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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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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Taking back the night: Night Market Vancouver upgrades the North Bank makers scene

Taking back the night: Night Market Vancouver upgrades the North Bank makers scene

On the first Friday of every month Night Market Vancouver brings local businesses together to showcase the creative talents of the area. Coinciding with Vancouver’s Downtown Association First Friday Art Walk, Night Market Vancouver can be found in a fun indoor maze that spans both upstairs and downstairs spaces at 808 and 811 Main Street.

At the inaugural event, held in October of 2017, 25 to 30 vendors pedaled their wares. That number is now up to 55 inside with a few more merchants and food and beverage carts spilling onto the cordoned off block…

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Ragtag Revival returns to Woodland

Ragtag Revival returns to Woodland

Ragtag Revival’s Antique Show & Hootenanny is back for another year on Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28. The 10 picturesque acres of Wickering Heights in Woodland could not be a more perfect spot for antique vendors to set up their shabby, chic and everything-in-between booths.

For its fourth year running, Ragtag Revival will offer attendees a mixture of what’s trending in upcycled décor as well as tried-and-true antique pieces. Wickering Heights owner, Angela Harvey, spends the majority of her year organizing this annual event and is excited to offer a combination of vendors for 2018 that share her mantra of “gritty to pretty."

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Tough Top Awnings gives county a team of experts

Tough Top Awnings gives county a team of experts

It’s that time of year again when adventure types hit the open road with their RVs, travel trailers and toy haulers. A common replacement or upgrade is an awning and, thanks to Tough Top Awnings, Clark County residents have a team of experts in their backyard.

Back in 2006, avid RVers Ray and Sandy Oberreuter were challenged to find a consistent source for quality replacement fabrics. Adding to the mountain of proof that necessity is the mother of invention, the Oberreuters opened Tough Top Awnings as a mobile business that began in Arizona. A couple years later their then son-in-law, Tyler Hammack, came on to help build the business and daughter, Christie Hammack, created their online ordering department from the ground up…

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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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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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Curated sojourns offer personalized exploration of fine dining, wine

Curated sojourns offer personalized exploration of fine dining, wine

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…

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All in the Details at McMinnville’s New Atticus Hotel

All in the Details at McMinnville’s New Atticus Hotel

A sense of place is a common thread with wine. If your desire is to hit the mark as a Willamette Valley hotelier, having the vision to create that concept in a lodging experience is a bullseye.

On my visit to the recently opened Atticus Hotel, they had me at: “Would you care for a welcome glass of sparkling wine?” Seriously, who would decline that offer? Of course, those bubbles are locally sourced from R. Stuart & Co., pouring just down the street in walkable downtown McMinnville, Oregon. If you are a teetotaler or underaged, there’s also an espresso or nonalcoholic cold beverage option. I wanted to move in when they asked me if I’d like…

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Willamette Wows: WVWA auction takes Pinot even higher

Willamette Wows:  WVWA auction takes Pinot even higher

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…

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