Monthly Archives: April 2012

Micro-Winery Silver Bell Makes it Mark in Burlington

Sometimes I find myself discovering a new winery in the most unlikely places. This one comes to me by way of my dad, who hobnobs at Skagit Golf & Country Club with Alan Holtzheimer, owner/winemaker of Silver Bell Winery. Silver Bell is, without a doubt, one of the smallest wineries I’ve ever encountered, but it’s […]

Taste Washington 2012: A Great Showcase for State Wines

Taste Washington, the state’s largest exhibition of wines under one roof, was held in Seattle on March 31 and April 1. The Washington Wine Commission estimates that the 225 participating wineries poured over 200,000 tastes from the 800-plus featured wines during the two-day event. After schmoozing and then swirling, sipping, and savoring my way through […]

Privatization of Liquor Laws Should Bring Change to Wine Sales

Change is on the horizon for how and where you buy wine, and it’s probably not a bad idea to start preparing yourself now. Remember the passage of Initiative 1183 last fall? The initiative approved the privatization of liquor sales and distribution and also allowed for discount pricing on wine and spirits. By June 1, […]

Locavores Should Enjoy These Close-To-Home Wineries

Despite what the nagging, winter-like weather may suggest, we’re officially into spring, when many local wineries traditionally begin to unveil their new releases. I’m not entirely certain what constitutes a “local” winery, but my experience with foodies is that a locavore would support anything grown and produced within a 35 to a 100-mile radius from […]