From the monthly archives:

August 2009

BOTL: Opening on September 9th

by Shona Milne on August 23, 2009

Bin on the Lake, formerly Bin Vivant, will be opening on September 9th. They will move into the space above the Beach Cafe in Kirkland. Tweet This Post


New Wine Club: New York Times

by Shona Milne on August 22, 2009

Everyone wants to be in the wine business right now. The newest addition is  The New York Times Wine Club. I did check out their wine selections and it looks like the focus is on international wines direct from boutique, family-run wineries. They do have a small selection of US wines. I didn’t see anything from […]


WA Tasting Room Magazine: Hot Off the Presses

by Shona Milne on August 21, 2009

I picked my copy of Washington Tasting Room magazine on Sunday afternoon at Woodhouse Family Cellars. It’s packed with upcoming events, articles about Camraderie Cellars, Red Willow Vineyard, Cave B, and Chateau Ste. Michelle. They will be publishing quarterly. Pick up a copy from one of our local tasting rooms or wineries. The premiere issue […]


EU: Adopts New Labeling Rules

by Shona Milne on August 20, 2009

I know this will come as good news to many of you who are confused by European wine labels. One of my tried and true rules, when I have no idea what to pick in a hypermarket in Calais, is to go with a label that has a chateau on it. It’s worked for me […]


Village Wines: A Happy Celebration

by Shona Milne on August 20, 2009

I went to celebrate the 10 year wedding anniversary of Lisa & Tim Bowen, owners of Village Wines, on Saturday. They went with a Jamaican theme for their celebration and the food. Oh, the food by Outrageous Offerings was incredible. My favorites were the Jamaican shrimp and the shredded pork with BBQ sauce. The wine was […]


Record Grape Harvest: Washington State

by Shona Milne on August 19, 2009

A story in The News Tribune  today states that Washington is going to have a record grape harvest. The harvest is expected to be about 155,000 tons. That’s a lot of wine. Tweet This Post


Bonza Bash: Benefit for Seattle Humane Society

by Shona Milne on August 19, 2009

As always, I love a good animal cause and if there is wine involved I love it even more. A number of our local Woodinville wineries will be participating in the benefit for the Seattle Humane Society Bonza Bash: Darby Winery, DiStefano Winery, Sparkman Cellars, Barrage Cellars, and J. Bookwalter. For more info go to Bonza Bash. […]


Auction of WA Wines Picnic: Rainy Nights

by Shona Milne on August 18, 2009

  Greg Lill certainly picked a good day for his big birthday. What a party! The sun was out when I arrived at Chateau Ste. Michelle  for the Auction of Washington Wines Picnic  to benefit Children’s Hospital and then the weather changed. The dark clouds rolled in and it started to sprinkle and people mostly seemed undisturbed. It […]


Wineries Who Tweet: Woodinville Part 2

by Shona Milne on August 17, 2009

I first must apoligize to @GormanWinery for leaving them off of my current follows on Twitter. I have found out about a few more Woodinville wineries who tweet. There is @diStefanowinery, @silverlakewines, @stemichellebob, @stemichelle, @gardvintners, @Facelli, @ElsomCellars, and now @WmChurchWinery has signed on. I appreciate everyone who has let me know about wineries who tweet in […]


Plastic Bottles: Increased Use in Wine Industry

by Shona Milne on August 16, 2009

I stumbled across an interesting story in the LA Times about the increased use of plastic bottles in the wine industry. Tweet This Post