{Wine Wednesday} Upcoming drinking events

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Over the weekend we celebrated Brandon’s birthday by going wine tasting. I only stole very small sips of some of my favorite reds, but enjoyed spending time with our friends and family. Brandon, on the other hand, enjoyed all of his favorites from Pondera Winery, Robert Ramsay Cellars, Davenport Cellars and Pomum.

My cousin Mike was in town from Florida, experiencing the Woodinville Warehouse District for the first time

My cousin Mike was in town from Florida, experiencing the Woodinville Warehouse District for the first time

We skipped Efeste because they refused to accommodate a group of our size (10) at the time we were planning on stopping by– or even a nearby time. Too bad for them because our group bought many bottles on our afternoon of tasting! It’s also likely the final straw and this next release will likely be our last as club members.

We’ve been club members at Efeste longer than we’ve been married (we joined in October 2010) and over the years their wines and customer service have been going downhill, in my opinion, and getting more expensive.

The service and wines at Pondera were very good.  If I were drinking, we’d likely join their club. We’ll see what happens come September and Baby Mo’s birth.

We also greatly enjoyed our time at Robert Ramsay Cellars and Pomum, enjoying both the wine and the company. However, the highlight was probably our stop at Davenport Cellars. They were kind enough to let us bring in a birthday cake for Brandon, which he loved. The group not only really enjoyed their wines but their kitchen too, the only reliable place to eat in the warehouse district, a big hit to a hungry group.

Bakery Nouveau classic chocolate cake pairs VERY nicely with Davenport's Orange Muscat!

Bakery Nouveau classic chocolate cake pairs VERY nicely with Davenport’s Orange Muscat!

Anyway, if you are interested in checking out Davenport’s wines, you can stop by and see them and a variety of other local winemakers at these upcoming events. Drink local. Cheers!

TOMORROW, Thursday, April 23rd: The annual STEM event at the Pacific Science Center. This is a fundraiser for the PSC and includes a souvenir wine glass, unlimited wine tastings and appetizers. For more information please visit STEM:Science Uncorked.

May 2nd from 1 to 5pm: Join Davenport Cellars, Des Voigne Cellars and Pondera Winery for their annual Vino de Mayo event. You will receive 10 tasting tickets good for tastes from any of the wineries, a gourmet taco plate by Chef Anne Marie, mixed case discounts and some fun in the sun. Cost is $25 and totally worth it! Additional tasting and food tickets will be available for purchase. Please RSVP with your name and the number in your group before end of day Tuesday, April 28th to Jeff at Davenport Cellars: jeff@davenportcellars.com

May 8th: The Downtown Kent Wine Walk. For more information please visit Downtown Kent Wine Walk.

 

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{Wine Wednesday} Job well done, winemakers!

Brandon and I had a few open hours last weekend, so we cruised up to Woodinville and did some wine tasting! We stopped by our favorites (Davenport Cellars and Robert Ramsay Cellars) where they were hard at work finishing the last of this year’s de-stemming, fermenting, and barreling. As we know firsthand (well, Brandon, but you know… royal “we”) wine making is hard work!

Our glasses are raised to you, winemakers and everyone who helps support the process. Thank you for your great work and making Wine Wednesdays possible!

Here are some fun photos I shot at Pomum Cellars and Stevens Winery, some of our new favorite spots to frequent:

Brandon sneaking a peak at the Pomum process

Brandon sneaking a peak at the Pomum process

The warm grapes at Stevens -- the fermenting actually creates heat!

The warm grapes at Stevens — the fermenting actually creates heat!

Working the grapes at Stevens Winery

Working the grapes at Stevens Winery

Happy Wine Wednesday! Cheers!

{Wine Wednesday} Happy Washington Wine Month!

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WA Wine Month 2014August is Washington Wine Month and you know I’m going to celebrate!

We started off our Washington Wine Month with a bottle of the 2011 Sundance red blend from Soos Creek Wine Cellars (Columbia Valley). Here’s the blend: 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 15% Syrah, and and 13% Cabernet Franc. Delicious. And only $20 per bottle.

To continue the celebrations, Brandon and I are headed to Woodinville to taste some fine Washington wines and this next weekend. (I love Woodinville! Read more here, here, here and more!)

Here are some of our favorite Woodinville wineries, in alphabetical order so no feelings get hurt. Maybe I’ll see you over in Woodinville this weekend?!

2014-8 Davenport

Davenport Cellars

We love all of their wines — both reds, whites and roses! Go! Taste! And tell Jeff & Sheila hello for us!

2014-8 Efeste

Efeste

Ditto with Davenport. Their wines are great and the tasting room is a work of art. Enjoy!

2014-8 Pomum

Pomum Cellars

These Spanish-style wines are spicy and wonderful. We like the Shya Red and the riesling.

Robert Ramsay

Robert Ramsay Cellars

We discovered this winery through a Living Social deal and we have gone back every time since! Their spicy Rhone-style wines are right up my alley and definitely don’t disappoint!

2014-8 Silver Lake

Silver Lake Winery

The Roza Red blend is one of my favorites! It’s only $12/bottle.

2014-8 Two Vintners

Two Vintners

The same wine makers as Covington Cellars, Two Vintners makes great wines, especially their Zin, my favorite!

Cheers to Washington wines! (Yes, that’s a working wood-fired oven in the background!!)

Robert Ramsay