Monday, September 26, 2011

A Great Weekend of Greek wines and Sangiovese Tasting at Wicked Cellars, Everett Washington...

Greek Wines with Darrin Burgess from Unique Wines
Greek Wines with Darrin Burgess from Unique Wines
2010 Argyros Estate Atlantis White**+ citrus, crisp

2009 Mercouri Estate Foloi White*** fresh fruit, flowers

2010 Gai'a Notios Red*** gooseberry, caramel, smooth

2008 Argyros Estate Atlantis Red*** red fruit, plum, prunes

2008 Gai'a Agiorgitiko***+ dark fruit, complex

NV Gai'a Retsina*** pine, citrus, comes alive with salty foods

Sangiovese tasting with Tim from A&B Wines
Sangiovese tasting with Tim from A&B Wines
Tre Nova 2010 Rosato Sangiovese**+ strawberry, dry

2009 Haystack Needle Eye of the Needle Sangiovese**+J dried cranberry, cherry, cinnamon

2008 Tre Nova “Bonatello” Columbia Valley Sangiovese*** cherry, raspberry

2007 Jones of Washington Columbia Valley Sangiovese***+ cherry, plum, thyme

2007 Viottolo Sangiovese di Toscana**+ wild berries, blackberries

2009 Fattoria Rodano Rosso Toscana "Poggialupi"*** plum, spice

2008 Viticcio Chianti Classico DOCG*** dark fruit, minerals

2005 Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino***+ ripe cherries, raspberry

Melana Bontrager's
“Melana works with India ink and acrylic on canvas. Her subjects integrate organic forms and shapes into abstract, landscape-like canvases that reflect the way she experiences life; the emotion and passion of her journey.” - Web

Around The Area:

Luca’s Express – Haggen Lake Stevens

Luca’s Express – Haggen Lake Stevens

Luca’s Express – Haggen Lake Stevens

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Wine Tasting in Washington Wine Country – Prosser and Paterson Washington – Dining at Tuscany Rustic Italian Bistro - Prosser Washington

Washington Wine Country
Wine Tasting in Washington Wine Country – Prosser and Paterson Washington

Our travel plan this one day trip was easy. Get up early, get on the road as fast as you can. Did not work out that way, it took us forever to get on the road. We lost about an hour and a half of tasting time. The lessons learn is you should plan to take less two days or more to investigate each wine area...

Washington Wine Country - Yakama Valley
Yakama – The Palm Springs of Washington

Yakama – The Palm Springs of Washington
Seeing the sign “The Palm Springs of Washington” makes me smile..

Columbia Crest – Paterson Washington
Columbia Crest – Paterson Washington
Columbia Crest – Paterson Washington

Columbia Crest – Paterson Washington
Columbia Crest is one of the premier wineries in the Northwest, producing such wines as Wine Spectators number one wine of the year for 2009. Fashioned after a country French chateau, the winery sits amidst 2,500 acres of estate vineyards just 20 minutes south of Prosser and 240 miles from Lake Stevens.

Columbia Crest – Paterson Washington
2009 Reserve Chardonnay**** butter, toast

2008 Reserve Primitivo***+ raspberry, white pepper

2007 Reserve Zinfandel**** blackberries, pepper

2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon**** cherry, berries, cocoa

2007 Reserve Walter Clore**** cherries, chocolate

2007 Reserve Merlot*** slight spice, white pepper

2008 Reserve Syrah*** blueberries, chocolate

Gamache Vintners - Prosser Washington
Gamache Vintners - Prosser Washington
Gamache Vintners - Prosser Washington
“Brothers Bob and Roger Gamache are fourth generation Yakima Valley farmers who bucked conventional wisdom to plant wine grapes in 1982 at a time when Washington wines were largely unproven and essentially unknown. By focusing on the unique interaction of soil, climate, and vine, Bob and Roger have grown high-quality grapes for some of the best wineries in the state, winning accolades along with the way. In 2003, the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers honored Roger as its “Grower of the Year” for his dedication in the vineyard and work on behalf of the industry.

In 2002, after 20 seasons of growing grapes for others, the brothers decided it was time to let their vineyard shine in its own right. With friend, client and acclaimed winemaker Charlie Hoppes agreeing to act as consulting winemaker, Gamache Vintners was born. Having worked with Gamache grapes for years, Charlie understood the brothers’ vision – small-lot, hand-crafted wines designed to capture the pure expression of the fruit and the essence of a remarkable vineyard.” - Gamache Vintners Web Site

2008 Estate Boulder Red*** red berries, vanilla

2008 Estate Cabernet Franc*** blackberries, black cherries

2007 Estate Merlot***+ black currant, plums, black cherries

2007 Estate Malbec***+ jam, plums, cassis

2006 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon**** cherries, black currants, jammy

2006 reserve Gamache - Champoux Cabernet**** espresso, blackberries, velvety

2006 Estate Syrah***+ plum, fleshy, smooth, complex, jammy

Willow Crest – Prosser Washington
Willow Crest – Prosser Washington

“Willow Crest Winery was founded in 1995 by David J. Minick, a longtime grape grower in the Yakima Valley. The Minick Family first planted wine grapes on their Roza farm, North of Prosser in 1982. David wanted to take the love he had for raising grapes to next level by making premium wine out of a small portion of the family vineyard.” - Willow Crest Site Page

2009 Cabernet Franc***+ white pepper, cherries

2009 Grenache*** red fruit, pepper

2009 Mourvedre*** white pepper, cloves

2008 Malbec*** spice, jam, herbs

NV Rockin' Red*** berries, light pepper

2008 Collina Bella**+ earth

2007 SEVA*** pepper, berries

The 2007 SEVA is the first of a series of five deferent wines being produce by five deferent wine makers to benefit Washington FFA Foundation.
Alexandria Nicole Cellars - Prosser Washington
Alexandria Nicole Cellars - Prosser Washington
Alexandria Nicole Cellars - Prosser Washington
2010 Roussanne***+ honeydew, apricots, clean

2009 Members Only***+ mocha, plums, light sweet tobacco

2009 Petite Sirah “Mr. Big”*** ripe fruit, brown sugar

2009 rock star**** spice, red berries

2008 Tempranillo***+ cherry candy, earthy

Tuscany Rustic Italian Bistro - Prosser Washington
Tuscany Rustic Italian Bistro - Prosser Washington

For a Wednesday night the dining room was packed! Our meal was delicious. Green salads with yummy, my steak was excellent and Janet’s pasta dish was quite tasty.

If you're in Prosser you have to eat here. The food is awesome and the staff is supper friendly. Great seeing Jessie and Susanne again…

Tuscany Rustic Italian Bistro - Prosser Washington – House Salad

Tuscany Rustic Italian Bistro - Prosser Washington - Roasted garlic and Crustini
Roasted garlic and Crustini*** Jumbo cloves of garlic smothered with butter and herb broth, oven roasted and served with parmesan Crustini
Tuscany Rustic Italian Bistro - Prosser Washington - Bistecca Gorgonzola 

Steak Myzithra Pasta**** Spaghetti pasta tossed with fresh tomatoes, garlic, green onions, fresh oregano, brown butter and toped with Steak Tip and Myzithra cheese

Tuscany Rustic Italian Bistro - Prosser Washington - Bistecca Gorgonzola
Bistecca Gorgonzola**** Filet grilled, topped with sundried tomatoes and drizzled with demiglaze, served with red potatoes and vegetables

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Revisiting Washington's Long Beach Peninsula…

Long Beach Washington
Long Beach Washington
Long Beach, Washington
The Long Beach Lightship Restaurant and Columbia Bar Long BeachWashington

The Long Beach Lightship Restaurant and Columbia Bar **+
Long Beach, Washington

 Still the best view in town! The chowder***+ was great.

The Long Beach Lightship Restaurant and Columbia Bar Long BeachWashington
The Long Beach Lightship Restaurant and Columbia Bar Long BeachWashington
The Lost Roo - Long Beach Washington
The Lost Roo - Long Beach Washington
The Lost Roo***+
Long Beach, Washington

Was happy to the restaurant open, the Lost Roo is located in a south Long Beach building that was known for years as Nick's West Bar and Grill. Owners Mark and Helen Johnson bought the building in January 2008 and they have "totally gutted the inside" and have expanded the east side of the building.

The Lost Roo - Long BeachWashington

We had a chance to eat there twice this visit, once for lunch then for dinner. For lunch…
The Lost Roo - Long Beach Washington - Corn beef hash with eggs

Corn beef hash with eggs***+ in-house smocked corn beef, potato, and two eggs. Nice smocked flavor, the eggs work cooked perfectly

The Depot Restaurant - Long Beach Washington

The Depot Restaurant - Long Beach Washington
The Depot Restaurant****
Seaview, Washington

Are plans this evening was to eat at another restaurant in the area, but after receiving a Facebook up date on my smart phone saying they had a small bites Happy Hour on Mondays it was a easy choose. The Depot Restaurant is an charming one of a kind restaurant located in a old train depot.

The Depot Restaurant - Long Beach Washington

The Depot Restaurant - Long Beach Washington – Chef’s Table - Janet and Jerry with Chef Michael Lalewicz
We were lucky enough to set at their kitchen view table were we had the opportunity to not only talk with Chef Michael Lalewicz, but enjoyed watching at work. Chef Michael, Nancy Gorshe and staff made our evening a wonderful experience. Thank you both…

The Depot Restaurant - Long Beach Washington – Chef Michael Lalewicz

The Depot Restaurant - Long Beach Washington – Oregon Blue Cheese
Oregon Blue Cheese***+Light blue cheese, hazel nuts, balsamic reduction, beget

Small Bites Happy Hour Menu
Sun, Mon, Thurs, and Fri ‘s 5 – 6 PM

The Depot Restaurant - Long Beach Washington – Mango Sea Scallop
Mango Sea Scallop**** Pan Seared Giant Atlantic Scallop on Peruvian Mango Salsa with Pickled Red Onions

The Depot Restaurant - Long Beach Washington – Willapa Bay Fried Oysters
Willapa Bay Fried Oysters**** Pan Fried Oysters with Roasted Garlic Aioli Sauce

The Depot Restaurant - Long Beach Washington – Artichoke Frito
Artichoke Frito***+ Artichoke Floweret’s Fried with Garlic Dijon Dipping Sauce

Small plates menu

The Depot Restaurant - Long Beach Washington – Dungeness Crab Mac
Dungeness Crab Mac**** Crab and Cavatappi Noodles simmered in Garlic, White Wine, Cream and Lemon Juice topped with a Three Cheese Blend and Toasted Bread Crumbs

The Depot Restaurant - Long Beach Washington – Confit of Pork Belly
Confit of Pork Belly**** Pan seared Pork Belly finished with Caramelized Granny Smith Apples and Sweet Onions in a Maple Glaze

The Depot Restaurant - Long Beach Washington – Michael’s Dessert Specials
Michael’s Daily Dessert Specials****

Nautical Brass***
Ilwaco, Washington
Nautical Brass - Ilwaco Washington
They have Lewis and Clark Expedition commemorative gifts, nautical gifts, polished Italian brass gifts, marine fixtures and lighting and a variety of unique and exceptional nautical themed gifts can be found here. From instruments sets with barometers, hygrometers, thermometers and clocks. Always a fun shop to visit…

Don Nisbett Art Gallery and Studio - Ilwaco Washington
Don Nisbett Art Gallery and Studio****Ilwaco, Washington
Featuring art by Don Nisbett. Watercolors & acrylics of the local area. You can find Don at the Crew House Gallery visiting with friends and fans. Much of his work is personalize while you wait. This is not your usual stuffy art gallery. Ask him about “The Sisters” painting…

Don Nisbett Art Gallery and Studio - Ilwaco Washington
Don Nisbett Art Gallery and Studio - Ilwaco Washington
Don Nisbett Art Gallery and Studio - Ilwaco Washington – Don, Janet and “The Sisters”
Imperial Schooner Restaurant - Ilwaco, Washington

Imperial Schooner Restaurant - IlwacoWashington
Imperial Schooner Restaurant **+
Ilwaco, Washington

Imperial Schooner Restaurant - IlwacoWashington - Clam chowder
Clam chowder***

Campiche Studios***+
Long Beach, Washington

Campiche Studios, was originally founded as a family showcase by photographer Nancy Campiche. The gallery has featured her own black and white and hand-tinted photography, her father's watercolors, her brother David's pottery, and her brother Jim's bright watercolors. The gallery now features dozens of American craftsmen in art glass, jewelry, photography, woodwork, pastels, watercolor, and oils. If I only had more room…

42nd Street Café ****
Seaview, Washington

The 42nd Street Café was once a Coast Guard barracks, moved to its present location from Fort Canby Station just after WWII.
42nd Street Café - Seaview Washington
We were looking forwarded to eat here for it has been a few visits ago since we have. Thanks you Blaine and Jean-Marc we had a wonderful time…

42nd Street Café - Seaview Washington - Cheri’s New England style clam chowder

Cheri’s New England style clam chowder ***+ sea clams, bacon, celery, onions, potatoes, butter, heavy cream and sherry.
42nd Street Café - Seaview Washington - Fried Green Tomatoes
Fried Green Tomatoes***+ with orange, cumin and green chili mayonnaise

42nd Street Café - Seaview Washington - Eight-hour Pot Roast
Eight-hour Pot Roast**** Piedmontese seven-blade chuck roast with roasted carrots and mashed potatoes with brown gravy.

42nd Street Café - Seaview Washington - Greyfield Farm Meatloaf with Wild Mushroom Gravy
Greyfield Farm Meatloaf with Wild Mushroom Gravy***+ dry aged beef, lamb and pork ground, blended with herbs and spices, oven roasted and served with hazel hut port mashed potatoes and roasted Stockhouse Farms vegetables.

The Lost Roo - Long Beach Washington

The Lost Roo - Long Beach Washington
The Lost Roo - Long Beach Washington – Don Nisbett Art
The Lost Roo***+Long Beach, Washington

Back for dinner…
The Lost Roo - Long Beach Washington – Bucket of Prawns
Bucket of Prawns***+ chilled peel ‘n’ eat prawns poached in Guinness, tossed in Chesapeake seasoning, with cocktail sauce. Don Nisbett told us this was a must have.

The Lost Roo - Long Beach Washington – Augus Ribeye Roo
Augus Ribeye Roo**** marinated ribeye, char broiled, with mash potatoes, grilled vegetables and balsamic reduction, with crispy onions.

The Lost Roo - Long Beach Washington – Flat Iron Chimichurri
Flat Iron Chimichurri***+ dry rubbed flat iron steak char broiled, mash potatoes, grilled vegetables, topped with chimichurri sauce, red pepper coulis and crispy onion.

We had a wonderful three days visiting Washington's Long Beach Peninsula. We would recommend any of the restaurants we dined at for dinner. All the staffs were well trained, were interested in good service and followed up without being intrusive.

Retro Long Beach:

Long Beach Washington - The Breakers - 1967

Long Beach Washington - The Breakers - Now