The Best of Valentine’s Day: Deals and Events in Woodinville Wine Country

Is it really Valentine’s Day without wine? Woodinville Wine Country has special offers and events all month long whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day or just a special occasion with family and friends. We hope to see you in wine country soon!  

Auclair Winery
Bring your special someone and enjoy 2 for 1 tastings and 25% off bottles of our highly rated Cabernet Franc on Saturday, 2/16.

Brian Carter Cellars
Join Brian Carter Cellars for a Wine & Chocolate Pairing on February 9th 1-4pm
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, enjoy a romantic afternoon with Wellington Chocolate. This local Woodinville chocolatier will be serving up samples of their fine chocolates and toffee to enjoy with our European-inspired blended wines. To make the day extra special, winemaker Brian Carter will be on hand pouring a vertical tasting of Opulento (2013, 2014, & 2015) to round out your pairing with these exquisite chocolates. Specials that day include discounts on the Opulento three-pack vertical and discounts on Opulento & Chocolate combinations, packaged ready for Valentine’s Day.

Cave B Estate Winery
Enjoy special pricing on the ‘Cave Couple’ duo. The Cavewoman White is a delicious white blend and the Caveman is our red blend. Also try the 2018 Dry Rose’ and 2016 unoaked Chardonnay. Both popular and tasting amazing right now!

Chateau Ste. Michelle
On February 9th and 10th, the Chateau is hosting ‘Speak to Me in Chocolate,’ a seated tasting in the theater where you will learn about wine and chocolate, how to pair the two, and listen as they speak to you in chocolate. Come Indulge! On Saturday February 16th they are also hosting a Valentine’s Day chef’s dinner from 7pm – 10pm featuring dishes that are sure to warm your heart and spice up your night. Throughout the month of February you will receive 15% off all Winery Experiences (excluding Enoteca, Col Solare Bottega, and Single Vineyard tasting), perfect for couples or groups. The BLEND experience is perfect for any celebration and you even have the chance to leave with a bottle of your own creation to document the special occasion.

DeLille Cellars
DeLille Cellars is offering their ‘Just D2 of Us’ and ‘Opposites Attract’ gift sets for Valentine’s Day at special prices. Just D2 of Us includes the 25th vintage of D2, two DeLille Cellars logo glasses, and D2-infused chocolates in a gift box while Opposites Attract features the Chaleur Blanc (white Bordeaux-style blend) and 25th vintage of D2 (red Bordeaux-style blend) in a gift box. They will also be bringing back a limited amount of Rosé for February.

J. Bookwalter Wines
Stop by the J. Bookwalter Tasting Studio in Woodinville on Saturday, February 9th for a Valentine’s Day Stella & Dot Pop Up! They will be offering specials and promos all day to help you find the perfect bottle of wine for your Valentine’s Day Dinner. This event is free to attend, don’t miss out on this shopping and sipping afternoon!

Milbrandt Vineyards
Beginning February 14th through the 17th, Milbrandt Vineyards will be pouring their new release of the 2018 Rosé and all wine tastings will include a complimentary sample. Wine Club Members can visit the Members Only Rosé Lounge on Sat., February 16th 1pm – 5pm for snacks and rosé-themed surprises!

Skylite Cellars
The Woodinville tasting room is proud to offer their Sweetheart Trio for $59 between Feb 13-17 (reg $76) which includes one bottle each of:
2017 Vera Akito: Semillon, Sauv Blanc, Muscat
2017 Vera Rose: 100% Grenache
2017 VRM: Viognier, Rousanne, Marsanne
The VERA series is named after winemaker Greg Matiko’s daughter, who’s birthday is also in 2017. Vera, meaning faithful and true, makes this Skylite Cellars trio the ideal Valentine offering for your sweetheart! Plus, on Feb 16th RSVP to their Perfect Pairings event — Lovers of Wine & Lovers of Cheese! Between 12-7pm you will enjoy perfectly matched Skylite wines with individual gourmet cheese plates! $20; RSVPs required; Contact Sharon@skylitecellars.com.

The Best of Valentine’s Day: Deals and Events in Woodinville Wine Country

Willows Lodge
The Do Not Disturb Package is perfect for a quick romantic overnight getaway for Valentine’s Day or anytime! Rates start at $419/night.
Reserve your spot on Open Table at The Barking Frog for their special Valentine’s Day Pri Fixe Menu. Chef Bobby and team are serving up a sumptuous menu available Feb. 14-17 $80.00 per person, plus tax and gratuity/wine pairings $45 course. Limited seating available.

The Best of Valentine’s Day: Deals and Events in Woodinville Wine Country

[photo cred:] Willows Lodge, Milbrandt Vineyards, Skylite Cellars

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Dirty Bucket Brewing, Merging with Neighbor and Changing Name

Dirty Bucket Brewing is located in Woodinville, Washington right next to Locust Cider. Steve Acord, the owner of Dirty Bucket Brewing, recently announced that he is merging his company with the cidery next door. The result, the brewery formerly known as Dirty Bucket will soon be known as Locust Brewing.

Re-branding like this can be rough, especially when your current brand has been around for seven years, like Dirty Bucket Brewing. That’s a point not wasted on the folks at Dirty Bucket, but Steve says that he looks forward to the new partnership and the opportunities for creativity that it will provide.

“We are breaking down walls, literally and figuratively,” he said in a statement on Facebook.>>>Read the entire article on The Washington Beer Blog

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Dirty Bucket Brewing, Merging with Neighbor and Changing Name

Dirty Bucket Brewing is located in Woodinville, Washington right next to Locust Cider. Steve Acord, the owner of Dirty Bucket Brewing, recently announced that he is merging his company with the cidery next door. The result, the brewery formerly known as Dirty Bucket will soon be known as Locust Brewing.

Re-branding like this can be rough, especially when your current brand has been around for seven years, like Dirty Bucket Brewing. That’s a point not wasted on the folks at Dirty Bucket, but Steve says that he looks forward to the new partnership and the opportunities for creativity that it will provide.

“We are breaking down walls, literally and figuratively,” he said in a statement on Facebook.>>>Read the entire article on The Washington Beer Blog

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Dirty Bucket Brewing, Merging with Neighbor and Changing Name

Dirty Bucket Brewing is located in Woodinville, Washington right next to Locust Cider. Steve Acord, the owner of Dirty Bucket Brewing, recently announced that he is merging his company with the cidery next door. The result, the brewery formerly known as Dirty Bucket will soon be known as Locust Brewing.

Re-branding like this can be rough, especially when your current brand has been around for seven years, like Dirty Bucket Brewing. That’s a point not wasted on the folks at Dirty Bucket, but Steve says that he looks forward to the new partnership and the opportunities for creativity that it will provide.

“We are breaking down walls, literally and figuratively,” he said in a statement on Facebook.>>>Read the entire article on The Washington Beer Blog

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The Diversity of Washington Wine

Wine Enthusiast
December 19, 2018

Although the state grows many varieties, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling, they all share distinct qualities that make them uniquely Washington.

Washington grows grape varieties ranging from Aglianico to Zinfandel. Still, a connective thread runs through the state’s wines.

In general, these wines bring together a New World ripeness of flavor (think of the opulence of fruit from wine regions like California and Australia) with an Old World type of acid and tannin structure (similar to the austerity of the wines from places like France and Italy). This creates an expression that straddles the two styles, but remains distinct to Washington. What makes the state’s wines taste the way they do? It’s a combination of three factors: geography, geology and climate.

A Tale of Two Climates

“When I travel, people always say, ‘It’s cold and rainy [in Washington]. How do you ripen Cabernet?’” says Winemaker/Partner Chris Peterson of Avennia. >>>Read the entire article on Wine Enthusiast

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The Diversity of Washington Wine

Wine Enthusiast
December 19, 2018

Although the state grows many varieties, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling, they all share distinct qualities that make them uniquely Washington.

Washington grows grape varieties ranging from Aglianico to Zinfandel. Still, a connective thread runs through the state’s wines.

In general, these wines bring together a New World ripeness of flavor (think of the opulence of fruit from wine regions like California and Australia) with an Old World type of acid and tannin structure (similar to the austerity of the wines from places like France and Italy). This creates an expression that straddles the two styles, but remains distinct to Washington. What makes the state’s wines taste the way they do? It’s a combination of three factors: geography, geology and climate.

A Tale of Two Climates

“When I travel, people always say, ‘It’s cold and rainy [in Washington]. How do you ripen Cabernet?’” says Winemaker/Partner Chris Peterson of Avennia. >>>Read the entire article on Wine Enthusiast

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The Diversity of Washington Wine

Wine Enthusiast
December 19, 2018

Although the state grows many varieties, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling, they all share distinct qualities that make them uniquely Washington.

Washington grows grape varieties ranging from Aglianico to Zinfandel. Still, a connective thread runs through the state’s wines.

In general, these wines bring together a New World ripeness of flavor (think of the opulence of fruit from wine regions like California and Australia) with an Old World type of acid and tannin structure (similar to the austerity of the wines from places like France and Italy). This creates an expression that straddles the two styles, but remains distinct to Washington. What makes the state’s wines taste the way they do? It’s a combination of three factors: geography, geology and climate.

A Tale of Two Climates

“When I travel, people always say, ‘It’s cold and rainy [in Washington]. How do you ripen Cabernet?’” says Winemaker/Partner Chris Peterson of Avennia. >>>Read the entire article on Wine Enthusiast

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2018 Wine Harvest Report: Oregon and Washington Vintners Are Pleased Despite a Hot Summer

Wine Spectator
December 17, 2018

Rain and cooler temperatures arrived just in time to produce balanced wines

Washington withstands the heat

To the north, 2018 delivered a kind growing season for Washington vintners. “The first surprise was how long it lasted,” said Mike Januik, winemaker at Novelty Hill and Januik wineries. “But it was a great vintage overall.”

As in Oregon, Washington experienced a warm growing season, but one balanced by moderate weather as harvest approached. “It was a hot start to the vintage and for a while we thought it would be the hottest on record,” said Juan Muñoz-Oca, head winemaker at Ste. Michelle Wine Estates.

“In June we had very nice weather, and then it got hot all of July and most of August,” said Cayuse winemaker Christophe Baron.

Just before Labor Day, a brief rain shower moved through the state. It brought a breath of cooler air that lasted through much of September and October. “The weather was just perfect,” said Muñoz-Oca. “It was warm, but not hot, during the day and really cold at night.” Read the entire article on Wine Spectator

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2018 Wine Harvest Report: Oregon and Washington Vintners Are Pleased Despite a Hot Summer

Wine Spectator
December 17, 2018

Rain and cooler temperatures arrived just in time to produce balanced wines

Washington withstands the heat

To the north, 2018 delivered a kind growing season for Washington vintners. “The first surprise was how long it lasted,” said Mike Januik, winemaker at Novelty Hill and Januik wineries. “But it was a great vintage overall.”

As in Oregon, Washington experienced a warm growing season, but one balanced by moderate weather as harvest approached. “It was a hot start to the vintage and for a while we thought it would be the hottest on record,” said Juan Muñoz-Oca, head winemaker at Ste. Michelle Wine Estates.

“In June we had very nice weather, and then it got hot all of July and most of August,” said Cayuse winemaker Christophe Baron.

Just before Labor Day, a brief rain shower moved through the state. It brought a breath of cooler air that lasted through much of September and October. “The weather was just perfect,” said Muñoz-Oca. “It was warm, but not hot, during the day and really cold at night.” Read the entire article on Wine Spectator

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2018 Wine Harvest Report: Oregon and Washington Vintners Are Pleased Despite a Hot Summer

Wine Spectator
December 17, 2018

Rain and cooler temperatures arrived just in time to produce balanced wines

Washington withstands the heat

To the north, 2018 delivered a kind growing season for Washington vintners. “The first surprise was how long it lasted,” said Mike Januik, winemaker at Novelty Hill and Januik wineries. “But it was a great vintage overall.”

As in Oregon, Washington experienced a warm growing season, but one balanced by moderate weather as harvest approached. “It was a hot start to the vintage and for a while we thought it would be the hottest on record,” said Juan Muñoz-Oca, head winemaker at Ste. Michelle Wine Estates.

“In June we had very nice weather, and then it got hot all of July and most of August,” said Cayuse winemaker Christophe Baron.

Just before Labor Day, a brief rain shower moved through the state. It brought a breath of cooler air that lasted through much of September and October. “The weather was just perfect,” said Muñoz-Oca. “It was warm, but not hot, during the day and really cold at night.” Read the entire article on Wine Spectator

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