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QFC Sets The Standard – Part 2

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QFC_Wine1Perennial Seattle Wine and Food Experience favorite QFC, returns to the 2016 event with specially selected reserve wines. For more than 60 years QFC has been the quintessential “neighborhood market” in Western Washington and has set the standard for grocery store wine departments. The bar is set so high that QFC sells more wine than milk (generally the number one seller in grocery stores)!

QFC was the first store to employ a wine sommelier to special pick the bottles you can find in store. Each store has a vast array of reserve caliber wines and many are housed in special “cellar” rooms overseen by a team of wine stewards. They are on hand to help select the perfect wine for your needs – be it a special dinner, night with friends or as a gift. The steward team also goes above and beyond to meet each customer’s needs – if you are looking for a specific bottle and QFC doesn’t have it, they will special order it for you. Tip: make friends with your wine steward!

QFC will bring some of their top tier wines to showcase at this year’s event (and pair with Murray’s World Class cheeses) including:

J Vineyards & Winery Pinot Gris 2014
J-Vineyards-and-Winery-JPGCentrally located in Healdsburg, the heart of Russian River Valley, J Vineyards & Winery wines originate from their estate vineyard and represent the essence of Russian River Valley terroir. Sumptuous, decadent, and true to varietal character this Pinot Gris has the distinctive J style. Stop in to the QFC lounge and experience it with local wine stewards.

Talbott Vineyards Kali Hart Chardonnay 2013
Talbott CrestTalbott Vineyards is the story of one family’s determined focus and commitment to excellence. Their estate vineyards are located in beautiful Carmel and Monterey California. This 100% Estate Chardonnay represents the lushness, grace and great aging potential that have become benchmarks of quality on the Central Coast and Talbott Vineyards. It is being poured at the QFC lounge and pairs beautifully with several of the Murray’s World Class cheeses as well.

Allegrini Veronese IGT Palazzo Delia Torre 2011
AllegriniThe estate is based in Fumane di Valpolicella, just north of Verona in northeastern Italy. The Allegrini family has been handing down grape growing and wine producing traditions over many generations. Their winemaking philosophy is largely based on the concept of “cru” production: a single vineyard dedicated to the production of local varieties destined to become a single wine. The blend is the historic combination of Corvina and Rondinella with the addition of a small quantity of Sangiovese. A small percentage of the harvested grapes are left to dry out until December, then added to the previously vinified fresh grapes. The result is a velvety, well-balanced red wine that offers profound, mature fruit.

Northstar Merlot 2012
NorthstarJust as the Northstar has been used through the ages as a directional guide, Northstar Winery was established in the early 1990s to guide the
 creation of world-class Merlot-based wines that demonstrate the potential
 of the variety in Washington State. Diversity of vineyards and sub-appellations within the Columbia Valley are Northstar’s hallmarks. Fruit is selected from the very best possible sources throughout the Columbia Valley. This highly structured wine was created to enjoy now, or for many years to come as it will age gracefully and is featured in the QFC Lounge!

Spring Valley Vineyard Frederick Red Blend 2012
SpringValleyThe land that the Corkrum, Derby and Elvin families farm today is rich with history dating back to the mid 1800’s, when current vineyard owner Shari Corkrum Derby’s grandfather Uriah Corkrum began farming in the area. n 1993, Shari and Dean Derby planted the first grapes at Spring Valley. The first vintage of Estate grown and bottled Spring Valley Vineyard wines were produced with the 1999 vintage. This New World-styled and highly structured, fruit-driven Cabernet Sauvignon blend’s name stems from Frederick Corkrum, son to Uriah and father to Shari. Our current 2012 blend is one of the featured reserve wines in the QFC Lounge. Come in and taste some!

 

Happy 30th Tim’s Cascade Snacks

faqTimAs Tim’s Cascade Snacks enters its 30th year anniversary, the company honors its Seattle history and its local connections making snacks originating from local farms.

To celebrate Tim’s is giving away 30 prize packages through its website. They are also creating a celebratory chip batch, designing commemorative packages and pulling out the stops as National Potato Lovers Month blends with National Snack Food Month this February. Fans will be happy to know that the company plans to release new flavors during the year-long anniversary celebration.

It all started in 1986 when Tim Kennedy and his family opened a makeshift 15,000 square foot facility in Auburn, stocking it with used equipment and a lot of muscle, hand stirring small batches of thick sliced potatoes in kettles, hand spicing and packaging them in the Tim’s signature red and white striped bag.

aboutFieldTim himself went out to local convenience stores, handing out samples, and it wasn’t long before the cult-like following clamored for new flavors. The snack line expanded to Hawaiian Kettle Style Potato Chips and Onion Rings and Erin’s All Natural Popcorn in addition to Tim’s Original Cascade Style Potato Chips.

Flavor fans rewarded Tim’s in 1988 with the title of “the best potato chip in Seattle”. Tim’s accolades continue to roll in from Esquire Magazine and The American Culinary Institute and fan mail from people all over the world.

Company officials peg the partnerships with local growers as key to the snacks success and its hallmark fresh flavors. Tim’s snacks are made fresh going from farm to tin in less than two hours. Three local growers have been providing Tim’s with tasty local potatoes for more than 25 years.

Today, Tim’s snacks are produced in the modern Algona, Washington facility by more than 85 dedicated employees.

In addition to making top chips, Tim’s is a top employer. The company was named one of “Washington’s Best Companies To Work For” in 2008 and receiving the 2011 Award for Better Workplace form the Association of Washington Business. The Association of Washington Business honored Tim’s for outstanding workplace practices in 2003 and 2004.

Even before environmental practices were part of day-to-day business, Tim’s Cascade Snacks used less, reused more and recycled. Since 1986 Tim’s believes it is the only way to do business. As a result, the company was named tops in water conservation and packaging reduction in addition to earning a ten year continuing Environmental Commitment Award. The company’s ongoing Green Team, established more than 15 years ago, continues to sleuth out efficiencies in the production process.

During the Seattle Wine and Food Experience Sunday, February 21 Tim’s will be showcasing its special 30th anniversary batch chips. Founder Tim Kennedy will be on hand to autograph bags of chips and reminisce with attendees.