October 17, 2010
Taste of Tulalip
The second annual
Taste of Tulalip
is November 12 & 13. This event is a must attend for all foodies, winos, culinary artists etc. It kicks off
Friday, the 13th with an incredible 5 course dinner inspired under the direction of Executive Chef Perry Mascitti, and paired
with wines carefully selected by Sommelier Tommy Thompson...Read More
September 20, 2010
Cooper Wine Company Grand Opening
Every once in a while you get to feel as if you are part of something special. It’s a feeling that you belong, a feeling that you
are where you need to be at this exact moment. That is the feeling my husband and I felt last weekend at the grand opening of
Cooper Wine Company
on Red Mountain...Read More
September 3, 2010
“World-Class Wine In Your Own Backyard”
The Washington State Wine Commission
has done a tremendous job at the
promotion of Washington State wine. From amazing charity events like the
Auction of Washington Wines
to Taste Washington
, an event
showcasing the bounty that Washington has to offer. Well, they have done it again. They just announced their first ever locally focused promotional campaign...
August 23, 2010
Auction of Washington Wine Barrel Auction & Picnic
The Barrel Auction and Picnic with the Winemakers is the kickoff event for the Annual Auction of Washington Wines. This is an
annual event, now in its 24th year, that benefits the uncompensated care program at Seattle Children’s Hospital
as well as the
Washington Wine Education Foundation
The iffy weather turned out to be perfect once the picnic started. Not too hot, not too cold. Chateau St. Michelle did a
wonderful job transforming their grounds for the picnic....Read More
July 17th, 2010
WBC 2010 Part 2 - A Sumptuous Feast
WBC for me was a bit like a multi course dinner with 300 of your best friends, most of whom you are meeting for the first time
in the flesh. A dinner that you prepare, save and anticipate for months.
The “amuse bouche” was on Friday with the incredibly generous goodie bag filled with books, wine, jump drives, CDs and magazines.
Just like an amuse bouche before a meal, it was a wonderful surprise. I want to thank all the generous sponsors for that gift.
I was grateful that I was staying there at the motel, that puppy was heavy and I was able to take it back to my room and not
have to carry it around like some did...Read More
July 2nd, 2010
WBC 2010 Part 1 - Half the Fun is Getting There
The anticipation had starting building weeks before. I started June with a calendar chock full of both work
and play, with the climax being the Wine Blogger’s Conference I would be attending the last weekend.
Finally the time had arrived. Although I live within driving distance to Walla Walla, I still had
a long day ahead of me. But you know it is a lot easier to get up at 5:00am when you are excited to go!
I was accompanied by my husband and our best wino friends. The 4 of us loaded up the SUV and we were off...
May 31, 2010
Vintage Party 2010
We hosted our Vintage Party, a blind tasting wine dinner for a few of our close friends, this past weekend. I love doing a blind
tasting, as it promotes great conversation. Plus, since there are no wrong answers, people feel free to express what they are
seeing, smelling, and tasting.
We pulled some of our best bottles out of the cellar for this event. All the wines had been decanted for 6 hours. We invited
six guests, and assigned each guest to a bottle. Starting with wine #1, we asked the assigned person to taste and describe the
wine to the group. Then we poured tastes for the remainder of the group and discussed the wine. This format worked well and
made for a nice pace in tasting as well...
April 4, 2010
Taste Washington Wrap Up
As I languish in my post Taste Washington blues, I thought I should gather my thoughts before they
are lost and post up my highlights of the premier WA wine tasting event of the year. First, let me
shout out a huge thank you to the
Washington Wine Commission
for their wonderful hospitality as well as going above and beyond to
make this truely the Ultimate Wine Experience
This event can be overwhelming. You simply are not going to sip and taste everything that is offered.
It would be an impossible task that would probably incur bodily harm. That's why I went in with a
firm gameplan. I mapped out ahead of time where the wineries were that I for sure did not want to
miss. For the most part it worked out well and I discovered some other gems along the way...
March 8, 2010
Wine Filled March
March is such an exciting time in Washington State for wine lovers. First off, it's Washington
Wine Month. That means many of the retailers in the state will be offering amazing deals and discounts
on WA wine.
There are two major release weekends in March. On March 5th thru 7th,
Betz Winery had their Spring Release weekend where they released their
bourdeaux inspired blends. Betz always puts on a nice spread. I was able to visit them, along with
some of my other favorite wineries in Woodinville on Saturday and was impressed as always
with their offerings...Read More
February 10, 2010
Compass Wines Tailgate Party!
I am very fortunate to live close to an awesome wine shop - Compass Wines
located in Anacortes, WA. Every year for Superbowl they do a Tailgate Party, pairing fine wines with
When we arrived to the smell of frosted animal cookies and KFC hot wings we knew this was gonna be good.
Our tasting started off with Baron Fuente Galipettes Brut Champagne
paired with the Mother's frosted animal cookies...
January 3, 2010
Annual Wine Dinner - Part 2
Part 2 of our annual wine dinner post is dedicated to the wine. We start planning our wine list
throughout the whole entire year leading up to the party in November. We also find it a little easier on the
pocketbook to buy the wine a little at a time.
This year we set up a separate tasting table. During our appetizer courses, we called 4 people to the
tasting table to blind taste a wine. With 16 people we set up 4 rounds of blind tasting. We provided
a few aromatics to aid people in their notes. Aromatics such as star anise, vanilla bean, white pepper,
cigar, charred cherry wood, & chocolate...
December 11, 2009
Annual Wine Dinner - Part 1
Every year we put on a multi course wine dinner extravagansa for our friends. It's something we plan
for, bank wine for, practice for all year. We usually have it the weekend after Thanksgiving. This
year was our 7th annual wine party and it has expanded from 6 people our first year to 16 this year.
So needless to say it's a wild and crazy night for us, but we love it.
Preparations started the week before and included
converting the back of our garage into our party room. I work at a lumber mill, so last year
I was able get a custom cut table top that was 14' x 4'. It works perfectly for our dinner party...
September 25, 2009
First off - a little history, in 2007 we had a pig roast on Labor Day weekend.
My husband had seen a La Caja China
used by Bobby Flay on his show and was enthralled.
So 2 weeks prior he ordered a 75 lb pig from our local butcher and rented a La Caja China
for the weekend. It was at this party that my husband and his pals started scheming.
“I can weld and I could totally build that.” So it began…..
Fast forward 2 years. The homemade pig cooker is finished, tested and Hogfest ready!
Part of living in the Pacific Northwest means dealing with inclement weather.
So we didn’t let the ominous forecast dampen our plans for Hogfest 2009!
Donning the canopies and tarps we readied the driveway and prepped the garage to shelter
the 50 people coming to nosh on some pork...