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 BiteÂ & Flight,Â 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.Â Passports may only be purchased at Bellevue Square Guest Services.
The Culinary & Wine ShowcaseÂ features exactly what its name promises — a showcase of culinary excellence and tastes of some amazing Washington wine.Â You can find out details about cooking demonstrations, specials and more tastingsÂ on the Bellevue Collection’sÂ Web site.
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, thisÂ 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!
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!