Free Wine Tastings!

Super Bowl Sunday brings more than just football to Washington wine enthusiasts. Several Woodinville wineries are offering free tastings and other activities to celebrate the big day.

Woodhouse Family Cellars offers a “SuperBowl Sunday Special” of complimentary tasting all day and the unveiling of their new Kennedy Shah Blend, La Vie en Rouge. The name honors the newest member of the Woodhouse winemaking team, the charming Jean-Claude Beck, whose motto is “No boring wines.” We’ve tasting this fine blend and really enjoyed it.

Alexandria Nicole Cellars will have the game on and will offer two special “football wine flights” of two-ounce pours during the game – Pittsburgh Steelers Flight ( 2005 Syrah, 2006 Quarry Butte and 2006 Merlot) and Arizona Cardinals Flight (2007 Viognier, 2007 Sauvignon Blanc, and 2007 Shpherds Mark).

DiStefano Winery is also offering free tastings and discounts on selected wines all day on “Superbowl Sunday.” Two of their family wines (both are reds) – 2004 Domenica and 2004 Donna Maria — are reduced to $19.99 from $27.99 for one day only.

If you know other wineries with Sunday specials, please comment on this post!


Washington Wines Rock! – Wine Event

We’re going to what sounds like an amazing event at Efeste Wines in Woodinville next Saturday, Feb. 7 that’s called Washington Wines Rock! As regular readers know, that is also pretty much the theme of this blog. We are unabashed cheerleaders of wine from this great state. So of course, we are going to be there next Saturday!

The fun begins at 3 p.m. and the proceeds from the $25 tickets go to a great cause — the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

So what exactly is the event? Seven wineries are pouring 3-7 samples, including some pre-release tastings. There will also be good music by the band “Creeping Time” and brick oven pizza. What more could you want? Here are the wineries participating so far: Efeste Wines, Sparkman Cellars, Sleight of Hand Cellars and K Vintners.

The event is limited to 300 people, so buy your tickets here soon — or stop by Efeste’s winery this weekend to pick them up! And if you go to “Washington Wines Rock,” look for us and say hello!