Washington Wine Recommendations for Thanksgiving Dinner

Even though Thanksgiving is tomorrow, I know there are a lot of you still scrambling to do your shopping. I’ll be a guest for Thanksgiving dinner this year, although I will be doing a post-holiday feast on Friday. Instead of dithering around in the wine section or store, I turned to some of my wine-loving…

November Wine Event: Autumn on Whidbey

Autumn on Whidbey (Island) celebrates the harvest season with local wine, spirits, and art. Sponsored by the Whidbey Island Vintners & Distillers Association, this is a chance to enjoy fine craftsmanship from local winemakers, distillers, and artists. You can take a free, self-guided tour through four of the island’s wineries: Holmes Harbor Cellars Blooms Winery…

Thank You: Wine Tasting at Total Wine & More, Lynnwood

A very big thank you to Total Wine & More in Lynnwood, and all the wine friends who joined us for our first tasting event last night. And also to Sarah and Nathan from Discover the Pacific Northwest for their work in getting everything set up. If you haven’t checked out their terrific directory of wineries,…

Stay in the Yakima Valley: Cherry Wood Bed, Breakfast & Barn

Let me be very clear – a stay at Cherry Wood Bed, Breakfast & Barn is not roughing it, even though you will be sleeping in 22-foot teepees on a working farm in the Yakima Valley. The teepees have most every amenity that you could find in an upscale hotel:  attractive lodge style furniture and…

You’re Invited: Wine & Cheese Tasting in Lynwood

It was just about a month ago that I thought I needed to see more of Washington State. I’ve lived here all my life, and love it, but I’m always flitting off around the world and giving short shrift to Washington. I was musing over Labor Day weekend, with a glass of Washington red in…

Stay in Seattle: Mayflower Park Hotel, Downtown

Located in the heart of downtown Seattle, the classic European-styled Mayflower Park Hotel dates back to 1927. The lobby features chandeliers and antiques, creating an inviting atmosphere for checking in, meeting a guest or just relaxing before heading out for the day. It is accessible by light rail direct from the airport, about a 40-minute trip….

Your Guide to a Setting Up a Cheese Platter

Wine and cheese go together like peanut butter and jelly, it’s hard to imagine one without the other. I love cheese almost as much as I love wine, and finding great wine and cheese combinations has always been fun for me. It might not be so enjoyable for you, however, especially if you’re not a…