From the monthly archives:

July 2009

Intrigue Chocolates: Wine & Truffle Pairings

by Shona Milne on July 21, 2009

I talked with Aaron Barthel of Intrigue Chocolates. He is a master of pairing his chocolate truffles with wines. He told me that he currently has 69 flavors of truffles. He believes that he is not selling chocolate, but sharing chocolate with others. He shared St. Basil with me on Saturday and I’m really looking […]


Kirkland Uncorked: Dog Days of Summer

by Shona Milne on July 20, 2009

I went down to Kirkland Uncorked on Sunday afternoon. It was a perfect day to taste some new wines and some familiar favorites by the waterfront at Moss Bay. Kids and dogs were splashing around in the water and the adults and their dogs were in the wine area. It was a very warm day and I spent […]


Idaho Wines: Incubator & Education Center

by Shona Milne on July 19, 2009

Interesting article in the Idaho Statesman today about how Idaho plans to help boost its wine industry. Imagine if we could something like this in Woodinville? Tweet This Post


Quench Your Thirst: Dusted Valley Opens

by Shona Milne on July 16, 2009

Another Walla Walla winery, Dusted Valley Vintners, is opening its doors in Woodinville with Dusted Valley Wine Gallery. Corey said they would open this afternoon so swing by if you are in the area. They are located a few doors down from Purple Cafe. They will be open tomorrow 12-5 and I’ll be stopping in to […]


Cedergreen Cellars: Caviar Tasting

by Shona Milne on July 15, 2009

It can’t get better than wine and caviar can it? It’s a bit short notice but if you can make it over to Picnic in Phinney Ridge you can taste Cedergreen Cellars wine with caviar. Tweet This Post

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Robert Ramsay Cellars: Syrah Specialist

by Shona Milne on July 14, 2009

My mystery was solved on Saturday when arrived I at Robert Ramsay Cellars. I had not been able to find out anything about them before they opened. What I did find out is that Bob is a Syrah specialist. He is interested in quality, not quantity, and wants to stay a small boutique winery where is […]

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In the News: Alma Terra Syrah

by Shona Milne on July 13, 2009

A story in the Tri City Herald today talks about Alma Terra, which has a tasting room up in the Woodinville Warehouse District, and how location affects flavor characteristics in wines. Dr Alan Busacca and Robert Smasne started their terroir project about three years ago. Tweet This Post


Senoj Estates: Jeff Jones Stages a Comeback

by Shona Milne on July 13, 2009

I wandered by Senoj Estates on Saturday afternoon and there was a flurry of activity going on and in the middle of it was Jeff Jones. I had to ask what was happening with Senoj since they closed down at Passport to Woodinville in April. Tweet This Post


Davenport Cellars: New Woodinville Winery

by Shona Milne on July 12, 2009

I knew that Davenport Cellars was opening soon but I didn’t expect to be their first taster. They have a Rose of Cabernet Franc, Snowflake, a white blend, and a Syrah. Jeff and Sheila went through the South Seattle Community College to learn about winemaking. I will say I enjoyed the Rose the most on such […]

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Senoj Estates: New Application

by Shona Milne on July 11, 2009

People keep asking me what I know about Senoj Estates since they closed down at Passport to Woodinville in April. I have found out that they have submitted a new application for a domestic winery license at their current location. Tweet This Post