August is Washington Wine Month!

August 1st, 2014

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The Washington State Wine Commission has announced that August is Washington Wine Month.

During that time retailers, wine shops and wineries throughout the state will be offering promotions and specials to celebrate this semi-annual event.

So on top of already being able to purchase some of the best wines in the world, consumers will also benefit from discounted or waived tasting room fees, case discounts, and other specials.

For more information: visit www.washingtonwine.org/wawinemonth

Vancouver, Seattle to Host Must-Attend Wine Festivals

February 22nd, 2014

This is the time of year I like to mention a couple of regional wine festivals that readers frequently ask about and I’m happy to recommend as standout events.

Each of these close-to-home wine tastings gives you an opportunity to meet and chat with scores of winemakers and distributors while getting a great cross-sample of wines from Washington and around the world.

First up is the Vancouver International Wine Festival, a week-long celebration from February 24 to March 2 in Vancouver, BC that features a variety of seminars, lunches, dinners and tastings.

While some of these events have been on sale for several weeks and already sold out, my favorite, the International Festival Tasting – that runs from 7 to 10 pm on February 27 and 28 and 3 to 5 pm and 7 to 10 pm on March 1 – still has tickets available.

Although some may view this as borderline wine tasting overload, I tend to enjoy the fun, yet informative atmosphere and diverse, chatty crowds that are always on hand and never disappoint.

An amazing 178 wineries from 14 countries have been selected to participate at the Tasting, with France as the theme country and the global focus on Champagne and sparkling wines. Book a hotel room, take in as much as you can and enjoy some great wines in one of the world’s most beautiful cities.

For complete event information and ticket purchases go to playhousewinefest.com.

nullNot to be outdone, Washington wines take center stage during Taste Washington, set for March 29 and 30 at CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle. Over 200 Washington wineries are scheduled to be on hand at this gastronomic extravaganza.

I love this event, not only for the wines, but also for the incredible food samples available from dozens of Seattle-area restaurants.

If you go to this event with the expectation of having a nosh or two, pairing it with stellar Washington wines, and meeting with some of the region’s top winemakers, then I’ll give you the closest thing to a personal guarantee that you will not come away disappointed.

General admission tickets get you in the door from 2 to 5 pm and can be purchased for a single day for $80 or both days for $125. VIP tickets at $145 for one day, $185 for both, allow you a 1 pm start time and include exclusive tasting lounge access and a swag bag.

There are also a number of interesting seminars available both days from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm that include topics ranging from Washington old vine wines to blending to the art of pairing food and wine.

For a complete list of wineries, vineyards, restaurants and exhibitors, along with ticket purchase information, go to tastewashington.org.

Vancouver International Wine Festival

January 25th, 2014

February 24 to March 2, 2014

nullThis is one of the biggest and best wine festivals in North America and, quite possibly, the world.

This is a must-attend series of events for both casual and serious food and wine enthusiasts in one of Canada’s most beautiful cities.

Seven days of minglers, seminars, lunches, and dinners, are highlighted by the International Festival Tasting each evening from 7 to 10 pm on February 27, 28 and March 1.

null780 wines from 178 wineries representing 14 countries are slated to attend. This year’s theme country is France, with the global focus on Champagne and sparkling wines.

There are a number of ticket packages available for purchase. For complete information visit www.playhousewinefest.com

Winter Wine Dinner at 9 Restaurant

January 1st, 2014

January 25, 2014 – Dan will be moderating a five-course dinner featuring wines from Walla Walla’s Forgeron Cellars.

Each course will be prepared by Executive Chef Nick Moss and paired with a current Forgeron release. Wines to be served include a 2012 Ambiance (white wine blend), 2011 Zinfandel, 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, plus two additional wines.

Social hour begins at 6pm with dinner seating promptly at 6:30pm. Cost of the evening is $65 per person, including tax. Reservations are required and can be made by phoning 9Restaurant at North Bellingham Golf Course. (398-8300, extension 2).

Wine Dinner at 9 Restaurant

November 13th, 2013

December 7, 2013 – Join Dan and winemakers from four Whatcom County wineries for a sumptuous five-course dinner and wines.

Each course, prepared by Executive Chef Nick Moss, will be perfectly paired with a current release. Wines to be served include a Mount Baker Vineyards 2012 Siegerrebe and 2004 Late Harvest Pinot Gris, a GLM Wine Co. 2011 Kolk Rose, a Dakota Creek Winery 2010 Reserve Petit Verdot and a Dynasty Cellars 2009 Les Collines Cabernet Sauvignon.

Social hour begins at 6pm with dinner seating promptly at 6:30pm. Cost of the evening is $65 per person, including tax and reservations are required. Phone 9Restaurant at North Bellingham Golf Course for more information (398-8300, extension 2).

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