Efeste: Pairing Riesling with Food

by Shona Milne on December 18, 2014

If you need some suggestions for wine and food pairings over the holidays the folks over at Efeste can help you with some holiday cheer.


Betz Family Winery: First Estate Vineyard

by Shona Milne on December 17, 2014

Betz Family Winery Purchases First Estate Vineyard at SeVein Vineyards

in the Walla Walla Valley

Betz Family Winery, producer of some of Washington State’s most sought-after wines, has purchased property at SeVein Vineyards of Distinction, the much-admired viticultural area on the southern border of the Walla Walla Valley AVA in Oregon.  It is Betz Family’s first estate vineyard.

SeVein is a collection of some of the most technologically advanced vineyards in the Walla Walla Valley.  Managing partners include respected Washington vintners Chris and Gary Figgins, of Figgins Family Wine Estates (Leonetti Cellar, FIGGINS, and Toil Oregon), Marty Clubb, L’Ecole N° 41 and Norm McKibben, Pepper Bridge and Amavi.  The partners purchased the SeVein property surrounding their renowned Seven [click to continue…]


Woodinville Wine Events: December 16th-31st

by Shona Milne on December 16, 2014

©2013 Richard Duval Images

It’s Christmas and New Years so don’t forget to check with individual wineries for holiday hours.

Northwest Cellars – December 19th – Happy Hour, christmas carol singalong

Woodhouse Wine Estates – December 20th – Watch SIDEWAYS on the big screens in the Tasting Room

Woodhouse Wine Estates – December 24th -Christmas Costume Party

Lisa Dupar & Company – December 31st – Ring in 2015 at Pomegranate Bistro & POMBAR!

Russell’s Restaurant – December 31st – 4th Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration in the Loft

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…]


Gingerbread Lighthouse: Trellis Restaurant

by Shona Milne on December 9, 2014

“Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice” on Holiday Display in The Heathman Hotel-Kirkland Lobby

Trellis Restaurant Executive Chef Brian Scheehser and Pastry Chef Sandra Watson have been working overtime to create an impressive Gingerbread Lighthouse complete with a working beacon and keeper’s house.  After weeks of meticulous planning and architect worthy sketches, the iconic 5.5 feet tall spicy holiday maritime structure took 80 hours to construct, with Brian and Sandra assuming the roles of general contractors.  On display in The Heathman Hotel lobby through the New Year, it is sure to bring smiles to the faces of everyone who views it.

“A lot of blood, sweat and sugar (tears) went into this creation,” says General Manager Troy Longwith.  “This edible form of art was literally a labor of love, using staggering amounts of sweets in the building process.  It is definitely the start of a heartwarming tradition, when combined with our magnificent tree, beautiful decorations and roaring fireplace, making The Heathman a holiday ‘photo stop’ for children of all ages.”

To complete the display, Brian and Sandra framed the Lighthouse in wood and cardboard.  They worked with 20 pounds of gingerbread, 50 pounds of royal icing, [click to continue…]


Homeward Pet Fundraiser: Northwest Cellars

by Shona Milne on December 5, 2014

Presented by Northwest Cellars…

A fundraiser for Homeward Pet ~ helping homeless animals

Sip and shop and enjoy an afternoon at the cellar with family & friends (two and four-legged alike!)

Cool Holiday Gifts

  • Wine Tasting
  • Dog Treats
  • Human Snacks
  • Temporary Glitter Tattoos
Medicine Horse Art Studio

Raffle Prizes

Date: Saturday, December 6 Location: Northwest Cellars

Time: 1-5pm                                                11909 124th Avenue NE

Kirkland, WA 98034 (Totem Lake)

Admission:    $20 in advance ($25 at the door)

$15 of your admission donated to Homeward by Northwest Cellars plus

$5 per bottle sold of Homeward Pet’s private-labeled wines will benefit their shelter animals – cheers!


(425) 825-9463

Matches Made.  Lives Saved. Ÿ (425) 488-4444 Ÿ homewardpet.org


Woodinville Wine Events: December 1st-15th

by Shona Milne on November 30, 2014

©2013 Richard Duval Images

Beach Cafe – December 4th – Elysian Beer Dinner

Lachini Vineyards – December 4th – 3rd Annual PIGS,PINOT & POKER night!

Alexandria Nicole Cellars – December 4th – Girl’s Night Out -white elephant* ornament exchange. Please bring an ornament valued at $10 or less to exchange. (*joke worthy not required.)

Woodinville Wine Country – December 5th, 6th, & 7th – St. Nick’s Holiday Open House

Northwest Cellars – December 6th – 1:00pm – 5:00pm – Sip and Shop, Fundraiser for Homeward Pet [click to continue…]


Heathman Hotel: Cyber Monday Sale

by Shona Milne on November 24, 2014


The Heathman Hotel in Kirkland is offering travelers a chance to nab a mini-winter getaway with a 48-hour cyber sale, starting at 12:00am on December 1. Available for stays Thursday through Monday, these special rates apply to bookings between December 2, 2014 to March 31, 2015.  Luxury room pricing at the centrally located, Kirkland boutique hotel starts at $109.  The offer is also available at The Heathman Hotel Portland, with rates starting at $129 per night.  When making a reservation, guests should use CYBER as the booking code.

“We are celebrating the official launch of the holidays with two days of exceptional savings.  Whether shoppers are treating themselves, a family member, or a friend, the luxury of relaxation, unparalleled dining, and the opportunity to enjoy the downtown Kirkland scene is the ultimate gift,” says Troy Longwith, Hotel GM.

The Heathman Hotel’s cyber sale bookings are prepaid, non-refundable and based on availability. Some restrictions and black-out dates may apply.

To book a Cyber Monday deal, visit www.heathmankirkland.com.  The Heathman Kirkland is located at 220 Kirkland Avenue; valet parking is available.  To select The Heathman Portland at 1001 SW Broadway, visit www.heathmanhotel.com. [click to continue…]


Seattle Wine and Food Experience – A GREAT Place to Taste!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

POP! Seafood & Bubbles

Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Seattle Wine and Food Experience (SWFE) is the premier showcase for wine, food and spirits in the Northwest. Guests enjoy a world tour of wine with a special focus on Woodinville Wine Country, as well as world-class spirits, beer, cider and gourmet bites prepared by iconic Northwest chefs.

The gastronomical event includes “featured experiences” such as the Les Dames d’Escofier Alley’s culinary products, food and beverages. Other “featured experiences” include:

  • The QFC Advantage Lounge
  • Northwest, California and International Wines
  • Sip Northwest Distillery Row
  • Tim’s Cascade Snacks Beer and Cider Exhibit
  • Top Pot Doughnut and Coffee Bar
  • Stella Artois Bistro & Chef Stage, Ste Michelle Wine Estates Tasting Bar, Wente Vineyards Aroma Experience
  • And More!

Check out the SWFE 2014 event video here

New to this year’s SWFE is a Saturday night kick off event hosted by Seattle magazine. POP! Bubbles &Seafood will feature the Pacific Northwest’s bounty of [click to continue…]


Winter Wonderland Wine Dinner @ Lake Washington Institute of Technology

Embrace the season while you support student scholarships at Lake Washington Institute of Technology

We have multiple culinary and vinous treats in store for you as we kick off our highly anticipated Wine Dinner Series on December 5th, 2014!  The evening’s four courses will feature: Crab and Apple Soup; Poached Pear Salad; Duck Ravioli in a Rich Duck Consommé; and Roasted Rack of Lamb – each paired with delectable wines from Kirkland’s very own Northwest Cellars – and for dessert: Flourless Chocolate Torte.  As an added bonus, Northwest Cellars owner Bob Delf will join us as our special guest speaker.
This winter-themed dinner will be held on Friday, December 5th, 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 for: student scholarships, participation in educational competitions, and opportunities to study abroad.

Reservations by Dec. 2nd are requested as seating is limited:
Tickets are $75 per person, with $55 of that cost a tax-deductable expense.
Call 425.739.8134 or reserve online at: http://www.lwtech.edu/foundation
and please type in the word “Wonderland” in the Reference/Invoice Field
*This event will include guided wine pairings – participants must be 21 years of age or older.*


Woodinville Wine Events: November 16th-30th

by Shona Milne on November 14, 2014

©2013 Richard Duval Images

Don’t forget to check with individual wineries for their hours over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Pomum Cellars – November 16th – Fall Release

Savage Grace – November 16th – Fall Release

Chateau Ste. Michelle – November 16th – Sip, Shop and Save

Patterson Cellars – November 16th -Due Anni & Syrah Sirah Release

Northwest Cellars – November 16th – Chocolate and Wine: The 2 Basic Food Groups

Otis Kenyon – November 16th – Not the Same Old Turkey!

Bookwalter Wines – November 18th – Corks and Canvas

Bookwalter Wines – November 20th – Bubbles at Bookwalter – Fat Cork & Bookwalter team up for an event you will not want to miss!

The Woodhouse Wine Estates – November 20th – Fondue & Wine Party

Homeward Pet – November 21st – Sip Into the Holidays at Northwest Cellars [click to continue…]