Woodinville Wine Country

…There are some very fine wines in Woodinville. If you get a chance to go to Passport to Woodinville in April or St. Nick’s weekend next December, go for it! We went to St. Nick’s earlier in the month and stopped by DeLille Cellars , Mark Ryan Winery, Arlington Road Cellars, Baer Winery, Cuillin Hills Winery, Edmonds Winery, Page Cellars, Red Sky Winery and Washington Wine Company. Some of the wineries are only open to the public at th… Continue reading

DeLille Cellars Hits for the Cycle

…Instead of merely pulling off a hat trick, DeLille is ‘hitting for the cycle.’ ” The fourth list is from Seattle’s respected wine writer Paul Gregutt. DeLille’s 2006 Chaleur Estate Blanc was given position number eight on Gregutt’s list and DeLille’s Doyenne Roussanne came in at number 46. We tasted 2005 Doyenne Grand Ciel Syrah at St. Nick’s weekend, earlier this month and (of course!) ordered some… Continue reading

Di Stefano still delicious

…and Dave’s was the 2003 Syrah R. As regular readers of this blog know, my palate is all about Washington state Bordeaux-style blends (although I’m back to favoring Cabs these days too). Di Stefano’s 2004 Meritage blends 40% Cab Sauv, 40% Merlot and 20% Cab Franc into layers of smooth flavors of berries and spice. It’s ready for drinking now, through 2011. We tasted Syrahs from numerous wineries during St. Nick’s wee… Continue reading

St. Nick’s in the Snow

…ery and Woodinville Wine Cellars. I’ve said it many times before, and I’ll say it again. Washington state wineries make some excellent world-class wines. I will write specifically about my favorite wines and wineries in the days ahead, in addition to special treats (appetizers, music and art) that we found at many of the tastings. I wish we had time to go back for the second day of St. Nick’s tomorrow, but we’re heading to… Continue reading

What’s going on …

…eries hosting a special dinner–five courses with a special wine with each course prepared by Chef Bear. Cost is $150 per person. For reservations, call 509-526-3117. 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… Continue reading

Busy wine weekend ahead!

…le to see Jarrod Boyle, winemaker extraordinaire of Alexandria Nicole Cellars. The winery’s Woodinville tasting room is having a release party, and we’re looking forward to it. Hopefully the commute won’t be too dreadful on a Friday night! On Saturday, we return to Woodinville for St. Nick’s weekend, where we plan to stop by some rarely open wineries such as Baer Winery and DeLille Cellars , in addition to visiting our ol… Continue reading

See you at St. Nick’s Wine Weekend?

St. Nicholas Day Open House is just around the corner on Dec. 1 and 2, and we can’t wait! Just like the popular “Passport to Woodinville” event in the spring, a St. Nick’s booklet is a ticket to special tastings (and specially prepared hors d’oeuvres to complement the wines) at dozens of wineries — from boutiques to the bigs – around Woodinville. Some of the wineries are rarely open to the public, so we… Continue reading

What’s going on …

…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 a… Continue reading

What’s going on …

…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 a… Continue reading

WWD: Page Cellars 2004 Preface

…is 90% Cab and 10% Cab Franc–perfect with filet mignon or prime rib. I guess I don’t need to tell you what dinner we had with our wine. There’s also news for fans of Page Cellars Limited Edition. The 2002 Limited Edition is sold out. But a new vintage will be released right before St. Nick’s Open House wine weekend in Woodinville. We are looking forward to tasting it then (Dec. 1 and 2). Hope to see you there! Cheers!… Continue reading