From the monthly archives:

May 2009

I stopped by the Grand Opening at Gard Vintners on Saturday. It was a gorgeous day to be out and about with a bonus of tasting wine.  It was a packed house and everyone was having a great time with the wine. I tasted through about 15 wines from Alma Terra, Gard, and Smasne Cellars. […]


I got talked into going to the Sparkman release on Friday night. It was on my “to do” list for Saturday. It was a release and coronation for Sparkman Cellars 2006 Kingpin Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Mountain. It’s 95% Cab, 4% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot giving it rich flavor with a long finish. I […]


Village Wines: Spring has Sprung

by Shona Milne on May 16, 2009

It was a nice spring evening and I decided to stop in at Village Wines for the Friday winemaker tasting. It was Stephenson Cellars & Otis Kenyon Wines last night. Dave Stephenson is the winemaker for both wineries and was in attendance answering questions and talking about the wines. I did love the 2005 Stephenson […]


Chateau Ste. Michelle: Revisiting the Tour

by Shona Milne on May 15, 2009

I went to Chateau Ste. Michelle yesterday afternoon. I had not been on their winery tour for at least seven years, if I remember correctly. I take all of my out of town guests and just make them go on the tour. It seemed a good day to revisit the tour. Tweet This Post


Shipping Wine: One Stop Shipping

by Shona Milne on May 10, 2009

With the many new and irritating regulations on air travel, it can be problematic getting wine purchases to another destination. There is a solution without trying to pack a box yourself and ship it to another state. Pony Mailbox & Business Center in Woodinville is a certified shipping consolidator who can ship your wine purchases […]


I saw a listing for a Boutique Woodinville Winery on Craig’s List on May 5th. It had been listed for sale in April and then disappeared and now it’s back up for sale again. The mystery continues. Tweet This Post

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Cinco de Mayo: Cooking Up a Mexican Feast

by Shona Milne on May 8, 2009

I received a last minute invitation to attend a Cinco de Mayo themed hands on cooking class and dinner at Woodhouse Family Cellars. It was part of an Executive Chef series with Missy Will. The menu consisted of Chilled Avocado Soup, Lobster Burritos, Homemade Salsa, Seared Spinach with Drunken Tequila Raisins, Rosarita Beach Corn on the Cob, […]


I attended the 11th Homeward Pet  Benefit Auction & Dinner on Saturday night at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront. It looked like there was a very good turnout. There were a number of items representing our local winemakers & brewmaster: DiStefano, Woodhouse Family Cellars, Columbia Winery, Redhook Brewery, Covington Cellars, Edmonds Winery, J. Bookwalter, Betz,  DeLille Cellars, […]