From the monthly archives:

July 2009

Stir Martini & Raw Bar: Almost Open

by Shona Milne on July 31, 2009

I spent the evening in Bellevue meeting up with friends at the Twisted Cork to hide out from the heat and have a glass of Happy Hour Champagne. As I crossed through the lobby I spotted Stir Martini & Raw Bar with people in it. After we finished our champagne we decided to go see […]


New Wine Social Group: Eastside Wines

by Shona Milne on July 30, 2009

Wine seems to getting a lot of attention theses day. A new group for social networking, Eastside Wines,  has been formed this month by my friend, Joe Kennedy. He sent me a press release with information about the group. I was one of the thirteen who signed up on the first day. was launched […]


Burgerville USA: Serving Wine & Beer

by Shona Milne on July 29, 2009

Outrageous! Burgerville in Vancouver, Washington has a pilot program in its Salmon Creek location to serve wine and beer with your burger. I spent my high school years eating Burgerville as Vancouver did not offer up much in culinary delights at the time. They always served up a great burger and fries, and it’s secret sauce. It […]


Isenhower Cellars: Tasting Room in Woodinville

by Shona Milne on July 28, 2009

Another Walla Walla winery, Isenhower Cellars, will be opening a tasting room in Woodinville. They will also be in the building next door to Silver Lake where Maison Bleue will be located. They are planning a September opening. It sounds like we will be having quite a few grand openings this fall. Tweet This Post


Julie and Julia: Sneak Preview & Party

by Shona Milne on July 27, 2009

I was one of the lucky attendees on Thursday night to view the Julie and Julia movie. It was through Chat With Women that I got an invitation to attend a sneak preview party at Maggianos and then onto Lincoln Center Cinemas. Maggiano’s fed us well and part of the fun was a live demonstration of […]


Oregon Wineries: Using Facebook & Twitter

by Shona Milne on July 26, 2009 has a story of how Oregon wineries are jumping on the technology bandwagon with Facebook and Twitter. Social networking is being used to reach current and new customers. Tweet This Post


Wine Blogger’s Conference. 2010: W2 Wins

by Shona Milne on July 25, 2009

The votes have been counted and Walla Walla is the winner to host the Wine Blogger Conference in 2010. An article in the TriCity Herald announces the win over Woodinville. Better start making my reservations. Tweet This Post


Stretch Island Winery: Need History Detectives

by Shona Milne on July 24, 2009

I came across an interesting posting on Craig’s List a few weeks ago. It was a request for help to find out about a wine mystery and not much information has been found yet. The wine bottle in question is a half gallon “Belle Isle”,  Produced and Bottled by Stretch Island Winery, Inc. Grapeview, Washington. This bottle was found under […]


Story Ideas for WWU: How to Guide

by Shona Milne on July 23, 2009

I found a great article by following tweets yesterday. Tom Wark’s Fermentation has a “How to Pitch a Wine Blogger” article and I hope that I get some feedback on what you might like to see on Woodinville Wine Update. I try and keep up with what is going on but what more can be done? Send […]


Maison Bleue: Arriving in the Fall from Prosser

by Shona Milne on July 22, 2009

While sipping some wine at Kirkland Uncorked I found out that Maison Bleue Winery from Prosser will be opening up a tasting room in Woodinville. They will be located in a building next door to Silver Lake. Jon Martinez, Owner, said that they plan on opening their doors in September this year. They focus on Rhone varities […]