What’s going on …

Friday, Nov. 16 to Sunday, Nov. 18

  • Winemaker Dinner: The Waterfront Seafood Grill welcomes Brian Carter as he showcases his exceptional European style blended wines paired with a multi-course dinner. The Nov. 16 event begins at 6:30 p.m. Price: $125 Information: 206.956.9171

  • Tri-Cities Wine Festival: This festival first started in 1978! This professionally judged wine competition begins on Nov. 16 and culminates in a public tasting on Nov. 17, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. At the Red Lion Hotel in Pasco, wines from small boutique wineries will be poured side-by-side with those from large producers. Find out more information here.

  • JM Cellars pours at the YWCA Childcare Endowment Fund Benefit along with Cadence, Guardian Wines, Mark Ryan, Reininger Vineyards and other wineries at the Wright Exhibition Space in Seattle on Friday, Nov. 16.

  • Welcome Guardian Wines to Woodinville at a special release party on Nov. 17, from noon to 4 p.m. More details about this exciting event are available on this blog.

  • Bottle Your Own Wine returns to Silver Lake Winery in Woodinville on Nov. 17-18, just in time for the holidays. Handcraft wine with your personalized label — you’ll get to bottle it, cork it, foil it and label it.

  • Discover perfect Thanksgiving pairings in a special wine tasting at Vino Bello on Saturday Nov. 17 from noon to 8 p.m. $10

  • Learn how to put bold flavors into small bites with Holiday Hors d’Oeuvres on Sunday, Nov. 18 from from noon to 3 p.m. at Januik Winery. Cost $90.

  • How to taste wine — a Sunday class and tasting at Maple Leaf Cellar to help those who are confused by the “right” way to taste wine. 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. $40

 Friday, Nov. 23 to Sunday, Nov. 25: Thanksgiving in Wine Country

  • At all three Silver Lake Winery locations — Woodinville, Leavenworth and Zillah — sample complimentary newly released wines served with snacks and special holiday pricing of your favorite wines.

  • Grand Opening of Wilridge Vineyard Tasting Room near Yakima over Thanksgiving Weekend. Be the first to visit Wilridge’s organic and biodynamic vineyard oasis and Tasting Room on the Naches Heights, five minutes west of Yakima.

  • Port lovers unite! It’s a special Ports & Stickes Blowout at Vino Bello from noon until 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24. The wine bar will rock to the mean guitar blues of Kimball Conant and the Fugitives from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. $10

  • On Nov. 24, Trey Busch of Sleight of Hand Cellars will be pouring three wines: “The Archimage” Columbia Valley 2005, “The Spellbinder” Columbia Valley 2005  and “The Magician” Columbia Valley 2006 at Cellar 46  on Mercer Island. Free!

 Thursday, Nov. 29

  • Walla Walla Valley Annual Holiday Barrel Tasting Weekend: Join the 2nd Annual Winemakers’ Fete at the Marcus Whitman Hotel. Two of our favorite Walla Walla wineries, Forgeron Cellars and Pepper Bridge will join 18 other wineries hosting a special dinner–five courses with a special wine with each course prepared by Chef Bear. 
  • EB Foote Winery Holiday Open House: Sample new releases, Rainy Day Red IV, 2006 Zinfandel and 2006 Syrah, and tasty snacks Nov. 29-Dec. 2. There is no cost but times vary each day. Call 206-242-3852.

Saturday, Dec. 1 and Sunday, Dec. 2

  • Check out St. Nick’s Open House in Woodinville from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The wineries of Woodinville Wine Country open their doors for a single ticket price of $50. Some of the participating wineries are rarely open to the public, so don’t miss this opportunity! You’ll enjoy special tastings and specially prepared hors d’oeuvres to complement the wine. Check out Woodinville Wine Country’s Web site for a list of wineries and ticket information.

  •  Walla Walla Holiday Barrel Tasting is an annual event in the Walla Walla Valley. Winemakers will be on hand as more than 50 wineries open their barrel rooms. Each winery participates offers a variety of different features such as food, music, art exhibits, wine dinners, cooking demonstrations, poetry readings, and more.

Tuesday, Dec. 11

Wednesday, Dec. 12

  • Chateau Ste. Michelle: An evening of wine and gourmet cheeses from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Chateau Wine Shop. $20 at the door. 


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About Margot

Margot has been writing about wine since 1997 at KOIN-TV in Portland, Oregon; ten years later, she created this blog. Write for Wine focuses on the fine wines of Washington state, with occasional posts about other northwest wine regions (Oregon and B.C.), California, ANZ and Bordeaux. A former national journalist in Canada, Margot has been a Washington wine enthusiast since moving to Seattle in 1999. Her motto: “It’s wine o’clock somewhere.”