From the monthly archives:

December 2009

Champagne & Bubbles: Village Wines

by Shona Milne on December 24, 2009

I went to the Champagne and Bubbles tasting at Village Wines on Saturday. It gave you the opportunity to taste through 15 different champagnes and sparkling wines. The bottle prices ranged from$17 to $100 and they were from France, Spain, Italy, and Oregon. Several of the sparklers were rose’. It took me about two hours to […]


Geoffrey Castle: Celtic Christmas

by Shona Milne on December 20, 2009

I received a last minute invitation from Lisa Hilderbrand at Eastside Spin to go see the Geoffrey Castle Celtic Christmas concert at the Kirkland Performance Center. If you are not familiar with Geoffrey, he plays electric violin. On Thursday it was Celtic and Christmas music. We even had a visit by Santa to really get […]


Christmas Fun: Snowflake Lane

by Shona Milne on December 19, 2009

I headed out to Bellevue Square on Wednesday night to meet up with a group of friends to watch Snowflake Lane. We took over a few tables on the patio at Cheesecake Factory. They got the heaters going for us and we had a few glasses of good cheer as it is the season to […]


Fish Cafe: Last Call

by Shona Milne on December 18, 2009

I stopped in the Fish Cafe last night with Lisa Hilderbrand of Eastside Spin for a visit before they close on Saturday. The two of us have enjoyed going to Fish Cafe for a few years and decided we needed a final glass of wine. Everything was as I remembered it. I haven’t been in for […]


Wineries Who Tweet: Woodinville Part 5

by Shona Milne on December 17, 2009

Yes, more Wineries Who Tweet. Add to your list: @HestiaCellars, @CanondeSol, and @rramsaycellars.  Also Woodinville Wine Country is @WineWoodinville. You can follow me on Twitter @Shona425. Tweet This Post


Butler Transportation: Wine & Dine Nights

by Shona Milne on December 16, 2009

If you are looking for something to do on a Friday night Butler Transportation may be able to help you out. They offer Wine & Dine with elegant transportation paired with a unique wine tasting experience, all finished with delicious food. Make Friday dinner reservations at Russell’s Restaurant and catch the Mercedes Van for a […]

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Hong Kong Wines: Washington Connection

by Shona Milne on December 15, 2009

From CNN news this morning is a story about an unconventional winery business model. They choose grapes from all over the world, including Washington, and have the grapes flash frozen before shipping to Hong Kong. Their 2007 vintage was made with Washington grapes. 8th Estate Winery is the first winery in Hong Kong. Tweet This […]


Vows in the Vineyard: Lindeman Weddings

by Shona Milne on December 12, 2009

If you are thinking about tying the knot soon in the Woodinville area and need some help with a winery wedding, help is available. For information on where to say your vows in a vineyard or if you are looking to hire someone to plan and coordinate your wedding you can contact Lindeman Weddings & […]


St. Nick’s Weekend: Sunday

by Shona Milne on December 11, 2009

A more sedate day on Sunday for St. Nick’s Weekend. It was also a bit warmer on Sunday so it was easier to be outside. I took a couple of friends over to NW Totem Cellars, Ross Andrew, and J. Bookwalter. We also stopped in at Mark Ryan as there was some space to squeeze […]


Elevated from Cult to Saint: Gorman?

by Shona Milne on December 10, 2009

During my foray out into St. Nick’s on Saturday I stopped by Gorman Winery. I managed to sneak into the back where Chris was pouring a few other wines. I think that the Evil Twin is my favorite Gorman wine. I love Red Mountain wine and his Cab Syrah blend is the best. He was […]