Woodinville Wine Events: October 16th-31st

by Shona Milne on October 15, 2014

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Northwest Cellars – October 16th - PCRG Social Security Seminar

William Church Cellars – October 17th – Cabernet Vertical Event

Ambassador Wines of Washington – October 18th – Fall wine release of 2011 Estate Envoy (Gold Medal Winner) & 2011 Estate “Plenipotentiary” Cabernet Sauvignon (Double Gold Medal Winner)

Northwest Cellars – October 18th – IETF Fundraiser

Ruth’s Chris Bellevue – October 19th – Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Champagne Wine Dinner

Chateau Ste. Michelle – October 19th – Sip and Savor – Harvest Style – Fall inspired food and wine pairings – Please bring canned goods for Northwest Harvest.

Novelty Hill Januik – October 19th -Harvest Hoedown Sunday  [click to continue…]


Lamb Jam: It’s Baaaaack

by Shona Milne on October 12, 2014

Top Local Chefs to Show off their Chops at the American Lamb Jam

The American Lamb Jam Global Flavors Tour kicks off in Seattle on Nov. 2, raising funds for University District Food Bank

On Sunday, November 2, 16 top Seattle chefs and more than 750 lamb lovers will gather at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center for the Global Flavors Lamb Jam Tour, the annual multi-city culinary cook-off where the people decide which chefs have earned their “chops” by voting on inventive American lamb dishes.

Competing for the titles of “Best in Show,” “People’s Choice” and “Best Mediterranean, Asian, Latin and Middle Eastern inspired dishes,” chefs will prepare and serve their most flavorful American lamb fare to be voted on by lamb-loving attendees and judged by Seattle’s top food  media. The Seattle victor will go head-to-head with other winners representing cities from coast to coast, vying for the title of “Lamb Jam Master” at the Lamb Jam finale in New York City in late 2015.

Seattle chefs include Manny Arce of Poquitos, Chris Opsata of Brass Tacks and Mike Wisenhunt of Brimmer & Heeltap. Last year’s winner, Chef Sarah Lorenzen of Andaluca, took home two trophies, including “Best in Show” and “Best in Ground” for her dish, Fresh Lamb Sausage Socce with Pomegranate Tomato Jam and will be back this year to defend her titles.

Attend a “Curriculamb VIP Pre-Jam”

Get early access to the Lamb Jam starting at 1:30 pm with a VIP pass to the Curriculamb Class. Guests will taste and learn about American lamb from Northwest shepherd Reed Anderson of Anderson Ranches and Chef Holly Smith of Café Juanita.  Together, chef and shepherd will offer a butchery demo, prepare American lamb appetizers and provide home cooking tips and wine pairing recommendations. Tickets to the VIP Curriculamb Class are $75 and must be purchased in advance. VIP tickets also provide entry to the full competitive cook off event, plus an American lamb swag bag.

Join the Flock with a General Admission ticket

Lamb Jam general admission begins at 2:30 – 5 pm. Tickets are $60 and provide an opportunity to sample 16 globally inspired lamb dishes, taste Washington’s best brews and wine, mingle with local shepherds, visit the DIY spice rub station to mix a take-home tin of lamb rub, and vote for Lamb Jam dishes.

What: Sample globally-inspired lamb dishes from 16 of Seattle’s finest chefs. Visit http://seattle.fansoflamb.com/lamb-jam-seattle/ for the complete lineup and to purchase VIP and general admission tickets. [click to continue…]


It’s Back: Seattle Restaurant Week

by Shona Milne on October 9, 2014

Pick up your phone and get your reservations now for Seattle Restaurant Week. The dates this fall are October 19th-23rd and the 26th-30th. Plenty of restuarants on the eastside; Woodinville, Kirkland, Bothell, Redmond, and Bellevue are participating. You can get a three course dinner for $30.  Quite a few of the restuarants are also offering a $15 two course lunch option.


Taste of Tulalip: Taste Big, Party Big

by Shona Milne on October 7, 2014

BIG Names, BIG Bottles, BIG Party

Wine aficionados always linger longer at the exclusive Magnum Party, a treasured ticket at Taste of Tulalip – the Resort Casino’s annual award-winning  weekend event.  Taking place November 15, this exclusive Saturday sampling is expanding to two rooms which will allow for a greater audience.   Executive Chef Perry Mascitti and Sommelier Tommy Thompson will welcome Food Network star Ming Tsai, who will prepare a superfluity of his signature dishes to complement a princely selection of pours.

21 representatives from among global elite wineries will pour samples from big-ticket 750ml and large format bottles of limited and rare vintages.  This year’s star vino includes heavy hitters like Chateau Cos d’Estournel, Krug Clos du Mesnil, Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion, Harlan Estate, Penfolds Grange, Chateau Lynch-Bages, Verite “La Muse”, M. Chapoutier L’Ermitage  Blanc, and CIRQ Pinot Noir.  The Magnum Party brewery lineup will also include 9 old and new world artisan beer leaders, such as Stella Artois, Hoegaarden, Chimay, Double Mountain Brewery, Uinta Brewing Company, Deschutes Brewery, and Breakside Brewery.

The 2014 Taste of Tulalip beneficiary is the Tulalip Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization working to improve the well-being of the Tulalip and surrounding communities. The Tulalip Foundation will join past recipients such as Make-A-Wish Foundation, Food Lifeline, and FareStart as a recipient of this annual event.

Taste of Tulalip’s Magnum party will take place from Noon to 4pm and is only open to those who purchase a Saturday “All Access” ticket, which includes a cooking demonstration, wine seminar, Rock & Roll Challenge and the Grand Taste.  Priced at $350 per person, tickets are limited.  To purchase “All Access” admission, go to www.tasteoftulalip.com. [click to continue…]


Taste of Red: Three Tasting Options This Year

by Shona Milne on October 5, 2014

On Saturday, November 8, 2014, Columbia Winery will host its 13th Annual Taste of Red event, merging fan favorites from years past with some engaging new twists. In addition to featuring Columbia Winery’s latest wine releases, this year’s Taste of Red will give attendees three options to explore:

  • TASTING ROOM: In the recently renovated tasting room, guests can enjoy wine tasting, peruse popup shops from a variety of local vendors, and savor the winery’s signature flatbreads—all set to live music from local performers.
  • INTERACTIVE WINE EDUCATION: Three interactive wine classes (1:30 PM, 3:00 PM and 4:30 PM) will bring guests on a behind-the-scenes tasting journey. No reservations are required for the wine classes; however, seating will be limited.
  • CELLAR LOUNGE: In the underground cellar, a lounge will beckon guests to get a one-of-a-kind look at the barrel room. Guests can relax and enjoy the live music, sip a selection of award-winning Washington wines, and purchase delectable small bites from a local food truck.

“This year, we enhanced Taste of Red to give our guests new and engaging ways to experience Columbia Winery and Washington Wine Country,” said John Sportelli, Senior Manager of Columbia Winery. “I hope to see everyone out for a glass of wine, delicious food and great music!”

Leading up to the event, past attendees of Taste of Red can share their pictures on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #TasteOfRed for a chance to win a prize at this year’s raffles.

Saturday, November 8, 2014, 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Woodinville Wine Events: October 1st-15th

by Shona Milne on October 1, 2014

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Russell’s Restaurant & Loft- October 2nd – An Evening with Quintessa
Prepared by Chef Russell Lowell – A Blending Experience

Columbia Winery – October 3rd – Meet the Artists – Kellie Talbot and Troy Gua

Michael Florentino Cellars – October 4rd – 12th Man Release Party

Mark Ryan Winery- October 4th & 5th - 2012 Dead Horse & Long Haul Release

Columbia Winery – October 5th – The Essence of Wine Class

Woodinville Wine Country – October 11th – Get Crushed! – A free, first-hand education in this fascinating process with annual “Get Crushed” tour.

Chateau Ste. Michelle – October 11th – Riedel Glassware Seminar

Columbia Winery – October 12th – The Components of Wine Class

Weekly Events:

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

The Station Pizzeria – Tue – Happy Hour All Day

Purple Woodinville – Wed – Fried Chicken Night

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 [click to continue…]


Best of Western Washington: Voting Open Now

by Shona Milne on September 25, 2014

It’s that time of year again. Make sure you vote for your favorite Best Winery, Best Wine Bar, Best Beer Store, Best Spirits/Distillery, and Best Wine Shop in KING5 Best of Western Washington. We have quite a few local Woodinville businesses listed.


Volunteers: Legal in Washington?

by Shona Milne on September 22, 2014

A topic has been coming at me from all sides recently so I thought I would put it out there. Is it legal to use volunteers in your for-profit business? A recent article in the San Jose Mercury News tells of Westover Winery in Castro Valley, CA being fined, $115,00, for using unpiad workers in their business. Click to read article.


Woodinville Wine Events: September 16th-30th

by Shona Milne on September 15, 2014

©2013 Richard Duval Images

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…]


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.