From the monthly archives:

November 2009

Demand for Cheap Wine: Good For Consumers

by Shona Milne on November 30, 2009

Some good news from the recession in an article in the Seattle Times about the increased demand for cheaper wines. Apparently we are still drinking but due to economic woes we are shopping around for cheaper wines. Tweet This Post


Covington Cellars: Dinner’s Ready

by Shona Milne on November 29, 2009

I stopped by Covington Cellars the other week to check out their expansion and see where they are serving their Winemaker Dinners. The dinners take place in the tasting room on a huge table that can seat up to 24 people.  The dinners are six courses and include a Winemaker Tour or Chef Reception. There is […]


Taste of White: Columbia Winery

by Shona Milne on November 28, 2009

Columbia Winery knew they had a hit on their hands with Taste of Red so they decided to expand their horizons with Taste of White. Mark your calendar for March 13th and 14th, 2010. Tweet This Post


Taste of Red: I Tasted

by Shona Milne on November 26, 2009

Taste of Red at Columbia Winery is one of my favorite wine events of the year. I usually go on the Sunday when the crowd is a bit smaller. It’s a great way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon; sipping Columbia red wines, checking out the vendors, and live music by Geoffrey Castle. Tweet This […]


3rd Floor Fish Cafe: Closing

by Shona Milne on November 25, 2009

I just heard the sad news that the 3rd Floor Fish Cafe in Kirkland is closing their doors next month. They have been there 15 years. I’m sad to see it go as I spent many fun evenings with friends at this spot. You can find more information at Puget Sound Business Journal. Tweet This […]


Catch a Buzz: Adytum Cellars

by Shona Milne on November 24, 2009

I finally made it to Adytum Cellars the other weekend. I received more than mead when I stopped in; I received an education. Did you know that mead was the first recorded alcoholic beverage? It was found buried with King Tut. Apparently the ancient Egyptians placed great value on mead if they believed they could […]


WA Tasting Room Magazine: Look for New Issue

by Shona Milne on November 22, 2009

I was in the right place at the right time on Saturday. I was handing out glasses for St. Nick’s Weekend at Columbia Winery when John &  Adean Vitale, Editor & Publisher & Co-Founder & Assistant Editor respectively, of Washington Tasting Room magazine stopped in to pick up their glasses and booklets. They were early […]


KING5: Wineries Moving West to Woodinville

by Shona Milne on November 21, 2009

KING5 talks to Cynthia Daste of Woodinville Wine Country about the growing trend of wineries from eastern Washington moving to Woodinville to open up tasting rooms. Nick James of J. Bookwalter tells about how they were one of the first to make the move west to open up their brand to a new market. Tweet […]


Goose Ridge: New Year Arrival

by Shona Milne on November 20, 2009

Another winery from the other side of the mountains, Goose Ridge Estate Vineyards and Winery, will arrive in Woodinville with a tasting room. It will be located at 1445o Woodinville-Redmond Road, across the street from Purple Cafe. They have an expected open date of March 1, 2010. Tweet This Post

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Survive the Night: Challenger Ridge

by Shona Milne on November 18, 2009

I dropped off some childrens new pyjamas at Challenger Ridge on Saturday to help the drive for Survive the Night. It’s a non-profit that focuses on children who are abruptly removed from their homes and placed into care. Survive the Night provides a bag with a new pair of pyjamas, toothpaste & tooth brush, underwear and a […]