Mike Sauer took a chance on planting wine grapes…and the rest is history

Mike Sauer took a chance on planting wine grapes…and the rest is history

Finding good people in the wine industry is not a difficult task. Finding exceptional people that top vintners are “honored to work with” and describe as “inquisitive, hardworking, dedicated and humble” is a more unique discovery. But, Mike Sauer is a unique man. The owner of Red Willow Vineyard in the Yakima Valley AVA, Mike has been farming his 150-acre site for 45 years and, with all of his success, priorities have not escaped him.

“I guess to finish up the best part of the journey, personally, is to be a part of it with family. My wife’s been involved since the very beginning and now it’s my two sons and a son-in-law. They have a continuity of family on the same land. I’m 71 and am gradually turning it over to them but still very involved and it keeps me young to be involved and supporting them and…

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Therapy dog takes on his most critical task as owner fights cancer

Therapy dog takes on his most critical task as owner fights cancer

Dogs are attention grabbers, ice breakers and all around conversation starters, but puppies have a way of warming even the most seasoned heart. Add the uniqueness of a 50-pound puppy  and an owner with an empathetic spirit and you have an unstoppable force…

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Eatery at the Grant House entices with Sunday Supper

Eatery at the Grant House entices with Sunday Supper

Around a table set for 12, food is being passed and conversation ranges from catching up on extended family to gardening and canning. One person holds a bowl of greens while another takes a spoonful. Another person remarks on how the fried chicken has a bit of a kick. It could be Sunday dinner in Georgia but it’s actually the inaugural Sunday Supper at The Eatery at The Grant House, on Officer’s Row in Vancouver…

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Yakima Valley: The land of hops is also Washington's first AVA

Yakima Valley: The land of hops is also Washington's first AVA

The charm of Yakima Valley is a direct result of the tight-knit communities that dot this high-desert expanse. Three hundred sunny days a year translate to about eighty wineries spread across 17,000 acres of vines in the Yakima Valley AVA and that doesn't even touch the bounty of fresh produce available at seasonal stands. Can you say road trip?

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Syrup Trap an homage to family, travel and impeccable service

Syrup Trap an homage to family, travel and impeccable service

A thick Belgian waffle piled high with strawberries and whipped cream is the stuff of childhood memories. All that was left when mom set it in front of you like a Christmas gift was to top it off with a generous layer of sweet maple syrup. 

As adults we have a tendency to shy away from these decadent morning treats but one waffle advocate is balancing sweet with savory at his new venture, Syrup Trap, in downtown Vancouver…

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Empress Estate offers Gatsby-era feel for events

Empress Estate offers Gatsby-era feel for events

Commanding a spectacular view of both the Columbia and Lewis rivers is a sought-after destination wedding venue that is, ironically, one of Southwest Washington’s best kept secrets.

Owner Zoe Saleem estimates that 2019 will see approximately 100 to 120 events at The Empress Estate, located in Woodland, although the bulk of their past clients have hailed from Canada and the Seattle/Olympia area…


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Art & Wine Fair coming to English Estate Winery

Art & Wine Fair coming to English Estate Winery

Talk and shop with the artists who create the crafts at English Estate Winery’s 11th Annual Art & Wine Fair on Saturday, July 14 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, July 15 from 12-6 p.m. Enjoy a
weekend of local art, music, food, and wine at English Estate Winery, located at 17806 SE 1st St., Vancouver.  Enjoy music from local singer/songwriters while shopping for one-of-a-kind
art. Taste the local award-winning estate grown wines of English Estate, Clark County’s oldest winery.

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LIVE All Abuzz

LIVE All Abuzz

In the shared interest of environmental sustainability, 165 members, representing Washington, Oregon and Idaho, gathered in April for the 2018 LIVE annual meeting where an exciting, innovative outreach was unveiled that had the room abuzz. Slated to hit tasting rooms all over the Willamette Valley, Buzz Box was born from an idea originating in Norway where the world’s first “bee highway” was launched…

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Galeotti’s Wine Cellar exudes the essence of “la famiglia.”

Galeotti’s Wine Cellar exudes the essence of “la famiglia.”

Many area residents have fond memories of Galeotti’s Restaurant in Battle Ground. After a three-year hiatus, the family re-emerged on Main Street as Galeotti’s Wine Cellar in late 2015, and it was clear from the first weekend that Mike and Sheila Galeotti’s welcoming Italian nature had been sorely missed …

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9th Annual Heisen Barn Bash at Heisen House Vineyards

9th Annual Heisen Barn Bash at Heisen House Vineyards

Join Heisen House for their 9th annual Barn Bash on Saturday, June 30 from noon-6 p.m. This event will celebrate the ongoing restoration work on the historic Heisen Barn and includes wine tasting opportunity at on-site Heisen House Vineyards

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Two Cents: Penticton Wine Centre takes the pulse of B.C. Wine

Two Cents: Penticton Wine Centre takes the pulse of B.C. Wine

Last year saw the much-anticipated opening of a brand new facility for the BC VQA (Vintner's Quality Alliance) Wine Information Centre in Penticton, British Columbia. Within the over 2,000-square-feet of retail space, approximately 1,000 VQA-designated wines from over 150 wineries are for sale. To better grasp all that is happening in the booming region, we chatted with Donna Faigaux, manager of the Centre…

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