Woodinville Wine Events: August 1st-15th

by Shona Milne on July 30, 2014

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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. 


Market Vineyards: Grand Opening

by Shona Milne on July 22, 2014

Stop by Market Vineyards on Saturday, July 26th from noon until 5pm for their official Grand Opening. They are located at 14810 145th Street, Suite A2 by the Hollywood Schoolhouse.


Taste of Tulalip: Pre-Sale Tickets Available

by Shona Milne on July 21, 2014

Award Winning Wine and Food Weekend Offers Advance Purchase Through Ticketmaster

Tulalip, Washington — “Buy early; get in,” says Tulalip Resort Casino President/COO Ken Kettler.  He is referring to the line of disappointed Taste of Tulalip fans that were unable to enjoy the award-winning November weekend of wine, food and tradition, as the 2013 event sold out.  This year tickets will go on pre-sale at 9:00 a.m. PDT on July 18. Seats for the Friday, November 14 celebration dinner may be purchased by calling (360) 716-6888, and the passes for the Saturday, November 15 events can be paid for via Ticketmaster at http://www.ticketmaster.com/.

The weekend kicks-off with Friday night’s multi-course Celebration Dinner, prepared by Executive Chef Perry Mascitti and his team, paired with premium wines from around the globe selected by sommelier Tommy Thompson.  Seating is limited to 400 guests.   Saturday is filled with a plethora of wine and food demos, chef challenges, a wine seminar, a VIP Magnum party and is capped with the Grand Taste – featuring over 120 wineries from Washington, Oregon, California, New Zealand and Germany, along with a craft beer “pool garden”.  Attendance is limited to 2,000. [click to continue…]


Woodinville Wine Events – July 16th-31th

by Shona Milne on July 16, 2014

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Chateau Ste. Michelle – July 16th -Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band

Celebrate Woodinville – July 16th – Summer Concerts

Chateau Ste. Michelle – July 17th - Replay America: The Go-Go’s, Patty Smyth and Scandal, Martha Davis and The Motels & Naked Eyes Featuring Pete Byrne

Castillo de Feliciana – July 18th – Live Music & Food Truck

Brian Carter Cellars – July 18th – Bring Fido for Puppies on the Patio – Homeward Pet will be there to accept pet food donations and or money donations.

EFESTE – July 18th – Special Reserve Tasting

Chateau Ste. Michelle – July 18th – Lyle Lovett & His Large Band

Sky River Mead – July 18th – Twilight Tunes with Dylan Jakobsen

Kirkland Uncorked – July 18th, 19th, & 20th – Wine, Food, and Dogs to benefit Homeward Pet

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One of my favorite wine events of the year is coming up; Auction of Washington Wines Picnic. There is plenty of wine and food and winemkers for the Picnic.  The money raised at the Picnic and the other Auction of Washington Wines events go towards uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Viticulture and Enology Research at Washington State University.

Picnic & Barrel Auction – Thursday, August 14, 2014 At the beautiful Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery in Woodinville, Wash., the Picnic & Barrel Auction will feature myriad activities for all to enjoy. Participants will meet and greet Washington winemakers as they mingle among the crowd to pour tastings of their newest and oldest releases. Guests will enjoy bidding on some of Washington’s most coveted limited-release wines during the exciting Barrel Auction while indulging in gourmet picnic fare presented by the talented team of chefs from Tulalip Resort Casino. Annual highlights of these food offerings include a tent devoted to cheese and a themed dessert station.  Tickets are $125 per person; $150 for early access to the Barrel Auction. Picnic blankets are $1,250 and include eight tickets with a reserved table and seating area in a prime location.


EFESTE: Barrel Taste With The Winemaker

by Shona Milne on July 9, 2014

The EFESTE tasting room is now open daily from noon to 5:00 p.m. (with the exception of major holidays), and adding unique tasting options to enhance the experience of today’s wine country visitor.

One of the new events being offered is a barrel tasting with EFESTE Winemaker, Peter Devison. This rare tasting experience in EFESTE’s cellar is scheduled for Friday, July 11 from 2-3:30 p.m. Participants will live the dream for an afternoon while Peter pours samples from barrels and offers a guided tasting of components destined to become one in bottle while explaining our reductive winemaking style. Entry is available by prepaid reservation made via the EFESTE web site for $45 per person with priority seating for Club members.

Seated educational reserve tastings on Fridays are scheduled for July 18, July 25, and August 1 with prepaid advance reservations, $25 general public, [click to continue…]

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Farm to Table: Trellis at Heathman Hotel

by Shona Milne on July 4, 2014

Guests Enjoy Chef Brian Scheehser’s Restaurant Without Walls at July Event

Kirkland, Washington — On Friday, July 11, join Executive Chef Brian Scheehser of Trellis at The Heathman Hotel for his second annual al fresco dinner at the South 47 Farm — a restaurant without walls.  Diners will be treated to a mid-summer feast featuring just culled produce, prepared with an emphasis on the terroir.  The experience begins at 4pm with casual farm tours, refreshing beverages, and appetizers followed by a five-course menu paired with an assortment of top rated Washington State wines.

“We started this yearly event with the idea of reconnecting diners to the origins of their food.  This unique setting, on an active working farm, gives our guests an up-close and personal experience of how we source much of the produce for Trellis,” says Chef Scheehser.

Seating for this special event is limited.  For reservations, please call 425-284-5858 or email [click to continue…]


New Edition of Woodinville Wine Country Magazine Offers Touring Ideas and Planning Tips for Visiting this Summer or Fall

First-time visitors to Woodinville Wine Country as well as tasting room regulars will find plenty of new ideas for exploring Washington wineries this summer and fall in the newly released edition of Woodinville Wine Country magazine, available free of charge at area wineries, Western Washington hotels or by request from Woodinville Wine Country.

Located just 30 minutes from downtown Seattle, Woodinville is home to 109 wineries and tasting rooms. In addition to a dizzying array of award-winning wines, the area offers visitors a variety of wine-centric dining options, outdoor patios and gardens and a burgeoning music scene.  All these activities, as well as articles exploring Woodinville’s expanding role in agritourism and rich rural history, are detailed in the summer/fall 2014 issue of the magazine.

This glossy, four-color visitor guide offers informative articles by top journalists including music expert Gene [click to continue…]


Woodinville Wine Events: July 1st-15th

by Shona Milne on June 30, 2014

©2013 Richard Duval Images

Don’t forget that it’s July 4th weekend. Some of the wineries are closed on the 4th.

Sky River Meadery – July 3rd – Art Opening for Lyn Linder

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

Celebrate Woodinville – July 4th –  Summer Concerts

Patterson Cellars and Gorman Winery – July 4th – Red, White & Bluegrass

Woodinville Lavender Farm – July 8th – Benefit dinner to support Farms for Life

Obelisco Estate – July 10th –  Barrel Room Dinner Series with Barking Frog

Castillo de Feliciana – July 11th – Live Music & Food Truck

Sky River Meadery – July 11th – Live Music with  Ivy Lane

Davenport Cellars, Des Voigne Cellars, J & A Winery, & Pondera Winery – July 12th – Summer Sizzle

Columbia Winery – July 13th – FREE Summer Concert Series – The Side Project

Woodinville Lavender Farm – July 11th, 12th, & 13th –  Lavender Festival

Weekly Events:

J. Bookwalter Tasting Studio – Mon-Thurs – 4-6pm – Happy Hour

The Station Pizzeria – Mon-Fri – 3-6pm – Happy Hour

The Station Pizzeria – Tue – Happy Hour All Day

Willows Lodge – Wed – 5:30-6:30 – Food & Wine Wednesday

Novelty Hill Januik – Wed – 5-8pm – Wednesday Wine’d Down

Purple Woodinville – Wed – Fried Chicken Night

William Church Winery – Thurs – 4:30-6:30 – ½ off select glass pours

Gard Vintners – Thurs – 12-5pm – Thrifty Thursday – Through June

Goose Ridge – Thurs – 5-8pm – The Liquid Lounge

Bunnell Family Cellar – 5-7pm – “Wine Therapy Hour”

Mark Ryan Winery – Thurs & Fri – 5-7 – Happy Hour

Butler Wine Tours– Fri – 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

Gard Vintners – Fri -  12-5 – TGIF — Thank Gard It’s Friday! Through June

Kestrel Vintners – Fri – 5:30-9:30 – Friday Night Rhythm and Vine

Obelisco Estate – Fri – 3-7pm – Friday Happy Hour

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

Alta Cellars – Fri – 5-8pm – Friday Night Happy Hour

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

Lachini Vineyards – Fri – TGIZ Fridays – Woodinville Residents Enjoy $5 Off any Estate Pinot Pour

Gard Vintners – Saturday – 12-8 – Workin’ For The Weekend – Through June

Village Wines – Sat – 6:30-9pm – 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 – 2-5pm – Live Jazz

Monthly Events:

WoodWareWine – 4-8pm – First Thursday Wine Walk – Hollywood Area – April through October

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

WoodWareWine – 4-8 – Third Thursday Wine Walk – Warehouse District – April through October

Kestrel Vintners – 4-7pm – First Friday Happy Hour

Pondera Winery – 3-7pm – First Friday Happy Hour

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

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

Sparkman Cellars – 6-8pm – Last Saturday – Live Music

Barons Winery – 11am, 1pm, 3pm – Second Sunday – Private Wine Tasting Experience in the Cellar

Industry Events:

J. Bookwalter – 4-8pm – Sunday Industry Night – Service industry workers will receive 50% off wines by the glass, the bottle and to go.

Ambassador Wines of Washington – Friday, July 11th – 4-7pm – Industry Night