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It’s that time of year again and we are so excited to share our list of upcoming Holiday events with you! The month of December is filled with opportunities to nurture your inner artist, shop, listen to live music – all while drinking delicious Woodinville Wine! Here are some ideas.

Through December 10th, Airfield Estates is hosting their Toys for Tots drive. Help support children in your community whose families don’t have the opportunity to put gifts under a Christmas tree.  Drop your new, unwrapped gifts off at their Woodinville tasting room.  

J. Bookwalter Tasting Studio is holding a pop-up shopping day with special savings offers every hour from vendors such as Glassybaby, Stella and Dot, San Juan Cigar Company, and Peanut Butter Fly Photography. Sip, shop and save in the spirit of the season!

Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Savor the Northwest Flavor Event 

On Saturday December 15th, take a break from holiday shopping and join Chateau Ste. Michelle for their Savor the Northwest Flavor Event. Food and wine pairings are at 1 and 3 and include a tasting flight of 4 wines paired with 5 Northwest inspired bites. 

Castillo de Feliciana has their adorable Pet Pictures With Santa event on Saturday December 22nd from 1-5 pm.  Your donation goes to Homeward Pet Adoption Center.

We always love a great event with Lauren Ashton Cellars and their Christmas Cookie and Wine Tasting event on Thursday, December 13th has me super excited! All proceeds will benefit children and families in the Woodinville community.

The Woodhouse Wine Estates has a fabulous Ignite Your Cuisine Cooking Class With Alex Jennings event on Tuesday, December 18th from 6:30-9:30.  Learn to create beautiful dishes as you sip Woodinville wine!

Join Davenport Cellars on December 14th from 7-9 pm for their Holiday Wine and Paint Night. Hosted by the Jet City Bombers, and includes your own holiday themed work of art, light appetizers and wine to sip and purchase.

Make your holiday season extra bright while sipping Woodinville wine and enjoy these events! Happy Holidays ~ Jen

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A few weeks ago I met up with my lovely friend Tonja for a much needed afternoon lunch / wine tasting trip to Woodinville, and we stopped into Darby Winery. This welcoming tasting room has been open in the heart of the Hollywood Schoolhouse District since 2012.

The tasting lineup was very impressive, and offered 7 pours for $10, which might be the best deal we have seen in town. Notice also, the offering of 2017 Rosé which really made us happy!  Halfway into Novmeber, Rose sightings in Woodinville are something we get excited over. This one is a delicious Mourvedre and Grenache blend.

We kicked things off with a generous pour of a 2015 Le Duece. This was a blend of  55% viognier 45% Roussanne was lots of pear, melon and grapejuice flavors, aged in french oak.

We were there on a fairly quiet, mid-week afternoon and had a chance to chat with friendly tasting room manager John Emory. John was very cool about answering all my questions about Darby’s Woodinville wines and the interesting decor inside the tasting room. Isn’t this old schoolhouse desk amazing? When you visit, be sure to ask about the history behind some of the installations. They have some great conversation pieces!

Any guesses as to what the “SH” sign on the wall might stand for?  I don’t want to spoil the surprise, so leave your guesses in the comment section below and I will follow up with you. I wasn’t able to guess it, but I am sure some of you will!

Winemaker/Owner Darby English produces a second label, called The Native to help support Wild Steelhead conservation (the state fish of Washington). Your purchases and membership in the Native Club help aid in the preservation of declining Steelhead runs. What a great way to help with an iconic Pacific Northwest legacy!

If you like Woodinville GSM’s, you have to stop into Darby and give this 2012 The Flipside a try. I am a fan of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre Rhone blends and enjoyed notes of pepper and licorice in this one from Darby. I think a may serve it with a spread of savory foods at our upcoming holiday party!

Tonja relaxed with her pour of the 2013″The Darkside”. I loved this 100% Syrah, which retails for less than $30 a bottle. It was super easy drinking, with peppery and meaty notes and a smooth finish.  A must try for any Syrah lover!

John told us that they receive plenty of requests from guests of the tasting room to purchase this Buffalo painting and we could see why (It is currently not for sale). I love the use of mixed media in this painting, and I think it goes well with the other carefully selected items decorating the tasting room.

This was the favorite red of the day for Tonja and I and we each went home with bottles of the 2014 Choas. It’s a 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 16% Petite Verdot and 4% Malbec blend sourced from the Columbia Valley AVA. We thought it was very elegant and velvety on the palate with notes of blackberry. I’m laying a bottle down in my home cellar to age and serving one over the Christmas holiday season.

Another noteworthy favorite from the tasting lineup was the 2016 Malbec! It was delicious.  All of Darby wines are produced in  Woodinville’s Wharehouse District, and their tasting room is open Mondays, and Thursdays – Sundays. We advise calling ahead if you plan to bring a group of 6 or more, due to the popularity of this tasting room and Darby’s wonderful Woodinville wines.

The tasting room is located in Woodinville’s Holloywood Schoolhouse District, at 14450 Woodinville-Redmond Rd, Woodinville, WA  98702.  Contact the staff at (425) 233-7879 if you would like to get more information about renting this gorgeous space for a party.  For more info on their three wine clubs, visit the website here.

We had a fabulous time and look forward to our next visit!  ~ Jen

Resources:

Darby Winery Website

Darby Winery on Facebook

Darby Winery’s Instagram Feed

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We wanted to point out some fun upcoming live music events this winter here in Woodinville. It’s not meant to be an exhaustive list, but do let us know about any live music events we might have missed, in the comments section below!

Chandler Reach, in the Hollywood District, offers live music every  Thursday, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm.

Columbia Winery, in the West Valley district, has live music on Friday nights, from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm.

Gard Vintners, at The Junction, features live music on Saturdays from 3 pm to 5 pm.

Gorman Winery, in the Hollywood District, has Live Music Fridays from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Keira Cellars, in Artisan Hill, has live music on Fridays from 8 pm to 10 pm.

Lauren Ashton Cellars, in the Apple Farm Village, hosts live music on Saturday evenings.

Obelisco, in the Apple Farm Village, hosts live music most Friday and Saturday evenings.

Patterson Cellars, in the Hollywood District, is hosting Grapes and Grooves Weekend on November 30/Dec. 1.

Village Wines in the Hollywood District has live music on most Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in December.

Willows Lodge’s Fireside Lounge has live music performers most Tuesdays through Saturdays this winter.

The Woodhouse Wine Estates, in the West Valley district, is well known for their ongoing Happy Hour Wednesdays, which feature live music.

And if you find yourself in Kirkland instead of Woodinville on a weekend evening, you can listen to live music at Maison DeLille,  while enjoying DeLille’s Woodinville wine!

-Carrie

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Jen and I met up for a Woodinville Wine Blog brainstorming session on a recent chilly autumn afternoon. We hadn’t been to The Hollywood Tavern in quite a while, and wanted to drum up some excuse to run into Woodinville Whiskey Co. to shop for whiskey. (Like we need an excuse!)

We looked longingly at the outdoor seating area and fire pit, but thought it might rain again, so we chose a cozy small table in the dining room instead.

Unusually for us, we weren’t heading out wine tasting right after lunch, so we thought we’d might as well enjoy some Woodinville wine with our meal. Jen chose a glass of Chateau Ste. Michelle syrah, and I decided on a glass of Due Anni from Patterson Cellars.

Jen was immediately tempted by the drunken clams. They’re made with lots of butter, and whiskey from next door.

For my starter, I chose the Tavern Corn Bread. I initially was disappointed by the small size, but it’s drizzled with Woodinville Whiskey Co. syrup so that distracted me. It feels like a waste of the delicious whipped butter – such a large portion, served to accompany a couple tiny bites of (delicious) cornbread.

Jen ordered the Tiller salad, which includes salami sticks, chicken, bacon, and aged provolone.

I try not to be an annoying vegetarian, so meekly asked if the Tavern Club sandwich could be possibly be made vegetarian without too much trouble. Our friendly waitress was nonplussed and happy to omit the chicken and bacon. This tasty sandwich came with perfectly toasted bread, tomatoes, avocado and crunchy cajun chips. I loved it! Plus it came with a large amount of the addictive Hollywood Tavern house fries.

As always, the service here at the Hollywood Tavern was friendly and prompt, and the dining room quiet enough to enjoy our conversation. We love this place, and hope you’ll enjoy a meal here soon too.

-Carrie

RESOURCES:

Hollywood Tavern

Hollywood Tavern on Facebook

Hollywood Tavern on Instagram

Hollywood Tavern on Twitter

Hollywood Tavern on Yelp

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My friend Zoe and I decided to take advantage of the gorgeous Fall weather last weekend and got out to visit a few Woodinville wineries. I was so excited to see her and to experience the beautiful scenery before the rain begins and the leaves fall.

We began our day at Heritage Restaurant + Bar. I had a really tough time deciding what to order.  I have devoured the Turkey Grilled Cheese before, and almost went for it again, but I wanted to try something I hadn’t ordered before. I love the variety on Heritage’s menu!

A simple vase filled with rosemary sprigs looked so pretty next to my iced tea. Since Zoe and I planned to visit two wineries after our lunch we didn’t order wine.  I love that Heritage restaurant has a wine menu that offers wines from several Woodinville wineries.

Doesn’t that look wonderful? Eggs Benedict is my favorite breakfast to order and I am always grateful for a scratch made Hollandaise sauce and a perfectly poached egg.  Chef Brianna Beike did not disappoint!

Zoe is a lifelong vegetarian and politely asked if she could substitute the Canadian bacon for tomatoes in her breakfast. The friendly staff at Heritage was happy to oblige.

I ordered the House Reuben with a side salad to go with my iced tea. The sandwich was prepared to perfection; not too much butter on the rye bread, and packed with corned beef and tasty sauerkraut. I thought it was delicious.

Our next stop and first Woodinville wine tasting of the day was Novelty Hill Januik Winery. I knew it would be busy on a Saturday afternoon, but I really wanted to show Zoe this gorgeous space.

We enjoyed our first wine pour in front of this cozy fireplace. The crowd was social and friendly, and we chatted with a young mom about how much her daughter and son enjoyed the outdoor area. The tasting room is dog-friendly as well.

I couldn’t resist a quick pose in front of this red backdrop.  With the red leaves scattered on the ground, it was a quintessential Autumn photo-op!

Here you can see how large the outdoor seating and visiting area is at Novelty Hill Januik.  The winery is often used to host weddings and I can imagine what a stunning venue it would be this time of the year. Read more about their wedding packages here.

Zoe and I picked one of the last warm and sunny all weekends to go wine tasting in Woodinville. Luckily we caught the trees before all of the gorgeous leaves had fallen. I am grateful that we were there on one of the final warm and dry Autumn days in Seattle this year.

For our first taste of Woodinville wine that day we chose the 2015 Columbia Valley Merlot and the 2017 Novelty Hill Roussanne. I loved the Roussanne and bought a bottle for my wine cellar.

For her second pour of the afternoon, Zoe chose the 2015 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Syrah. This smooth, Red Mountain red had notes of blackberries and cherries, complemented with hints of spice and black tea.

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