Sunday, March 27, 2011

Still More “Taste of Washington Wine” New Wine Release from Sojen Cellars, Gorman Cellars and White Heron Cellars at Wicked Cellars, and a Little Sushi at Daruma Japanese Restaurant

Woodrush playing at Sojen Cellars 2010 Grenache Rose’ Release Party
Woodrush was back to help kick off the release of Sojen Cellars new 2010 Grenache Rose!!

MOVIE - Watch Woodrush Play
Sojen Cellars 2010 Grenache Rose’ Release Party
2010 Grenache Rose**+ fresh, melon, light flowers, huckleberries

Talking about new releases, mark May 7th on your calendar! Sojen Cellars “Ivory Mama” Syrah will be released… As a bonus May Palmer “The Queen of Ivory Soul” will be performing, and yes it’s her picture on the label!

See May Palmer Sing “Drift Away” 
Continuing with “Taste of Washington Wine”

Gorman Cellars Tasting at Wicked Cellars

Gorman Cellars Tasting at Wicked Cellars
Chris Gorman spent over a decade in the Seattle wine trade, representing some of the finest wines in the world and traveling extensively through the wine regions of Italy, Spain and Germany. During those early years he produced small batches of wine, using fruit from many of Washington's finest vineyards, and in 2002 went commercial.

Since then Gorman Winery has been producing super-premium wines in Woodinville with production focused on red wines from the Red Mountain AVA and small-lot barrel-fermented Chardonnay from the Conner Lee Vineyard.

2009 “The Big Sissy”***+ creamy, spice, pears, toast

2008 “Zachary’s Ladder”***+ earth, cherry, smoke, bacon

2008 “The Xie”**** smoke, black fruit, plush

2007 “The Bully”***+ sage, plum

2008 “The Evil Twin”**** plum, green olive, light spice

2009 “The Cry Baby” Late Harvest*** apple, syrup

Wicked Cellars tasting with White Heron Cellars winemaker and owner, Cameron Fries

White Heron Cellars Tasting with Winemaker and Owner, Cameron Fries
White Heron Cellars is located on its vineyard property, the Mariposa Vineyard outside the ghost town of Trinidad. Washington, between Quincy and Wenatchee, overlooking the beautiful Columbia River, Crescent Bar Resort, and the foothills of the distant Cascade Mountains.

Owners and vintners, Cameron and Phyllis Fries started White Heron Cellars in 1986 and began making their wine in a converted gas station in George, Washington. Times have changed and things have improved for them greatly since then. They've built a new winery right at their vineyard site

2005 Chardonnay**+:-) melon, bitters

2005 Roussanne**+:-) tropical fruits, pepper

2004 Pinot Noir**+:-) fruity, acetone

2005 Syrah**+:-) red fruit, spice

2003 Malbec**+:-) fruit, ripe plums

2001 Red Wine**+:-) black cherries, spice

Daruma Japanese Restaurant for a little sushi…

Daruma Japanese Restaurant 
Daruma Japanese Restaurant
Daruma Japanese Restaurant

Monday, March 21, 2011

More “Taste of Washington Wine” Milbrandt Vineyards ‘wine and food pairing’ at Lombardi’s, Wine Tasting at Wicked Cellars, Music at Sojen Cellars, More Wine Tasting at Lantz Cellars and Balefire Bar

Lombardi’s Neighborhood Italian Restaurant Everett
Milbrandt Vineyards ‘wine and food pairing’ with Lombardi’s Neighborhood Italian Restaurant.

Milbrandt Vineyards Tasting Room in Prosser
Milbrandt Vineyards Tasting Room in Prosser
Milbrandt Vineyards Wine in Las Vegas
About Milbrandt Vineyards:

“Farming is in our blood. Our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles all made their living working the land. Eastern Washington is in our blood. We came here as young children and have always called it home. When we planted our first vines in 1997 we were entering uncharted territory. Today, we farm 12 distinct estate vineyard sites totaling nearly 2000 acres. Our grapes are purchased by some of the most prestigious wineries in the state. Our own winery, launched in 2005, produces highly-individualistic wines from our estate and neighboring vineyards.” Milbrandt Vineyards Website

Wine and Food Pairing Event

Grilled Prawns - Lombardi’s Neighborhood Italian Restaurant
Grilled Prawns***+ on top of Chardonnay crab cake with mini greens herb pesto. The star of this dish was the crab cake.

2008 Chardonnay Evergreen Vineyard**+ pears, citrus, caramel, good acids

Beet Gratin - Lombardi’s Neighborhood Italian Restaurant
Beet Gratin**+ goat cheese besciamella, liked the goat cheese, paired will with the merlot.

2006 Estate Merlot*** boysenberries, chocolate, smoke, good acid

Seared Lamb Medallions - Lombardi’s Neighborhood Italian Restaurant
Seared Lamb Medallions***+ stuffed with Gorgonzole Dolce, Demi-glace. Cooked to perfection

2007 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon*** cassis, black cherries, soft tannins
Lolla Rossa Red Salad - Lombardi’s Neighborhood Italian Restaurant
Lolla Rossa Red Salad*** Beecher’s Smoked Flagship Cheese. The smokiness of the cheese went will with the bite of the lettuce

2007 Estate Syrah***+ light pepper, blackberries, velvety

Plum and Fig Tart - Lombardi’s Neighborhood Italian Restaurant
Plum and Fig Tart***+ with almond brittle, this was over the top

2007 Estate Late Harvest Riesling***+ apricots, honey, apple, balance acidity
May Palmer at Lombardi's
While at Lombardi’s we found out that May Palmer The Queen of Ivory Soul’ will be back to perform April 21st. You must check her out…

We also just found out the May Palmer will make her debut at the Creekside Alehouse & Grill in Lake Stevens this coming Saturday, March 26th!! If you don’t remember May Palmer check her out on this video…

“Drift Away” May Palmer plays Sojen Cellars

Wicked Cellars Everett
“Taste of Washington Wine” at Wicked Cellars with William Church Winery’s Rob Balsley and Covington Cellar’s Morgan Lee

William Church Winery’s Rob Balsley at Wicked Cellars
William Church Winery is a family-owned boutique winery located among the cluster of wineries at the northern end of Woodinville affectionately called the Woodinville Warehouse District. Founded by Leslie and Rod Balsley in 2005, William Church is named in honor of their fathers, by including their first and middle names.

Leslie and Rod are aided at William Church by assistant winemaker, Marcus Rafanelli, a graduate of the Walla Walla Community College Enology and Viticulture Program. Together they believe that by keeping production small, using the best winemaking practices and adding artisan quality and attention they can make wines that are both delicious and uniquely able to express their full varietal potential and terroir.” - William Church Winery Web Site

2009 Chardonnay** grapefruit, sour hard candy

2008 Bishop's Blend*** blackberry, black pepper, spices

2007 Yakima Valley Syrah*** blackberries, smoke, Cocoa, spices

2007 Sur La Mer Bordeaux Blend**** elegant, black and red fruit flavors, great mouthfeel

2008 Malbec***+ black fruit, blueberries, vanilla

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon*** black currants, black fruit, cloves, structured tannins

2008 Two Spirals***+ blackberries, black pepper Slate

Covington Cellar’s Morgan Lee at Wicked Cellars
Covington Cellars was “founded in 2002 by David and Cindy Lawson, Covington Cellars is located in Woodinville. Making small quantities of wine from the highest quality fruit is only half of their goal at Covington Cellars; the other is to make their guests feel like family.

Winemaker Morgan Lee shares David and Cindy's passion for wine and came to Covington Cellars in May of 2007 after completing an internship in Enology at Columbia Crest Winery.” - Covington Cellars Web Site

2009 Viognier***+ ripe pears, honey

2007 Rough House Red***+ great bouquet, Cedar, ripe plums, spices

2007 Sangiovese**+ ripe, spicy cherries

2007 Cabernet Franc***+ currents, black pepper, toffee, spices

2007 "Starr" Syrah*** black currants, spices

2006 Bruno red**** dark fruit, chocolate, light cream, balanced

Sojen Cellars Everett
Leah Stillwell Jazz Trio performing at Sojen Cellars
Music at Sojen Cellars featuring Leah Stillwell Jazz Trio. As always Sojen Cellars is a great place to hear live music…

The Movie - Leah Stillwell Jazz Trio performing at Sojen Cellars
Wine tasting at Lantz cellars, Lake Stevens
Wine tasting at Lantz Cellars, Lake Stevens.

Wine tasting at Lantz cellars, Lake Stevens
Wine tasting at Lantz cellars, Lake Stevens
Founded in 2003, Lantz Cellars is open boutique winery located just outside the Snohomish city limits producing 450 cases of various wines each year. Owned and operated by Kevin Lantz, who focuses on using traditional handcrafted methods. As little intervention as possible is used to create wines with complexity and depth, but with a well balance soft feminine quality.
Wine tasting at Lantz cellars, Lake Stevens
2009 Sauvignon Blanc*** peach, melons

2008 Malbec*** Cocoa, hard candy

2007 Syrah*** red fruit, jam

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon*** nice tannins, herbs

2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon***+ coco, herbs, balance

Balefire Bar, Everett
Haystack Needle Winery wine tasting at Balefire Bar, Everett

Bob Bullock of Haystack Needle, assembling, inexpensive bottles of wine from other wineries’ surplus.

NV Harvest White**+:-) pear, apples

2006 Syrah***:-) currants, spice, smoke

2009 Sangiovese**+:-) cranberries, anise, bay leaf

2007 The Eye***:-) red fruit, plums, blueberry
Tzatziki Dip - Balefire Bar, Everett
Tzatziki Dip*** creamy Greek yogurt dip with cucumber & garlic. Served with pita wedges, yummy.

Until Next Week…

Monday, March 14, 2011

“Taste of Washington Wine” Tasting at Wicked Cellars and Wine Release Party at Sojen Cellars

Wicked Cellars Everett
Wicked Cellars Everett
Wicked Cellars Wine Tasting With Sparkman Cellars Winemaker and Owner Chris Sparkman
Sparkman Cellars, begun in 2004, is located in the Woodinville Warehouse District.

Wicked Cellars Wine Tasting With Sparkman Cellars Winemaker and Owner Chris Sparkman
2009 Lumiere Chardonnay, Columbia Valley*** minerals, pears, vanilla

2007 Stella Mae Red Wine, Red Mountain**+ blackberry, red fruit

2007 Kingpin Cabernet Sauvignon, Klipsun Vineyard Red Mountain**** black cherry, licorice

2008 Darkness Syrah**** blackberry, pencil lead, toasted nuts

2008 Kindred Red Blend Columbia Valley**+ red fruit, earth, minerals

2007 Wilderness Red Wine, Columbia Valley**+ spice, chewy fruit

Tranche Cellars Tasting with National Sales Manager, Lars Ryssdal at Wicked Cellars
Tranche Cellars Tasting with National Sales Manager, Lars Ryssdal at Wicked Cellars
Tranche Cellars is the second of three wineries from Michael Corliss, Lauri Darneille, and Kendall Mix. It's located in the former Nicholas Cole Cellars facility on Berney Drive in Walla Walla, adjacent to its 42-acre estate vineyard.

2007 Pinot Gris, Columbia Gorge**+ lime, grapefruit

2007 Roussanne Viognier**** apples, minerals, peach, light oak

2006 Barbera*** cherries, balance acids, graphite

2007 "Slice of Pape," Columbia Valley*** berries, cedar

2004 Red Wine, Columbia Valley*** berries, rounded

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon**** herbs, red and dark fruit, good mouthfeel

Sojen Cellars Everett
May Palmer at Sojen Cellars

May Palmer sings "Drift Away"
Sojen Cellars Release party with May Palmer “The Queen of Ivory Soul”

Sojen Cellars 2009 Syrah Release Party with May Palmer
2009 Syrah*** red fruit, coco, hint of vanilla

May Palmer and Family at Sojen Cellars

Monday, March 7, 2011

Wicked Cellars, Woodinville, Everett Marina and Tulalip, Music a Sojen Cellars - what a great weekend!

Wicked Cellars Everett Washington
DeLille Cellars tasting at Wicked Cellars

DeLille Cellars tasting at Wicked Cellars
Founded in 1992, DeLille Cellars is a small winery located in Woodinville, Washington. Their goal is to make the very best handcrafted, old-world style red and white wines made in the state of Washington. They are a family and independentlyowned winery with an uncompromising philosophy about the quality of what will be in your bottle of wine.

Doyenne 2009 Roussanne Red Mountain***+ honey, citrus

Doyenne 2006 Aix Red Mountain*** black fruits, black pepper, Sage

Doyenne 2006 Syrah Yakima Valley**** raspberries, white pepper, ripe tannins

DeLille Cellars 2008 D2 Columbia Valley**+ black cherries blackberries Slate

DeLille Cellars 2008 Harrison Hill Snipes Mountain**** ripe cherries, light tobacco, leather, black fruits Slate

DeLille Cellars 2008 Chaleur Estate Columbia Valley**** cherries, plums, vanilla, bittersweet chocolate

DeLille Cellars 2009 Chaleur Estate Blanc Columbia Valley*** dried apricots, figs, grapefruit

Wicked Cellars Fidelitas Wines Tasting with Owner & Winemaker, Charlie Hoppes
Wicked Cellars Fidelitas Wines Tasting with Owner and Winemaker, Charlie Hoppes

Fidelitas is a boutique winery located on the slopes of the Red Mountain AVA led by owner and winemaker, Charlie Hoppes, an acclaimed Columbia Valley vintner whose first crush in Washington was in 1988. Charlie works in partnership with Washington’s finest growers to capture the distinct character of the vineyard and the purest expression of the fruit. Fidelitas wines are handcrafted and aged in small lots, showing exceptional character, varietal expression and structure

2008 Columbia Valley Semillon*** minerals, fig, tropical fruit

2008 Columbia Valley Merlot*** red cherries, dried herbs, allspice

2008 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon**+ strawberry, red currents, raspberries

2008 Malbec Columbia Valley***+ allspice, dried thyme

2007 Red Mountain Red Wine*** black cherries, cranberries, black currants +

2007 Boushey Vineyard Red Wine, Yakima Valley**** strawberries, light peppers

2008 Cabernet Franc Red Mountain**** raspberry, white pepper

Woodinville Wine Country here we come!

Our First stop

Efeste WoodinvilleWashington
Woodinville, Washington

Efeste WoodinvilleWashington
What a great day to visit. The ‘EF’ Daniel, ‘ES’ Patrick and ‘TE’ Kevin were there along with Dick Boushey, what fun…

2009 Babbitt Rose’*** red berry, great summertime drink

2009 Evergreen Riesling*** light grapefruit, a nice dry style

2008 Ceidleigh Syrah**** raspberry, leather, fine tannins

2008 Jolie Bouche Syrah**** French nose, red berry, laid back, beautiful

2007 Final-Final*** berry, spice

2009 Lola Chardonnay Columbia Valley***+ silky, lightly sweet, pear, floral flavors

Then off to…

Alexandria Nicole Cellars Woodinville, Washington
Alexandria Nicole Cellars
Woodinville, Washington

2009 Roussanne*** honey, melon, mango

2009 Reserve Viognier**** pear, peach, citrus, melon

2007 Rock Star*** spice, pepper

2008 Block 17 Syrah*** spoke, cedar, soft and velvety tannins

2008 Destiny**+ leather, minerals, oak toast

One last stop…
Columbia Winery WoodinvilleWashington
Columbia Winery
Woodinville, Washington

Columbia Winery WoodinvilleWashington
Flatbread - Columbia Winery WoodinvilleWashington
2008 Chardonnay Wyckoff Vineyard*** pear, cream

2009 Barbera small lot series** vvery Berry, sour, They say it will improve with age

2009 Sangiovese Red Willow Vineyard**+ cherry, dried herbs

2008 Cabernet Franc Red Willow Vineyard***+ currents, Sage, lavender

2007 Millstone Red small lot series*** cherries, cloves, lavender

2006 Syrah Willow Vineyard**+ vanilla, oak, light mouth feel

1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Sagamore vineyard***+ French nose, black currant, Cedar, herbs


Next, a small bites at Lombardi's Neighborhood Italian Restaurant Everett Marina

Small bites at Lombardi's neighborhood Italian restaurant Everett Marina
What's better than a BBQ ribs and mashed potatoes?


Also this weekend Blackfish Restaurant located in Tulalip Resort Casino.
Blackfish Restaurant Tulalip Resort Casino
Blackfish Restaurant Tulalip Resort Casino
Blackfish*** pays tribute to Pacific Northwest cuisine. Salmon is prepared using traditional tribal techniques over an open fire pit with ironwood sticks. Oysters are shucked to order and fresh fish is available daily.

Blackfish Restaurant Tulalip Resort Casino
Salmon on the Stick - Blackfish Restaurant Tulalip Resort Casino
Salmon on the Stick***+ Fresh wild salmon seasoned and traditionally smoked over alder wood coals on ironwood sticks. Grilled asparagus spears, fritter corn cakes. The salmon was moist and smoked perfectly.

Grilled Halibut - Blackfish Restaurant Tulalip Resort Casino
Grilled Halibut***+ with roasted garlic butter, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, roasted bacon and Brussels sprouts. Some of the best mashed potatoes ever tasted.

2007 Robert Ramsay Syrah** red cherries

Blackfish Restaurant Tulalip Resort Casino
Blackfish Restaurant Tulalip Resort Casino

Austin Widner with Randy Widner Plays Sojen Cellars

Austin Widner with Randy Widner Plays Sojen Cellars - A Short Movie  
Austin Widner with Randy Widner Plays Sojen Cellars
Austin Widner with Randy Widner Plays Sojen Cellars 
2010 Viognier - Austin Widner with Randy Widner Plays Sojen Cellars
2010 Viognier River Rock Vineyard*** peach, floral

If you like the Beatles, Moody Blues, The Doors and James Taylor you will love Austin. Remember to check Sojen Cellars out, they have live music just about every weekend…

Thank You Sojen Cellars, Austin and Randy


Terracotta Red Modern Asian Bistro
Terracotta Red Modern Asian Bistro
Terracotta Red Modern Asian Bistro

Terracotta Red Modern Asian Bistro
Chicken Lettuce Wraps - Terracotta Red Modern Asian Bistro
Terracotta Red Modern Asian Bistro

Fragrant Fried Rice - Terracotta Red Modern Asian Bistro
Mongolian Scallion Beef - Terracotta Red Modern Asian Bistro