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…Read More
Situated on an extinct volcano just outside Beaverton, Cooper Mountain Vineyards marks 40 years this fall. Throughout those decades, the winery has long been a pioneer in sustainability, earning organic certification by Oregon Tilth in 1995 and Biodynamic certification by Demeter in 1999 — the latter the first in the Pacific Northwest…Read More
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…Read More
When Jim VanNatta extended the Hockinson Market to include an intimate tap room back in 2016, it didn’t take long for him to realize that another expansion was a plausible follow-up move.
Converting what decades ago had been the Hockinson/Brush Prairie Post Office before it relocated to Brush Prairie sometime after World War II, VanNatta created a 10-seat tap room that immediately drew residents from this growing area of Clark County…Read More
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…Read More
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?Read More
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…Read More
Traveling is an art. To stay for a time in another place, and not just blow through it like so many lines on a “to do” list, takes the ability to slow down, sometimes just for an afternoon, and ferret out special qualities of the destination.
In 2017, the Stephanie Inn in Cannon Beach introduced Sojourns, a series of curated experiences that go beyond the farm-to-table movement…Read More
With a soft opening over Mother's Day Weekend, the downtown Vancouver tasting room of Koi Pond Cellars is now in full swing. Join them tonight, May 31 from 5 - 8 p.m., for the official kick off!
Occupying what was for years the dining room section of Sparks Home Furnishings – and more recently Véraison Wine Shop and Tasting Bar – Koi Pond Cellars Winery and Bistro is envisioned as an extension of the Ridgefield winery and tasting room…Read More
In life there are moments that must be experienced to comprehend. At the third annual Willamette: The Pinot Noir Auction, April 6 and 7, the intensity and excitement among a standing-room-only crowd felt infectious, contagious and, dare I say, intoxicating.
The build-up to Saturday’s final event, including an immersion seminar, preview tastings and intimate Friday night winemakers’ dinners, impressed as well, like the 2016 vintage the auction delivered…Read More
If you’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest for any length of time, you’ve probably heard of Skamania Lodge. It’s a Cascadian-style retreat located in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in the town of Stevenson, WA. The lodge is known for its sweeping views of the Columbia River, its tree-lined 18-hole golf course, its award-winning Cascade Dining Room and its close-proximity to Oregon’s famous Multnomah Falls.
Celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year, Skamania Lodge dining room manager Debbie Flint is doing her best to make it a memorable one for wine enthusiasts…Read More