Have you gone to Bite & Flight Yet?

Earlier this week, Bellevue Square — my favorite place to shop when I worked in Kirkland — started a week of wine and food activities called The Culinary & Wine Showcase, including Bite & Flight,  which continues through June 8. If you’ve attended, or if you plan to in the days ahead, please share your experience in the comments section of this blog — we’d love to hear details!

Bite & Flight is a passport to seven restaurants in Bellevue, ranging from my former hangout Z’ Tejas Southwestern Grill to Vino 100.  Passports may only be purchased at Bellevue Square Guest Services.

The Culinary & Wine Showcase features exactly what its name promises — a showcase of culinary excellence and tastes of some amazing Washington wine. You can find out details about cooking demonstrations, specials and more tastings on the Bellevue Collection’s Web site.

Cheers!

Vintage Walla Walla

We try to visit Walla Walla a couple of times a year, and unfortunately June isn’t one of our scheduled stops. If it were, we would be going to Vintage Walla Walla on June 6-7 at Whitman College.

Each year on the first full weekend in June, the best winemakers from Walla Walla pour their vintage wines. (Hence the event name!) Unlike previous years, this June will feature two separate tasting events: Friday will showcase 2001 wines–many are rare library wines–while Saturday will feature current and new releases.

Educational seminars and vineyard tours also highlight the weekend. Not only is this event fun and full of information, but also proceeds will benefit the Walla Walla Food Bank. How can you go wrong?

Information and tickets are available at www.wallawallawine.com. Wish we could see you there!

Cheers!

What’s Cookin’ at Washington Wine Highway?

I recently wrote about who is pouring at Washington Wine Highway this weekend. But we can’t forget about what’s cooking there too! Here are the restaurants that will be pairing some tasty treats with the wine.

0/8 Seafood Grill
Andaluca
The Barking Frog
The Capital Grille
Chukar Cherries
Coho Cafe/Arnies Restaurant
DC’S Grill On The PLATEAU
El Gaucho Seattle
Elliott’s Oyster House
Fond O Foods German cheese
Ford Farm English cheese
The Herbfarm

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The Lodge at Suncadia
Lombardi’s Neighborhood Italian
Maggiano’s Little Italy
The Marc Restaurant
Meritage Restaurant Wine Bar
Matts’ Rotisserie & Oyster Lounge
Outrageous Offerings
Partners Crackers
Picazo 7Seventeen
Purple Cafe and Wine Bar
Racha Noodle & Thai Cuisine
River Valley Cheese
Russell’s
Salty’s on Alki Beach
The South 47 Farm
Steelhead Diner
Sweet Decadence
Tendrils at SageCliffe
Theo Chocolate
Tom Douglas Rub with Love
Trellis
Troiani Ristorante Italiano
Tulalip Bay
Union Square Grill
Waterfront Seafood Grill
Z’Tejas Grill

Hope to see you there!

Cheers!

Port, R.I.P.

I just learned from my friend Catie’s blog, Through The Walla Walla Grapevine, that the beloved dog at Dunham Cellars, Port, passed away on May 5. I wrote about Port, and the wine named after him, “Three-Legged Red” last December: “The first time we saw the bottle of Three-Legged Red, we were drawn to the photo on the label of the cutest three-legged dog. Then we tasted it and liked the wine as much as we liked the photo.”

We met Port about a year ago, and he was as adorable in person as in the photo on the wine bottle. As Catie notes, the story of Port’s rescue by winemaker Eric Dunham won the hearts of so many of us. Unfortunately, we know firsthand how hard it is when a beloved pet goes to doggy heaven. Eric, our thoughts are with you and the rest of Port’s family.

The Dunham Cellars Web site pays a tribute to Port in photos and celebration of his life.

Port, rest in peace. And if you see our Sammy there, please give him a big hug and tell him we still miss him madly!

Cheers!