Category: Seattle Wine and Food Experience

I Love EWE!

Lamb-Lovers-LogoFebruary isn’t just the time for Valentine’s and romantic love it’s also a time to celebrate LAMB! American Lamb Lovers Month is full of fun and goodies including giveaways, events and delicious recipes.

Pop over to the American Lamb website and find out your “Lamb Language of Love” by taking their Lamb Lovers Libs quiz! EWE could be a “Classic Romantic”, “Homebody Lover” or even “Looking for Love”. And the best part?  EWE will be entered in a contest to win one of these LAMBTASTIC prizes!

  • Week One: 8 American Lamb Shanks & a Dutch Oven
  • Week Two:  Racks & Roses – 2 Racks of American Lamb & a Dozen Roses
  • Week Three:  5 Pounds of Ground American Lamb & Moscow Mule Mugs (8)
  • Week Four:  $500 gift card to Sur La Table

Stop by the American Lamb Experience at the Seattle Wine and Food Experience where you will enjoy Brews & Ewes! Featuring Stella Artois, 10 Barrel, Elysian Brewing and Goose Island paired with four chefs and their creative American Lamb inspired bites. Find the best beer pairing for these lamb bites including:

The Fairmont Olympic – Chef Gavin Stephenson
Smoked lamb meatballs with celeriac gnocchi

Frol!k Kitchen & Cocktails – Chef Adam Stevenson
Soy and ginger braised lamb with sesame sticky rice cake and lemon grass curry aioli

Trellis Restaurant – Chef Brian Scheehser
Lamb pastrami on a pretzel crisp with sauerkraut mustard

Uli’s Famous Sausage – Uli Lengenberg
Lamb sausage

Touring and Tasting the Northwest

Northwest Travel and Life magazine brings together an exhibit from a variety of Northwest regions from Alaska to Oregon showcasing the growing agri-tourism from each region. Taste from a variety of their regionally grown and produced products ranging from honey to wine and cider to chocolate.

Explore the Gourmet Archipelago of San Juan Islands
SanJuansFresh, local food and farms have been an essential part of island life in the San Juan Islands for generations. Experience a simpler time as you eat fresh oysters, clams and crab overlooking a shellfish farm at sunset, stroll through purple fields of culinary lavender or sip wine in a vineyard garden. Pick up salad greens, fruits and vegetables, grass-fed lamb, or fresh eggs for your breakfast at one of the islands’ many roadside farm stands. The range of farm-to-table experiences is almost endless, from a farm-to-table dinner at one of the many island restaurants, to a relaxing stay at a country inn nestled next to a farmer’s garden, to bustling farmers markets on Lopez and Orcas Islands, as well as the newly expanded San Juan Island market at Brickworks in Friday Harbor. All year round you’ll find quality local products, wine and beer dinners and other educational events. Experience the sense of community shared by island growers, fishers, ranchers, winemakers, distillers, brewers, chefs and other agricultural artisans who invite you to share the bounty of the islands.

Local and Delicious Olympic Peninsula
OlympicPeninsulaBeneath the pristine waters of the Olympic Peninsula’s shorelines are bountiful shellfish beds were oysters, shrimp, giant geoduck, clams and all manner of delicacies thrive. Our glacier-turned soils are rich for growing and our numerous micro climates are perfect for farming heirloom grains, vegetables and hard cider apples. Grass fed beef and milk cows, apiaries, lavender farms, fruits, berries and even hops are grown all around the Peninsula. Local bakeries transform local grains, our dairy farms partner with creameries to produce award winning cheese, our cider-route is world-class, and we invite you to travel the Olympic Culinary Loop as taste every bite of the benefits

Beautiful Eastern Oregon
EasternOregonFood just tastes better when consumed close to the source. Some folks know Eastern Oregon for its beautiful landscapes, fresh air and crystal streams, all of which inspire artists and contribute to the flavor of everything grown here. Some know you can dine on trout plucked from a mountain lake; cut into a succulent steak raised on the region’s lush pastures and sage-scented hills; savor herbs, greens and vegetables picked from a backyard garden; bite into incredible chocolates infused with lavender grown next door, or cheese made within earshot of Bessie, who gave us the milk. Their microbrews, wines and spirits frequently win national and international accolades, you’ll want to rate them yourself! Let’s face it – most people have never set foot in Oregon’s “Out East,“ let alone savored its flavors. They’re trying to change that.

Seafood at the Source, Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula
LongBeachBordered by ocean, river and bay, the Long Beach Peninsula is known for its abundance of ultra-fresh fish and seafood and the talented chefs whose splendid preparations make for mouthwatering fare. World famous Willapa Bay oysters, mythical spring-caught Chinook salmon, prized Dungeness crab and the ever elusive razor clam are among its many riches. This 28-mile long finger of land is also home to century-old cranberry bogs, some yielding the first certified organic berries in the state. The region’s edible wild mushrooms are plentiful and celebrated. Artisan food producers and specialty farms complete the mix of culinary offerings.

Culinary Exploration in Sitka Alaska
AlaskaPureSeaSaltLocated in the wildest corner of the Pacific Northwest, Sitka is home to Alaska’s premier sustainable fisheries and celebrates a long history of local foraging. It’s astounding beauty and pristine waters are the lifeblood of this vital community. Alaska Pure Sea Salt is hand crafted from the same clean, cold water. This little known destination is the definition of wild, pure culinary exploration.

Fresh and Local in Ellensburg, Washington
EllensburgAcres of pristinely cared for orchards and fields of fresh produce are prevalent in an area where U-pick farms and local farmers markets thrive. Producing the majority of the state’s grapes, apples and other soft fruits, Kittitas County lies in the heart of Washington State. With over 19,000 residents employed in the wine industry, you can only imagine the miles of grape orchards and the delectable fine wines that are created! The Terroir of the Kittitas Valley ripens late, producing low yields with small berry size, deep color and great concentration of fruit flavors. The temperatures may be 3-5 F cooler on average from the rest of the Columbia Valley AVA, but the increased hours of sunlight from a more Northerly latitude during the middle of the growing season provide optimal conditions for intense fruit flavors in the wine. Ellensburg, Washington prides themselves on the level of quality, freshness and locally-sourced ingredients that are used to create the magnificent menus in many popular, locally-owned restaurants, wineries and breweries. Satisfy your taste buds with a variety of flavors today in our one of kind, historical location!

 

QFC Sets The Standard – Part 2

For Part 1 of this article click here.

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!

 

POP! Brings the Bounty of the Sea

POP! Bubbles & Seafood Oystersbrings the bounty of the sea to McCaw Hall on Saturday, February 20. More than 40 sparkling wines from around the world will be paired with bites from 16 of Seattle top restaurants.

Seafood bites include:

Anthony’s
Freshly shucked Pacific Northwest oyster on the half-shell topped with crème fraiche and caviar

Artusi/Spinasse
Salt cod with paddlefish caviar and sesame crisp

Barking Frog
Ahi (raw), foie gras, black garlic, radish, beet, olive oil

Bling Pig Bistro
Clam escabeche and smoked lardo toast

Copperleaf Restaurant
Smoked sable fish

Duke’s Chowder House
Kickin’ wild Alaska salmon and organic potato prawn cake drizzled with basil citrus vinaigrette

Gnocchi Bar
Dish to be Announced

Lloyd Martin
Tuna tartare with mango and shrimp puff

Long Beach Peninsula
Smoked oysters, smoked salmon and smoked tuna

Naka Kaiseki
King crab with miso vinaigrette

Orfeo
Alaskan spot prawn crudo with kumquat nage, pickled radishes and chiogga beet relish

Savor … McCaw Hall
Tuna poke with mango, pineapple, wasabi pudding, avocado, lime

Triple chocolate mousse with griottines, hazelnut crunch and spiced orange gelee

Seattle Caviar
Mini caviar pies with paddlefish, salmon and golden whitefish caviar

Taylor Shellfish
Shigoku, Kumamoto and Pacific Oysters

Trace
Shrimp and crab wonton ravioli with green Thai potato curry

Tulio
Scallop, preserved wild mushrooms and white truffles

To add a sweet note to the event three pastry chefs from Ethan Stowell Restaurants, Dahlia Bakery and Snoqualmie Casino will present desserts in the Cacao Berry Chocolate Salon.

For a full list of the sparkling wines and other fantastic elements at the event visit seattlewineandfoodexperience.com/pop-bubbles-seafood.

Top 10 Reasons to Attend Pop! Bubbles & Seafood on February 20

Pop! Bubbles & Seafood returns on Saturday, February 20 to kick off the Seattle Wine and Food Experience (SWFE) epicurean weekend February 20-21. POP! takes place in a new location — the elegant McCaw Hall (321 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109) — in the heart of the Seattle Center. Presented by Seattle Magazine, the celebration brings together the bounty of sustainable seafood from the Pacific Northwest with sparkling wines across the globe.

Back for its second appearance, Pop! Bubbles & Seafood teases the taste buds and refreshes the palate with a range of culinary and drink options. Jamie Peha, event producer and president of Peha Promotions, asked her team of experts to advise on the top 10 reasons to attend Pop! Bubbles & Seafood. Number one on the list is bubbles!

Pop! Bubbles & Seafood Top 10 List:

  1. Bubbles! Expect more than 40 sparkling wines from around the world: Washington, California and other American sparkling, Spanish Cava, French Champagne, Italian Prosecco and Alsatian Cremant. Yashar Shayan, certified sommelier and founder of Impulse Wine, shares his top three favorite bubbles to be featured at Pop. 1) Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Reserve, “It’s a fun, nuttier style, and highly affordable among Champagnes,” says Shayan. 2) Piper Heidsieck Brut non vintage, “this brut is a generously rich style, very creamy, with lots of biscuit notes and a great value, that delivers a lot of flavor.” 3) Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Blanc, “this is a great example of well made American sparkling. It’s very toasty and lush, with clean apple flavors, and a crisp finish,” says Shayan.
  2. Seafood — 16 local chefs prepare their favorite gourmet seafood bites to pair perfectly with all those bubbles. Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute pairs up with Copperleaf, Orfeo and Rockcreek.  For a full chef list visit seattlewineandfoodexperience.com/pop-bubbles-seafood/.
  3. New Location — Now held at the tony McCaw Hall, this central, iconic location in the heart of Seattle Center is the perfect setting for this sparkling Pacific Northwest evening.
  4. Fun Holiday Gift Surprise your friends and loved ones with a ticket to Pop! Bubbles & Seafood this holiday season. Stocking stuffer, perhaps?
  5. Oysters Learn all about these bi-valves in The Oyster Room and explore multiple shucked varieties presented by Taylor Shellfish and hosted by cookbook author and culinary expert, Cynthia Nims. Take home a taste of the evening with a signed copy of Nims’ new book,Oysters! Recipes that Bring Home a Taste of the Sea.
  6. Drinks — Ninkasi Brewing Company based in Eugene, Oregon, makes its debut appearance at POP! Focused on quality, founders Nikos and Jamie strived for company that represented what beer meant to them – a source of community and the root of human existence. Glass Vodka is pure, smooth and artfully created, and it is distilled from grapes from Washington and Oregon. Enjoy signature cocktails created by Glass Vodka and San Pellegrino.
  7. New Reserve Red Room Taste premiere red wines hand selected from top producers including: The Bunnell Family Cellar, DeLille Cellars, Forgeron Cellars, Lauren Ashton Cellars, Martedi Winery, OS Winery, Otis Kenyon, Owen Roe, Robert Ramsay (all Washington) and Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars from the Napa Valley.
  8. Caviar  Seattle Caviar, the Pacific Northwest’s premiere caviar house, specializes in sustainable caviar, fresh truffles and foie gras and offers POP! attendees a taste of decadence.
  9. Tunes and Flutes Expect fun music to dance the night away with “the best DJ in the city” DJ Dubré Hayes of Dubreezy Entertainment.  Sip bubbles from your take-home glass — a newly released high-end crystal Zwilling Prédicat Champagne Flute.
  10. Chocolate Salon — Cacao Barry sponsors selected pastry chefs in the Chocolate Salon including Dionne Himmelfarb of Ethan Stowell Restaurants and Stacy Fortner of Tom Douglas Restaurants.

Tickets are limited and will sell out. The Top 10 List is just the beginning. Pop! Bubbles & Seafood is a benefit for Les Dames d’Escoffier Seattle. Purchase tickets here.

Second Annual Seattle Wine and Food Experience Wine Awards Represent the Best of the West

Seattle Wine and Food Experience is pleased to announce the results of its second annual Wine Awards. More than 65 wineries submitted 190 wines for the awards in a variety of styles from red and white to sparkling and dessert. The wines were tasted and awarded medals by Great Northwest Wine’s tasting panel, led by longtime Northwest wine journalists Andy Perdue and Eric Degerman. The panel judged the wines under blind conditions, not knowing the producers, region of origin or prices. Wines were awarded gold, silver and bronze medal and 10 were given top honors:

  • Best in Show: Michael David Winery 2012 Cabernet Franc, Lodi
  • Best Red: Michael David Winery 2012 Cabernet Franc, Lodi
  • Best White: Franciscan Estate 2013 Equilibrium, Napa Valley
  • Best Sparkling: Gloria Ferrer NV Sonoma Brut, Sonoma County
  • Best of Class: 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards 2012 Reserve Merlot, Snake River Valley
  • Best of Class: Alexandria Nicole Cellars 2013 Destiny Ridge Vineyard Jet Black Syrah, Horse Heaven Hills
  • Best of Class: Darighe 2010 Proprietor’s Blend, Columbia Valley
  • Best of Class: Dussek Family Cellars 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
  • Best of Class: Michael David Winery 2013 Chardonnay, Lodi
  • Best of Class: Serra Vineyards 2011 Pinot Noir, Rogue Valley

“We don’t think about region when we are judging. We think about the wines, their balance, flavors and varietal tendencies. The Michael David Cabernet Franc was a classic and hands down the best red wine of the competition,” said Andy Perdue, editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. “It quickly rose above the others, thanks to a combination of varietal correctness, beautiful balance and combination of perfect ripeness.”

For a full list of award winners including gold, silver and bronze winners click here


“The awards program was created to give wineries an opportunity to have their wines tasted by top wine professionals on the West Coast,” said Jamie Peha, president of Peha Promotions, TableTalk Northwest and producer of SWFE. “Because Seattle Wine and Food Experience is open to all wine regions it gives wineries an opportunity to be tasted on a broader scale.”

The SWFE Wine Awards have garnered press of their own in Great Northwest Wine, Mail Tribune, Wine Business Daily and Woodinville Wine Update.