Night

Michael Florentino Cellars – June 6th – 2011 Monastrell Release Party

Columbia Winery – June 6th – Art & Science; Defined. The Components of Wine Class

Auberge Edge of Seattle – June 6th – Basque Region Cooking Class

EFESTE – June 7th – Pizza Party [click to continue…]


Station Pizzeria: Closing Their Doors

by Shona Milne on May 30, 2015

I received an email from Station Pizzeria that they are closing at the end of this month. I wish them well. Join in the final days, May 29th-31st. Below is the email.

Help us kill the kegs, eat every last slice, and send our owners, Kent and Cindy off in style!

Over the last 20 years, Kent and Cindy have been providing great food and service in Woodinville. Well, hard work pays off – it’s time for them to have some fun. They plan to set out in their shiny new RV for 2 years around the US. Please send all your best memories at Italianissimo and The Station – or well wishes for their big adventure – to Kent and Cindy, via their website OURRRV (yes, we spelled that right… long story! Stay tuned on the blog for that funny story.)

We would also love to see your photos and memories on our Facebook page.



Wine Rocks Seattle: 8th Annual

by Shona Milne on May 19, 2015


Get ready for a rockin’ good time on Seattle’s waterfront July 9

Taste the wine, hear the music and help the cause at the 8th annual Wine Rocks Seattle, Thursday, July 9 at Elliott Hall & Pier (Bell Harbor – Pier 66). This yearly event includes 45 plus wineries, breweries and cideries pouring their best against sweeping views of the Seattle waterfront.

Music is the key feature of the event both inside the venue and on the pier. Four bands will take the stage inside the venue during the evening and include perennial favorites and newcomers. Three of the bands feature Washington winemakers and friends including Gordy Rawson of Chatter Creek Winery, Darren Des Voigne of Des Voigne Cellars and Karris Nicklaus of Michael Florentino Cellars. The headliner for the evening will be Seattle-based band the Timbre Barons. During breaks between performances DJ Dubreezy will be spinning tunes on the pier. Washington winemaker and music lover Trey Busch of Sleight of Hand Cellars in Walla Walla will serve as the event emcee for the first time this year.

Beyond the wine and music new elements will be in store for guests at this year’s Wine Rocks Seattle. These new event features include:

  • Rhone Zone Wine Bar – taste Rhone-inspired red, white and rose wines (think Syrah, Grenache, Viognier and more)
  • Restaurant Zoe American Lamb Spit – grab a tasty American lamb bite from Chef Scott Staples
  • Rockin’ Cocktail Samples from BevMo! – stay cool with these summer sips of summer
  • Yakima Valley Palate Pleasers – Sips and bites from Washington’s craft beverage and food hub
  • Feast on offerings from six of Seattle’s hottest food trucks and light snacks from special food purveyors

“Wine Rocks Seattle has kicked up the music this year with DJ tunes outside on the Pier and new musical performances including Joyfield an Indie-alternative with powerful female vocals and intriguing instrumentals and the Timbre Barons an indie guitar rock band seen at the Tractor Tavern and played regularly on KEXP,” says Jamie Peha of Peha Promotions and producer of Wine Rocks Seattle. “The new Rhone Zone tasting bar, more food options and a killer mix of wineries, breweries and cideries help make Wine Rocks Seattle rock.”

This year Wine Rocks Seattle benefits the University District Food Bank. For 32 years, the University District Food Bank has helped prevent hunger in [click to continue…]


Woodinville Wine Events: May 16th-31st

by Shona Milne on May 15, 2015

©2013 Richard Duval Images

Chateau Ste. Michelle – May 16th – Chef Dinner – Welcome Back Spring

Chateau Ste. Michelle – May 16th – Legendary Swirl

Castillo de Feliciana – May 16th & 17th –  Spring Release 2015

DeLille Cellars – May 16th & 17th – Spring Barrel Tasting

The Woodhouse Wine Estate – May 16th & 17th – Northwest Wine Night

EFESTE – May 17th – Pizza Party [click to continue…]



Join the celebration of the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center’s one year anniversary! The anniversary celebration is set to take place on May 30th at the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center at 2140 Wine Country Road in Prosser. Enjoy extended hours, live music from 4-7pm by the Kevin Selby Experiment, fresh fare, special glass pours, and event ticket giveaways! All weekend a special $1.00 tasting fee will be [click to continue…]


Wine, Art, and Music: Heathman Hotel

by Shona Milne on May 5, 2015

Meet the Masters in Kirkland on May 14: Where Food, Art, Wine, and Music Collide

A collection of award winning wines, mouthwatering fare, vibrant paintings, and ballroom tunes will be showcased during Vintimate at Kirkland’s Heathman Hotel. The Thursday, May 14 event, to be held from 5—8pm in the San Juan Ballroom, offers guests the opportunity to view the original artwork of Northwest artist Fred Lisaius, sip on DeLille Cellars 2012 D2 and Doyenne AIX, while listening to a great mix of songs by local guitarist, Tanner Long. Executive Chef Scheehser has crafted a seasonal selection of tastes inspired with freshly picked items from his 18-acre farm, as well as other local farms.

As a visual artist and sculptor, Lisaius uses the forums of nature to explore the relationship between people and the natural world, with an interface of community, diversity, harmony, exploration, discovery, and change. His artistry can be found in Seattle at the Patricia Rovzar Gallery and the Seattle Art Museum Gallery, as well as Schomburg Gallery in Santa Monica, CA. Lisaius’ art pieces will be on display at the Heathman through the end of May 2015, and are available for purchase.

DeLille Cellars is a boutique artisan winery located in Woodinville, Washington. The mission at DeLille Cellars has always been to create a new Bordeaux blend [click to continue…]


Another Successful Year: Taste Washington

by Shona Milne on May 3, 2015

Taste Washington Celebrates Another Successful Year

Overall attendance for the four-day event was highest on record

Taste Washington — the nation’s largest single-region wine and food event — reported its highest overall attendance in 2015. The 18th annual event took place March 26-29 and drew more than 6,300 people over the course of four days. The weekend’s educational seminars led by sommeliers, winemakers and beverage writers also sold out.

Organizers attributed the growth to the expansion of the event to include new activities such as the Taste Washington on the Farm series, which brought wine and food lovers to local farms for interactive farm-to-table lunches, and The New Vintage, which featured celebrity chefs, wine pairings and a national deejay. Another favorite in the weekend lineup was the Red & White Party, an upscale evening hosted by AQUA by El Gaucho featuring highly-rated, hard-to-find wines. At this more formal affair, guests dressed up for the theme of red and white.

Taste Washington 2015 by the numbers:

·       Overall attendance: 6,307

·       Grand Tasting attendance: 4,991

·       Wineries at Grand Tasting: 234

·       Wines poured: 800

·       Number of pours: 200,000

Tickets to next year’s event will be announced this fall. Taste Washington is produced by Visit Seattle in partnership with Washington State Wine. To learn more, visit www.tastewashington.org. [click to continue…]


Woodinville Wine Events: May 1st-15th

by Shona Milne on April 30, 2015

Pondera Winery, Davenport Cellars, and Des Voignes Cellars – May 2nd – Vino de Mayo

Ambassador Wines of Washington – May 2nd – Ladies Night (New Event)

Convergence Zone – May 2nd – Malbec and Riesling Release

Guardian Cellars – May 3rd – Gun Metal and Angel Sauvignon Blanc Release + Tacos

Village Wines – May 7th – A Walk through Spain Wine Tasting

William Church Winery – May 8th – Mother’s Day Special 2014 Viognier Release

Finn Hill Winery – May 9th – Spring Release Party

Michael Florentino Cellars – May 9th & 10th – Mother’s Day Tasting with Deiros Artisan Chocolates

Mark Ryan Winery – May 9th, 10th, & 11th – Spring Release

Novelty Hill Januik – May 9th & 10th – Mother’s Day Wine and Chocolate Tasting

EFESTE – May 10th – Mother’s Day Tasting and the Pizza oven will be fired up! [click to continue…]