Saint Nick’s Holiday Open House
Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6, 12- 5 p.m.

The wineries of Woodinville Wine Country are excited to once again open their doors for the annual Saint Nicholas Day Open House! Guests will have the opportunity to taste wines from exclusive boutique wineries as well as special selections from a few of Woodinville’s more well-known participants. This unique and festive holiday event lets guests discover new wineries, meet the winemakers and learn about present offerings and future releases. Tickets for Saturday are $65.00 per person and $50.00 per person on Sunday. Visit Brown Paper Tickets for this wonderful gift of the season! Purchase price includes wine tasting at 30+ participating wineries, new map, wine glass and much more. For more information, visit

*If you plan to visit many of the wineries, for your safety and the safety of others please bring a designated driver along. Designated drivers will be allowed entry to the wineries without a booklet.


St. Nick’s: Sip Wine at Molbak’s

by Shona Milne on November 29, 2015

Saint Nick’s Holiday Wine Tasting at Molbak’s Garden + Home
Friday, December 4, 7- 9:30 pm 

Woodinville Wine Country is kicking off the holidays by opening their doors for three days of jolly festivities and wine tastings! Their annual St. Nick’s weekend begins Friday, December 4, with a special Holiday Wine Tasting at Woodinville’s famous landmark, Molbak’s Garden + Home. Woodinville will showcase more than 30 Washington wineries as they share their latest vintage. Delectable wines will be paired with delicious hors d’oeuvres served to guests throughout the night! Jump into the holiday spirit by visiting Woodinville Wine Country this December. General admission is $55.00 for persons 21 and over at Brown Paper Tickets. For more information, visit



Passport to Woodinville: Available at Costco

by Shona Milne on November 24, 2015

Woodinville Wine Country’s “Passport to Woodinville” Available at Costco, beginning November 27

7 Costco locations to carry wine passport, just in time for the holiday gift-giving season


Woodinville’s celebrated Passport to Woodinville, an exclusive annual program for wine enthusiasts to enjoy wine tastings and events year-round, will be available at 7 Costco locations throughout Western Washington, as well as online at Passport holders will have access to top-tier local wines at more than 60 participating wineries and will receive discounts on popular Woodinville Wine Country events throughout 2016.

“This partnership with Costco is really exciting for Woodinville Wine Country – we’re thrilled to share this exclusive offer with Costco members,” said Sandra Lee, Executive Director of Woodinville Wine Country. “In 2016, there will be several events for wine enthusiasts to be a part of throughout Woodinville, featuring some of the best winemakers in Washington state and exclusive vintages, early releases and more. Being a part of the Passport program is one of the best ways to experience Washington wine and we hope that Costco members will think of this as the ideal gift for that special someone, or just pick one up for their own enjoyment.”

The 2016 Passport to Woodinville includes access to a variety of perks, including:

  • One complimentary tasting at each participating location, redeemable throughout 2016
  • Exclusive access to top-tier local wines at more than 60 participating wineries
  • Discounts on Woodinville Wine Country events
  • Experience over $600 worth of wine country experiences for $99.99 with special pricing available exclusively for Costco members

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Woodinville Wine Events: November 16th-30th

by Shona Milne on November 16, 2015

©2013 Richard Duval Images

©2013 Richard Duval Images

Woodhouse Wine Estates – November 19th – Woodinville Film Festival – All The Things I Never Wanted & Blood Into Wine

Castillo de Feleciana – November 20th-22nd – Fall Release

Ambassador Wines of Washington – November 21st –  Holiday DIY Wine Cork Craft Afternoon

Chateau Ste. Michelle – November 21st – Sip, Savor and Shop

Matthews Winery – November 29th – Holiday Bazaar

Weekly Events:

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

Purple Woodinville – Wed – Fried Chicken Night [click to continue…]


Kaella Winery: Last Major Release

by Shona Milne on November 10, 2015

I received an email, below, from Kaella Winery that they will be cease production on most of their wines.


Hello, friends!  I’m sorry I have not been more consistent in writing to our mailing list members.   We have two major announcements to make.
The first is that we have 3 new exciting 2012 Red Wines ready for release.  More information on those will be found below.
The second is that after 5 plus wonderful years in the wine business we have decided to make 2012 our last major release and will discontinue most production of Kaella Winery.  
We will continue to be in business, attending events and pouring for visitors in our Woodinville Tasting Room each Saturday as usual for at least the next year or so.
Our decision is purely a personal one.  We have had a tremendous time and do not regret one second. But, it became obvious to us that having full-time jobs and two young, active daughters while owning and operating Kaella became too much in our lives.  Something had to give, and Nancy steadfastly objected to giving up the girls for adoption.  Ok, that last sentence is just a joke.
So, what lies ahead in the future for Kaella?  We are not completely sure, except to say that in the immediate future we will focus our lives more on family and less on the winery.  I can say most certainly that I love to make wine and will continue to make wine in some form.  It will be small in quantity, high in quality and who knows? –  I may even make enough to share, label it as Kaella and offer it to our mailing list friends.  I will continue to hold your email address, and have our website active to communicate with you going forward.
We sincerely want to thank all of the wonderful people who have supported us over the years and certainly wish to continue our friendships.  We especially want to thank our friend Lauren Burton for all of her help, which we could not have done without.
Now…on to the news about the new wines which we are tremendously excited about and look forward to sharing with you.

The 2012 vintage in Washington State was just fabulous, and especially so coming after the cooler than normal 2010 and 2011.  Temperatures were above normal, resulting in fuller ripeness producing wines full of flavor, depth, and rich, ripe fruit.

We are especially proud of these wines and believe you will enjoy having some in your cellar!


Dave & Nancy Butner


EFESTE: Speakeasy Prohibition Party

by Shona Milne on November 2, 2015

Saturday, November 14th, 5-8pm

The original Big Papa made wine in his Chicago basement during Prohibition. Tonight EFESTE celebrates his legacy.

A secret password provides entry to a speakeasy setting with jazz music by Leah Natale, mug shots, and a private back room tasting that will make this a fun date night!

Enjoy a pour of Big Papa with catered dinner from Italianissimo featuring:
Caesar salad
Pasta Puttanesca
Roasted Vegetables
Tiramisu Bites

Fall allocations will be available for Wine Club members to take home. Attire from the era is welcome but not required.

Advance tickets: $60 general public / $45 for Wine Club members (special code sent via email).


Woodinville Wine Events: November 1st-15th

by Shona Milne on October 31, 2015

©2013 Richard Duval Images

©2013 Richard Duval Images

Alexandria Nicole Cellars – November 1st – Somm Sunday

Alexandria Nicole Cellars – November 5th – Girl’s Night – Canned Food Drive

Michael Florentino Cellars – November 5th – Drink till ya’ spend!

Woodinville Wine Cellars – November 7th – 2012 Indomitable Release

Wine Tourism Day – November 7th

DeLille Cellars – November 7th & 8th – Fall Release

Finn Hill Winery – November 7th & 8th – Fall Release Party

W.T. Vintners – November 7th & 8th – Fall Release Weekend

Taste of Tulalip – November 13th – Celabration Dinner

Chateau Ste. Michelle – November 13th – November Chef Dinner — Fall Camping with Chef Kurt Olson

EFESTE – November 14th – Prohibition Party

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Woodinville Wines: Chihuly Garden & Glass

by Shona Milne on October 26, 2015

It looks like we have a few Woodinville wineries pouring at this event on November 12th.

Chihuly Glass & GardenChihuly Garden and Glass invites wine enthusiasts to VineArts, an evening of Washington wine tastings and local bites prepared by Chef Thomas Kollasch of Collections Café. The 3rd annual event, which kicks off at 6 p.m. in the Glasshouse, will feature wines from Baer Winery, Brian Carter Cellars, Charles Smith Wines, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, Force Majeure Vineyards, Tranche Cellars and Ambassador Wines of Washington.

After touring the exhibition’s galleries, guests will enter the Glasshouse where each vintner will present several offerings, one of which will be a Bordeaux-style blend. The Bordeaux tastings will be blind and, before evening’s end, guests will cast a vote for their favorite. The winning vintner and wine will be revealed at the end of evening by event host, and master winemaker, Bob Betz. That winemaker will be awarded the People’s Choice Award. The award, a beautiful hand-blown goblet, serves as a nod to one of the oldest forms in glass and was created by artist Richard Langly of Pratt Fine Arts Center, one of the exhibition’s community partners.

Guests will also have the opportunity to join Paul Asikainen of Chateau Ste Michelle for an exclusive varietal component tasting of Chateau Ste Michelle’s blends in the Arbor at Collections Café at 7 p.m. and 7:40 p.m. [click to continue…]


It’s Here: Seattle Restaurant Week

by Shona Milne on October 17, 2015

Seattle Restaurant Week 2015











Make your reservations now for all of these fabulous restaurants. Seattle Restaurant Week runs October 18th-22nd and 25th-29th this year. More than 165 local restaurants are serving up three-course dinners for just $30, and many also offer two-course lunches for $15. Click here to see who is participating.





Woodinville Wine Events: October 16th-31st

by Shona Milne on October 15, 2015

©2013 Richard Duval Images

©2013 Richard Duval Images

Dusted Valley – October 16th – Meet the Maker

Gard Vintners – October 17th – Fall Wine Release

The Woodhouse Wine Estates – October 17th – Wine & Sole

Chateau Ste. Michelle – October 17th – October Chef Dinner —
45 Years of Favorites

Northwest Cellars – October 18th – Corks & Canvas Painting Class

Alexandria Nicole Cellars – October 18th – Somm Sunday

Northwest Cellars – October 23rd-25th – 2012 Oscuro Release [click to continue…]