A Toast to Monolith 2006

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Over the holidays, we lifted our glasses in a special toast to Ken and Robin Nydam, even though we’ve never met them. The reason for the toast was sad, unfortunately – we were drinking 2006 Monolith from their recently closed winery, Arlington Road Cellars.

As I mentioned in early December, we stopped by their tasting room during St. Nick’s weekend and learned the doors were closing that weekend. What bad news! We purchased a couple of bottles of 2006 Monolith for only $25 — and now I wish we had even more.

In my opinion, the 2006 vintage surpassed the first release (2004), which received critical acclaim. This traditional Bordeaux-style wine blends Cabernet Sauvignon (66%), Merlot (21%), Cab Franc (11%) and Petit Verdot (2%).

So we once again toast Arlington Roads and wish Ken and Robin the best in the future.

Cheers!

Efeste, Alexandria Nicole, Woodhouse – It’s Wine Release Time!

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Only one week to go until Efeste‘s Jolie Bouche Syrah is released, and we can’t wait. It was one of our favorite tastes at St. Nick’s weekend in December and we highly recommend it. Winemaker Brennon Leighton spun some magic on this one! Jolie Bouche means “pretty mouth” in French and the phrase exemplifies this wine!

On Feb. 28 (from 12-5 p.m.), three Efeste 2006 releases will be available: Jolie Bouche Syrah, Ceidleigh Syrah (we enjoyed glasses of the previous vintage last night) and Final Final Cab/Syrah blend. They are all winners! So save the date and stop by Efeste next Saturday.

Next Sunday (March 1) is the release of Woodhouse Family Cellars’ Tempranillo, another excellent wine that we tasted a wee bit in advance. So Woodinville is definitely the place to be next weekend.

But first, this weekend, we’re going to a release party at Alexandria Nicole Cellars. There are three wines being released: 2006 Cab, 2007 Lemberger and 2006 Block Syrah, which recently won a gold medal at The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest competition of American wines in the world. (Almost 5,000 bottles of wines were entered and judged this year.)

As an aside, we belong to three wine clubs — Efeste, Woodhouse Family Cellars and Alexandria Nicole Cellars, the wineries mentioned in this blog post — for three reasons: magnificent wines, wonderful, friendly, knowledgeable people at the winery, and great events.

What wine clubs do you belong to, and why?

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Another Wonderful Washington Cabernet

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We’ve been fans of Page Cellars for a long time. From their signature Preface Cabernet to their awesome blend called Libra, we’ve enjoyed their wines for several years. But our absolute favorite is Page Cellars Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon — and the recently released 2005 vintage is sky-high amazing. (Owner Jim Page was a corporate pilot before founding Page Cellars with his wonderful wife, Rothelle.)

Only 96 cases of 2005 Limited Edition were produced. We purchased some during St. Nick’s weekend last month, and opened a bottle to accompany our steak dinner over the holidays. This wine is impressive. Here are the tasting notes:

“Blackberry, currant and cassis rumble across the palate while balanced soft grained tannins finesse the finish, twenty one months aged in French oak and fifteen months to develop its bottle bouquet.”

We will no doubt be heading back to Woodinville soon, and hopefully we will be able to catch up with Rothelle and bring some more bottles of 2005 Limited Edition home with us.

Cheers!

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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.

  • Fall Line new release tastings: Fall Line, along with the other members of South Seattle Artisan Wineries — Cadence, :Nota Bene, and O•S — will be open for wine tasting from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Dec. 1.
  • This is a great opportunity for you and your friends to sample Fall Line’s newly released 2005 vintage wines…and take care of some of your holiday shopping.

  •  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.

Saturday, Dec. 8

  • Fall Line new release tastings: Fall Line, along with the other members of South Seattle Artisan Wineries — Cadence, :Nota Bene, and O•S  — will be open for wine tasting from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.  

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. 

  • Sparkling Wines and Champagne: Before you celebrate the festive season, enjoy a bubbly evening with Wine educator Steve Vernon at Columbia Winery. $30 per person.

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Thursday, Oct. 25

  • Book signing and live music with Paul Gregutt at The Tasting Room. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Paul will be signing his new book, “Washington Wines & Wineries: The Essential Guide.” Paul writes weekly wine columns for the Seattle Times, the Yakima Herald-Republic and the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin. 

  • Try some marvellous Merlots from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Portfolio Restaurant in West Seattle and enjoy the breathtaking view of Elliott Bay. Reservations required: 206-239-2363 ($12)

Friday, Oct. 26

  •  Second annual Wurst & Wine Festival at The Tasting Room from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. For $15, you can try world-famous links paired with wines. Space is limited, so call 206-770-9463 or e-mail jen@winesofwashington.com

Saturday, Oct. 27

  • Richard Corella from Chandler Reach Vineyards is back for a special wine tasting of his newest releases at Vino Bello. ($10)

  • If you’re near the Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail in Zillah, don’t miss Hallowine, where chills and thrills await you from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., both Saturday and Sunday.

Thursday, Nov. 8

  • Try some beautiful blends from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Portfolio Restaurant in West Seattle and enjoy the breathtaking view of Elliott Bay. Reservations required: 206-239-2363 ($12) 

Saturday, Nov. 10 and Sunday, Nov. 11

  • Taste of Red, Columbia Winery’s premier wine tasting and social event will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on both days. Taste an extensive collection of red wine, including wine pulled directly from the barrel. Samples of northwest food will also be available. Admission is $20 per person ($10 for Cellar Club members) and includes a logo tasting glass.

  • Learn how to make wreaths out of grapevines at Silver Lake Winery in Woodinville from noon to 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 13

Saturday, Nov. 17 and Sunday, Nov. 18

  •  Bottle Your Own Wine returns to Silver Lake Winery in Woodinville 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.
  • Grand Opening of Wilridge Vineyard Tasting Room near Yakima over Thanksgiving Weekend (November 23, 24 and 25). Be the first to visit Wilridge’s organic and biodynamic vineyard oasis and Tasting Room on the Naches Heights, five minutes west of Yakima.
  • 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.

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

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Sunday, Nov. 4

  • Sip’n Shoes, the second annual wine tasting and shoe extravaganza, features 20 northwest wineries including  Brian Carter Cellars of Woodinville; hundreds of shoes; and firefighters signing their 2008 calendar. Bring a pair of new or almost new shoes to the Grand Hyatt Seattle for the silent auction. Your $35 ticket benefits the WSCFF Burn Foundation. Call 206-526-1992 for more information.

Thursday, Nov. 8

  • Try some beautiful blends from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Portfolio Restaurant in West Seattle and enjoy the breathtaking view of Elliott Bay. Reservations required: 206-239-2363 ($12) 

Saturday, Nov. 10 and Sunday, Nov. 11

  • Taste of Red, Columbia Winery’s premier wine tasting and social event will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on both days. Taste an extensive collection of red wine, including wine pulled directly from the barrel. Samples of northwest food will also be available. Admission is $20 per person ($10 for Cellar Club members) and includes a logo tasting glass.

  • Learn how to make wreaths out of grapevines at Silver Lake Winery in Woodinville from noon to 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 13

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.

  • 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.

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.

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

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Thursday, Oct. 18

  •  Try some racy Rieslings from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Portfolio Restaurant in West Seattle and enjoy the breathtaking view of Elliott Bay. Reservations required: 206-239-2363 ($12)

Saturday, Oct. 20

  • From Vampire 7 to Deadly Zins, Vino Bello offers a special Halloween wine tasting. ($10)

Thursday, Oct. 25

  • Book signing and live music with Paul Gregutt at The Tasting Room. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Paul will be signing his new book, “Washington Wines & Wineries: The Essential Guide.” Paul writes weekly wine columns for the Seattle Times, the Yakima Herald-Republic and the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin. 

  • Try some marvellous Merlots from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Portfolio Restaurant in West Seattle and enjoy the breathtaking view of Elliott Bay. Reservations required: 206-239-2363 ($12)

Friday, Oct. 26

  •  Second annual Wurst & Wine Festival at The Tasting Room from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. For $15, you can try world-famous links paired with wines. Space is limited, so call 206-770-9463 or e-mail jen@winesofwashington.com

Saturday, Oct. 27

  • Richard Corella from Chandler Reach Vineyards is back for a special wine tasting of his newest releases at Vino Bello. ($10)

  • If you’re near the Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail in Zillah, don’t miss Hallowine, where chills and thrills await you from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., both Saturday and Sunday.

Thursday, Nov. 8

  • Try some beautiful blends from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Portfolio Restaurant in West Seattle and enjoy the breathtaking view of Elliott Bay. Reservations required: 206-239-2363 ($12) 

Saturday, Nov. 10 and Sunday, Nov. 11

  • Taste of Red, Columbia Winery’s premier wine tasting and social event will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on both days. Taste an extensive collection of red wine, including wine pulled directly from the barrel. Samples of northwest food will also be available. Admission is $20 per person ($10 for Cellar Club members) and includes a logo tasting glass.

  • Learn how to make wreaths out of grapevines at Silver Lake Winery in Woodinville from noon to 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 13

Saturday, Nov. 17 and Sunday, Nov. 18

  •  Bottle Your Own Wine returns to Silver Lake Winery in Woodinville 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.
  • Grand Opening of Wilridge Vineyard Tasting Room near Yakima over Thanksgiving Weekend (November 23, 24 and 25). Be the first to visit Wilridge’s organic and biodynamic vineyard oasis and Tasting Room on the Naches Heights, five minutes west of Yakima.
  • 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.

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

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Saturday, Oct. 13

  • Let Vino Bello bring you some California sunshine with a wine tasting of hip California wines. Try the latest cool wines from California wine country and mellow out to live country music of Charlie Spring. ($10)

  • An Evening of Bubbles at Purple Cafe and Wine Bar on Fourth Ave. in Seattle: A four-course dinner paired with different champagnes. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. and costs $100 per person. For reservations: 206-838-3853.

 Monday, Oct. 15

  • The Mac is back at The Tasting Room in Post Alley in Seattle! Taste some wonderful wine pairings with mac-n-cheese every Monday, from 5 p.m. until the mac-n-cheese runs out. You can even order a mac-n-cheese wine flight.

Thursday, Oct. 18

  •  Try some racy Rieslings from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Portfolio Restaurant in West Seattle and enjoy the breathtaking view of Elliott Bay. Reservations required: 206-239-2363 ($12)

Saturday, Oct. 20

  • From Vampire 7 to Deadly Zins, Vino Bello offers a special Halloween wine tasting. ($10)

Thursday, Oct. 25

  • Book signing and live music with Paul Gregutt at The Tasting Room. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Paul will be signing his new book, “Washington Wines & Wineries: The Essential Guide.” Paul writes weekly wine columns for the Seattle Times, the Yakima Herald-Republic and the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin. 

  • Try some marvellous Merlots from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Portfolio Restaurant in West Seattle and enjoy the breathtaking view of Elliott Bay. Reservations required: 206-239-2363 ($12)

Friday, Oct. 26

  •  Second annual Wurst & Wine Festival at The Tasting Room from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. For $15, you can try world-famous links paired with wines. Space is limited, so call 206-770-9463 or e-mail jen@winesofwashington.com

Saturday, Oct. 27

  • Richard Corella from Chandler Reach Vineyards is back for a special wine tasting of his newest releases at Vino Bello. ($10)

  • If you’re near the Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail in Zillah, don’t miss Hallowine, where chills and thrills await you from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., both Saturday and Sunday.

Thursday, Nov. 8

  • Try some beautiful blends from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Portfolio Restaurant in West Seattle and enjoy the breathtaking view of Elliott Bay. Reservations required: 206-239-2363 ($12) 

Saturday, Nov. 10 and Sunday, Nov. 11

  • Taste of Red, Columbia Winery’s premier wine tasting and social event will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on both days. Taste an extensive collection of red wine, including wine pulled directly from the barrel. Samples of northwest food will also be available. Admission is $20 per person ($10 for Cellar Club members) and includes a logo tasting glass.

  • Learn how to make wreaths out of grapevines at Silver Lake Winery in Woodinville from noon to 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 13

Saturday, Nov. 17 and Sunday, Nov. 18

  •  Bottle Your Own Wine returns to Silver Lake Winery in Woodinville 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.
  • Grand Opening of Wilridge Vineyard Tasting Room near Yakima over Thanksgiving Weekend (November 23, 24 and 25). Be the first to visit Wilridge’s organic and biodynamic vineyard oasis and Tasting Room on the Naches Heights, five minutes west of Yakima.
  • 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.

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.

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Saturday, Oct. 6

  • Don’t miss  Alexandria Nicole Cellars Puget Sound Wine Dinner in Prosser on Oct. 6. It sounds like a great event for $75 per person – starting at the tasting room at 11 a.m., moving on to a vineyard tour and cellar tasting, and then back to the tasting room for dinner. 
  • It’s Happy Hour all day long at Vino Bello! And that’s not all. Enjoy a wine tasting with Yakima’s Windy Point Vineyards from noon until 9 p.m. ($5) and live blues-inspired music featuring JD Hobson. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, part of the proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Tuesday, Oct. 9

Thursday, Oct. 11

  • Wine of Europe Tasting at The Wine Alley in Renton from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Four wine samples, salami and cheese for $10 per person.

Saturday, Oct. 13

  • Let Vino Bello bring you some California sunshine with a wine tasting of hip California wines. Try the latest cool wines from California wine country and mellow out to live country music of Charlie Spring. ($10)

Saturday, Oct. 20

  • From Vampire 7 to Deadly Zins, Vino Bello offers a special Halloween wine tasting. ($10)

Saturday, Oct. 27

Saturday, Nov. 10 and Sunday, Nov. 11

  • Taste of Red, Columbia Winery’s premier wine tasting and social event will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on both days. Taste an extensive collection of red wine, including wine pulled directly from the barrel. Samples of northwest food will also be available. Admission is $20 per person ($10 for Cellar Club members) and includes a logo tasting glass.

Tuesday, Nov. 13

Thanksgiving Weekend:

  •  Grand Opening of Wilridge Vineyard Tasting Room near Yakima over Thanksgiving Weekend (November 23, 24 and 25). Be the first to visit Wilridge’s organic and biodynamic vineyard oasis and Tasting Room on the Naches Heights, five minutes west of Yakima.

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.

Tuesday, Dec. 11

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Thursday, Nov. 8

  • Try some beautiful blends from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Portfolio Restaurant in West Seattle and enjoy the breathtaking view of Elliott Bay. Reservations required: 206-239-2363 ($12) 

Saturday, Nov. 10 and Sunday, Nov. 11

  • Taste of Red, Columbia Winery’s premier wine tasting and social event will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on both days. Taste an extensive collection of red wine, including wine pulled directly from the barrel. Samples of northwest food will also be available. Admission is $20 per person ($10 for Cellar Club members) and includes a logo tasting glass.

  • Learn how to make wreaths out of grapevines at Silver Lake Winery in Woodinville from noon to 4 p.m. on both days.

  • Chateau Ste. Michelle: A special book signing on Saturday, Nov. 10 with Northwest wine writer, Paul Gregutt book signing. $35 for a signed copy of the book, along with wines and appetizers.

  • Savor the elegant and finely structured wines from Reininger Vineyards at Vino Bello on Saturday Nov. 10 from noon to 8 p.m. $10

  • Learn how to put bold flavors into small bites with Holiday Hors d’Oeuvres on Sunday, Nov. 11 from noon to 3 p.m. at Januik Winery. Cost $90.

Tuesday, Nov. 13

Wednesday, Nov. 14

  • 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.

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.

 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

 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. 

Cheers!

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