Weddings In Woodinville: Sunday, January 29th

by Shona Milne on January 23, 2017

Coming up this Sunday, January 29th is Weddings in Woodinville. A great event if you are planning a wedding in the area. It’s amazing to see these venues all ready for your day. In addition to the venues you can find caterers, photographers, transportation, and everything else you might need for your wedding. Get your tickets here

List of participating venues:


Chateau Ste. Michelle: 50th Anniversary

by Shona Milne on January 18, 2017

Chateau Ste. Michelle, Washington state’s founding winery, announced today it will celebrate its 50th Anniversary year with a commemorative Cabernet bottling, special events, library wine releases, a visitor center expansion, its famous Summer Concert Series and other programs throughout 2017.

Fifty years ago—in 1967—a small winery called Ste. Michelle Vintners introduced its first vintage of a European-style premium wine, a Cabernet Sauvignon from the Yakima Valley. It was this release that marked the beginning of today’s thriving Washington wine industry. Washington is now the nation’s number two producer of premium wine with more than 50,000 planted acres, nearly 1,000 wineries and 14 American Viticultural Areas or AVAs.

Over the past 50 years, Chateau Ste. Michelle has become the number two premium domestic wine brand sold in the U.S (Nielsen-Dollars), with wines available in all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Further elevating the state and country’s wine industry, the winery was the first to introduce international wine partners to Washington: Piero Antinori of Tuscany (Col Solare), Ernst Loosen of Germany (Eroica) and Michel Gassier and Philippe Cambie of France (Tenet).

“It is truly remarkable what Chateau Ste. Michelle and the Washington wine industry have accomplished in a relatively short period of time through a pioneering spirit, collaboration and hard work,” said Ted Baseler, President and CEO of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. “With significant new vineyard plantings, industry investment in research and the education of future grape growers and winemakers, we can honestly say, the best is yet to come.”

The following special projects throughout 2017 will celebrate the past 50 years of the brand and set a foundation for continued success for both the winery and the Washington wine industry for years to come.


Taste Washington: 20th Anniversary Tickets on Sale

by Shona Milne on December 14, 2016

Taste Washington 20th Anniversary Festival Tickets on Sale Now First Ever Taste Washington VIP All Access Ticket Available in Limited Quantities

SEATTLE, WA – Wine and food lovers are encouraged to take advantage of a one-time early bird ticket special in honor of Taste Washington’s 20th Anniversary. During the month of December only, customers can purchase tickets to Taste Washington’s Sunday Grand Tasting at a $20 discount with the promotional code 20TASTE. It’s also the time to be among the first to purchase “The Connoisseur” VIP pass, brand new this year, which guarantees VIP access to all of the festival’s signature events.

Seattle’s premier wine and food festival will take place March 23-26, 2017 at various venues throughout the city. Individual tickets to the festival went on sale today at

Those with “The Connoisseur” tickets in hand will be able to jump to the front of the line at all of Taste Washington’s signature events, including the Red and White Party on Thursday, The New Vintage on Friday, seminars and grand tastings on both Saturday and Sunday, as well as secure reserved seating at the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Chef’s Stage and a Connoisseur gift bag valued at $200. The Connoisseur ticket price is $570.

In addition to the flagship events, organizers have added fresh venues for Friday’s “On the Farm” lunch series, and a brand new Taste & Savor Tour at Pike Place Market on Saturday and Sunday mornings. The Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Chef’s Stage returns with live cooking demonstrations throughout the two-day event with Bravo’s “Top Chef” Season 10 winner and -moreco-host of the Travel Channel’s show “36 Hours,” Chef Kristen Kish and Top Chef Alum and Spokane native Chef Chad White. Other top local and nationally known celebrity chefs will be announced soon.

“For the past 20 years, Taste Washington has showcased our region’s impressive wines and culinary talent,” said Tom Norwalk, President & CEO of Visit Seattle. “Over that time, Taste Washington has grown in all respects, beginning as a one-day tasting to, now, a four-day festival with more wineries, more restaurants and more attendees each year. The growth of this event is a terrific reflection of the partnerships between Visit Seattle, Washington State Wine and all of the participants involved.”

“Washington State Wine has a lot to celebrate this year, with the 20th Anniversary of Taste Washington and another successful harvest,” said Steve Warner, President of Washington State Wine. “Taste Washington is an exciting time to celebrate our industry’s continued growth and the Pacific Northwest’s local purveyors. We couldn’t be happier to be celebrating the 20th anniversary of this great festival.”

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Woodinville Wines: At Seattle World Trade Center

by Shona Milne on December 3, 2016

Taste the state with these award-winning wines from Woodinville. Including wines from: Baer Winery, DeLille Cellars, Januik Winery, Fidelitas, Sparkman Cellars, JM Cellars, Avennia and more! Light appetizers from World Trade Center Seattle chef, Hans Reisinger, will be served to pair with the wonderful wines of Woodinville.

Monday, December 5, 2016
4:30pm to 6:30pm 

WTCSE Members | Free
Sommeliers & Press | Free
Guest of Members | $15
Non-Members | $25

World Trade Center Seattle
2200 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98121  map

Contact the WTCSE Concierge
at or

Over 30 wines will be featured including wines from: DeLille CellarsPepper BridgeJanuik WineryFidelitasSparkman CellarsJM CellarsAvennia and more! Light appetizers from World Trade Center Seattle chef, Hans Reisinger, will be served to pair with the wonderful wines of Woodinville.

Event Schedule
4:30pm: Wine Tasting
5:15pm to 5:45pm: Overview and Q & A
5:45pm to 6:30pm: Wine Tasting

Need a guest room?
The Seattle Marriott Waterfront Hotel, next door, will offer their best available rates to attendees of the Washington State AVA Wine Tasting event. Please check here for rates and availability. Groups with ten or more sleeping rooms can contact the Marriott Group Sales Office at

Need a ride home?
Use our member, AsterRIDE, and get 15% off of all your rides! Use code WTC15. To download the app, go to . All AsterRIDE chauffeurs and taxi drivers are vetted and insured so you can ride in confidence.

This program is brought to you by Berntson Porter, Washington State Wine, and Woodinville Wine Country.

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St. Nick’s Holiday Open House: Win With Wine Lotto!

by Shona Milne on November 30, 2016

Were you too busy on Cyber Monday to remember your tickets? Now is your chance to take advantage of our Open House Weekend…Sip & Stay!

Make it a safe and relaxing weekend with our hotel partner Explore Bothell..stay just 2 miles from where you here for details!

St. Nick’s Holiday Open House
Wine Tasting Weekend

Saturday and Sunday is our Saint Nick’s Open House, when 20+ wineries throughout Woodinville invite you into their tasting rooms to enjoy their wines and drink in the spirit of the season.

Date: Saturday & Sunday, Dec 3 & 4, 2016
Time: 1pm – 5pm (check-in begins at 12:30pm)
Where: Woodinville Wine Country – check out the website for up to date winery info!
Check-in: Woodinville Visitor Center 14700 148th AVE NE (two buildings down from The Hollywood Schoolhouse) | check-in begins at 12:30pm
Price: $50 Saturday and Sunday  |  $40 One Day only

Purchase Tickets Here!

St. Nick’s Wine Lotto

What would the holidays be without some great big stocking stuffers? This year’s St Nick’s Wine Weekend gives wine lovers the chance to win one of three wine country prize packages with every wine purchase they make.

Throughout St Nick’s Open House Weekend, you’ll receive one entry ticket for every winery transaction you make. Our four winners will be chosen at random on Monday, Dec 5th and announced on

Prizes include:

First Prize – A one-night stay for two at Willows Lodge (Jan – Apr), including a $100 Willows gift card. (Value $400-500)

Second Prize – A one-night stay at the new Hampton Inn & Suites Woodinville, including a $100 Purple gift card. (Value $300)

Third Prize – (2 winners) Two passports to Woodinville Wine Country. (Value $150)

Woodinville Wine Country kicks off the holidays by opening our doors for three days of tasting and festivities.



Winter Release Party: Lachini Vineyards

by Shona Milne on November 30, 2016

Winter Release Party this Saturday!


Please join owners, Ron & Marianne Lachini along with Winemaker, Matthieu Gille and team as we pour our latest arrivals this Saturday at our Woodinville, WA tasting room. Great vintages make great wines. Come discover the first of our 2015’s along with bold 2014 Cabs from Washington’s Red Mountain AVA.

New releases include a fantastic lineup ~

2015 Sparkling Rosé, Willamette Valley
2015 Estate Chardonnay, les sols arénacés, Chehalem Mountains
2015 Pinot Noir, S, Chehalem Mountains
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, LA BESTIA, Red Mountain
2014 Red Wine, LA CONTRADA, Red Mountain
2015 Pinot Port, Willamette Valley

We will also have a few library wines available for tasting & purchase including the last of 2012 Prima Pinot Noir (93pts), 2010 Cuvée Giselle Pinot Noir (91pts).

Woodinville, WA Tasting Room
14455A Woodinville Redmond Road
Saturday, December 3rd  11:30am – 5:00pm
$20 per person. Complimentary for L’VIP, L’Connoisseur, Sono A Modo Mio & Grape Revolution Club Members.
Enjoy assorted wood-fired pizzas & savory prawn pairings by Pompeii Wood Fired Pizzas.

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EFESTE: Get Your Santa Photo on Sunday

by Shona Milne on November 28, 2016

Raise a glass with old Kris Kringle at EFESTE when the big man in red returns! The winery’s cellar, beautifully decorated with dazzling trees, provides the perfect backdrop for Santa photos capturing kids at heart.  A premium tasting of wines that are consistently highly acclaimed will be poured.

While at the winery, it’s the perfect time to finish purchasing holiday gifts or stock up on wine for holiday celebrations! New this year, the winery is offering a fun wine grab and holiday bazaar featuring large format bottles.

Santa Photos at EFESTE

Sunday, December 4th
Wine Club Members $10, non-Members $20
Advance Tickets

Entry includes:

  • Special ultra-premium wine tasting (21 and older) in the cellar.
  • One complimentary photo with Santa to take home, taken by professional photographer RL Perdue.
  • Ability to purchase additional photos and cards online following the event.
  • Shopping in the holiday bazaar and wine grab opportunity.
  • A 6-pack wine bottle bag to carry home wines purchased.


Passport to Woodinville: On Sale Now

by Shona Milne on November 22, 2016

Woodinville Wine Country’s “Passport to Woodinville” returns to Costco, Available Now

7 Costco locations to carry beverage passport, just in time for the holiday gift-giving season

Woodinville, Wash. November 21, 2016 – Woodinville’s celebrated Passport to Woodinville, an exclusive annual program for wine, beer and spirit enthusiasts to enjoy tastings and events year-round, has returned to 7 Costco locations throughout Western Washington, as well as online at Passport to Woodinville 2017 is your ticket to one of the world’s premier wine and craft beverage destinations, gaining you access to top-tier local wines at more than 60 participating wineries.  Members will enjoy special discounts at popular 2017 Woodinville Wine Country Events as well as the opportunity to revel in the taste of award-winning beer and spirits all year long.

“Woodinville Wine Country has become one of the world’s premier wine and craft beverage destinations and we are excited to continue our well-received partnership with Costco to share Woodinville’s unique flavors and events,” said Sandra Lee, Executive Director of Woodinville Wine Country. “This year’s passport program has expanded to include select breweries and distilleries in numerous districts including Hollywood, West Valley, Warehouse and Downtown. Membership in the Passport program is an unparalleled way to experience the finest wine and craft beverages that Washington has to offer. The Passport to Woodinville makes an excellent gift for family, friends, or for your own enjoyment! We hope Costco members will consider this as the quintessential offering for wine connoisseur’s and enthusiasts alike.”

The 2017 Passport to Woodinville includes access to a variety of perks, including:

  • Complimentary tastings at each participating locations, redeemable throughout 2017
  • Exclusive access to top-tier local wines at more than 60 participating wineries
  • New expanded offerings at select breweries and distilleries
  • Discounts on Woodinville Wine Country events
  • Experience over $600 worth of wine country experiences for $99.99 with special pricing available exclusively for Costco members

Costco members can purchase the Passport to Woodinville for $99.99 for a pack of 2, sold at Costco locations in Downtown Seattle, Everett, Kirkland, Issaquah, Lynnwood, Northgate and Woodinville. Individual passports are also available for purchase online at for $75 each. Passports are available for purchase now – March 31, 2017, or year round on

For more details on the Passport for Woodinville, please visit


About Woodinville Wine Country

Conveniently located 25 minutes northeast of downtown Seattle, Woodinville is home to over 100 Washington wineries and tasting rooms, featuring award-winning wines and first-in-class tasting room experiences. For more information and to plan your next tasting experience, visit or follow us on Facebook at Woodinville Wine Country.



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Holiday WineFest: November 12th &13th

by Shona Milne on November 9, 2016

2016 Holiday Wine Fest ~ Nov. 12 & 13
Seattle Center Exhibition Hall


Seattle’s Holiday Wine Fest
A Global Celebration of Wine!
Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
, 2016

The 2016 Holiday Wine Fest is poised to be the Pacific Northwest’s largest and most popular tasting exposition. This all-day Saturday and Sunday event features a world-class line-up of local, regional, national and international wines, ciders, spirits, gourmet cuisine and artisan vendors.  The Holiday Wine Fest is the perfect occasion to tempt you and yours with the flavors of fall and the delicious offerings of the Season.

Festival Tasting Sessions:

Saturday, Nov. 12:  Noon – 4pm    ($40 admission)
Saturday, Nov. 12:  5pm – 9pm     ($45 admission)
Sunday, Nov. 13:    Noon – 4pm    ($40 admission)

Patrons will have the opportunity to purchase their newest favorite wine/cider/spirits at the venue.


Wineries, Ciders & Brew

Aberrant Cellars
AniChe Cellars
Archery Summit – OR
ATLAS Cider Co.
Browne Family Winery
Chandler Reach Vineyards
Coral Wines
Dobbes Family Estate – OR
Double Canyon
Gruet – New Mexico
Hedges Family Estate
Hyland Estates
Kasia Winery
Lodmell Cellars
Market Vineyards
Maryhill Winery
Masquerade Wine Company
Mercer Estates
Milbrandt Vineyards
Naches Heights/NHV Winery
Pear UP/Neigel Vintners Cider
Pine Ridge – CA
Newhouse Family Vineyards
pFriem Family Brewers
Renwood Winery – CA
Robert Ramsay
Snow Cider – BC
Sonoris Wines
The Bunnell Family Cellar
Three of Cups
Tranche Cellars
Tieton Cider Works
Treveri Cellars
Upland Estates Winery
Warr-King Wines
Wilridge Winery

International Wines

Argento – Argentina
Benoit Cocteaux Champagne – France
Berlucchi Franciacorta  – Italy
Bernard Magrez Vignobles – France
Bodegas Yuste – Classical Wines of Spain
Bonaval – Spain
Ca Marcanda Promis  – Italy
Castello di Monsanto – Italy
Carma  – Chile
Castello Banfi – Italy
Castello Monsanto – Italy
Catena – Argentina
Cecchi  – Italy
Chapuy Champagne- France
Chateau Berneuilh – France
Chateau Eugenie  – France
Chateau Les Millaux – France
Classical Wines of Spain
Domaine Christophe Bleger – France
El Enemigo – Argentina
Harewood Estate – Australia
Il Poggione  – Italy
Gaja Sito  – Italy
Bodega Garzón – Argentina
Juniper Estate- Australia
Livio Felluga – Italy
Lou Miranda Estate – Australia
Mitchells Wines – Australia
Monsieur Touton Selections – France
Mionetto – Italy
Nino Franco – Italy
Orlando Abrigo – Italy
Passatempo – Portugal
Singlefile – Australia
Renacer – Argentina
Tratado – Portugal
Tomero – Argentina
VistaAlba – Argentina
Zimmerman Wines – Australia
Cossart Gordon Madeira – Portugal
Dow’s Port /Douro DOC – Portugal
Prats & Symington Douro DOC – Portugal
Pombal do Vesuvio Douro DOC – Portugal
Smith Woodhouse Port – Portugal


Ararat – Armenia
Balinoff – France
Bomond Distillery – France
Chambers Bay Distillery
Copperworks Distillery
Ghost Dog
Heritage Distilling Co.
kkAda Caramel Liqueur
Mastrogiannis Distillery
Pasquinet Cognac – France
SeaSpirits Distillery
Sidetrack Distillery
Sons of Vancouver Distillery
Swede Hill Distilling
Temple Distilling Company
Tequila Honor Del Castillo – Mexico
Tsarsky – Lithuania
Valley Shine Distillery

Artisan & Local Vendors

Alabastro Photography
B. Fuller’s Mortar & Pestle
Carolina Smoke
Cascade Fusion Smoked Olive Oil
Corks & Canvas
Dapper Swan Chutney
Dilettante Chocolate
Dry Sparkling
Essential Baking Co.
Ferndale Farmstead Cheese Artisans
Handmade Sam*Made
Island Treats
Krave Jerky
Liberty Bottle Works
LuLaRoe Apparel
Oil & Vinegar
Paper Road Furnishings
Puget Sound Kombucha
Riedel Stemware
Salish Sea Organic Liqueurs
Scarlata Chocolate
Seattle Made
Seattle Pickle Co.
Swift & Savory
Uncle Paulie’s Meatballs
Victrola Coffee Roasters
Washington Artisan Cheese Association
Windy N Ranch
Worldmark By Wyndham


Tulalip Resort Casino: Talking Turkey for Thanksgiving

by Shona Milne on November 6, 2016

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The Culinary Team is Whipping Up Thanksgiving Madness Throughout The Resort

Tulalip, Washington — Thanksgiving Day celebrations are abundant this year for the whole family at Tulalip Resort Casino. The esteemed culinary team at Tulalip are whipping up turkey madness for November 24. Below are highlights of the featured feasts from around the Resort, such as relaxed-casual and modern-sophisticated dining. There’s even a traditional buffet experience to enjoy. This year, there’s something for everyone.

Modern-Sophisticated Dining

Tulalip Bay Chef/GM Jeremy Taisey’s Thanksgiving Day specials include Slow Roasted Turkey Roulade with wild boar bacon and maple vinaigrette and Sage Cured Confit of Turkey Leg served with cranberry, Cointreau preserves, and crispy skin. Both dishes are served with homemade focaccia, hazelnut and porcini stuffing, sous vide endive with wild mushroom and butternut squash puree, and a pumpkin spiced marshmallow toadstool. For those looking for something other than Turkey, Chef Jeremy will also be preparing dishes from the regular menu.

To enjoy alongside this flavorful turkey dinner, Sommelier Tommy Thompson has selected a Duet of Wine Pairing for $18, which includes a 2012 Domaine Philippe Alliet, Chinon ‘Côteaux de Noiré’ Cabernet Franc and a 2015 Domaine Huet, Vouvray Clos du Bourg Moelleux Première Trie from France’s Loire Valley.

The special dinner pricing is $40 per person plus sales tax and gratuity. Regular menu pricing will vary. To reserve a table from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., go to OpenTable or call (360) 716-1100.

Blackfish is offering up a special Thanksgiving dinner special of Apple Smoked Roast Turkey with hazelnut-sausage stuffing, roasted root vegetables, cranberry relish with port & figs, havarti mashed potatoes, and cider gravy. It will be paired alongside Chef David Buchanan’s seafood centric menu, which pays tribute to regional Northwest ingredients and Tulalip tradition. For dessert, a special Pumpkin Flan for $8 was added to the sweet line-up.

The Wine Spectator award-winning wine list, visionary cocktails, and microbrews fill out the experience at Blackfish.

The Blackfish Thanksgiving dinner special is priced at $31 per person plus sales tax and gratuity. Regular menu pricing will vary. To book a spot from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., go to OpenTable or call (360) 716-1500.

Casual Dining

The Draft Sports Grill and Bar is serving up a classic dinner special of Smoked Turkey Pot Pie with a sweet potato biscuit top and cranberry apple salad for $15. The regular menu will also be available. To reserve a spot at The Draft for parties of 8 or more from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. call (360) 716 1625, or email here. For more information, visit

Missing Grandma’s Turkey Dinner? Cedars Cafe Chef Brent Clarkson is offering up his Grandmother’s Turkey recipe for all to enjoy. Guests can partake in Roasted Turkey carved to order with Champagne cranberry sauce, scratch-made sage andouille stuffing, and a vegetable medley. Dinner comes with a choice of soup or house salad; also includes garlic mashed potatoes with giblet gravy, and/or baked sweet potatoes with butter and brown sugar for $18.95 per person plus sales tax and gratuity.

If turkey is not your thing, try Clarkson’s Slow Roasted Prime Rib, which is hand-rubbed with Cedar’s special blend of seasonings and slowly roasted to perfection. It is served with natural au jus and ranch style horseradish cream. This dish comes with a choice of soup or house salad; and garlic mashed potatoes, baked potato, or rice pilaf. Ordering options include a 12 ounce cut for $24, or a 16 ounce cut for $28, plus tax and gratuity.

Add a sweet finish to the holiday meal by savoring one of Pastry Chef Nikol Nakamura’s House-made Pumpkin Pie Tart. The individual tarts come with cinnamon whipped cream and candied pecans for $6.

The regular menu pricing will vary and are exclusive of sales tax and gratuity. Available seating starts at 11:00 a.m. To reserve a spot, call (360) 716-1276. [click to continue…]