Weddings in Woodinville: DeLille Cellars

by Shona Milne on March 2, 2015

As always, classic elegance at DeLille Cellars for Weddings in Woodinville. The theme of Gold and Glamourous from wedding planner Event Success.


Woodinville Wine Events: March 1st-15th

by Shona Milne on March 1, 2015

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Alexandria Nicole Cellars – March 5th – Girls Night Out – Wine Trivia

Castillo de Feliciana – March 6th – Beat the Geek Trivia Night

Elemental Hard Cider – March 6th – Tap Room Launch – $10 large pizzas all evening, $1 off draft cider pints, and music by The Oh’Reallys….6-9pm

Chateau Ste. Michelle – March 6th – Sessions Concert

Alexandria Nicole Cellars – March 8th – Somm Sunday

The Woodhouse Wine Estates – March 11th – Corks and Canvas

Russell’s Restaurant & Loft – March 12th –  North of 95 Winemaker Dinner [click to continue…]


Weddings in Woodinville: JM Cellars

by Shona Milne on February 22, 2015

We were whisked off by Butler Transpartation to our next Weddings in Woodinville stop at  JM Cellars next. The theme was Come Dance With Me from Wedding Planner MG Davis Events. A canopy of white paper lanterns mixed with sparkling chandelieres with a backdrop of lush green landscape give a lovely garden party atmosphere. The black and white colors with a sprinkle of gold and silver were crisp and clean with Sinatra and 50′s music in the background just pulled it all together. Sign me up for this one.


Weddings in Woodinville: Columbia Winery

by Shona Milne on February 20, 2015

My second stop on Weddings in Woodinville was at Columbia Winery. The theme was Winter Sunrise with crisp orange, pink and coral colors by Wedding Planner Pink Blossom Events.


SWFE: The Best of the West

by Shona Milne on February 18, 2015

SECOND ANNUAL Seattle Wine and Food Experience Wine Awards REPRESENT THE BEST OF THE WEST

California’s Michael David Winery takes Best in Show with its 2012 Cabernet Franc; Medals Awarded to 166 Wines from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and California

The Seattle Wine and Food Experience (SWFE) is pleased to announce the results of its second annual Wine Awards. More than 65 wineries submitted 190 wines for the awards in a variety of styles from red and white to sparkling and dessert. The wines were tasted and awarded medals by Great Northwest Wine’s tasting panel, led by longtime Northwest wine journalists Andy Perdue and Eric Degerman. The panel judged the wines under blind conditions, not knowing the producers, region of origin or prices. Wines were awarded gold, silver and bronze medal and 10 were given top honors:

  • Best in Show: Michael David Winery 2012 Cabernet Franc, Lodi
  • Best Red: Michael David Winery 2012 Cabernet Franc, Lodi [click to continue…]


Taste Washington: Lunch on the Farm

by Shona Milne on February 17, 2015

New Farm-to-Table Experience Added to Taste Washington Lineup

Lunch series focuses on the farmers, chefs, winemakers and artisans who make the meal

Taste Washington, the nation’s largest single-region wine and food event, redefines the farm-to-table concept with the addition of an exciting new hands-on dining experience called Taste Washington on the Farm. This series of lunches brings wine and food lovers to local farms to meet the people who grow and produce the gourmet, artisanal products for which the Pacific Northwest is known. Lunches will take place Friday, March 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Guests will meet farmers, get their boots dirty and enjoy a delicious menu paired with Washington State wine. Three lunch experiences are available:

Experience #1 – Cheese bliss at Kurtwood Farms on Vashon Island

Host and featured chef: Kurt Timmermeister of Kurtwood Farms, a pioneer of the artisanal cheese movement in the Northwest
Winery: Chris Camarda of Andrew Will, a Vashon Island winery that specializes in single vineyard designates and red blends and is one of the pioneers of Washington State wine
Special guests: Robin Pollard of Pollard Coffee, a Vashon Island microroaster; Laura Cherry of Dragon’s Head Cider, also on Vashon Island, home to 1,500 cider fruit trees

Experience #2 – Exploring the lush Snohomish Valley at Willie Greens Organic
Host: Jeff Miller of Willie Greens Organic, a Monroe-based family farm that produces more than 50 varieties of vegetables and berries
Featured chef: Sam Crannell of Lloyd Martin, an award-winning restaurant in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood [click to continue…]


Woodinville Wine Events: February 16th-28th

by Shona Milne on February 16, 2015

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French Country Inn and French Specialty Cooking School – February 19th – Chacuterie/Sausage-Making

Chateau Ste. Michelle – February 20th – Sessions Concert

Castillo de Feliciana – February 20th – Beat the Geek Trivia Night

Gard Vintners – February 21st – Winter Wine Release

POP! Bubbles & Seafood – February 21st –  Join Seattle magazine as they host POP! Bubbles & Seafood – the new Saturday night kick off event for the Seattle Wine and Food Experience.

Seattle Wine and Food Experience – February 22nd – The Seattle Wine and Food Experience is the premier showcase for wine and food in the Northwest. Experience a world tour of wine, beer, spirits and all things culinary. This years featured wine area is Woodinville! [click to continue…]


EFESTE: Rockin’ Sips 6th Year

by Shona Milne on February 15, 2015

EFESTE Announces 6th Annual Rockin’ Sips Fundraiser

This year, it’s even more personal. Rockin’ Sips, EFESTE’s annual fundraiser, will not only pay tribute to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) and Children’s Hospital for their exceptional care of Joseph “Tough Guy” Taylor during his cancer treatment from 2006-2011, but also a very close friend of the winery, Ann Molitor. Ann is currently fighting Acute Lymhpoblastic Leukemia with great success.

What started as a heartbreaking event has inspired this annual celebration of wine and music. In 2006, winery owners Kevin and Angela Taylor learned that their young son Joe, grandson to ‘Big Papa’ Daniel Ferrelli and Helen Ferrelli, was diagnosed with Leukemia. He was 5 at the time. Happily, Joe is cancer free today. Through this experience, the family founded Rockin’ Sips to contribute to medical advances in the fight against cancer.

Angela explains, “Through our fundraiser we are able to donate directly to the life saving blood cancer research that benefits patients diagnosed with the disease Joe suffered through.” [click to continue…]


Weddings in Woodinville: Woodinville Whiskey

by Shona Milne on February 13, 2015

Next on the tour was Woodinville Whiskey Company with food by The Hollywood Tavern. The theme was Citrus Countryside and the color palette included citrus such as orange, yellow, lime, peach and coral. It had a chic rustic vibe from Wedding Planner Perfectly Posh Events.


Callahan Cellars/Elemental Cider: Email Interview

by Shona Milne on February 12, 2015

Sometime it’s hard to get winemaker to stand still for a few minutes so I resort to doing an email interview. I”m looking forward to tasting the cider.

What did you do before discovering wine? Brian was a Union Ironworker when we first started the winery. Christina is a Registered Nurse, currently working for EvergreenHealth in Kirkland.

Why wine? How did you get started in wine? Tell me about your wines. We used to enjoy a glass of wine with dinner every night, from the grocery store. We went out wine tasting in Woodinville for the first time for Christina’s birthday several years ago and were amazed at the difference in the quality. At some point we began working with several area wineries, and we were hooked. Our current wines feature Leroy Radford of Flying Dreams as our mentor and winemaker.

Tell me about the pizza oven. Are their other culinary adventures around the corner? The original idea behind the pizza oven was to bring great wine-friendly food to the winery warehouse district and to give our startup winery a draw. Today Brick Wood Fired Pizza operate two pizza ovens and cater to all of the best wineries in Washington. We are currently [click to continue…]