Woodiville Wine Events: May 1st-15th

by Shona Milne on April 30, 2016

Patterson Cellars – May 1st – Melange Blanc Release

Castillo de Feliciana – May 5th – Sip & Paint

Savor at Sunset – May 5th – First Thursday Wine Walk in the Hollywood District – Wine & Cheese Pairing Theme

Woodinville Reserve Spring Release – May 6th – Taste Spring release wines at Novelty Hill/Januik

Convergence Zone Cellars – May 7th – Stella and Dot Pop-Up Jewelry Show

Chateau Ste Michelle – May 7th – Winemaker Dinner – Aloha from Chateau Ste Michelle

Chateau Ste Michelle – May 8th – Mother’s Day Celebration

Ambassador Wines of Washington – May 11th – Off the Vine Comedy

Woodhouse Wine Estates – May 11th – Corks and Canvas

Mark Ryan Winery – May 13th-15th – Spring Release

Artisan Hill Wine Walk – May 14th & 15th – Wine, Spirits, and Craft Brews

Russell’s Restuarant – May 15th – Fred Hutch’s Premier Chef Dinner [click to continue…]


Artisan Hill Sip n’ Walk: Weekend Wine Walk

by Shona Milne on April 20, 2016

Artisan Hill Sip n’ Walk Weekend

May 14 & 15 – 12:00 – 5:00pm each day.

Enjoy Artisan Hill wines, Spirits and Brews in the Artisan Hill area of Woodinville Wine Country

We are a group of passionate artisans that blend art, craft and science.  We invite you to join us to taste the best our Vintners, Distillers and Brewery have to offer.

Located in the northeast quadrant of Woodinville, Washington in the Woodinville Commerce Center Business/Industrial Park on 142nd.

Each guest will receive a card at check-in which will be stamped at each participating business.  Visit all participating wineries, distilleries and brewery, get your card stamped, and you will be entered into a drawing for an Artisan Hill Picnic Basket.

Check-in at DiStefano Winery.  You will receive your $5.00 voucher and stamp card at check-in.  Ticket includes participation both days.

Walk Participants

Aspenwood Cellars, Chatter Creek Winery, Convergence Zone Cellars, Des Voigne Cellars – B-Side Brewing, DiStefano Winery, Finn Hill Winery, ICON Cellars, J.P. Trodden Distilling, Kaella Winery, Pacific

Tickets:  $25

Each guest will receive a stamp card at check in.  Visit all participating wineries, distilleries and brewery, get your card stamped, and you will be entered into a drawing for an Artisan Hill Picnic Basket

This is a B.Y.O.G. (bring your own glass) event.

Tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets – www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2541954

Tickets include both days. Check-in at DiStefano Winery

Proceeds benefitting the Northshore Schools Foundation.


Taste Washington: It’s Here!

by Shona Milne on April 1, 2016

Recipe for Epicurean Adventure: 225 Wineries and 65 Restaurants at Taste Washington

Two-day Grand Tasting event at CenturyLink Event Center will feature Washington State’s best and newest wineries and big-name celebrity chefs

SEATTLE – Taste Washington, Seattle’s premier wine and food event dishes up the largest of its consumer events on April 2 and 3 with the Grand Tasting at CenturyLink Field Event Center. Featuring more than 225 Washington State wineries and 65 Pacific Northwest restaurants, the Grand Tasting is the grand finale of Taste Washington weekend. The Grand Tasting features 20 Washington wine varietals paired with culinary offerings and the chance to interact with some of the state’s top vintners and restaurateurs.

To pair perfectly with the 700 Washington State wines being poured, more than 65 Pacific Northwest restaurants will serve up culinary bites to highlight not only the wine, but also Washington’s unique culinary culture. At the dessert bar, Fonté Coffee Lounge will offer samples of fresh-brewed coffee, handcrafted espresso beverages and cold brew on tap.

Amidst the tasting, the Alaska Airlines Chef’s Stage will feature celebrity chefs performing live demonstrations showcasing their best culinary skills and tips. This year’s demonstrations will be led by Chef Ryan Burnett of Muckleshoot Casino, Chef Jason Stratton of Mamnoon, Chef Aarti Sequeira Host of Food Network’s Aarti Party, Food & Wine’s Best New Chef in 2012 Chef Jenn Louis of Lincoln Restaurant + Sunshine Tavern, Chef Sarah Scott of El Gaucho Bellevue, Brad Robinson of Stella Artois and Chef Debi Hernandez of Crips Creperie food truck.

Two-day VIP passes are $205 and two-day general admission passes are $140. Single-day VIP passes are $160 and single-day general admission passes are $90. VIP passes include an extra hour of tasting, a VIP swag bag and access to the VIP lounge. Tickets for the Grand Tasting can be purchased at tastewashington.org/grand-tasting-2016/. [click to continue…]


Sexy Syrah: Added VIP Entrance

by Shona Milne on March 30, 2016

Come to the 15TH ANNUAL SEXY SYRAH  – and sip Syrah from 30+ Washington wineries producing some of the State’s best Syrahs at one of the world’s hottest view restaurants — Salty’s on Alki Beach! Syrah is seducing wine enthusiasts who have an affection for red wines with bold spices, rich fruit and silky texture.

Thurs. April 28th,2016 ~ 6–9 p.m.
Salty’s on Alki Beach - W. Seattle
Tickets $50 per person
(*note a VIP entry this year at 5 pm)

Produced by Sommelier David LeClaire and Salty’s Sommelier Tim O’Brien, this very popular 15th annual event always sells out. A portion of your ticket will benefit Children’s Hospital working with John L. Scott Foundation.

Salty’s Executive Chef Jeremy McLachlan presents an ambitious menu of appetizers designed to showcase Syrah’s outstanding affinity for food! This year we’ve added Syrah based blends and rose’ made with Syrah!

New VIP Entrance: Arrive early at 5 p.m. for $65 and taste with the judges 
and media before the crowd arrives (limited availability).
Tickets: Must be purchased in advance online at John L. Scott Foundation

2016 Featuring:

Ambassador Vineyard
Animale Winery
Armstrong Winery
Bunnell Family Cellar
Cougar Crest Winery
Cuillin Hills
Dubindil Winery
Dussek Cellars
Kennedy Shah
Lantz Cellars
Lobo Hills
Lodmell Cellars
Love That Red Winery
Mackey Vineyards
Naked Winery
NHV/Naches Heights
Nota Bene Cellars
Pondera Winery
Purple Star Wines
Rocky Pond Winery
Skylite Cellars
Structure Wines


Taste Oregon: March 21st

by Shona Milne on March 16, 2016


The first ever TASTE OREGON is coming to Seattle Mon. March 21st! 40 wineries spanning the various regions of Oregon’s wine AVA’s will be descending entering the hallowed territory dominated by over 850 Washington wineries.  Industry & media friends will meet the winemakers from the neighboring Northwest wine region to come and try Oregon wines.

Oregon is a world-class wine region itself, with 18 approved wine growing regions, more than 600 wineries and more than 900 vineyards producing 72 varieties of grapes according to the Oregon Wine Board.

The private, industry only event is followed on Monday March 21st in the evening by a general public event from 6-9 pm, tickets are $30 advance and $40 at the door if still available. The event is produced as a collaboration between Seattle Uncorked and City Fruit, an organization that helps urban residents care for their fruit trees and then harvests and distribute what is usually unused fruit to provide assistance to local food banks.

Tickets are now available for the general public session at https://cityfruit.org/calendar/taste-oregon-benefiting-city-fruit and Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/events/911179468995722

Comp. media tickets are available upon request!


Woodinville Wine Events: March 16-31st

by Shona Milne on March 15, 2016

Otis Kenyon Wine – March 19th – Cabernet Sauvignon Vertical Tasting with the Winemaker

Force Majeure Vineyards – March 19th – Spring Release

Russell’s Restaurant – March 24th – Celebrate Women in Wine in Russell’s Loft

Auction of Washington Wines – March 24th - iHeart Washington Wine Benefit Concert

The Woodhouse Wine Estates – March 24th – Sip and Salsa

Alexandria Nicole Cellars – March 26th – Adult Easter Egg Hunt

The Woodhouse Wine Estates – March 27th – Easter Vinyasa & Vino

EFESTE – March 30th – Winemaker Dinner with Barking Frog

Taste Washington – March 31st – Red & White Party

Weekly Events:

Russell’s Restaurant – Tues-Fri – 4-6pm – Happy Hour [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…]