Raise a glass to moms with a trio of rosés

Raise a glass to moms with a trio of rosés

Mother’s Day weekend is fast approaching and an apropos wine for celebrating all that moms do is rosé. It’s bright, fun, uplifting and, sometimes, a little spicy — a lot like moms. Over Easter weekend, I had the pleasure of trying a trio of blush-hued beauties from the south of France. Not only were these wines food-friendly, they are also pocket-friendly…

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Savoring the Southwest

Savoring the Southwest

After nearly 200 years in the making, Savor Southwest Washington Wine debuts Saturday, May 11. The Southwest Washington Winery Association (SWWA) hosts the all-inclusive wine and culinary celebration at the Pearson Air Museum. Merely a stone’s throw from Fort Vancouver, the historical trading post stands as the first location of grapevines in Washington…

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Joyride: Getting to the wineries should be half the fun

Joyride: Getting to the wineries should be half the fun

The Willamette Valley is known for its world-class wine, but as most tourists soon discover, the scenery boasts much more than grapevines draping the hills. Soaring evergreens frame the landscape with majestic mountain views on clear days, and, come fall, the mighty oak savannas give New England “leaf peepers” a run for their money. Loaded orchards, century-old barns and even the occasional olive grove are often surprising details worthy of attention — or Instagram — but, if you are driving, you might miss it. Proving that getting there is half the fun, here’s a list of six local companies elevating — sometimes literally — the journey to be on par with the destination…

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All-Sensory Extravaganza with 22nd Annual Taste Washington

All-Sensory Extravaganza with 22nd Annual Taste Washington

The CenturyLink Field Event Center this past weekend was truly an all-sensory extravaganza. Bookended by the highly-anticipated Red & White Party on Thursday night and the epic Grand Tasting on Saturday and Sunday, the 22nd annual Taste Washington was four pack-filled days of culinary and enology genius…

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Columbia Winery pours small lot wines from their Woodinville tasting room

Columbia Winery pours small lot wines from their Woodinville tasting room

The wine world is made up of well-worn paths and roads less traveled. Along these routes are explorers, traveling the viniferous globe to visit a tried-and-true varietal or discover something yet untasted. It is the promise of the familiar or the excitement of the quest that determines each person’s course.

In as many ways as the journey delivers successful navigators to a winery’s door step, one will find a patchwork punctuated by hopefuls and anchored by mainstays. Found in Woodinville Wine Country, Columbia Winery straddles its reputation in both worlds. At its Woodinville tasting room, the winery offers guests a unique opportunity to sample a selection of small lot wines…

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The Heart of Spanish Living Beats in Battle Ground

The Heart of Spanish Living Beats in Battle Ground

I n Madrid, they’re called tapas – small savory bites commonly served in bars. In the Basque region of Spain, it’s called a pintxos crawl. Whatever the descriptor, the tapeo culture is the heart of Spanish living and, thanks to Emanar Cellars in Battle Ground, its infectious conviviality can be experienced without taking a flight across the big pond.

Opened on Oct. 26, 2013, Emanar Cellars’ authenticity is not just found in its stout, carved wood door, extensive lineup of all Spanish wines, or a thoughtfully curated tapas menu…

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Unparalleled Experience: Domaine Serene hosts culinary series

Unparalleled Experience: Domaine Serene hosts culinary series

Descending the grand limestone staircase, the first glimpse of the cool cave comes into view. Tucked inside, a table is set with elegant wine glasses specifically chosen for the varietals to be poured. Each guest is seated before a menu, divulging the script for a two-hour, immersive food and wine pairing, comparing and contrasting Pinot Noir and Chardonnay crafted in both the Willamette Valley and Burgundy...

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Pour Oregon returns to Castaway April 29

Pour Oregon returns to Castaway April 29

Cellar 503, an Oregon-only wine club that uncovers the magic of the state’s wine, announces the return of its tasting event, Pour Oregon, on Sunday, April 29 from 2-6 p.m.

Pour Oregon is a wine festival that celebrates Oregon wine and features 50 limited-production winemakers from every winemaking region in the state. The festival, which benefits Make-A-Wish Oregon, gives wine lovers a chance to discover small, artisanal winemakers from across the state and enjoy some of Portland’s famed...

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