Taste of Tulalip: Only Two Weeks Left

In just two weeks, one of the best wine-and-food events in the northwest will be held at the Tulalip Resort Taste of Tulalip, a weekend extravaganza of excellent wine and delicious food.

A tasting reception and celebratory dinner start the weekend on Friday, Nov. 9, followed by the Grand Taste, which we have attended annually since it was first held four years ago. The good news – there are still tickets available!

What better way to spend a November Saturday afternoon? In addition to experiencing a taste sensation, you’ll probably find some great wines for your Thanksgiving dinner table or for holiday gifts for family and friends.

Grand Taste features pours from 65 Washington wineries, 20 Napa Valley wineries, 20 Oregon wineries, 20 Italian wineries and 20 French wineries, along with multiple food stations by Tulalip Resort‘s award-winning chefs.

Or you could get an all-access pass for Saturday, which includes an early entrance to the Grand Taste, plus cooking demonstrations and a magnum party featuring some of the most highly sought-after wines from around the world. Last year, we tasted the amazing Bordeaux, Chateau Margaux, at this magnificent magnum party.

Yes, we will most definitely be there again this year. And we are planning to stay over at the stunning Tulalip Resort again too.

Taste of Tulalip is recognized as one of the top Northwest foodie “happenings” – an explosion of aromas and flavors that kicks off the holiday season in a unique way.

    We hope to see you there!


    An Innovative Way to Find the Wines You Like

    Hundreds, no thousands upon thousands of wines await you, but how do you know which ones you’ll like? Or maybe you know you like Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah or Chardonnay, so that narrows your choices … a little bit. But there are still so many to choose from. What to do?

    Help is on the way!

    Experience A Taste Adventure sampler from TastingRoom.com. The samplers come in a minimum of six 50ml bottles – so you can taste first, before deciding if you want to invest in full-sized bottles that range from $11-$110.

    What an amazing idea! TastingRoom.com has partnered with wineries from around the world (including top wineries such as Silver Oak and Duckhorn), so you can try a variety of wines at reasonably low costs – from $22.95 to $39.95 for six mini-bottles, which come in a beautiful box with tasting notes, so it’s a learning experience while you sip.

    For example, you can choose between two samplers of wines selected by New Orleans celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse – Emeril’s Everyday Sampler ($32.95) and Emeril’s Holiday Party Sampler ($39.95) to pair on holidays from Thanksgiving to New Years.

    Or you may prefer a large number of other samplers including: Gary Vaynerchuk-Wines for Dudes; Several “Taste Adventures (Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Reds for Picnics, Australian Gems, Red & White Essentials and many more); Party Packs such as Great Wines for BBQs; plus different samplers showcasing individual wine regions.

    We received a free sample of A Taste Adventure – Cabernet Taste-Off, with this description: Over the past 35 years Sonoma County, California has attracted fame and fortune for producing powerful, fruit-driven Cabernet Sauvignons. In the last decade, though, Washington State has started producing Cabernet Sauvignons that many argue are better structured and better value wines.

    The growing conditions in each region are different, so how did these wines stack up?

    We’ve been cheerleaders for the Washington wine industry since we moved to Seattle in 1999, and even more so since Write for Wine launched in 2007. So not surprisingly, our palate preferred the Washington state wines over the Sonoma wines – but in some cases, it was a tight race!

    Of the six wines, our favorite was a rich and elegant 2008 Gilbert Cellars Wahluke Slope Cab Sauv ($27.95 a bottle) — again, not surprising, since we’ve been fans since we first tasted Gilbert Cellars wines at Sexy Syrah at Salty’s in April, 2008.

    An extremely close second was 2008 Amavi Cellars Walla Walla Valley Cab Sauv ($27.95 a bottle), which was also robust and powerful, as our palates prefer.

    Our favorites from Sonoma were two we had never tasted before: 2008 Icaria Alexander Valley Cab Sauv ($27.95 a bottle) and 2008 Watkins Family Winery “Nuns Cliff” ($39.95)

    We also enjoyed 2007 Cadaretta Columbia Valley ($36.95) and 2008 Dutcher Crossing Taylor Reserve Sonoma (442.95) – so the entire sample was indeed a fun adventure.

    You can also order Wines by the Glass, Or “Wine Your Way,” which offers a single 100ml serving, so you can drink a single glass of wine whenever and wherever you want.

    And then there’s an unique program called the Taste Explorer Wine Club, where you can taste the wines before choosing which bottles you want in your club shipments.

    So many people have asked me over the years about which wines to choose. The answer depends on your palate. The TastingRoom.com helps you decide – in three different ways – samplers, pour sizes and a wine club. We recommend that you give it a whirl. Your palate will thank you.


    Lobenhaus Bed & Breakfast in Oregon Wine Country

    Carlton is my new favorite area of Oregon wine country to visit – because of the people, the hospitality and the wine that is packed with flavors. As you saw in my previous post, I definitely recommend a trip to Carlton to experience wine country south of Seattle.

    In August, I encountered the friendliness of Carlton firsthand, on a sponsored blogger trip to vineyards, wineries, tasting rooms and restaurants. And I was lucky to be welcomed to Lobenhaus Bed & Breakfast for the night.

    Simply put, Lobenhaus is beautiful, restful, relaxing and warm. Surrounded by 28 acres of vines, woods and creeks, Lobenhaus is a distinctive three-story lodge – a bed-and-breakfast with fine dining and comfort all rolled into one.

    What an experience – from the unique passion flowers, which opened their one day of life while I was there, to the wonderful owners and innkeepers, Joe & Shari Lobenstein — I loved every minute of it. The beautiful surroundings, the comfortable bed, the peaceful night, the delicious breakfast – wow.

    Lobenhaus is a perfect spot for a weekend getaway from Seattle, or a weeks’ vacation, and central to everything you might want to do in Oregon. In addition to being located near the awesome folks in Carlton, this lovely B&B is also near Dundee, Newberg and McMinnville. Plus it is:

    • close to more than 160 wineries
    • 1 ½ hour to the Columbia Gorge, waterfalls and Mount Hood area
    • 1 hour to the Oregon coast
    • 10 minutes to Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum & Water Park
    • 1 hour to the Portland airport

    I plan to go back to Lobenhaus again – with Dave this time – and sit on the porch and sip wine, and wander through the vineyards and enjoy the twinkling stars at night. I’ll even try not to use the wireless that is offered in this peaceful venue.

    Please do check it out at the Lobenhaus website or phone Joe and Shari at 503-864-9173 or email them at innkeeper@lobenhaus.com

    And now a shout-out to all our wonderful hosts in the Carlton area: Joe and Shari at Lobenhaus Bed & Breakfast, in addition to new friends Lena, Bethany, Lynette, Byron and Ken, plus the Republic of JamThe Carlton BakeryThe Horse Radish and several wineries Seven of Hearts WineK&M Wine, Ken Wright Cellars,  Noble Pig, Carlton Cellars, AlexanaCarlo & JulianLuminous Hills and Troon.