“Woodinville in a Day” with Sennen David

With so many options for sipping, eating and staying active, it can be hard to know where to start in Woodinville Wine Country. Sennen David is the VP of Marketing & Culture and Beverage Director for Ethan Stowell Restaurants, a popular restaurant group in Seattle. Although the many hats he wears at ESR keeps him busy, he took some time to share with us how he would spend a day in Woodinville Wine Country.  Check out his full-day itinerary for a round-up of some of his favorites.

Questions:

  • Name: Sennen David
  • Job Title, Company: Food & Beverage Director, Ethan Stowell Restaurants
  • Current Location: Ballard, Seattle, WA
  • Favorite Varietal: Nebbiolo (All Time), Nerello Mascalese (at the moment)
  • Cocktail of Choice: Mezcal neat and any beer from Holy Mountain
  • Favorite Events in Woodinville: Concerts at Chateau Ste. Michelle, Barking Frog ‘Iron Vintner’ head to head winemaker cooking competition, The Annual Columbia Winery Fun Run
  • Favorite Restaurant(s) in Woodinville: The best meal I have ever had in Woodinville was when I showed up to the Mark Ryan tasting room only to be greeted with a spread from Ezell’s. 
  • Favorite Tasting Rooms in Woodinville: Mark Ryan, Avennia, àMaurice, EFESTĒ, Gorman Winery, and Two Vintners.

“Woodinville in a Day” with Sennen David

 

  • Favorite Non-Wine Activities in Woodinville: I have to be honest here and say that my most frequent Woodinville activity is hitting up that Hanna Andersson Outlet with my 3-year-old daughter. It isn’t even fair. Those peddlers of cuteness completely own me and send me at least 3 emails a day.
  • If you only had one day to spend in Woodinville, what would you do?
    • Morning: Arrive via extended bike ride on the Burke Gilman Trail
    • Afternoon: Tasting Rooms all Day ending with Cadillac Margaritas at Mi Tierra
    • Evening: Wu Tang Clan at Chateau Ste. Michelle (I call the shots on my Woodinville day!)

“Woodinville in a Day” with Sennen David

What of Sennen’s favorites are also your favorite or on your must-try list? Let us help you plan your next visit to Woodinville by signing up for our newsletter, checking out events on our online calendar, or let us curate a tasting itinerary for you by purchasing one of the Woodinville Wine passes.

Photo cred: Sennen David (Ethan Stowell Restaurants), Avennia (Avennia Winery), woman with bike (Carol Hook).

 

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Northwest Wine Brands Increasingly Pour Into Cans

OPB News
June 10, 2019

Several years ago, Union Wine Company of Tualatin, Oregon, put some wine in cans for a food festival. It was such a hit, says owner Ryan Harms, he decided to do it as his main business.

“I think there are a lot of indicators that are helping us feel confident about our continued investment and what we’re doing,” Harms says. Now, Union ships its Underwood-branded cans to 49 states and 11 countries. Other big wineries have noticed. Just in the last year, the wine-in-can category has grown by more than 100% across the nation, measured by the volume of units sold. The third largest winery in the nation is Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, based in Woodinville, Washington. Now, it’s pouring huge amounts of wine into aluminum cans under its 14 Hands brand. Read the entire article featuring J. Bookwalter and more on OPB News

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10 of the Best Wineries and Vineyards in the U.S. to Host Your Wedding

Wine Enthusiast
June 14, 2019

From picking vendors and choosing outfits to all the other little details, wedding planning is a full-time job. But one task we can simplify? The venue.

Wineries and vineyards provide a gorgeous backdrop, and their wines can make your drinks menu a breeze. Your vendor is essentially on site, which can help with planning and logistics, as well as provides a unique experience for guests.

Read the entire article featuring Columbia Winery on the Wine Enthusiast

Photo cred: Clara Ganey Photography

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Adventures Through Woodinville Wine Country

Adventures Through Woodinville Wine Country” by Jennifer Matthewson for The Daily Blender recaps her visit with nice mentions of the new shuttle, Cellar Hopper and Woodinville Wine Pass! She also included a fun video slideshow of Willows Lodge, with a general Woodinville video in the works. Online article link: https://dailyblender.com/2019/06/adventures-through-woodinville-wine-country/

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Fun Things to do on an Eastside Lunch Break

The Seattle Times
June 7, 2019

Sure, the Eastside is known for behemoth tech companies with on-campus cafeterias. But Redmond, Kirkland and Bellevue workers can also use their lunch hour to explore the Eastside’s fun, natural and innovative diversions, including outdoor hikes, quirky VR breaks and yes, stand-up paddleboard yoga.

Ready to go? Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Rent a canoe, learn about freshwater wetlands in the interpretive center and select a short hike from seven miles of trails at Mercer Slough Nature Park, Bellevue’s in-city nature respite.

While we no longer live in a “Mad Men” era of two-martini lunches, you may be able to sneak off for quick wine tasting in Woodinville wine country,where most tasting rooms open at 11 a.m. or noon. Or go ahead and take a Friday afternoon off — we won’t tell  — and leave the driving to the Cellar Hopper, which offers a “hop-on, hop-off” shuttle service between the various districts, tasting rooms and points of interest. Cheers! Read the entire article on The Seattle Times

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The Best, and Worst, Cities for Staycations in the U.S. – Woodinville

Press Release
June 2019

Matador Network mentioned Woodinville in the online round-up “The Best, and Worst, Cities for Staycations in the U.S.,” identified as an “unexplored gem” for locals in Seattle. Online here: https://matadornetwork.com/read/best-worst-staycations-cities/

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Father’s Day in Woodinville Wine Country

Father’s Day is only a few weeks away and we have some ideas for how you can spend the day with your dad. Create wonderful memories with your dad with a glass of something great and some fun time together.

Adventura
Get Dad out to Adventura for Father’s Day weekend! Dads (and father figures!) climb free in any of the weekend PlayDay sessions on June 15th and 16th, with purchase of one full price PlayDay pass. Celebrate dad 60ft off the ground as you explore all their aerial ropes course has to offer, including an exciting zipline finish. Mention “Father’s Day” to reserve your spots!

Chateau Ste. Michelle
Chateau Ste. Michelle has two Father’s Day experiences you can choose from: Private Salon Experiences and  Savor the Northwest Flavor tasting. You can also gift him an engraved bottle (available for purchase) with ‘Happy Father’s Day’.

Matthew’s Winery
Matthew’s Winery is open for Father’s Day and invite you to join! They are offering complimentary 2 for 1 tastings for all dads and the full tasting menu. With sunshine envisioned, the entire patio area welcomes you while the upper lawn will feature games for the family. Anthony’s Finn food truck will also be onsite all afternoon providing food for purchase.

Sol Stone Winery
Sol Stone invites you to the Annual Dads & Dogs event on Father’s Day Weekend. Grab your pup (and the leash) and come on down for the festivities. There will be complimentary Hot Dogs for Humans, with donations benefiting Homeward Pet Adoption Center and Guide Dogs for The Blind.

No need to bark… they will have treats for you doggies too. Wet Noses, a local organic pet food company, will offer treats to sample and purchase. As always, some proceeds from Sol Stone’s Grateful Red Blend go to the Guide Dogs. See ya there. Woof!

Washington Brewer’s Festival
Although not in Woodinville Wine Country, nearby in Marymoor Park, the 14th annual Washington Brewer’s Festival is happening June 14th-16th featuring many Woodinville breweries including 20 Corners Brewing, Bosk Brew Works, Crucible Brewing, Fish Brewing, Sumerian Brewing, and Triplehorn Brewing. Crowds not your thing? Our Woodinville breweries will be open all weekend long so you can also bring Dad by for a casual pint.

Willows Lodge
In honor of dad, during the month of June, The Spa at Willows Lodge is featuring a “Hydra & Hops” package that includes:

  • 30 minute express HydraFacial for dad. The four-step process includes deep cleansing, exfoliation, extractions and soothing hydration. This gentle treatment will improve the overall tone and texture of your skin making it much easier to get a closer shave.
  • 1 glass of Sumerian Holy Water beer
  • 15% off a 60-minute service for your significant other
  • The special is available Sunday through Friday at $199

 

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What’s Up NW – Woodinville Wine Pass, Cellar Hopper and Starline Tours

Press Release
May 22, 2019

What’s Up NW featured the Woodinville Wine Pass, Cellar Hopper and Starline Tours in their online story “Say Hello to the Woodinville Wine Express, Cellar Hopper and Wine Pass This Summer.”

Online link: https://whatsupnw.com/2019/05/say-hello-to-the-woodinville-wine-express-and-cellar-hopper-this-summer/

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