Vote for Your Favorite Washington State Wine

…Cab Sauv, Columbia Valley, Fall Line Winery 2006 Bishop’s Blend, William Church Winery 2006 Black Tongue Syrah, Stevens Winery 2003 Vinfinity, Forgeron Cellars 2004 Camille, Nicholas Cole Cellars I wrote down the names of wines as I thought of them — and as it turns out, not surprisingly, most of the wines were poured recently at St. Nick’s in Woodinville. (Although I still missed Guardian Cellars, Mark Ryan, DeLille, DiStefano, and m… Continue reading

Amazing Woodinville Wines

What a great time we had at St. Nick’s weekend in Woodinville. We spent a lot of time visiting wineries that we hadn’t visited before. And we also were fortunate to experience some barrel tastings of new releases. I plan to write a lot about this in the coming days. But first, I wanted to give an immediate overview. Here are my top-line notes. 1. Props to Woodinville Wine Country for once again organizing an event that lets people ex… Continue reading

Big Washington Wine Weekend

…Wench reminds everyone that this weekend is major in Washington wine country! As mentioned earlier, the annual St. Nick’s weekend is in Woodinville on Saturday and Sunday. It’s one of our favorite wine events of the year because we can visit our favorites plust lots of wineries that are rarely or never open to the public. Participating wineries include: Adams Bench, Alexandria Nicole Cellars, Anton Ville, Arlington Road Cellars, Bria… Continue reading

St. Nick’s Tickets Going Fast!

Don’t say I didn’t warn you — tickets are going fast for one of our favorite wine events of the year, St. Nicholas Open House weekend in Woodinville on Dec. 6 & 7. Most of the $35 “Sunday-only” tickets are already gone, but there are still $50 tickets that will extend your experience to both days. But you’d better move quickly. The tickets are being sold only on Woodinville Wine Country’s website. We love… Continue reading

St. Nick’s Tickets on Sale Now!

Tickets have just gone on sale for one of our favorite wine events of the year, St. Nicholas Day Open House in Woodinville — known fondly by regulars as St. Nick’s weekend. It’s a two-day blast and we highly recommend that you attend. We went last year and loved it. (At the end of this blog post, I’ve linked my descriptions of the wineries we visited last year.) We will definitely be there this year too. Woodinville Wine… Continue reading


Anything with a name like WineCHATr is naturally going to pique my interest! And I decided that it was finally time to blog about it. We first saw WineCHATr promoted at Woodinville Wine Country’s St. Nick’s weekend last December. A few months earlier, I had discovered WineCOW (Wine Connection of Washington) when I linked to it in this blog. But it wasn’t until early this month that I made the connection between WineCHATr and Wi… Continue reading

Did you go to Passport or Taste Washington?

…all. Did you go? What are your thoughts? What were your favorite wines and/or wineries? Did you meet any interesting winemakers? Other industry peeps? New friends? Did you get to wineries that aren’t usually open to the public? How were the appetizers at Passport wineries? (They were awesome at St. Nick’s  wine weekend last December!) Please share your thoughts and observations about Passport and/or Taste Washington with all my read… Continue reading

Arlington Road, Baer, Cuillin Hills and Edmonds Winery

As you’ve probably gathered from my recent posts, St. Nick’s weekend in Woodinville was an outstanding event. In addition to the wineries that I’ve already blogged about, we also visited Arlington Road Cellars, Baer Winery, Cuillin Hills Winery and Edmonds Winery. Arlington Road Cellars’ signature wine is its red MONOLITH. The 2004 vintage is a traditional Bordeaux-style blend, and received critical acclaim. Arlington Roa… Continue reading

DeLille Cellars

DeLille Cellars, one of the premier wineries in Washington state, is often compared to the best chateaux in Bordeaux. It is no coincidence that the winery recently was named on four Top 100 lists: Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, the Robb Report and Seattle’s Paul Gregutt. The winery is not often open to the public, so the tasting room was packed during St. Nick’s weekend. And no wonder — the wines being poured were superb; the… Continue reading

Mark Ryan Winery

One of the highlights of St. Nick’s weekend earlier this month was finally visiting Mark Ryan Winery’s tasting room and having an opportunity to chat with the winemaker himself. We have tried frequently in the past to stop by the Woodinville tasting room, but it’s not always open. All I can say is it was worth the wait! First, we tasted a barrel sample of the new 2006 Wild Eyed Syrah from Red Mountain. This powerhouse red rocke… Continue reading