Main Street Drivers: Chauffeur Service Comes to Seattle

by Shona Milne on February 16, 2017

Main Street Drivers Expands Wine Tour Chauffeur Service to Seattle

Affordable “Your Car + Our Driver” concept perfect for Woodinville and Walla Walla wine tours, Seattle nights out and last-minute safe driving needs

NEW YORK – Feb. 9, 2017Main Street Drivers (, which provides professional drivers to chauffeur clients in their own vehicles around to personalized destinations, announced an expansion of its services to the Western Washington region, with a focus on the greater Seattle area and suburbs, including the popular wine destinations of Seattle Urban Wineries and Woodinville Wine Country. The driving service is available to book immediately, and advance reservations are encouraged for popular timeframes like the upcoming Spring Release Weekend and the increased tourism season as the weather turns nicer.

 In addition to providing a safe driving option, Main Street Drivers is a more affordable option than renting a car or limo service, with rates staring at $35 an hour, plus a 20% service/gratuity charge. All drivers are insured, vetted and have gone through a comprehensive background check, and many are well-versed in the local wine culture, able to make recommendations on wineries to visit and help plan the most efficient and enjoyable tasting afternoon based on individual preferences.

 “I’m so proud to extend Main Street Drivers’ services into the greater Seattle area to provide unparalleled customer service and a responsible, affordable way to enjoy the amazing wineries and other tasting destinations near Seattle,” said James Hirtenstein, Owner and Founder of Main Street Drivers. “We pride ourselves on our reputation established with our East Coast services and the numerous repeat customers we serve. Knowing how popular the Walla Walla and Woodinville wine regions are, it was a natural decision to expand to the Pacific Northwest and bring our innovative services to locals and tourists alike.” [click to continue…]


Seattle Wine & Food Experience: Three Events in One

by Shona Milne on February 14, 2017

Three Days. One Great Tasting Weekend.
Seattle Wine and Food Experience Brings Culinary Exploration to your Palate

February 2, 2017(Seattle, WA) – So much to taste and now more time to taste it! This year “the experience” as its known, brings three days of deliciousness to the Seattle community. Be sure to tell your friends and get your tickets early to the Seattle Wine and Food Experience (SWFE) weekend of events on February 24 – 26. The newly-expanded weekend features three events: POP! Bubbles & Seafood, Comfort (NEW) and the Grand Tasting. A total indulgence for foodies, the weekend includes 300+ vendors from Seattle’s best chefs (ranging from gastro pubs to fine dining establishments), distillers, local cider and brew masters with more than 600 wines throughout the weekend. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, this could be the perfect gift for all the wine and food lovers in your life.

Up to date happenings at each event:

POP! Bubbles & Seafood: Friday, February 24, 2016 at McCaw Hall, 6-9pm * More than 40 kinds of bubbles to sip; paired perfectly with seafood. * World-class seafood from 20 of Seattle’s best chefs. Check out the divine menu here.

* Oyster bars from Hama Hama, Salted Sea Seafood and Raw Bar and Taylor Shellfish.

* Saber-Off Competition featuring emcee and Chef in the Hat Thierry Rautureau and returning champion Leslie Kelly of All Recipes. Watch last year’s video here.

* The Callebaut Belgian Chocolate Lounge featuring bites from Seattle’s top pastry chefs. See the list of chefs here. * Dozens of Reserve Red wines from exquisite wineries

* The S.Pellegrino and Glass Vodka ice luge is a must!

COMFORT: Seattle’s Best Feel-Good Foods and Crafty Brews: Saturday, February 25, 2016 at Fremont Foundry, 5 – 8pm

* Comfort is the newest and coziest addition to the Experience with so much fun, it’s just crazy!

* Mac & cheese, burgers, doughnut wall, fried chicken and many more comfort foods. Check it out here.

* More than 50 craft beers, ciders, bubbly and more to quench your thirst.

* Do-it-Yourself Bars: Hot Toddy, Bloody Mary, S’mores Bar, French Fry Potato Bar and more. OMG.

* Rock out with your friends to tunes by DJ Branden Landon and take photos in the Shutterbus.

* Wear comfortable clothes…perhaps elastic waistband?

THE GRAND TASTING – Sunday, February 26, 2016 at McCaw Exhibition Hall 1-5pm * More than 500 wines, plus distilleries, beer and cider, Oh Yes! Here is the list.

* Fare from 25 local chefs and 25 specialty food makers. Check out what they are serving up here. * Explore the Celebrity Modern Luxury Lounge for a chance to win a cruise! * Yakima Valley Craft Food and Beverage Experience. Yakima is bringing it this year with chefs, wineries, breweries and more. * The Savor Experience from SLO CAL. Learn about the Central Coast of California, taste wine, craft beer and more.

* The Sweet Suite–Indulge to your hearts content. Some of you may never leave this area.

* The “Pearls” of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates with wines from Canon 13, Intrinsic, Mamma Mia and more.

* Taste from Nicky Farms exotic meats, Rain Shadow Meats Butchery Block, Sustainable Alaska Seafood and American Lamb.

* Buy your favorite wine, beer, cider and spirits from participating vendors all benefitting Les Dames d’Escoffier. Don’t forget to check your purchases at the QFC Wine Valet while you enjoy the event! * Check out the video from last years Grand Tasting here.

Seattle magazine’s Seattle Wine and Food Experience brings the city’s vibrant culinary and beverage scene to life. The Weekend Pass ($220) is the best deal for that special foodie in your life. For more details on the events including pricing packages, visit Don’t delay, this event is guaranteed to sell out!

About Seattle magazine For more than 50 years, Seattle magazine has chronicled the life and dynamic changes of one of the most innovative, forward-thinking cities in the United States. With a readership of more than 191,000 and a circulation of 46,000, it’s the most subscribed-to city magazine in Washington State, connecting locals and newcomers to the best local food, travel, wine, beer, spirits, design, arts, culture, people, businesses and tech the region offers. Seattle magazine is published by Minneapolis-based Tiger Oak Publications which also publishes Seattle Business, Seattle Bride and custom publications locally as well as dozens of other titles across the country. Learn more at and at

About Les Dames d’Escofier Seattle

The event benefits Les Dames d’Escoffier Seattle, a 501c3 non-profit organization of women leaders in food, beverage and hospitality whose mission is education, advocacy, and philanthropy. Les Dames d’Escoffier Seattle focuses on raising funds for scholarships for women in the culinary, beverage, and hospitality industries, and also supports community-outreach programs and sustainable-agriculture projects based in Washington State.

Twitter: @seattlewinefood Facebook: /seattlewineandfoodexperience

Instagram: /seattlewinefood Hashtag: #swfe

MEDIA CONTACT: Jamie Peha (206) 661-8243 /


Cabernet Classic: Porsche Bellevue

by Shona Milne on February 10, 2017


Saturday, March 4th

Porsche Bellevue
11910 NE 8th Street, Bellevue
6 – 9 pm – Tickets $75 / VIP $100
To Purchase Tickets

Join us for our 7th Annual event featuring the king of the grapes, The Cabernet Classic! This prestigious event is located at the new Porsche Bellevue!

Cabernet has long been the “KING OF WINES!” Experience the class act of the wine world & the range of this famous grape varietal with a dazzling array of over 50 of the best Cabs from 25 of Washington’s premier wineries.
Enjoy An Array of Cabernet & Cab Based Blends
Featuring 25 of Washington’s Best Cab Producers
Light Noshes
Help Raise Funds For “Talk It Up TV” – changing the world thru positive messaging and acts of kindness for those in need.


*Complimentary Valet Parking From Butler Valet

If you love Cabernet, you’ll love “The Cabernet Classic!”

Featuring Cabernet’s From:
Ambassador Wines of WA
Avennia Winery
Bookwalter Winery
Bunnell Family Cellars
Charles Smith / K Vintners
Corlis/Tranche/Secret Squirrel
Côte Bonneville
DeLille Cellars
Den Hoed
Five Star Cellars
Guardian Cellars
Goose Ridge Estate Winery
Hedges Family Estates
JM Cellars
Lauren Ashton
L’Ecole No. 41
Lobo Hills
Long Shadows
Love That Red Winery
Mullan Road
Noviello Vineyards
Reininger Winery
Smasne Cellars
Ste Michelle Wine Estates
Upchurch Vineyards
Walla Walla Vintners
Produced by Sommelier David LeClaire & Seattle Uncorked


EFESTE Steps Up Fundraising


EFESTE hosts its largest event of the year, Rockin’ Sips, on Saturday, February 25. For this popular fundraiser attracting 300 guests annually, the winery’s cellar transforms into a stage for premier party band, Soul Siren. This year’s Rockin’ Sips will showcase premium wines and refreshing microbrews from EFESTE, Pepper Bridge and William Church Wineries, and newcomer 20 Corners Brewing.

This 21 and older event is $55 per person and takes place at EFESTE on Saturday, February 25th from 5-8pm. Tickets and the Tough Guy wine can be reserved online at Proceeds from each benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).

A popular highlight of the event includes a drawing featuring fantastic prizes from the wineries and other compassionate businesses such as Beehive Salon and Purple Café and Wine Bar. [click to continue…]


Woodinville Wines Under $25: Willows Lodge

by Shona Milne on February 6, 2017

Woodinville Wine Country has a great event, Wines Under $25, on Thursday, February 16th. It takes place at Willows Lodge. Buy your tickets here

Join Woodinville Wine Country for an evening of food, wine and music at Willows Lodge highlighting the best of Woodinville wine under $25. Guests will enjoy delicious red and white selections at an irresistible price point from over 25 wineries.  Light bites will be provided and live music.

Stock up on your favorites from Woodinville wineries all under $25 at the evenings POP – Up Wine Store!

Participating Wineries:

(more to come)

Airfield Estates
Alexandria Nicole Cellars
Castillo de Feliciana
Cave B Estate Winery
Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
Convergence Zone Cellars
Eye of the Needle
Gard Vintners
Goose Ridge Estate Winery
J. Bookwalter Wines
JM Cellars

Lauren Ashton Cellars
Market Vineyards
Michael Florentino Cellars
Patterson Cellars
Pondera Winery
Robert Ramsay Cellars
Silverlake Winery
Sol Stone Winery
Tsillan Cellars
William Church Winery
Woodhouse Wine Estates

Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017
Time: 6:30pm
Place: Willows Lodge 14580 NE 145th St Woodinville, WA 98072
Price: $25 per person


One The Farm: Taste Washington’s New Adventure

by Shona Milne on February 4, 2017

Taste Washington On The Farm Returns With New Adventures
The farm-to-table lunch series offers hands-on dining experience at two new local farms


SEATTLE – Taste Washington, the nation’s largest single-region wine and food event, invite guests back out to the farm this year for a new Taste Washington on the Farm lunch series.

Surrounded by farms on all sides, Seattle has one of the most vibrant farm-to-table dining scenes in thecountry. From shellfish in Puget Sound to fruit in Eastern Washington, Seattle’s restaurants thrive onthe Pacific Northwest’s bounty. Taste Washington on the Farm brings wine and food lovers together onlocal farms, to explore the region’s artisanal products

Curated excursions are offered out to farms supplying Seattle’s award-winning eateries with quality ingredients. Each unique expedition offers an afternoon of touring the property and dining alongside the farmers, local chefs and Washington winemakers who craft the state’s products.

Lunches take place Friday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $95 per person and include transportation to and from downtown Seattle. Guests must be 21 or older to attend. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit .

Experience #1: Wine and Wood-Fire on the Farm
Tahoma Farms | Orting, WA

Description: A gourmet lunch surrounded by stunning scenery at Tahoma Farms, an organic vegetable farm in the Puyallup Valley that celebrates responsible land use and land preservation. With an outdoor pizza oven and barn offering sweeping views, it’s a picturesque place to sip Washington wines and savor lunch.

Featured Chef:
Chef Nathan Crave | Palace Kitchen

Featured Washington Wineries:
Peter Devision, Winemaker at EFESTĒ
Christian Grieb, Winemaker at Treveri Cellars

Experience #2: An Afternoon in Nature’s Playground
Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center | Carnation, WA

Description: Immerse yourself in nature. Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center is more than afarm – it’s a 230-acre property dedicated to environmental stewardship. Savor a chef-prepared lunch and wines beside Oxbow’s “living playground,” tour their native plant nursery and learn about their work.

Featured Chef:
Chef Josh Henderson | Executive Chef & Founder, Huxley Wallace Collective

Featured Washington Wineries:
Rick and Darcy Small, Owners & Directors of Production at Woodward Canyon
Crystie Kisler, Co-founder of Finnriver Cidery

Stay tuned for the announcement of a third excursion!

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About Taste Washington:
Taste Washington is the largest single-region wine and food event in the United States, featuring more than 225 Washington State wineries and more than 65 Pacific Northwest restaurants. The 20th annual event will be held on March 23-26, 2017 at various locations in Seattle. The 2017 Taste Washington welcoming sponsor is Alaska Airlines and the premier sponsors are Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® Card, Albert Lee and Muckleshoot Casino. Taste Washington attracts more than 6,400 wine and food enthusiasts to the Seattle area. The Washington State Wine Commission launched Taste Washington in 1998 and is now produced by Visit Seattle. For more information, visit

About Visit Seattle:
Visit Seattle, a private, nonprofit marketing organization, has served as Seattle/King County’s official destination marketing organization (DMO) for more than 50 years. The goal of these marketing efforts is to enhance the employment opportunities and economic prosperity of the region. For more information, visit

About Washington State Wine: 

Washington State Wine represents every licensed winery and wine grape grower in Washington State. Guided by an appointed board, WSW provides a marketing platform to raise positive awareness of theWashington State wine industry and generate greater demand for its wines. Funded almost entirely bythe industry through assessments based on grape and wine sales, WSW is a state government agency, established by the legislature in 1987. To learn more, visit

About Alaska Airlines:
Alaska Airlines, together with its regional partners, flies 32 million customers a year to more than 110 cities with an average of 970 daily flights throughout the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico and soon Cuba. With Alaska’s global airline partners, customers can earn and redeem miles to more than 800 destinations worldwide. Onboard, customers are invited to make the most of their flight with amenities like power outlets at every seat, streaming entertainment direct to their device, Wi-Fi and an inspired food and beverage selection featured on most flights. Alaska Airlines ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Carriers in North America” in the J.D. Power North American Airline Satisfaction Study for nine consecutive years from 2008 to 2016. Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan also ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Airline Loyalty Rewards Programs” in the J.D. Power Airline Loyalty/Rewards Program Satisfaction Report for the last three consecutive years. Alaska Airlines is a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK). Learn more on the airline’s newsroom, blog,, @AlaskaAir, Facebook and LinkedIn.


25 Years of Washington Wine:
DeLille Cellars Begins a Year of Celebration

Founded in 1992, DeLille Cellars is planning a year of celebration with events and special offers to honor its 25-year legacy of acclaimed winemaking.

Woodinville, WA, January 31, 2017 – On March 22nd, DeLille Cellars will kick off its Vine to Wine Grower Dinner Series featuring some of Washington State’s premier growers who have been instrumental in establishing DeLilleCellars’ acclaimed portfolio of wines.

The inaugural Vine to Wine dinner features distinguished grower Dick Boushey, a recipient of the Wine & Spirits “Grower of the Year” award. The four-course pairing menu will be presented by El Gaucho, a recentwinner of the Washington State Wine Commission’s Restaurant Group of the Year. The event will take place at the iconic DeLille Cellars Chateau in the heart of Woodinville Wine Country. Co-Founder and Executive Winemaker Chris Upchurch, Co-Founder and President/CEO Greg Lill, Co-Founder and Executive V.P. Sales and Marketing Jay Soloff, and Winemaker Jason Gorski will be in attendance.

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and select Woodinville Wine Country wineries are ready to pair this romantic holiday with unique ways to celebrate

Winery: Woodhouse Wines

Woodhouse Wines & Valentines

Bring your Valentine to Woodhouse Wine Estates for a festive tasting flight of four Reserve Kennedy Shah wines perfectly paired with a selection of uniquely flavored, handcrafted macarons.

Saturday, February 10th & Sunday, February 11th

12-5 pm

Tasting flight (four wines): $12 (complementary with a $35+ bottle purchase)

Two perfectly paired macarons: $6

The Woodhouse Wine Estates Winery & Tasting Room

15500 Woodinville Redmond Rd

Suite 600
Woodinville, WA 98072

Winery: Covington Cellars

Valentine’s Day Blending Workshop

Be a winemaker for the afternoon! Start this unique experience by blind tasting three red wine right from the barrels, each a different varietal. Then the magic is up to you. You’ll create your own blend based on your personal preference and palate. After finding that perfect blend you will fill a bottle, cork it, label, wax the top and take it home to enjoy later with your valentine.

Sunday February 12th
2-4 pm

$99 per person + tax and service

Reservations are required and can be made by calling 425-806-8636.

Covington Cellars

18580 142nd Ave NE

Woodinville, WA 98072

Winery: Warr-King Wines

Fondue for Two

Embark on a culinary adventure for Valentine’s Day with Chef Anne Marie and Winemaker Lisa Parker’s Fondue for Two class. Receive hands-on instruction cooking this favorite dish from the Alps and taste Warr-King wine pairings along the way. Fondue and wine tastings included and additional wines by the glass will be available for purchase. Class is open to both couples and singles. Seating is limited to 16 guests so book soon!

February 14, 2017

6:30-9pm, Doors open at 6pm

$79 per person

Reservations required. Email to reserve your spot.

Warr-King Wines Tasting Room

19501 144th Ave NE Ste D700
Woodinville, WA 98072


Winery: DeLille Cellars
Take advantage of these offers from DeLille Cellars and plan a cozy celebration at home with your valentine.

Now through February 6th, save 14% on two of DeLille’s favorite wines, D2 and AIX,

Discount is applicable on current vintage 750ml bottles of D2 and AIX.
Visit the tasting room or shop online and use code: LOVE

From February 10th to February 14th, purchase DeLille Cellars D2 Gift set for just $50. Set includes a bottle of current vintage D2 (750ml) and two DeLille Cellars glasses. Just add your valentine!

Available at the
Carriage House Tasting Room
14421 Woodinville-Redmond Rd NE
Woodinville, WA 98072



Wine Dinners: Russell’s Restaurant & Loft

by Shona Milne on January 26, 2017

Russell’s Restaurant and Loft has released it’s list of wine and spirits dinners for 2017. Make sure to make your reservations soon.


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

6:30 – 10:00 pm

Chappellet Winery

5 Course Dinner with 3oz. Wine Pairing Per Course



Thursday, February 16, 2017

6:30 – 10:00 pm

Dom vs. Dom Champagne Dinner

4 Course Dinner with Champagne Pairing Per Course



Thursday, March 16, 2017

6:30 – 9:30 pm

Patterson Cellars

4 Course Dinner with 3oz. Wine Pairing Per Course



Thursday, March 30, 2017

6:30 – 9:30 pm

Darby Winery

4 Course Dinner with 3oz. Wine Pairing Per Course



Thursday, April 13, 2017

6:30 – 10:00 pm

Forgeron Winery

5 Course Dinner with 3oz. Wine Pairing Per Course



Thursday, May 4, 2017

6:30 – 10:00 pm

L’Ecole Winery

5 Course Dinner with 3oz. Wine Pairing Per Course



Thursday, June 15, 2017

6:30 – 9:30 pm

Tero Estates Winery

4 Course Dinner with 3oz. Wine Pairing Per Course



A special and unique evening of crafted cocktails and mouthwatering tapas, Russell’s has partnered with Scratch Distillery in Edmonds for a night of distilling education and enjoyment.


Thursday, April 27, 2017

6:30 – 10:00 pm

Scratch Distillery

in Edmonds, WA

Spirits tastings, specialty cocktails and artfully paired tapas.



To purchase your tickets, call Russell’s at 206.264.0400

*All ticket sales are final 3 calendar days prior to the event.

*Refunds may only be provided in the form of a Russell’s gift card.


Willows Lodge: New Industry Night

by Shona Milne on January 26, 2017

Beginning Monday, February 6th and each Monday going forward Fireside Lodge at Willows Lodge is having Industry Night from 4:00pm until close. You receive 30% off food and beverage.

It’s not valid during Happier Hour or combined with any other promotions and is subject to change.