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McCrea Cellars and its new Salida wines

By Duane Pemberton Former music-teacher, turned winemaker, Doug McCrea has been setting a high bar for Washington-grown Rhone varietals for over a decade and in that time has established himself as one of the state’s “yoda-like” winemaker’s who have honed a specific nitch for themselves. This past weekend, he had a release part for another […]

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2011 Taste Washington – dp’s post-report

By Duane Pemberton After attending the Taste Washington event for the past several years, I’ve come to conclude that it really is a sort of homecoming for the people in the industry. In fact, I’d have a better chance of getting around to tasting more wines if I didn’t know anyone. I do enjoy the fact […]

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2011 Minnesota Food & Wine Experience

Get 50% off shipping from our online wine store when you buy six or more bottles and use checkout code "foot59" The great lakes region has a wine event it can be proud of and I was fortunate enough to be a small part of it. Invited by Dunham Cellars to come help pour for […]

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2011 Seattle Food and Wine Experience

Being as this was my first time at the Seattle Food and Wine Experience (SFWE), I really didn’t know what to expect, other than just a “typical wine event” – right? Well, yes and no. Pack in around 1200 people and what seemed like an equal amount of wineries and food vendors then you have […]

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Wenatchee Wine Country Happenings

2 weekends to enjoy Red Wine and Chocolates with your sweetie in Wenatchee Wine Country Tour the wineries of Wenatchee Wine Country for the sweetest event of the year! Award-winning red wines will be paired with decadent chocolate desserts on February 12 and 13, and February 18-21. Nominal fees may be charged at the participating […]

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Taste Walla Walla hits three cities

NEW YORK EVENT Tuesday, February 1, 2011 Hosted at The Astor Center 399 Lafayette Street, New York PORTLAND EVENT Monday, February 28, 2011 Hosted at Venue Pearl 323 NW 13th Aveune, Portland SEATTLE EVENT Sunday, March 13, 2011 Hosted at Sodo Park 3200 1st Ave. S., Seattle

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Willamette Valley Vineyards Kick-off Event

Join us at the vineyard for a rollicking event filled with fine Oregon wine and Mo’s world famous clam chowder. January is “Oregon Crab Month” and Mo’s will have their steaming chowder bowls, fresh Oregon coast crab and other seafood available for purchase. Sample the vineyard’s acclaimed Pinot Gris, perfect for pairing with seafood. Bring […]

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Best of the Northwest Art and… Wine? 2010

By Duane Pemberton The Northwest Art Alliance recently put on an Art show that was said to feature a “Wine Garden”, however, that garden was more like a planter box. This is definitely a show for the “artsy-fartsy” type of people with your standard fare of what really looked like a glorified rummage-sale. The promotional […]

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2010 Tri-Cities Wine Festival

This past weekend marked the annual Tri-Cities Wine Festival in Kennewick Washington. For those who aren’t too  familiar with WA – the Tri-Cities area lies near the heart of the Columbia Valley AVA – it’s in easy driving distance of popular places like Red Mountain, Horse Heaven Hills and the Yakima Valley.  The Tri-Cities wine […]

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2010 Long Shadows Fall Release Party

By Duane Pemberton When Washington wine monger, Allen Shoup, decides to throw a party he does so in style. Like the winery he started, this 2010 Long Shadows Fall Release party was classy, elegant and full of character. They came by the bus-loads (from Canada) and as close as Walla Walla but regardless of how […]

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2010 Auction of WA Wines – post report

I have to admit that I had a lot of trepidation going into this event – a picnic and barrel auction riddle with rich wine snobs. I’m sure  you know the kind; those that go around swirling their glass around while they talk about their recent trip to some tropical private island or big-game hunting […]

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Cochon Seattle – what’s not to love about a pig event?

Traci and I were recently treated to an assault on the senses – what could be considered by some as the “Mecca” of all things pig-related. Cochon 555 is an event that goes around the country and pits 5 of the best Chefs in each city against each other (each chef prepares pork dishes) and […]

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Merlot Gone Mad 2010 Wrap-up

This past Sunday was an event held at the Tulalip Casino in Tulalip Washington called Merlot Gone Mad. As the name implies, everything being poured was either a straight merlot or a blend that had a majority of merlot in it. Many of who lives in WA have realized for years that this state does […]

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D&W Cellars Italian Wine Tasting – Bonney Lake WA

If you live in South King or Pierce County – this is a great opportunity to taste some killer Italian Vino – Traci will be pouring the following wines at D&W Wine Cellars: Icardi  Cortese L’aurora   2008 Pra  Soave Classico Monte Grande 2007 Icardi  Brachetto d’Acqui Lange 2008 Brigaldara  Valpolicella  2007 Tenuta Mormoriaia  Chianti  2006 […]

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El Gaucho Sip and Swirl – Tacoma

Last Friday night, El Gaucho Tacoma (they have places in Seattle and Bellevue as well) hosted a wine-tasting party called the “Sip and Swirl”. For those folks who live outside the greater Seattle area or haven’t heard of El Gaucho, it is considered to be one of the top steak restaurants in the region – […]

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Taste Washington 2010 – Wrap-up

By Ben Straley and Duane Pemberton Taste Washington has become the defacto iconic event that the Washington Wine Commission set out for it to be – nowhere else in the entire country can you find more Washington wineries and restaurants all under the same roof at the same time. Its popularity seems to be growing […]

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Largest WA Merlot Tasting Event – and you can join in!

Josh Wade, from DrinkNectar.com, has organized an upcoming Live tasting with a number of Washington State Merlot producers. This will be a live event via Twitter (#WAMerlot) – you can go to this site to sign up. They also have links to online retailers who sell the Merlot’s to be tasted. The Seattle Wine Gal […]

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Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail

This is the namesake Spring event along the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail. For the first three weekends in April 2010, the wineries along the trail will offer a select pairing of two wines and two specially crafted cheese dishes prepared with Texas cheeses from the area along the trail. As an added bonus, receive a […]

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20-Something 2009 – Seattle

With the rise with online Social Networking and huge online wine movement, we’ve seen more companies and wine industry-types going more aggressively after the 21-30 demographic. They are, after all, a rather untapped resource of the next-gen wine drinker so it only makes sense that the Washington State Wine Commission would target an event aimed […]

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2009 NW Food and Wine Event and a Buick – the aftermath

It seems as if wine events these days can give you the feeling that they are a dime-a-dozen – it’s always the same format, isn’t it? You pay a lot of money to go in and sample some wines and food, only to find out that after about the first 10 glasses or so, your […]

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