Summer Sippers and BBQ Reds

Oh summer! The time of crisp white wine or refreshing rosé during sultry warm afternoons or evenings on the deck or patio, or at the lake, ocean or pool. The time of rich reds at barbecues with family and friends. And the wines that pair well with a celebratory toast to Independence Day.

Here are some of our favorite whites and rosés to sip with a summer salad, or seafood such as prawns, scallops, sushi, crab or halibut. Or you can simply drink pink without food, watching the sunset reflected in its pretty color. In addition, here are some beautiful reds to pour at your BBQ.

There are so many wonderful wines to explore this summer. But we had to keep our lists short. As a result, these represent only wines that we have tasted in recent months, either at tasting rooms, events or in samples sent to us by wineries. Specifically, these wines are from Washington state, Oregon, California, New Zealand and Italy.

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Bellingham NW Wine Festival 2019

Mark your calendars for the fourth annual Bellingham Northwest Wine Festival on August 10 at Four Points by Sheraton. This is our favorite local summer wine event. Whether you live in Bellingham, Birch Bay, other parts of Whatcom County, or the Vancouver and Seattle areas, save the date and prepare to have fun. More than 55 wineries from Washington, Oregon and Idaho will be pouring up to 150 different wines. Two local distilleries and at least one northwest brewery will also participate.
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Update on Northwest Wine Encounter

The third annual Northwest Wine Encounter will be held June 1-3 at the newly renovated Four Points by Sheraton Bellingham.

Reservations must be made by May 10, and new pricing packages are now available for people living nearby who don’t need overnight accommodations. Continue reading

Northwest Wine Encounter in June, New Location

The third annual Northwest Wine Encounter will be held June 1-3 in a new location, the newly renovated Four Points by Sheraton Bellingham.

A winemaker reception, seminars, tastings and a gala dinner will be held to celebrate these acclaimed wine makers and their wines from Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Here is the list of participating winemakers.
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