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Seattle Wine and Food Experience

29 Feb

Seattle Wine and Food Experience was the weekend of February 20th. It kicked off on Saturday night with the 2nd annual Pop Seafood and bubbles event at Mccaw Hall. A never ending display of seafood and different kinds of bubbly were available to attendees.

There were over 40 sparkling wines from around the world and each had their own distinct taste. Some wineries in attendance were Folio Wine Partners, Gruet Winery, J Wines, Martini and Rossi, St Michelle Wines, Trinchero Family Estates, Martedi Winery, Otis Kenyon, Robert Ramsey Cellars and many more. Pairing these with the seafood made an amazing delight.

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With these wines were 16 of some of Seattle’s best chefs’ seafood. Some delicacies were Anthony’s Pier 66 oysters topped with creme fraiche and caviar, Chef Shota Nakajima’s smoked crab with miso vinaigrette, Chef John Roberts’ Tuna Poke with mango, pineapple, wasabi pudding, avocado and lime and much more. There was an oyster bar as well, which was excellent.

Dahlia Bakery, Ethan Stowell Restaurants and more were downstairs with yummy desserts.

The next day was the big event Seattle Wine and Food Experience with wines in Yakima, California, Oregon, and Washington regions. Some wines that I tasted were Columbia Crest, Chateau St Michelle, Browne Family Vineyards, Naked Winery, Dobbes Family Estate, Michael David Winery and more. I thought all were pretty good. If you were in the mood for hard liquor or beer and cider, there was also a section for that.

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There is not enough room in this blog to mention all the food that was present. I wasn’t able to taste all of it because my stomach had it’s limits. I will just mention a few that were quite memorable to me. Chef Thoa Nguyen made an amazing scallop crunch roll that was my second favorite food from this event. I loved Chef Daniel Cox’s dirty rice. I also really enjoyed the potato hash station, which had chicken, veggie, and nacho potato hash, my favorite being veggie out of the three. Chef Wayne Johnson made a yummy jambalaya. Seattle Culinary Academy gave us shots of cauliflower soup, which was excellent. Thai food was present as well with Racha Noodles’ curry chicken. My favorite dish of the event was made by Local 360. It was their Central Texas brisket with all the fixins. Their barbeque sauce was a delicacy.

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With all you can eat and drink from the finest wineries and best chefs, you won’t want to miss this event every year. It is one of my favorites. It has something for everyone and it’s the perfect event for both foodies and wine connoisseaurs.

Upcoming Summer Events

15 Jul

You can be sure the Summer season is a time of year in which you can easily fill your calendar with many great events.. Check out this blog post for some of the main ones that you won’t want to miss. They are in chronological order.

Bite of Seattle

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There will be 50+ restaurants and 30+ food product companies at this major food festival.There will also be wine tastings, cooking demos and beer gardens. Check out  movie night on Friday, which will play the movie Ghostbusters. There will be five music stages featuring nearly 100 acts. You won’t want to miss this event. This event is taking place July 17-19.  For more info, click here.

Stripped Screw Burlesque presents Hard Love: A Hot Summer Night

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Burlesque fans rejoice for this event. Make a date with Seattle’s Twisted Troupe this Summer. Stripped Screw Burlesque presents an evening of sultry and comedic burlesque featuring new and favorite acts from the Screws. Boom Boom L’Roux, The Sound of Freedom, Miss Elaine Yes and Vanadium Silver will all be featured for this performance. The act will take place July 18th at the Columbia City Theater. For tickets, click here.

Capitol Hill Block Party

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On July 24-26th music lovers rejoice and share the best three days of your summer. There will be 100+ bands and 3 beer gardens. A few artists in attendance are Ratatat, TV On The Radio, The Kills, Toro y Moi, Built to Spill, and Jamie xx. For more info, go to capitolhillblockparty.com.  For tickets, click here.

Red, White and Brew

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On Friday July 24th, taste the best Washington state wines. Join Seattle magazine’s tasting event of the summer. This is their fourth annual tasting event honoring the wineries featured in the 10th Annual Best Washington Wine Awards, selected by a panel of the top sommeliers and wine professionals in Seattle. This will be a rooftop party located in the heart of downtown at the Rooftop part at the Rainier Tower. The event will have small plates from local restaurants and a VIP lounge. For tickets, click here.

Tasting Flight at the Zoo

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On July 24th, experience a huge array of Northwest’s boutique wineries on the zoo’s picturesque North Meadow presented by Seattle Uncorked. This event includes 10 tastings from more than 40 wineries, live music, bottles and concessions available for purchase, real close animal encounters and access to some award-winning animal exhibits. For tickets, click here.

South Lake Union Block Party

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This free event on August 7th is packed with food and music. Advanced tickets are available to sample local restaurants at Savor SLU. There will also be food truck serving up some delicious bites. The Block Party’s annual grilling competition will take place. Local restaurants will be vying for the title of “SLU’s best burger”. Some of the musicians that will perform are

For more info and to get tickets, click here.

Seattle Street Food Festival

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On August 15-16th over four blocks will be filled with over 70 local food vendors and complimented with a live music stage and beer garden. There will also be over 75 local hand made crafters. The kick off party is August 15 at the South Lake Union Discovery Center with live music, food trucks and lawn games.

Friday, August 14th | 3pm – 9pm | Kick off party
– Saturday, August 15th (Night Market) | 12-11pm
– Sunday, August 16th | 11-7pm

For more info, click here.

These are just some of the cool events this summer. I will post more as we head into August.

13th Annual Rose Revival and Other Cool Whites

16 Jun

On Thursday June 18th Ray’s Boathouse will be having their 13th Annual Rose Revival and Other Cool Whites event.

Over 30 Wineries will be at your disposal to sip on while taking in a beautiful sunset. Rose is my favorite summer wine and this event will have mostly Rose with some whites.

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Wineries:

Aix Rose,Blanc Lime – FR
Bartholomew Winery
Bookwalter Wines
Bunnell Family Cellars
Charles Smith Wines
Château D’Esclans – FR
Coral Wines
Corliss/Tranche
Forgeron Cellars
Genoa Cellars
Goose Ridge Estate Winery
Kaella Winery
La Vieille Ferme – FR
Market Vineyards
Miraval – FR
NHV -Naches Heights Vineyard
OS Winery
Palencia Wine
Patterson Cellars
Perrin – FR
Purple Star & Native Sun
Rulo Winery
Seven Hills Winery
Small Vineyards
Sulei Cellars
Terra Blanca Winery
Tildio Winery
Waters Winery
Windrose Cellars

To buy your tickets, click here.

STEM: Uncorked on Thursday April 23rd

15 Apr

On Thursday April 23rd, the Pacific Science Center is having their most popular 21+ event. This is not just another wine tasting event. You will be able to learn the science behind the wine. If you have ever wanted to hold a conversation with your peers on the subject matter of wine, now is your chance to learn a few things.

This event will include unlimited wine tastings from some of Washington’s finest wineries. While pairing your wine with sample bites, there will be activities and demonstrations led by local wine experts, which include practicing identifying different aromas, learning the chemical composition of the wine and even how the size and shape of the wine glass plays a role in our taste.

Get your questions answered from several wineries and experts. This science lesson in wine will help generate discussion about body, bouquet, and aroma.

Local Wineries:

  • Brian Carter Cellars
  • Cadence Winery
  • Chatter Creek
  • Cranberry Road Winery
  • Davenport Cellars
  • Eleven Winery
  • Ginkgo Forest Winery
  • Isenhower Cellars
  • JM Cellars
  • :Nota Bene Cellars
  • O.S. Winery
  • Patterson Cellars
  • Van Camp Cellars
  • Viola Winery
  • William Church Winery
  • Willis Hall
  • Woodinville Wine Cellars

Wine Experts:

  • NW Wine Academy
  • NW Wine Filtration

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Bottles will be available for purchase. Click here to purchase tickets before they sell out.

The New Vintage 2015

3 Apr

This event is a part of a series of events lasting four days to expand the Taste of Washington. It used to be called Twenty Something but is now the New Vintage. Its idea is to appeal to the next generation of wine lovers. With more than 500 hundred people at this event, I would say it is definitely a popular event.IMG_1900[1]      IMG_1894[1]

The event took place at the Four Seasons Hotel with plenty of room designated for the crowd to move from vendor to vendor.  You could sip on wine while dancing to some great music of the top 40s spun by DJ Tina T with a view of downtown Seattle complete with a close proximity to the ferris wheel.

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There were about 45 different wineries, 6 chefs from some of the finest restaurants, several options for desserts, should you feel the need to pair your wine with decadent pastries or chocolate, and many more. There was a dessert table covered in beautiful desserts, appealing to the eye, with a miniature statue of the space needle centered in the middle. I tried about four different kinds of these desserts and I assure you they were all good.

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I enjoyed tasting all sorts of wines. Some notables were Nine Hats Winery from Columbia Valley, L’Ecole in Walla Walla Valley, Anto Lin Cellars in Yakima, and Charles Smith Wines in Walla Walla. There was plenty of delicious bites to pair these with. A few of my favorites were the cannolis from Vespolina and octopus from The ManhattanThe Highland’s Chef John Tesar was also on hand straight from Texas creating fresh seafood appetizers.

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IMG_1893[1]Should you seek out more knowledge on the wines you are tasting, a small movie screen in the center of it all displayed a slideshow giving us more of an in-depth look at each winery and it’s story.

This event was sure to please both new generation and seasoned wine enthusiasts. I love events like this one because you can try out several different kinds of food and drink in the Seattle area. It’s a good opportunity to learn more about Seattle, it’s culture, and what it has to offer, which is a great deal.



Upcoming Events

Moisture Festival March 19- April 12

YPC Backstage Bash: Black Swan Soiree on April 17th

Seattle Weekly’s 6th Annual Voracious Tasting & Food Awards on April 23rd

Arcade Lights on April 24th

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