Thursday, May 29, 2014

Upcoming Event: Wine Rocks 2014 - July 10th - Elliott Hall at Bell Harbor (Pier 66)




The Seattle days are heating up once again (what’s that bright giant orb in the sky?!), and with warm weather comes one of my favorite summer time events. Wine Rocks (@WineRocksSEA) is back for the 7th year in a row, held again this year down on the Pier at Elliott Hall at Pier 66 on Thursday July 10th, 2014. With over 40 wineries, food trucks, live music and amazing waterfront views of Puget Sound, how can you possibly pass this up? (Answer: You can’t. So don’t)

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Sips on the Road: Volcano Winery - Volcano, Hawai'i



In another exciting edition of “Sips on the Road”, I visited America’s Southernmost Winery, Volcano Winery (@VolcanoWinery), on the Big Island of Hawai'i! I had done my research in advance of my trip to the island and knew that our road trip from Kailua-Kona around to Hilo and back would take us directly through the small town of Volcano, Hawai'i where the winery is located. While we had a bit of a trouble with where to turn (i.e. we were farther east than we thought when we exited Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and had to double back) we made it up to the winery and were delighted to find that there weren’t many people already there (my favorite types of visits, I love chatting with tasting room staff when they are available!). 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Upcoming Event: Bacon and Beer Classic- May 17th- Safeco Field- America's Nostalgia of Baseball, Meets it's Love for Bacon & Beer

I don’t know about you, reader but I LOVE Bacon and Beer and could not be more excited for this first ever event brought to Seattle by Cannonball Productions.  The Bacon and Beer classic will be held in two sessions at Safeco Field May 17th.  If the name of this event alone hasn’t convinced you to buy your tickets right now, continue reading the details below!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Tantalizing Tastes of Taste Washington 2014


Once again, Taste Washington lived up to its name as the biggest and best single region wine tasting event by bringing in 225+ wineries, 65+ restaurants and a whole lot of delicious fun down at CenturyLink FieldEvent Center. As I did last year, I mapped out my plan in advance. I went through the great event guide and picked out my “must get to” stops for both wineries and restaurants. Of course there were the big names like Betz and Doubleback on my list, but my main mission (as it was last year) was to try new things. When faced with an expansive room containing more wine choices than I would ever be able to try in a week let alone the short time I had that afternoon, I chose to seek out a few wineries I had never even heard of. I really love this approach, as it helps me expand my knowledge of Washington wines, AVAs and wineries and I don’t keep going back to what I know (disclaimer: of course I still had several from ones I already know and love, but that’s beside the point…). So I perused the event guide and picked out wineries that I had either A. heard of but never tried or B. never heard of and never tried. This proved to work out well for me, as I discovered a few gems throughout the afternoon that made me excited to see more from these wineries.