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New menu at Fireside Cellars

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Fireside Cellars at Willows Lodge launches a new menu of  barrel-aged batch cocktails to coincide with Seattle Cocktail Week (October 13-18). Come sample the new cocktails during Happier Hour at Fireside Cellars Wednesday, October 12, from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Spearheaded by Willows Lodge Restaurant and Wine Managers Matthew Davis and Jennifer Schmitt, these expertly developed concoctions are aged for three weeks in barrels from local distillery Woodinville Whiskey Co.

The first batch features three selections including the White Manhattan, a blend of Headlong White Dog from Woodinville Whiskey Co.; Hanky Panky, a classic gin drink featuring Voyager Gin from Pacific Distillery; and the Colonial, a blend of applejack brandy, herbal liqueur and allspice rum.

Each of these Barrel Aged Batch Cocktails will be available for $13 or $6.50 during Happier Hour starting on Oct. 12.

The grapes are coming!

  • Written by Sarah Ness, intern at Micheal Florentino Cellars

After an early, devastating freeze last November, a cool June which stifled bud development and a cooler than normal summer, wine grapes are finally starting to reach maturity. Even a few days earlier than in 2010, which was also, another cool vintage.

This still puts harvest about 10 days behind “normal,” but has caught up quite a bit from early spring when the vines were three weeks behind. If this current weather pattern keeps up through September and October, all should be well.

A lot of grape growers and vintners are particularly pleased with the quality of the fruit. The weather these past two weeks has been perfect, with moderate-to-extra-warm daytime temperatures of up into the 90s, and cool nights have helped push grapes to a desired brix level and optimum physiological maturity. This combination of climate conditions will keep acids at a higher, optimum level, with low pHs, both of which are qualities you want in grapes that will produce excellent quality wine.

First to be ready for crush this week is Sauvignon Blanc. With possibly Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Merlot from Red Mountain next week.

Syrah and even late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon should be ripening in the next 14 to 21 days. The rest of harvest is expected to stretch into early November. Hopefully, harvest will end well before the first frost, to ensure that the vines have enough time to go dormant, and avoid die-back.

Wine Happenings - Aug. 29, 2011

  • Written by Karin Hopper

DiSTEFANO WINERY AND KITCHEN

Family style dinner + a glass of wine for $65/person + tax www.distefanowinery.com

Saturday, September 3, 2011 Summer Seafood Festival Traditional "Low-Country" Seafood Boil Northwest Style!

 

DiSTEFANO WINERY AND KITCHEN

Friday, September 9, 2011 Salud! Culinary Demonstration: Spanish Tapas www.distefanowinery.com

 

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Featured Sip - Soft Tail Spirits

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

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Soft Tail has opened its second distillery and tasting room located in the south block of the Woodinville Tourist District.

Stop in and see the new facility while sampling award winning gluten free vodka made from Washington state apples.

And our Italian style grappa, made in partnership with some of Washington’s finest vineyards and wineries.

New location

14356 Woodinville-Redmond Rd., Redmond

Fridays 3 – 6, Saturday & Sunday 12 – 5

 

Original location

12280 NE Woodinville Dr., Woodinville

Monday – Fridays 12 – 5

425-770-1154, 425-770-1158

www.softtailspirits.com

Jody Elsom receives PSBJ 40 Award for Elsom Cellars!

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

The Puget Sound Business Journal has named its 2011 40 Under 40 honorees, including Woodinville native Jody Elsom for her local winery, Elsom Cellars. Of the 40 honorees, Jody Elsom is the only winemaker on the list, making this award even more special for the local Woodinville Wine Country.

"I was thrilled and honored to receive the Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2011 40 Under 40 Award," said Jody in a recent interview. "Elsom Cellars has been a lifelong dream of mine, brought to life through many years of hard work, dedication, and a never-ending passion and love for creating great wine."

Winners of this award are those who are center stage in our business community, working hard to drive the economy and demonstrating dynamic leadership.

"The region’s business community is globally renowned for its innovation and creativity, and based on the accomplishments of this year’s prestigious 40 Under 40 roster, whose reputation will continue for years to come," said Gordon Prouty, publisher of the Business Journal.