Willows Lodge: 2nd Annual Experience Woodinville

by Shona Milne on June 14, 2016


In nod to Iron Vintner Challenge, portion of proceeds to benefit Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center

WHAT: Second annual Experience Woodinville, a relaxed, early evening showcase of all that Woodinville Wine Country has to offer with stations hosted by its wineries, distilleries, breweries and food and craft artisans.

WHO: Select Woodinville’s wineries, breweries, distillers, and restaurants.



Baer Winery

Chateau Ste. Michelle

DeLille Cellars


Lauren Ashten Cellars

Longshadows Vintners

Matthews Winery/TENOR

Novelty Hill/Januik

Obelisco Estate

Patterson Cellars

Sparkman Cellars

Restaurants / Chefs

Barking Frog

Barking Frog Mobile Kitchen


Hollywood Tavern

Novelty Hill/Januik

Purple Cafe

Barking Frog Mobile Kitchen


Sumerian Brewing Co.

Woodinville Whiskey Co.

Visit Woodinville

WHEN: Sunday, June 26, 2016

5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

WHERE: Willows Lodge

14580 NE 145th Street, Woodinville, WA 98072

TICKETS:    $75, includes 8 tastes and one food item per station, one commemorative wine glass and an evening of live music.

Tickets may be purchased via the event page here:


Or directly via Eventbrite here:


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Enjoy Open-Air Dining & Handcrafted Cocktails at Kirkland’s Heathman Hotel

Kirkland, WA — In honor of the warm weather seasonal opening of Trellis Restaurant’s Front Porch (Kirkland’s largest Front Porch), the restaurant is encouraging guests to celebrate sun, family, and friends on Thursday, June 9 and Friday, June 10, 2016, from 5 to 8 p.m. This extended celebration will feature live music from guitarist/composer Enrique Henao, farm inspired craft cocktails by well-known bartender Viktor Kustov and fresh seasonal bites from Chef Brian Scheehser’s 18-acre Woodinville farm.

Chef Brian Scheehser will debut his current farm collection at the upcoming Trellis Front Porch party. The 2016 assemblage includes assorted lettuces and greens, edible flowers, beets, carrots, brassicas, endives, beans, favas, celery root, anise hyssop, lovage, and kohlrabi. As the current growing season progresses, Chef Brian Scheehser will bring varieties of sweet corn, squash, and an unparalleled assortment of heirloom tomatoes. [click to continue…]


Rose’ Revival: Thursday at Ray’s Boathouse

by Shona Milne on May 23, 2016

14th Annual Rose’ Revival & Other Cool Whites

Thurs. May 26th, 2016
Ray’s Boathouse
6049 Seaview Ave NW
Seattle, WA
6 – 9 pm ~ $35
*Special VIP early entry at 5 pm for $50

CLICK HERE for tickets!

What could be more summer than sipping an array of tasty rose’ and white wines on the beautiful deck of at Ray’s Boathouse watching the sun set over the Olympic Mountains across Puget Sound?  Be part of this Seattle summer tradition by joining us at the 14th Annual Rose’ Revival and Other Cool Whites Wine Event on Thurs. May 26th!

This event features a wide array of dry Rose’ and interesting white wines…NO reds! Attendees will meet a variety of Northwest winemakers and taste their Rosé made in very small lots from Sangiovese, Syrah, Cab Franc, Tempranillo, Grenache, Pinot Noir! The event will also feature a wide array of delicious whites for summer, including varietals such as Semillon, Pinot Gris, Viognier, Albarino, Gruner, & Pinot Blanc, as well as wines from Italy, France, Argentina, Australia, and more.

30+ Northwest Wineries pouring their latest releases for Summer [click to continue…]


Woodinville Wine Cellars: Sean Boyd Leaving

by Shona Milne on May 19, 2016

From an email received from Woodinville Wine Cellars.

We wanted to reach out to you to let you know about an exciting new development at Woodinville Wine Cellars: our Winemaker, Sean Boyd, has decided to start on his own path, with his own wine brand! We are extremely excited to see Sean and his wife Kristin realize a dream in owning their own winery! Sean says, “In 2003 I joined Woodinville Wine cellars and have enjoyed making wonderful wines from some of the great vineyards of Washington state. My experience has been fulfilling, but now, wanting to pursue a dream of owning my own winery, I say farewell to Woodinville Cellars and start my own project with my wife, Kristin Jostad.”

Throughout the years, Sean has produced many beautiful wines and created quite a following here at Woodinville Wine Cellars and we wish him all the best in his new adventure! Sadly, Sean’s last day will be June 30th and we are looking forward to celebrating with him here at the tasting room on Saturday, June 18th from 12:00pm – 4:00pm. We hope you can join us, if you are in the area. Please RSVP to Cara (cara@woodinvillewine.com) if you plan to attend the Picnic.

Although Sean and Kristin will be sorely missed, we look forward to the future and the many lovely wines we have to share with you!

Please reach out if you have any questions at all.  And, if you want to hear more about what Sean is doing, please be sure to reach out to him directly.  (sean@woodinvillewine.com)

Best regards,
The Team at Woodinville Wine Cellars [click to continue…]


Taste Washington: Another Great Year

by Shona Milne on May 3, 2016

Taste Washington Toasts Another Fruitful Year

Record number of attendees, wineries, restaurants and celebrity chefs  concoct recipe for success

SEATTLE – Taste Washington, Seattle’s premier wine and food event, reported its highest overall attendance in 2016; both in event participants, and also for participating restaurants and wineries. The 19th annual event took place March 31-April 3 at various venues throughout Seattle and the region and drew more than 6,400 people over the course of four days.

Taste Washington 2016 by the numbers:

·         Overall attendance: 6,439

·         Grand Tasting attendance: 5,258

·         Wineries at Grand Tasting: 237

·         Wines poured: 700

·         Number of oysters shucked: 575 dozen

The annual event’s continued growth and success can be attributed to each year’s new and exciting series of events celebrating the state’s renowned artisans and vintners, from exclusive cocktail-style parties to unique epicurean excursions and educational seminars. This year, Taste Washington introduced the first ever Best Bite award at the Grand Tasting. Participants were able to vote for their favorite culinary bite from one of the 66 Pacific Northwest restaurants, 19 of which were new this year. The inaugural winner, out of more than 2,100 votes, was Swiftwater Cellars’ duck confit on a wonton chip, topped with an Asian plum sauce. [click to continue…]


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!