Category Archives: Past Articles

Vinostrology Shines as Downtown Bellingham Wine Bar and Lounge

This article originally appeared in the April, 2018 issue of Bellingham Alive Magazine Bellingham native Katie Bechkowiak had plenty of prior experience in the restaurant and wine industries when she began toying with the idea of opening up her own wine bar. Then, while wrapping up a visit to the city’s Bloedel Donovan Park, she […]

Walla Walla Valley Wines, Grapes, and Wineries are Flourishing With Connections Throughout Washington

This article originally appeared in the February, 2018 issue of Bellingham Alive Magazine The explosion of wineries in the Walla Walla Valley mirrors the impressive growth of wineries in Washington State. How impressive? Consider this: according to the Washington Wine Commission there were 163 wineries statewide in the year 2000. Today the state boasts over […]

Zinfandel: Big and Flavorful But Plenty of Potential to be Reserved and Elegant, Too

This article originally appeared in the December, 2017 issue of Bellingham Alive Magazine Zinfandel. Big, brambly, full-bodied, and a favorite of many; this oftentimes “brash” red wine grape is also perfectly capable of producing a more reserved and elegant flavor profile when needed. It’s that versatility that gives “Zin,” as members of its fan club […]

Hellam’s Vineyard Offers a Great Selection of Wines from France, Italy, and Boutique Washington Wineries

This article originally appeared in the November, 2017 issue of Bellingham Alive Magazine Picture an “average” wine shop owner and you might envision a bespectacled, somewhat snobby old man who essentially turned his personal bottle collecting hobby into a 9-to-5 entrepreneurship. Jeff Hellam of Hellam’s Vineyard, a wine shop and wine bar in LaConner, couldn’t […]

Structure Cellars is Part of Seattle’s Hip, Expanding Sodo District Wine Scene

This article originally appeared in the October, 2017 issue of Bellingham Alive Magazine Owning and operating your own winery might seem like a pretty cool occupation, but behind-the-scenes challenges requiring time, money, and sweat equity can make getting there a daunting task. The husband-and-wife team of Brian Grasso and Brandee Slosar know that firsthand. They’ve […]