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New for Spring and Easter! Vosges Haut Chocolat has created Rosé wine filled bonbons!

(Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission at no extra cost to you)

They’re made for pairing with your favorite Rosé. (They contain less than 0.5% alcohol). They’re made with white chocolate, so they won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. Still, these might make a lovely surprise gift for the white chocolate or pink confection lover in your life.

Let’s hear what the company has to say about them:

A glass of Rosé will never be the same! Our new Rosé Pairing Bonbons are designed to take your wine tasting to a new frontier. The naturally-colored pink, white chocolate shell encases a soft Rosé-filled center. Crafted as the ideal accompaniment to your wine, you can nibble while you sip. Six bonbons await in our light pink and rose gold embossed gift box sealed with our signature purple embossed sticker.

We haven’t tried them yet – they’re on order – but we’re looking forward to yet another flimsy excuse to crack open a bottle of Woodinville Rosé wine!

-Carrie

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It is almost Spring (although after all of the recent snow, you wouldn’t guess it!) and Carrie and I were talking excitedly over lunch last week about our list of favorite things to do in Woodinville this season. I decided to take a trip down memory lane and look at what we did this time last year!

One of my favorite spring events was Carrie’s vertical Rosé tasting party.  I loved how everything was decorated in shades of pink and set outdoors in her relaxing backyard tent.  What a bonus that there was an incredible lineup of Woodinville wine!

It was such a pleasure meeting and chatting with the amazing women winemakers at the Sisters of the Vinifera Revolution event. We hope to see news soon for the second annual event this year! We tasted many amazing wines, like these from Damsel Cellars.  Here you see Damsel owner/winemaker Mari Womack.

Backyard Rosé meetings like this one with Trust Cellars have been greatly missed!  My love for Woodinville Rosé has caught on like wildfire, and I have my fiancé James on board now too. It is almost time for new releases and we are ready to stock up our wine cellars.

We tasted amazing wine and ate delicious food truck bites at the DeLille Cellars Spring Barrel event last year.  They even had a photographer on hand to take pictures of guests.

It is always a treat to sample delicious DeLille Cellars vintages straight from the barrel like we did at this lovely event. This Spring Barrel party was what convinced me to join their wine club. I am looking forward to it again in 2019!

Spring would not be compete without many bottles of Tsillan Cellars Rosé and a girls weekend trip to the Tsillan Cellars Estate Vineyard in Lake Chelan, WA.  What a stunning place it is! I am feverishly planning another trip there sometime in late Spring.

Another favorite Woodinville wine tasting memory is from our trip to Matthews Winery and Alexandria Nicole Cellars with Carrie’s sister Mariel (check out her incredible make-up artistry here). Friday evenings on the patio at Matthews and cozy wine club room tastings at ANC are high on our list of favorite things to do that involve Woodinville wine.

Of course, I have to mention that we are barely containing our joy over the fact that outdoor patios will be opening very soon! We love this one at Lachini Vineyards!

This Pinot Noir Rosé from Lachini left a lasting impression on us! I think it’s safe to say that we will be drinking some of this year’s release on the tasting room patio.

Spring is the perfect time to visit the incredible Molbak’s and stock up on brightly colored flowers for your garden. Something to keep in mind when you visit is their rewards points system that lets you earn points toward future purchases. Every year I go a bit crazy at Molbak’s because they offer such beautiful things, so I like this idea!

Here is a photograph from a party that Carrie hosted last Spring. This Rosé from Lauren Ashton Cellars was a favorite of mine last year. It was juicy and refreshing with strawberry and citrus notes.  We loved it and I am looking ahead to the next release.

Carrie and I scooped up several bottles of Lauren Ashton Cellars Rosé at their Release the Rosé event last April. This year’s event is being held on April 13th and 14th at the Lauren Ashton Cellars tasting room.  Kurt Lindsay will be performing live on Saturday and a portion of the proceeds from the weekend will go to Bellevue LifeSpring. For more info, click here.

These are some of our favorite ways to enjoy Woodinvile wine in the Spring, but we would love to hear from you about yours! Drop us a comment below so we can compare notes.  If you see Carrie and me out and about at any of the Woodinville tasting rooms, we would love to say “hi”!

~ Jen

RESOURCES:

Alexandria Nicole Cellars Website

Damsel Cellars Website
DeLille Cellars Website
Lauren Ashton Cellars Website

Lachini Vineyards Website

Mariel Hatter, MUA on YouTube
Matthews Winery Website

Molbak’s Website

425 Magazine Article About Sisters of the Vinifera Revolution

Trust Cellars Website

Tsillan Cellars Website

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March is Taste Washington Wine Month! All month long, tasting rooms and wineries throughout Washington State are celebrating with special events, sales and discounts, extra special tastings and many more ways to celebrate our state’s wonderful wine culture and industry.

We thought we’d point out a few specials and events as we run across them for you!

Airfield Estates has info on their Taste Washington Wine Month offerings here.

Bunnell Family Cellars is running some specials to celebrate.

You can check out the Taste Washington Wine Month special offers over at DeLille Cellars.

There’s an article on Taste Washington Wine Month at EaterSeattle.

McMenamins restaurants are offering some Taste Washington Wine Month discounts at their Washington locations.

We will keep updating this post as we learn more!

-Carrie

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The Kirkland Spring Fling Wine Walk is Friday, April 26. There will be several Woodinville wineries pouring at this event – check the Spring Fling website for details.

The Downtown Issaquah Wine Walk takes place on the first Saturday of every month, from March through June. The event begins at 6pm and ends at 9pm. You’ll be able to taste wines from Woodinville wineries including Ancestry Cellars, Basel Cellars, Isenhower Cellars, Love That Red Winery, Patterson Cellars, Tsillan Cellars, and Zerba Cellars.

The tenth annual Snohomish Wine Festival takes place on March 2, 2019. Participating wineries from Woodinville include Airfield Estates, Basel Cellars, Forgeron Cellars, JM Cellars, J Bookwalter Winery, Long Cellars, Sol Stone Winery, Tertulia Cellars, and TruthTeller Winery.

The Cabernet Classic takes place in Bellevue on Saturday, March 2. You can taste Cabernet wine from Woodinville wineries including Alexandria Nicole Cellars, Amavi, Armstrong Family Winery, Brian Carter Cellars, DeLille Cellars, J. Bookwalter, Lauren Ashton Cellars, Matthews Winery/Tenor Wines, Passing Time Winery, Patterson Cellars, Pepper Bridge, Rocky Pond Winery, and Woodhouse Wine Estates.

The 15th annual Poverty Bay Wine Fest takes place March 1 and 2, 2019, in Des Moines. Woodinville wineries in attendance include Castillo de Feliciana, Chatter Creek, Eye of the Needle Winery, Five Star Cellars, Love That Red Winery, and Page Cellars.

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We had some extra time on our hands during Snowpocalypse 2019 and had fun whipping up some quizzes for you. Can’t wait to see how everyone does!

To begin, type your first and last name (fake names ok!) and then press the blue “Start” button.

First quiz – Woodinville Rosé Wines

Second quiz – General Woodinville Wine Knowledge

Don’t forget to “do your homework” – Come out to Woodinville and taste some delicious Washington wines!

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DeLille Cellars was founded in 1992 by Charles and Greg Lil, Jay Soloff and acclaimed winemaker, Chris Upchurch. Soon after, the winery acquired the rights to Harrison Hill vineyard which is home to some of the oldest vines in the state of Washington. DeLille is commited to its tradition of creating quality, award winning Bordeaux blends. DeLille Cellars is considered a pioneer of Bordeaux and Rhone style Washington winemaking. They have recently announced a new director of winemaking, Jason Gorski.

The stunning Chateau DeLille is a sprawling estate used for winemaker dinners, wine club events, private and corporate events and weddings. For more information, email chateau@delillecellars.com.

The grounds of the Chateau are impeccably groomed and maintained. The property is also home to DeLille’s main offices. Inside the Chateau, guests will find a grand fireplace and cozy upstairs dressing suites.  It is a beautiful locaton for any special event.

Carrie and I enjoyed attending the Spring Barrel event at the Woodinville production facility last year. This year, DeLille will move its production operations and tasting room to the former Red Hook brewery, which it will share with Sparkman Cellars, and Teatro Zinzanni. The new facility will include a rooftop deck for wine club members. ( We cannot wait!)

DeLille Cellars offers three different wine club options, (of which I am a proud member of the Estate Red Club) that you can explore here.

I have personally served DeLille Cellars at parties and family fuctions and my guests always ask me where they can find these delicious wines. They are a staple of my Woodinville Wine collection!

Plan your visit to the DeLille Cellars Chateau this weekend for their Winter Release festivities. You may purchase tickets to this event here to enjoy wine tasting, appetizers and live music.

Stop by the Carriage House Tasting Room for friendly pours in the cozy space.  They are located at: 14421 Woodinville-Redmond Rd. NE, Woodinville.

If you enjoy live music and small bites with your wine, you have to check out Maison DeLille. This wine lounge is located located at 15 Lake Street in Kirkland, WA.  98033.

~Jen

RESOURCES:

DeLille Cellars Website

DeLille Cellars on Facebook

DeLille Cellars on Instagram

DeLille Cellars on Twitter

DeLille Cellars on Yelp

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It’s Valentine’s Day, and here in Woodinville my neighbors and I have been snowed in nearly a week due to unplowed roads, two feet of snow in our cul-de-sac, and frozen driveways that take too many hours to shovel out.

I’ve invited my next door neighbor over to share some wine and cookies with me this afternoon. Later today, she’s cooking a special dinner for her husband and I’m making fondue for my boyfriend (who hopefully can chain up his car and get here to join me for dinner!)

We’ve lit a bonfire to keep us warm while we enjoy our wine and cookies, all the while watching my flat-coated retriever dogs romp in the snow.

I’m so grateful to have a neighbor who is both a “good neighbor” (helpful, considerate, checks on me) but also a good friend, sharing life’s celebrations and festivities.

Yesterday we put on our heavy coats, snow boots, gloves, mittens and hats to walk out of our snowy cul-de-sac to a main plowed road. We were so grateful for the Uber driver who ferried us to Bella Bottega for lunch at Racha Thai and grocery shopping at QFC. That’s where I picked up this bottle of Warr-King Riesling and the Valentine’s sugar cookies.

Another Uber driver gave us a ride home, cheerfully helping us load our grocery sacks into his trunk. We struggled to carry our heavy groceries from the plowed road into our icy cul-de-sac!

We are tired of sitting in our stuffy houses, so I set up a cheerful table outdoors and pulled out my pink Depression glass goblets and my antique Faberge “Rose Trellis” dessert plates to make things pretty.

I normally would serve a pink Rosé wine on Valentine’s Day but I happen to know my neighbor loves Rieslings. I didn’t have any in the house, so I was glad to see a bottle of local Woodinville Riesling from Warr-King Wines.

By the way, Warr-King Wines has a female winemaker! I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Lisa Warr-King Packer at Sisters of the Vinifera Revolution events. I hope to be able to say a quick hi to her at the upcoming Northwest Women Stars of Food and Wine event in March.

What wine will you be serving at your Valentine’s Day dinner, if you’re cooking at home? Are you braving the snowy roads to go out to dinner? Let me know in the comments section below!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

-Carrie

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I don’t know about you, but every February here in rainy Seattle, I get a little (ok, a lot!) antsy for outdoor enterining and long Summer nights.  I’ve made it one of my goals this year to try and host at least one fabulous party before Spring is over. We wanted to share some entertaiing pieces that are favorites of your Woodinville Wine Blog team!

This Artland glass wine flight trio would be perfect at a Spring Rosé party. Carrie and I want to host a vertical tasting party and use our favorite Woodinville wines releasing in 2019. Drop us a comment below if you’d be interested in joining us!

Another great option for offering several Woodinville wines to guests at your tasting party is this personalized bamboo and slate wine tasting flight set (by Cathy’s Concepts).

I can see this franmara trio wine flight glass holder being used at a backyard wedding to add an elegant touch!

I love the ring top on this 3 glass wine flight caddy from Vollrath. I imagine carrying this between flowy, pink tents in Carrie’s backyard while offering wine to guests at our next Woodinville Wine blog party.

The Amelia wine flight server from Oenophila would be a unique centeriece on your wine and dessert table. We hope you enjoy these beautiful items and that they give you many greats ideas for entertaining this season! Shop for them here now at the Woodinville Wine Blog Shop.

~Jen

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Godiva Fabric Covered Elegant Valentine’s Day Chocolate Box, on Amazon (affiliate link)We’re exploring our local wineries’ Facebook pages and Instagram feeds looking for fun things to do for Valentine’s Day in and around Woodinville wine tasting rooms. Here are a few tempting events we’ve discovered:

Chateau Ste. Michelle is hosting a Valentine’s Day Chef’s DInner in their banquet room, on Friday February 16.

Efeste is hosting a Valentine’s Dinner Soiree, “Roses & Rosé.” It’s a wine pairing dinner on February 14, featuring Chef Nikki.

Gard Vintners offers a Valentine’s Day Wine Glass Painting event on Friday, February 8.

Goose Ridge Vineyards and Page Cellars are participating in the Valentine’s Weekend Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Cruise, February 16.

The Hollywood Tavern is offering a six course oyster and seafood dinner on Valentine’s Day, paired with bourbon from their next door neighbors, Woodinville Whiskey Co.

Over at Willows Lodge, Barking Frog restaurant is offering a Prix Fixe menu for Valentine’s Day, from February 14-17, 2019.

Several Woodinville wineries are pouring at Pike Chocofest 2019, including Pondera Winery and JM Cellars.

We’ll update this list as Valentine’s Day approaches!

-Carrie

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This year marks the twentieth anniversary for Walla Walla’s beloved Isenhower Cellars. Congratulations, Brett and Denise!

To celebrate, on February 9th and 10th, the Woodinville (and Walla Walla and Leavenworth tasting rooms) will be debuting Isenhower’s 20th Anniversary Petit Verdot Port.

The winemakers write:

We combined brandy made from our own Cabernet Sauvignon with the ripest Petit Verdot grapes from Dionysus Vineyard. The result is a 20th Anniversary Port that will be delicious for 20 years.

I absolutely have to run in and buy a bottle or two of that!

Visit the Facebook event page here for more information.

-Carrie

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