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How to Live Life Boldly: Looking at the Life of Frida Kahlo Through Art Making and Wine Tasting

Angst Gallery is hosting a bold new event that explores that mysterious, delightful intersection between the fully engaged creative life, the artistic process, and—most importantly—wine. “How to Live Life Boldly: Looking at the Life of Frida Kahlo Through Art Making and Wine Tasting,” is a brief workshop led by artist Erin Dengerink and Niche Wine Bar proprietor/Angst Gallery owner Leah Jackson.

Come to Angst Gallery in downtown Vancouver from 6 to 8 p.m. for an exploration of Kahlo’s series of artworks that were inspired by her time spent in New York City. Kahlo (in case you didn’t know) was a famous Mexican artist who drew on her own life story to create passionate, surrealist paintings. Kahlo’s work about New York depicts her reaction to her  experiences in the city. Her work could be political, personal, and fantastical. Attendees will look at images of Kahlo’s artwork, discuss the ideas and symbols in her paintings, and experiment with making their own artwork based on Kahlo’s dynamic and psychological paintings.

The workshop will be paired with a tasting of wines that inspired by Frida’s persona. Students will taste and discuss the wines and no doubt be moved to wonder by the world of art and the art of wine. No prior wine knowledge needed and no artistic experience is necessary—beginners welcome! The cost is $35 per person and includes drawing materials, paper, and wine tasting. Angst Gallery is located at 1015 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. To sign up, email Jackson at nichewine@gmail.com. This workshop is part of “The Art of Knowing,” is a new series of workshops which will pair great wines with the work of great artists from around the world.

Summer Fun at Cellar 55

Enjoy the sunny summer days and soft summer evenings with a glass of wine (or two) at Cellar 55‘s beautiful outdoor patio area. The tasting room’s expanded summer hours are Wednesdays from noon to 6 p.m., Thursdays from noon to 8 p.m., Fridays from noon to 9 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 8 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. or by appointment. Come during Happy Hour—Wednesdays through Fridays from 2 to 6 p.m. and all day Sunday—for $2 off all glasses of wine and $2 or more off all cheese and charcuterie items, including Chop & Olympia Provisions salami.

From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, June 30, you can enjoy talented singer and songwriter, Marianne Flemming. She’ll entertain you with a night of blues-infused classic and alt rock under the grapevines on the patio. Flemming is a sought-after performer who has opened for the likes of music greats Donovan and Taj Mahal.

While you’re there, show your patriotic spirit by purchasing all the red, white, and rosé wines you’ll need for your Fourth of July celebration. Enjoy a wine tasting featuring wines that are perfect for boat parties, barbecues, or just watching the fireworks from your deck.

To learn more about Cellar 55 Tasting Room and find out about upcoming events, visit cellar55tastingroom.com.

Friday Happy Hour, Live Music with Marianne Flemming at Cellar 55

Enjoy the sunny summer days and soft summer evenings with a glass of wine (or two) at Cellar 55‘s beautiful outdoor patio area. The tasting room’s expanded summer hours are Wednesdays from noon to 6 p.m., Thursdays from noon to 8 p.m., Fridays from noon to 9 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 8 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. or by appointment. Come during Happy Hour—Wednesdays through Fridays from 2 to 6 p.m. and all day Sunday—for $2 off all glasses of wine and $2 or more off all cheese and charcuterie items, including Chop & Olympia Provisions salami.

From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, June 30, you can enjoy talented singer and songwriter, Marianne Flemming. She’ll entertain you with a night of blues-infused classic and alt rock under the grapevines on the patio. Flemming is a sought-after performer who has opened for the likes of music greats Donovan and Taj Mahal.

While you’re there, show your patriotic spirit by purchasing all the red, white, and rosé wines you’ll need for your Fourth of July celebration. Enjoy a wine tasting featuring wines that are perfect for boat parties, barbecues, or just watching the fireworks from your deck.

To learn more about Cellar 55 Tasting Room and find out about upcoming events, visit cellar55tastingroom.com.

Fourth Thursday Wine Tasting at Latte Da

Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar brings the region’s best wines to you with monthly wine tastings on the fourth Thursday of each month. Come to Latte Da any time from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to sample and learn about local wines, including which wines are best for the season and what foods they’ll pair well with. Bottles will be available to purchase, as will wine by the glass.

Fourth Thursday Wine Tastings are held Latte Da’s beautifully remodeled Wine Room. There’s no charge to attend, and you can get four tastes for $10. Complementary light refreshments will be served and there’s also lots of scrumptious things to purchase from Latte Da’s small plates menu. Latte Da is located at 205 E. 39th St. in the Lincoln neighborhood of Vancouver. To learn more, visit lattedacoffeehouse.com or check out Latte Da’s Facebook page.

Wine Tasting at Latte Da

Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar brings the region’s best wines to you with monthly wine tastings on the fourth Thursday of each month—and this month, that’s Thursday, Jan. 26. Come to Latte Da any time from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to sample and learn about local wines, including which wines are best for the season and what foods they’ll pair well with. Bottles will be available to purchase, as will wine by the glass.

Fourth Thursday Wine Tastings are held Latte Da’s beautifully remodeled Wine Room. There’s no charge to attend, and you can get four tastes for $10. Complementary light refreshments will be served and there’s also lots of scrumptious things to purchase from Latte Da’s small plates menu. Latte Da is located at 205 E. 39th St. in the Lincoln neighborhood of Vancouver. To learn more, visit lattedacoffeehouse.com or check out Latte Da’s Facebook page.

Thanksgiving Weekend Wine Tour

The Southwest Washington Winery Association invites you to celebrate Thanksgiving by…drinking more wine! Thanksgiving Weekend is the perfect, mellow time to enjoy first tastes straight from the barrel and to sample new releases. The Thanksgiving Weekend Wine Tour will be held over three days, giving you plenty of time to visit every winery on the list. Participating Southwest Washington Wineries will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25, Saturday, Nov. 26, and Sunday, Nov. 27. Tasting fees vary from winery to winery, so be sure to check websites before you plan your trip. Some wineries, like Moulton Falls and Rusty Grape, offer food like wood-fired pizza or small plates for nibbling. Wineries on the Thanksgiving Weekend Wine Tour include places in Vancouver, Ridgefield, Battle Ground and Yacolt. To see a map, visit www.swwawine.com.

There are nearly two-dozen family-owned, boutique wineries and vineyards in the local region. With an average production of only 1,000 cases per year, winemakers are still frequently in the tasting room, where you can meet them and learn their stories firsthand. Nestled between the north bank of the Columbia River and the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, the climate and soil are similar to Burgundy. The region excels at growing traditional European grapes such as Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, and Chardonnay, as well as lesser-known varietals like Golubok, Marechal-Foch and Zweigelt-Rebe. Grapes are also sourced from warmer climates nearby, like Walla Walla. Vintners in Southwest Washington are making red, white, rosé, sparking and dessert wines (try the delicious Port of Vancouver from English Estate). Many of these vintners, like Burnt Bridge Cellars in downtown Vancouver or Koi Pond in Ridgefield, have won numerous awards and are recognized in wine circles well beyond Southwest Washington.

Blind Taste Testing at Burnt Bridge Cellars

Burnt Bridge Cellars recently began hosting occasional blind taste tests of its wines to customers, and it’s proved to be both popular and fun. Test your taste buds and your wine knowledge during Burnt Bridge’s next blind taste test, happening on Friday, Oct. 14.

Drop by any time from 4 to 9 p.m., when—in addition to the usual selection of award-winning wines—you can challenge your palate to a blind tasting of four different red wines. Burnt Bridge Cellars will provide you with tasting notes (without identifying the wine, of course) and then you sample each wine. All four wines will be poured at once, so you can go back and forth between samples, “studying” with the tasting notes. Once you think you’re ready for the test, you can fill out the ballot. If you get them all right, you’ll get a $10 discount off your next Burnt Bridge purchase and be entered in a drawing to win a bottle of wine. If you DON’T guess them all correctly, you’ll still have a lot of fun!

Come back on Friday, Oct. 21, for regular wine tastings plus food from Ember and Vine and Cajun music with the Mudbugs. Burnt Bridge Cellars is located at 1500 Broadway in downtown Vancouver. To learn more, visit www.burntbridgecellars.com. or call 360-695-3363.

Scary-good Fun at Latte Da

There’s always something happening at Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar, where this popular local hang-out is scaring up a host of good things for October. Here’s a list of their October events, from puppies to painting, from live music to seasonal wine tasting—and of course there’s always good coffee and great food. Last but definitely not least, Latte Da will be hosting its annual Halloween party that’s kid-friendly and fun for grown-ups, too, with an adult pumpkin carving contest.

For more details about all the frightfully fun things on Latta Da’s fall calendar, read on:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 5, Meet the Artist: each month, Latte Da features the work of a different local artist on its walls, all of which is not only fun to look at but also available for sale. This is a great opportunity to meet the person who creates it. All ages are welcome and Latte Da will be offering its full food and drink menu, so you can make an evening of it.
  • Friday, Oct. 14, Spoken Word Writers’ Open Mic Night: Enjoy a night of spoken-aloud poetry and short stories. Sign-ups start at 5:30 p.m .and readings start at 6 p.m. All ages are welcome to attend and perform. Latte Da’s full food and drink menu will be available.
  • Saturday, Oct. 15, Pups & People Dog Meet-up: Meet your two and four-legged neighbors at Latte Da’s furry, friendly get-together. Enjoy housemade Belgian waffles with fresh strawberries and homemade whipped cream, or anything else from Latte Da’s morning menu. All ages are welcome and guests can buy a bandanas to benefit Must Love Dogs NW, a local dog rescue organization
  • Thursday, Oct. 27, Spooky Blood Red Wine Tasting: Tastings will be from 530-730pm. We will be tasting Red wines perfect for the spooky season, 4 tastings for $10. Small appetizers will be provided. Full food and drink menu will be available. Bottles and Glasses of the wines being tasted will be available for purchase.
  • Saturday, Oct. 29, Kids Halloween Party: All ages are welcome to come to Latte Da in costume from 2 to 4 p.m.! There will be Halloween-themed games, crafts and prizes. Full food and drink menu will be available.
  • Saturday, Oct. 29, Adult Pumpkin Carving Contest: This is a serious contest for serious carvers, who will compete to carve the most amazing pumpkin right on the spot. The $30 entrance fee includes your pumpkin, two beverages and small appetizers. There are 15 spots available in this contest, so reserve your spot now by registering in person at Latte Da’s front counter. Full food and drink menu will be available.

 

Live Music + Wood-fired Pizza at Moulton Falls Winery

Sept. 2 may be First Friday in the rest of Clark County, but it’s Phirst Phriday at Moulton Falls Winery, located on the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad just outside of Yacolt. This beautiful tasting room offers wine, cider, and an excellent sangria, as well as an array of food and wood-fired pizza and other goodies. The country/bluegrass band Phoenix Rising will be playing live music from 6 to 9 p.m., but you can come as early as 4 p.m. for wine tasting and to get a good seat for the concert.

Then, on Saturday, Sept. 3, come back for more live music from Full Circle—or on Sept. 4 for even more music with Amelia Autery. The tasting room opens at noon on both days, and music runs from 6 to 9 p.m. The kitchen will be open, offering a special wood-fired Harvest Pizza for $13 with meat and vegetable marinara sauce, topped with fresh zucchini, Parmesan and Mozzarella.

You’ll also want to try to the handmade, wood oven quesadillas, with chicken or beef, a mix of cheeses, olives, green onions and pickled peppers, served with sour cream and salsa. If you’re in a sandwich kind of mood, try the Moulton Falls Melt: deli roast beef covered with melted Cheddar and sautéed vegetables on house-baked focaccia with au jus for dipping. Moulton Falls also offers a variety of salads, desserts, and appetizers, all just right for enjoying with wine on a late-summer evening.

For more information about Moulton Falls Winery, including hours and directions, visit moultonfallswinery.com.

Phirst Phriday, Music & Food at Moulton Falls

Sept. 2 may be First Friday in the rest of Clark County, but it’s Phirst Phriday at Moulton Falls Winery, located on the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad just outside of Yacolt. This beautiful tasting room offers wine, cider, and an excellent sangria, as well as an array of food and wood-fired pizza and other goodies. The country/bluegrass band Phoenix Rising will be playing live music from 6 to 9 p.m., but you can come as early as 4 p.m. for wine tasting and to get a good seat for the concert.

Then, on Saturday, Sept. 3, come back for more live music from Full Circle—or on Sept. 4 for even more music with Amelia Autery. The tasting room opens at noon on both days, and music runs from 6 to 9 p.m. The kitchen will be open, offering a special wood-fired Harvest Pizza for $13 with meat and vegetable marinara sauce, topped with fresh zucchini, Parmesan and Mozzarella.

You’ll also want to try to the handmade, wood oven quesadillas, with chicken or beef, a mix of cheeses, olives, green onions and pickled peppers, served with sour cream and salsa. If you’re in a sandwich kind of mood, try the Moulton Falls Melt: deli roast beef covered with melted Cheddar and sautéed vegetables on house-baked focaccia with au jus for dipping. Moulton Falls also offers a variety of salads, desserts, and appetizers, all just right for enjoying with wine on a late-summer evening.

For more information about Moulton Falls Winery, including hours and directions, visit moultonfallswinery.com.

Bingo & Wine Tasting at Latte Da

Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar is ending its school supply drive with a bang: Back to School Bingo Night and Wine Tasting, happening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25. Bring five different school supplies to donate (pencils, pens, crayons, lined paper, rulers, blunt-edged scissors, to name a few items) or $1 cash to donate, and you’ll get a bingo card and you can play your way to fun prizes!

While you’re they’re, slip into Latte Da’s beautiful tasting room to sample a flight of wines from L’Ecole—and bring a glass back to your table to enhance your bingo-playing abilities. A flight of four tastes is $10—and anyone who donates school supplies gets an extra free taste! Wine tasting lasts the whole two hours, and bingo starts at 6 p.m.

Latte Da’s full food and drink menu will be available, including its marvelous small plates ranging from grilled chicken flatbread pizza to arancini to stuffed mushrooms. Sandwiches, wraps, pastries and delicious coffee concoctions will also be available, as well as craft beer by the bottle. All ages are welcome. For more details, visit www.lattedacoffeehouse.com and click on the “Calendar” tab.

Red, White and No Blues at Latte Da

It’s Latte Da’s Fourth Thursday Wine Tasting…on Tuesday. Yes, yes, we know: it’s the wrong day! But what with the holiday weekend coming up (INDEPENDENCE DAY AT FORT VANCOUVER, PEOPLE!), and things being so busy at Latte Da, the most patriotic thing to do was to drink wine even SOONER. “Red, White, and No Blues” will put you in exactly the right frame of mind to celebrate our great nation’s birth, and it’s happening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28.

You’ll get four tastings for $10. Complimentary light appetizers will be provided, with a full food and drink menu available if you’re still hungry and/or thirsty and need more. The evening features all-American red and white wines. If you can find a blue American wine, we’d like to know about it. (…and for heaven’s sake, there’ll be no British wines! Wait—does such a thing even exist? Ha, ha, Britain, you should have thought about that before taxing our tea.)

Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar is located at 205 E. 39th St., just a couple blocks west of Main St. north of downtown Vancouver. For more information, visit lattedacoffeehouse.com.

Heisen House Vineyards 6th Anniversary Celebration

Heisen House Vineyards is celebrating six delicious years with a celebration that includes chocolate cake, an art show, music (as in, vinyl records played on Old School wi-fi), and of plenty of sustainably grown wine from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 28. Heisen House’s tasting rotation will get a bit of a shake-up, featuring older wines as well as new releases.

The celebration neatly coincides with the Memorial Day Weekend Wine Passport event, where you can taste wines at six Clark County wineries, get your passport stamped, and get entered to win fun, delicious prizes. Pick up your passport at Heisen House or at any participating winery on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday. Most wineries are open all three days from noon to 6 p.m.

Heisen House is a popular summer destination, with its summer festivals on the last Saturday of June, July, August and September, plus Friday Music Nights, indoor and outdoor tasting areas, and the beautiful, historic grounds with its old farmhouse and barn, both of which are on the Register of Historic Places. New this year: wine and craft classes (date, time, and cost TBA) as well as multi-course vineyard dinners showcasing the finest local cuisine and Heisen House wines. The venue is also available for weddings and other group events, but they get booked quickly; visit heisenhousevineyards.com for more information.

Memorial Day Weekend Wine Passport

Southwest Washington wineries are joining together to make your Memorial Day weekend even more memorable with a special Wine Passport. Step one: grab your free passport at any participating winery (there’s a list below). Step two: visit six wineries (here’s a map if you need it) over Memorial Day Weekend and get a stamp in your passport at each location. Leave the completely stamped passport at the last winery you visit. Step three: be entered to win one of 11 gift cards; winners will be randomly selected at the end of the weekend.

Most wineries will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 28, Sunday, May 29, and Memorial Day, Monday, May 30—but call or visit each winery to make sure. Some wineries will also offer special events, sales, small plates and live music on Friday night as well, so you can start your weekend off right. (In fact, you can drop by Burnt Bridge Cellars any time from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday night to taste their outstanding blackberry-licious 2013 Les Collines Vineyard Syrah.) For more info, visit www.swwawine.com. Here are the participating wineries:

Spanish Reds at Latte Da

Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar is bringing the best wines to you with monthly wine tastings on the fourth Thursday of each month—and this month, that’s Thursday, May 27. Come to Latte Da any time from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to sample and learn about Spanish red wines. A flight of four small pours is $10. Enjoy complimentary nibbles in the wine room, or select something scrumptious from Latte Da’s menu of small plates and appetizers.

Wine tasting evenings feature wine tasting as well as a little bit of wine education about local, regional and international wines, including which wines are best for the season and what foods to pair with each vintage. Latte Da is located at 205 E. 39th St. in the Lincoln neighborhood of Vancouver. To learn more, visit lattedacoffeehouse.com or check out Latte Da’s Facebook page.

Memorial Day Weekend Wine Passport

Southwest Washington wineries are joining together to make your Memorial Day weekend even more memorable with a special Wine Passport. Step one: grab your free passport at any participating winery (there’s a list below). Step two: visit six wineries (here’s a map if you need it) over Memorial Day Weekend and get a stamp in your passport at each location. Leave the completely stamped passport at the last winery you visit. Step three: be entered to win one of 11 gift cards; winners will be randomly selected at the end of the weekend.

Most wineries will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 28, Sunday, May 29, and Memorial Day, Monday, May 30—but call or visit each winery to make sure. Some wineries will also offer special events, sales, small plates and live music on Friday night as well, so you can start your weekend off right. (In fact, you can drop by Burnt Bridge Cellars any time from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday night to taste their outstanding blackberry-licious 2013 Les Collines Vineyard Syrah.) For more info, visit www.swwawine.com. Here are the participating wineries:

Above image: two glasses of award-winning Koi Pond Cellars wine

A “Presidential” Wine Tasting at Latte Da

Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar is bringing the region’s best wines to you with monthly wine tastings on the fourth Thursday of each month—and this month, that’s Thursday, Feb. 25. Come to Latte Da any time from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to sample and learn about local wines, including which wines are best for the season and what foods they’ll pair well with. February’s theme is “A Very Presidential Wine Tasting,” and attendees should be open to heatedly debating the samples. (…but no name-calling, please; we like to keep the discourse civil.)

What, exactly, is a “presidential wine tasting”? The evening features wines enjoyed by past presidents, including Zinfandel for Ronald Reagan, who was the first to bring this wine into the white house. Nebbiolo is a favorite of Clinton (the Mr., not the Mrs. Hilary Rodham), and Jefferson loved German wines, so there will also be a German Riesling on offer. The last option is Champagne, a White House staple and the source of the phrase “pulling a Nixon,” who would serve Champagne, but instruct the servers to wrap a towel around the bottle (something commonly done, to keep the beverage chilled) so that it covered the label. In this way (it is rumored) Nixon kept the best bubbly for himself while pouring a lesser quality for his guests.

Fourth Thursday Wine Tastings are held Latte Da’s beautifully remodeled Wine Room. There’s no charge to attend, and you can get four tastes for $5. Complementary light refreshments will be served and there’s also lots of scrumptious things to purchase from Latte Da’s small plates menu. Latte Da is located at 205 E. 39th St. in the Lincoln neighborhood of Vancouver. To learn more, visit lattedacoffeehouse.com or check out Latte Da’s Facebook page.

Wine Tasting at Latte Da

Latte Da Coffeehouse and Wine Bar is bringing the regions’s best wines to you with monthly wine tastings on the fourth Thursday of each month. The next wine tasting evening is Thursday, Aug. 27. Come to Latte Da any time from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. to sample and learn about local wines, including which wines are best for the season and what foods they’ll pair well with.

Fourth Thursday Wine Tastings are held Latte Da’s beautifully remodeled Wine Room. There’s no charge to attend, and you can get four tastes for $5. Complementary light refreshments will be served and there’s also lots of scrumptious things to purchase from Latte Da’s small plates menu.

Latte Da is located at 205 E. 39th St. in the Lincoln neighborhood of Vancouver. To learn more, visit lattedacoffeehouse.com or check out Latte Da’s Facebook page.

Fourth Thursday Wine Tasting at Latte Da

Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar is bringing the region’s best wines to you with monthly wine tastings on the fourth Thursday of each month. Come to Latte Da any time from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to sample and learn about local wines, including which wines are best for the season and what foods they’ll pair well with.

Fourth Thursday Wine Tastings are held Latte Da’s beautifully remodeled Wine Room. There’s no charge to attend, and you can usually get four tastes for $5, although sometimes the price may vary depending on the type of wines being tasted. Complementary light refreshments will be served and there’s also lots of scrumptious things to purchase from Latte Da’s small plates menu.

Latte Da is located at 205 E. 39th St. in the Lincoln neighborhood of Vancouver. To learn more, visit lattedacoffeehouse.com or check out Latte Da’s Facebook page.

Wine Tasting at Latte Da

Latte Da Coffeehouse and Wine Bar is bringing the regions’s best wines to you with monthly wine tastings on the fourth Thursday of each month. The next wine tasting evening is Thursday, July 23. Come to Latte Da any time from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. to sample and learn about local wines, including which wines are best for the season and what foods they’ll pair well with.

Fourth Thursday Wine Tastings are held Latte Da’s beautifully remodeled Wine Room. There’s no charge to attend, and you can get four tastes for $5. Complementary light refreshments will be served and there’s also lots of scrumptious things to purchase from Latte Da’s small plates menu.

Latte Da is located at 205 E. 39th St. in the Lincoln neighborhood of Vancouver. To learn more, visit lattedacoffeehouse.com or check out Latte Da’s Facebook page.