New Experiences and 200 Vendors at Seattle’s Premier Tasting Event
More than a tasting, guests “experience” an educational world of food and beverage at the Seattle Wine and Food Experience February 22

The Seattle Wine and Food Experience (SWFE), is back for a seventh year Sunday, February 22, 2015 (12-5 pm VIP, 1-5 pm General Admission) at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Throughout the gastronomical event guests can learn about and taste a huge selection of quality products from more than 200 vendors and through “experiences” and event features.
“We want guests to walk away with education about the beverage and food products that they encounter at the event,” said Jamie Peha, owner of Peha Promotions and producer of SWFE. “Crafting a unique tasting experience or interactive aspect offers the ticket buyers extended value and turns the event into an experience they will remember.”

Featured “Experiences” to date at the 2015 event include:

NEW! QFC Advantage Lounge – Guests enjoy specially selected reserve caliber wines poured by knowledgeable QFC wine stewards including selections from Brown Family Vineyards, Col Solare, Erath, Mercer Estates, Maryhill, Northstar, Spring Valley Vineyards, Waterbrook Winery, The Woodhouse Wine Estate and more.

Woodinville Wine Country – Washington’s urban destination wine region has the tagline “Where Washington Pours” and features 30 Woodinville wineries pouring more than 100 wines (and all Washington’s AVAs). [click to continue…]


Valentine’s Amore: Heathman Hotel

by Shona Milne on January 26, 2015

Make it an Evening of Amore with Dinner at Trellis Restaurant

Get under the sheets at The Heathman Hotel! Treat a significant other to a sizzling stay at the luxurious AAA Four Diamond property and make an escape.  This staycation for two will warm hearts and set the scene for bedroom romance with complimentary rose petal turndown, bottle of bubbly, handmade chocolate Trellis truffles and valet parking.  Cleverly priced at $214 (excluding tax and gratuity), this sexy retreat is based on availability starting Thursday, February 12th through Monday, February 16th. To book a lovers retreat, call (425) 284-5800 or (888) 264-5464.  Reservations are also available online at

No celebration is complete without the passion created by a memorable meal. Executive Chef Brian Scheehser has infused a large serving of amore into a stimulating Valentine’s Day multi-course offering which features: [click to continue…]


Homeward Pet: 2015 Fur Ball Auction & Dinner

by Shona Milne on January 25, 2015

Join us for our once a year celebration…and our biggest annual fundraiser!

I’m sure you are going to see plenty of Woodinville wines, spirits, and beer represented during the evening.

Every year, the Fur Ball Auction & Dinner brings together more than 400 animal lovers to bid on amazing silent and live auction items, enjoy a gourmet dinner and delicious wine, and delight in the fun and excitement of the Dessert Dash, Spirits Roulette, Heads or Tails and Pick of the Litter.  All for the benefit of the homeless animals in our care.

Homeward Pet is a private shelter and we receive no local, state or federal funding. We rely on the generosity of our community through gifts and grants.

Thank you for supporting the animals that come through our doors each and every day.

The Homeward Pet Fur Ball Auction & Dinner 2015

Saturday, March 28, 2015, Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue

Early bird pricing ends February 28.  Get your tickets now!

  • $1,500 Top Paw Table of 10 *
  • $1,000 Table of 10
  • $250 Couple
  • $125 Individual

Pricing beginning March 1:

  • $1,750 Top Paw Table of 10 *
  • $1,250 Table of 10
  • $300 Couple
  • $150 Individual


Weddings in Woodinville: Returning for the 6th Year

by Shona Milne on January 21, 2015

If you are even remotely thinking about planning a wedding you should be in Woodinville on Sunday, Janaury 25th. The guys don’t need to worry about missing football; there are no NFL games on Sunday.

Woodinville’s top wedding venues will open their doors in lavish style to future brides, grooms and their entourage. Designed as a wine tour, Weddings in Woodinville gives couples, their family and friends a view of 7-fully decorated venues designed and coordinated by some of the Northwest’s most sought after and talented wedding planners.

Wedding planners, Event SuccessMarried with MichelleMG Davis EventsPerfectly Posh EventsPink Blossom EventsTaylor’d Events Group, and Wonderstruck Event Design have transformed each venue using their expertise and [click to continue…]


Early Valentine’s Day Wine Dinner at Lake Washington Institute of Technology

Share the love while you support student scholarships at Lake Washington Institute of Technology

Make this an extra-special Valentine’s Weekend by starting things off with our Winter Quarter Wine Dinner Event on February 13th, 2015!  We will delight your senses with a delicious four course meal lovingly prepared by our talented Culinary and Baking students and instructors.  Each course will be paired with the delectable wines from Woodinville-based, artisanal winery Michael Florentino Cellars.  And, of course, there will be chocolate for dessert!   (Our full menu is file attached for your review.)  As an added bonus, Brad Sherman, the winemaker at Michael Florentino Cellars, will join us as our special guest speaker.

Our Winter Quarter Wine Dinner will be held on Friday, February 13th, from 6:30-9:30pm at the Chef City Grill, on LWTech’s Kirkland campus (11605 132nd Avenue NE, Kirkland, WA 98034).  Our Wine Dinner Series is a collaborative effort between: the LWTech Foundation and the Culinary, Baking, and Wine Certificates Departments.  Proceeds from this event are used to support: student scholarships, participation in educational competitions, and opportunities to study abroad.

Reservations by Feb. 9th are requested as seating is limited: [click to continue…]


Davenport Cellars: Grand Opening in New Location

by Shona Milne on January 19, 2015

Davenport Cellars is having a Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, Janaury 24th from 11:30 until 5pm. They are still in the warehouse district and the new location is: 19495 144th Avenue NE, #A160. You can look forward to sampling some of Chef Anne Maries food to pair with the wines.


Woodinville Wine Events: January 16th-31st

by Shona Milne on January 16, 2015

©2013 Richard Duval Images

Note:  You may want to check with individual tasting rooms to see if they are closed  for the Seahawk playoff game on Sunday or if they will have the game on.

EFESTE – Janaury 16th – Syrah Flights

Columbia Winery – January 16th – Foodie Friday

Trust Cellars – January 17th – Vertical Tasting of Library Cabernets

Chateau Ste. Michelle – January 17th – Wine 101

Columbia Winery – January 23rd – Trivia Night

Michael Florentino Cellars – January 24th – Comparison tasting of 2010 wines

Davenport Cellars – January 24th – Grand Opening – Chef Anne Marie will be providing wine and sample bites from our food menu. [click to continue…]


Willows Lodge: Best Hotel in Washington

by Shona Milne on January 14, 2015

Congratulations to one of my local favorite places in Woodinville. I just stopped in for Happy Hour last week and I’ll be returning again soon.


Willows Lodge, the Pacific Northwest’s favorite lodge and getaway in Woodinville Wine Country, announces it has been recognized as the top hotel in Washington state by Business Insider on its Best Hotels in Every State List published in January 2015. Willows is noted as “a calming spa retreat right in Washington’s wine country” where guests are invited to “explore nearby vineyards, soak in the outdoor spa tub, or enjoy a glass of local wine in the garden.”

“It is quite an honor to be named the top hotel in the entire state of Washington,” said Denny Fitzpatrick, general manager, Willows Lodge.  “I must give credit to our incredible team here at Willows Lodge, whose [click to continue…]


Woodinville Wine Events: January 1st-15th

by Shona Milne on January 1, 2015

©2013 Richard Duval Images

Chateau Ste. Michelle – January 3rd & 4th – Themed Wine Tasting Series – Wine 101

Alexandria Nicole Cellars – January 8th – Girls Night Out – BYO wine corks and a hot glue gun (if you have one).

Chateau Ste. Michelle – January 10th & 11th – Themed Wine Tasting Series – Pair Wine with Healthy Foods

The Woodhouse Wine Estates – January  14th – Corks & Canvas Wine & Painting Party

Chateau Ste. Michelle – January 15th – Meet the Winemaker –  Assistant Winemaker, David Rosenthal

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 [click to continue…]


SWFE 2015: Double the Wine & Food Fun

by Shona Milne on December 28, 2014

Two Events, One Great Experience at the 2015 Seattle Wine and Food Experience
Seattle Wine and Food Experience adds POP! Bubbles & Seafood to kickoff festivities

The city’s premier “tasting” event, the Seattle Wine and Food Experience (SWFE), returns for a seventh year, Sunday, February 22, 2015 (12-5 pm VIP, 1-5 pm General Admission) at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. New to this year’s SWFE is a Saturday night kickoff event hosted by Seattle magazine. POP! Bubbles & Seafood will feature the Pacific Northwest’s bounty of seafood from local fish and shellfish providers and a dozen chefs paired with Champagne, sparkling wine, cider and beer. Get the most out of this “tasting” weekend and attend both events with the SWFE BIG ticket package, a $125 value.

“We are excited to expand the weekend with the addition of POP! Bubbles & Seafood and bring a high caliber of restaurants together to highlight the abundance of great regional seafood.” Said Jamie Peha, owner of Peha Promotions and producer of SWFE. “The POP! event will be housed in a deluxe tent, equipped with chandeliers and heating, adjacent to the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. The tent is duo-purpose and will serve as an additional VIP lounge area on Sunday during the main event.”

SWFE is the largest event in the area that offers a wide range of food and beverage from the West Coast and beyond. “What really sets SWFE apart from other food and wine event are the carefully crafted experiences within the event,” said Peha.

Featured Experiences at the 2015 event include: