Wonderful Woodward Canyon

Rick and Darcey Small founded Woodward Canyon Winery in 1981, the second winery in the Walla Walla Valley. (Leonetti Cellar opened just four years earlier.) Rick’s family farmed for multiple generations on land that is now the estate vineyard.

In 2003, winemaker Kevin Mott joined the team. And today, Woodward Canyon is one of the most-acclaimed wineries in Walla Walla.

Woodward Canyon is known for its gorgeous Cabernet Sauvignons, in addition to Bordeaux-style blends, Merlot and Chardonnay. Of note, the winemaking focus is on quality over quantity.

We visit the Woodward Canyon tasting room every time we’re in Walla Walla. Recently, we stopped in when we attended the Wine Bloggers Conference.

These are our favorite “special occasion” wines during that trip: Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon, Charbonneau Red and Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon.
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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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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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A Taste Sensation at Tulalip Resort Casino – Part Two

Tulalip Resort Casino is a luxury resort worth visitingWe recently spent 24 hours at Tulalip Resort Casino, a premier destination in Washington state that is an easy drive from any location between Vancouver and Seattle. Our taste sensation experience at six restaurants continues in this post. You can read Part 1 here. Continue reading