Happy Hour Radio: Listen to Wine Talk

by Shona Milne on April 18, 2014

Here is a link to last Saturday’s Happy Hour Radio show by Christopher Chan.

It features Lisa Baer of Baer Winery, Adean Vitale of Washington Tasting Room Magazine and Tom Hedges of Hedges Family Estate. So many great stories in Washington Wine and Beyond!  https://app.box.com/s/wtjyxugxkt49tps66ymr

You can listen live each Saturday to Happy Hour Radio from noon-1pm on KVI 570 AM.


Woodinville Wine Events: April 16th-30th

by Shona Milne on April 15, 2014

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Some of the wineries may be closed or have adjusted hours for Easter.

Gard Vintners – April 17th – Thrifty Thursday

Goose Ridge – April 17th – Sip, Swap, and Shop

Dusted Valley – April 18th – Meet the Maker

Gard Vintners – April 18th – Thank Gard it’s Friday

Redhook Brewery – April 19th – Pack the Bowl – Celebrate 4/20 a day early

Alexnader Nicole Cellar – April 19th – Easter Egg Hunt

Michael Florentino Cellars – April 19th – Spring Whites and Rose’ Release party

The Woodhouse Wine Estates – April 19th – Viognier Release

Gard Vintners – April 19th & 20th – Workin’ for the Weekend

Russell’s Restaurant and Loft – April 24th – Knob Creek & Bookers Bourbon Dinner

Lachini Vineyards – April 24th – Hosting Dueling Divas Dinner!  Lynne Vea & Becky Selengut [click to continue…]


Oso Fundraiser: Woodinville Wineries Participating

by Shona Milne on April 11, 2014

I received the information on this event through Pondera Winery. A number of Woodinville wineries are participating. I hope you can make it and help out those in need in our backyard.

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Oso Needs Cash – Wine Tasting Fundraiser!
Washington Wineries Join Together to Raise $30,000
for United Way of Snohomish County Through a Wine Tasting Fundraiser

Hundreds of winemakers from around Washington state convened last month at the annual Taste Washington Seattle event to sample their wine to crowds of oenophiles.  While typical conversations ensued between winemakers and consumers about the industry, a pressing question was being asked between the winemakers themselves: How can the Washington Wine industry ban together to help our neighbors in Oso who have suffered great losses in this devastating mudslide?

In conjunction with chef Tom Douglas, winemaker Charles Smith (of K Vintners, Charles Smith Wines and Charles & Charles) answered that question and rallied fellow top winemakers from around the state for “Oso Needs Cash”, a wine tasting fundraiser.  The event will take place at the Palace Ballroom in downtown Seattle with all proceeds going directly to United Way of Snohomish County, chosen because of their commitment to give 100% of the funds directly to affected families in the area.

The event, in partnership with Ethan Stowell Restaurants, and the Huxley Wallace Collective, will give attendees the opportunity to sip wine from 19 different wineries as well as bid on items in a silent auction.  Bruce Pavitt, founder of Sub Pop Records, will also be on hand spinning records.


Andrew Will Winery, Balboa Winery, Beresan Winery, Buty Winery, Cadence Winery, Charles Smith Wines, Charles & Charles, DeLille Cellars, Dusted Valley, K Vintners, Lost River Winery, Novelty Hill-Januik Winery, Pepper Bridge Winery, Pondera Winery, Revelry Vintners,
Sparkman Cellars, Spring Valley, Woodward Canyon, W.T. Vintners

Oso Needs Cash will take place on Tuesday, April 22nd from 5:30-7:30pm for $100 per person.  Tickets for this event can be purchased by clicking here.


Genoa Cellars: Catching Up

by Shona Milne on April 9, 2014

Sometimes I have to use email to check in with some of our newer wineries with all of our hectic schedules. I threw out a few question this time to Genoa Cellars located up in the Warehouse District.

What did you do before discovering wine?

Derek and I started making wine together in 2004.   We were college roommates long ago as engineering students and made beer then and after we moved to Seattle.  We still both have day-jobs in technology but developed a passion for wine in the late 1990′s.

Why wine? How did you get started in wine?

In 1997, I met my wife who pulled me into the world of wine.  She was an avid winetaster and my eyes were opened to the possibilities.  Derek separately started getting into wine at the same time.  In 1998, I launched an online Web site that sold winetasting packages and provided winetasting how-to information.  In 2003 when I was a Microsoft, a co-worker asked if I’d like to get into winemaking.  She was doing it as a hobby and getting fruit through the Boeing Wine Club.   She mentored Derek and I for the first couple of years as we continued to make more and more wine in my garage.  We also began to connect with winemakers around the state.  Coincidentally, Scott Moeller, who is at Novelty Hill- Januik Winery, had written articles for my Web site while he was at UC Davis for Enology.  He was also a helpful resource as we ran into challenges in winemaking during our garage days.   Alex Manoni from Stomani Cellars also has been an immense help and John Patterson from Patterson Cellars as we started up commercially.

Why did you decide to focus on Super Tuscans?

We started making Sangiovese in 2004.  In 2006, we decided to try blending with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.  We we talked about wine, we realized [click to continue…]


Chandler Reach: Official Grand Opening

by Shona Milne on April 6, 2014

If you have not heard yet, Chandler Reach opened a tasting room in Woodinville last month. They will be having their official Grand Opening on Saturday, April 12th. They will be waiving tasting fees, having some wines specials, and offering up some entertainment. They are located in the Hollywood area at 14450 Woodinville-Redmond Road, Woodinville, 98072. Cheers!


Seattle Restaurant Week 2014: Woodinville

by Shona Milne on April 2, 2014

How time flies; it’s Seattle Restaurant Week again. Make your reservations or you may not get a table. Seattle Restaurant Week runs April 6th-10th and 13th-17th. Some of the restaurants offer lunchs as well as dinner. Dinners are $28 and lunches are $15 for three courses.

Those participating in Woodinville:

Barking Frog

Big Fish Cafe

Purple Cafe’ and Wine Bar

The Commons

Twisted Cuban Cafe


Woodinville Wine Events: April 1st-15th

by Shona Milne on March 31, 2014

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Alexandria Nicole Cellars – April 1st – Black and White Release

Sky River Mead – April 3rd – Artist Opening for Catherine James

J. Bookwalter – April 3rd – Corks and Canvas

Edge of Seattle Cooking – April 3rd – Culinary Basics and Techniques

Alexandria Nicole Cellars – April 3rd – Girls Night Out – Think Spring

Sky River Mead – April 4th – Ginger Honey Wine Release

Dusted Valley – April 4th – Kickoff of Spring Release

Alexandria Nicole Cellars – April 4th – Decade of Destiny Annivarsary Party

Obelisco Estate – April 5th – Barrel Room Dinner Series with Russell’s Restaurant [click to continue…]


Obelisco: Barrel Room Dinner Series

by Shona Milne on March 18, 2014

Introducing…“The Obelisco Barrel Room Dinner Series!”

Obelisco will be teaming up with the some of the best chefs and restaurants around to create unique four or five course dinners. Only 16 seats will be available per dinner! These dinners will be paired with Obelisco wines and will be served in the setting of our private barrel room in Woodinville!
These dinners are designed to be intimate affairs, so seating at each one will be limited to 16 people. We plan on scheduling one or two of these per month, so don’t miss your chance to join in on one of these unforgettable nights!

The kick-off dinner is on Saturday April 5th 6-9 pm. Russells Restaurant of Bothell has put together a tantalizing  menu to start our dinner series.


Woodinville Wine Events: March 16th-31st

by Shona Milne on March 14, 2014

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Chateau Ste. Michelle – March 16thSpring Barrel Tasting

Gard Vintners – March 16th – Food Truck Sunday

EFESTE – March 16th –  Reserve Tasting

Village Wines – March 16th – Whiskey Gaels St. Patrick’s Eve Performance

Gard Vintners – March 17th – It’s #MondayFunday

EFESTE – March 20th, 21st, 22nd, & 23rd – Reserve Tasting

Gard Vintners – March 21st – Workin’ for the Weekend

NW Cellars – March 21st – Happy Hour with great live music [click to continue…]


Spring Events: Woodinville Wine Country

by Shona Milne on March 1, 2014

Tickets on Sale March 1st to New Spring Woodinville Wine Events

Woodinville Wine Country will introduce a series of unique, new wine tastings and culinary programs this spring, each showcasing the exceptional quality of Woodinville wines; at the same time, the association is issuing a “last call” to Passport to Woodinville 2014, a popular event back for its 12th and final season.

North of 95 and Woodinville Reserve – Tickets on Sale March 1

Taste Woodinville Wine Country’s most critically acclaimed wines at one of two events on Friday, April 25. Woodinville Reserve will feature more than 30 wineries, all pouring 90+ rated wines; a limited number of tickets will also be sold to “North of 95,” a new event featuring 95+ rated wines.  North of 95 ticket holders will also have access to Reserve.

When:    Friday, April 25, 2014 North of 95 6:30pm; Woodinville Reserve 7pm

Where:   Willows Lodge, Woodinville, Wash.

Tickets:   $90 Reserve only; $160 Reserve & North of 95

on sale March 1st Brownpapertickets.com

Cellars and Skillets – Tickets on Sale March 1

NEW!  The introduction of Woodinville Wine Country’s new progressive dinner series this May includes three distinct Woodinville venues.  Northwest celebrity chefs will be featured and Woodinville wines will be poured.

When:                Saturday, May 3, 2014 6:30pm

Where:   JM Cellars, EFESTE and Hollywood Tavern are the stops for this debut event [click to continue…]