Burning Desire

Year after year, Burning Desire Estate Cabernet Franc from Hard Row to Hoe is one of our favorite Washington state Cab Francs. The 2016 vintage is no exception.

First, this fine wine from the Lake Chelan AVA is beautiful, rich, concentrated and elegant. Deep purple in color, the wine features notes of bright raspberries, violets, pencil lead, bell pepper and herbs. Classic Cab Franc from a unique Washington state winery with a memorable brand.

While definitely drinkable now, we suggest decanting it first. Or if you have patience, put it down for a couple of years. It will be worth the wait.

And considering the name, don’t you think this wine would make a great Valentine’s Day present?
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Exquisite Long Shadows

We recently sat down with Gilles Nicault, talented winemaker  and director of winemaking and viticulture at the highly acclaimed Washington winery, Long Shadows.

Gilles, whom we’ve known for years, took time out of a busy day at the end of harvest to chat with us at the Walla Walla tasting room.

He also poured us a selection of the exquisite current releases. Not surprisingly, we were impressed with each one of them.

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Our Favorite 50 Washington Wineries

NYE WineHappy New Year! As we begin 2019, it’s time for our annual Favorite Washington Wineries List for the previous year. The way to get on our list is fairly simple: wineries must offer great juice and good people who provide an excellent wine experience.

Perhaps we had fun or learned something in a tasting room, a wine shop tasting, or at a wine event. Perhaps someone from the winery gave us a call, or sent us a personal note or samples. Or perhaps we were invited to an incredible winery party.

These people who made our experience special include the winemakers; the winery owners; the hard-working staff in a tasting room who went out of their way to make us feel welcome; and the amazing workers in the vineyards where it all begins.

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A Taste Sensation at Tulalip Resort Casino – Part One

Tulalip Resort Casino is a luxury resort worth visitingGet ready for a taste sensation at Tulalip Resort Casino, where you have eight amazing restaurants and eateries offering scrumptious food and beverages.

We recently spent 24 hours at this premier destination in Washington state that is an easy drive from any location between Vancouver and Seattle.

And we experienced a food, wine and cocktail extravaganza at six of those restaurants.

There is something for everybody, whether you visit the mouth-watering Journeys East, the cool The Draft Sports Bar, the spectacular Blackfish, the delicious Tula Bene or the comfy Cedars Cafe, like we did, or try the more casual Canoes CarveryEagles Buffet or Blazing Paddles.

This post and Part 2 showcase each of our six incredible drinking and dining experiences.
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