Woodinville Wine Events: September 16th-30th

by Shona Milne on September 15, 2014

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Russell’s Restaurant & Loft – September 18th – Swiftwater Cellars Winemaker Dinner with Linda Trotta & Chef Russell Lowell

Kirkland Performance Center – September 18th - Downtown Kirkland Wine Walk

Woodinville Wine Country – September 19th – Hollywood Block Party

Michael Florentino Cellars – September 20th - Florentino Primitivo Release Party!

Twisted Cuban Cafe – September 20th - Latin Night! Music & Dancing!

Purple Cafe Bellevue – September 25th – Riedel Wine Glass Seminar

Castillo de Feliciana – September 25th - Ladies Night with Jennifer Jedda from JJ Caprices

Northwest Cellars – September 26th – 10th Anniversary Party

Chateau Ste. Michelle – September 26th – Sip, Savor, and Salsa

Novelty Hill-Januik Winery – September 27th – Sip for Stars! – benefit to champion low-income women in Washington State through Washington Women in Need [click to continue…]

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Save with an Insider’s Pass: Woodinville Wine Country

by Shona Milne on September 9, 2014

Woodinville Wine Country is offering a great deal if you purchase the Insider’s Pass before September 18th.

Sip, Savor and Save:  New Woodinville Wine Country Insider’s Pass Offers Savings on Fall Wine Tasting Events

Purchase an Insider’s Pass to Woodinville Wine Country this month and save $65 on three upcoming Woodinville Wine Country fall and holiday tasting events.

Between now and Sept. 18th, a Woodinville Wine Country Insider’s Pass is available on Brown Paper Tickets for $95 and includes admission to the following three events valued at $160:

  • Hollywood Hill Block Party, Fri., Sept. 19 in Woodinville’s Hollywood Wine District.  Enjoy wine tasting from 5-9 pm at 25 participating wineries, followed by an after party from 8-10 pm at Hollywood Schoolhouse featuring X-Factor finalist LeRoy Bell.  21+ only ($35 day of event if purchased separately)
  • Nick at Night Holiday Tasting, Fri., Dec. 5 at Molbak’s, Woodinville, from 7 – 9:30 pm. Top Woodinville wineries gather under one roof to showcase their best wines.  ($60 if purchased separately)
  • St. Nick’s Open House Weekend, Sat. – Sun., Dec. 6-7 at more than 40 participating Woodinville wineries from 12 – 5 pm.  ($65 Sat-Sun if purchased separately)

Conveniently located 25 minutes northeast of downtown Seattle, Woodinville is home to more than 100 Washington wineries and tasting rooms.  For more information, visit facebook.com/WoodinvilleWineCountry, @winewoodinville or the association’s web site at woodinvillewinecountry.com.

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2nd Annual Happy Tails: Help Homeward Pet

by Shona Milne on September 7, 2014

Join Homeward Pet for the 2nd annual Happy Tails Wine Walk!      Saturday, September 13th, noon-4pm        Hollywood School District

Click here to register

  • More than 18 wineries will open their tasting rooms for a dog-friendly good time!
  • Participating wineries will be donating 10% of specific bottle sales to the dogs and cats at Homeward Pet.
  • Visit the Dog Zone to meet more than 15 participating vendors from animal-centric businesses: from dog treats to vet services, boarding, grooming and so much more!
  • Test your dog’s agility skills with the Four Paws Sports Center agility course.
  • Enjoy local food trucks parked at Patit Creek and Brian Carter Cellars, as well as several area restaurants open for business and supporting Homeward Pet during the Happy Tails Wine Walk.

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Fall & Holiday Events: Woodinville Wine County

by Shona Milne on September 3, 2014

While I am holding on to summer and my flip flops with all my might Woodinville Wine Country, thankfully, has been making plans for the fall.

Woodinville Wine Country Announces

Upcoming Fall and Holiday Wine Events

End of Summer Hollywood Hill Block Party Fri., Sept. 19

What: Wine tasting at area wineries, followed by entertainment

When: 5 – 9 pm               Tasting at 25 participating wineries

8 – 10 pm               After party with X-Factor finalist, LeRoy Bell and “His Only Friends”

at the Hollywood Schoolhouse

Where: Hollywood Wine District, Woodinville, Wash.

Cost:  $30 in advance, Brown Paper Tickets; $35 day of event (21+ only)

Get Crushed, Sat., Oct. 11, 12 -5 pm; No Charge

What: Visit three leading Woodinville wineries for a FREE insider’s look at the fall grape harvest and learn about winemaking as the grapes are crushed and fermented.  Special tastings and programs at other area wineries will also be offered throughout the day; some fees make apply.  Visit woodinvillewinecountry.com for listings to be announced soon.

Where: Start at any one of these three wineries, then continue to the next:

JM Cellars, 14404 137th Pl NE, Woodinville, Wash.

Novelty Hill Januik, 14710 Woodinville-Redmond Rd NE, Woodinville, Wash.

Patterson Cellars, 19501 144th Ave NE, D-600, Woodinville, Wash.

St. Nick’s Weekend Fri., Dec. 5 – Sun., Dec. 7 [click to continue…]

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Woodinville Wine Walks: All Cancelled

by Shona Milne on September 2, 2014

Below is an email from Alicia Hansen who ran the 1st and 3rd Thursday Wine Walks in the Hollywood & Warehouse Districts respectively. The Wine Walks are cancelled and will not be rescheduled. Alicia will be focusing her attentions on The Tasty Vacation, a resource guide to the world of culinary travel, hotels, tour companies, rail journeys, and cruises.

Seven years ago, while I was volunteering for wineries in the warehouse district of Woodinville, I realized most everyone I encountered had never heard of the warehouse district and had no idea there were so many wineries in one little area. Being the Pollyanna dreamer that I am, I decided I would try to make a difference for these hard working, small businesses.  I created a map, came up with the name Woodinville Warehouse Wineries,  started some events, purchased and designed a website,  and got into social media (I started out not knowing how to do any of this and now there are 3000+ people on the email list,  1800+ on Facebook,  300+ on Twitter and 6000+ unique monthly visitors to the website).  I didn’t have a clue what I was doing, but I was passionate about helping and learned along the way.  Knowing the wineries were small and family run, where the owner/winemaker came in nights and weekends after their regular day jobs, all of my efforts were, and have always been, free for the wineries, even though more often than not I didn’t bring in enough money to pay my own bills (still don’t).  I kept doing it because I saw the warehouse district increase in popularity  and I felt I was making a difference for these businesses. After working at a greedy, ‘money-is-all-that-matters’   cooperation, I found this intensely rewarding.  It was my way of helping my community.

Sadly, the winds have changed in Woodinville and this past year has been exceptionally difficult. There are some who wish to see a single Woodinville vision, a Woodinville with one marketing strategy.   The 1st & 3rd Thurs Wine Walks and my efforts are not a part of this new look. I have tried to maintain an alternate view of Woodinville, by including all of the wineries, breweries and distilleries in the area.  I saw value in two sources of information.  But it has been an uphill battle and recent developments have changed everything.  After several anonymous calls, the Washington State Liquor Control Board…. who, for six years, found nothing wrong with the walks…. has now decided the walks are not within the liquor laws of Washington and I would have to completely restructure the events.  I have decided the battle is over and it is time to focus my attention elsewhere.  So I am very sad to say that the 1st & 3rd Thurs Wine Walks are no more.

BUT, being an eternal optimist, I am looking at this as an opportunity to move forward with The Tasty Vacation and to put my passionate, Pollyanna
energy into this new project.  Unfortunately, I have no funds to begin (wine walks were my only income
).  So, in the spirit of crowdfunding, I thought [click to continue…]

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Woodinville Wine Events: September 1st-15th

by Shona Milne on August 31, 2014

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Alexandria Nicole Cellars – September 4th – Girls Night Out

Patterson Cellars – September 5th, 6th, & 7th – Release of 2012 Tempranillo, 2013 Melange Blanc & 2013 Forbidden White!

Russell’s Restaurant & Loft – Spetember 6th – Chateau Ste. Michelle Tasting Event & Winemaker Dinner

with Wendy Stuckey

Northwest Cellars – Spetember 6th – Cats Uncorked, Fundraiser for Purrfect Pals

Russell’s Restaurant & Loft – Spetember 6th – Chateau Ste. Michelle Tasting Event & Winemaker Dinner

Pondera Winery – September 6th & 7th - New Release – 2011 Entwined Red Blend

Sparkman Cellars – September 6th & 7th – Fall Release

Efeste – September 7th – Go Upright for the Sideways Anniversary

Darby Winery – September 7th – Dinner with Darby and Chef Aaron Tekulve

Northwest Totem Cellars – September 7th – 2011 Elerding Vineyard Syrah and 2010 Merlot Fall Release [click to continue…]

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Happy 14th Birthday: Willows Lodge

by Shona Milne on August 26, 2014

WILLOWS LODGE CELEBRATES 14th BIRTHDAY WITH 14 GIVEAWAYS

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…]

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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…]

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Woodinville Wine Events: August 16th-31st

by Shona Milne on August 14, 2014

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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…]

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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

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