wine tasting

Thanksgiving Wine Tasting at Latte Da

What goes with turkey? Wine, wine, wine, and more wine. But which wines? Find out on Thursday night at Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar, where you’ll get to sample autumn wines with big, bold flavors and learn which wines to pair with classic cold-weather meals. Reisling is considered the ideal partner for turkey, but what if you don’t particularly like Reisling’s hallmark sweetness? Are there some dryer Reislings out there that would taste even better? Maybe you could also serve a Nebbiolo, which pairs nicely with stews or braised meats, or a Pinot Noir, which complements heavier fall dishes like creamy mushroom risotto.

All your most pressing Thanksgiving wine questions will be answered at Latte Da, where you can drop in any time from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. If you can’t make it on Thursday, Nov. 20, for the Thanksgiving wine tasting, never fear: there’s another wine tasting event coming up on Thursday, Dec. 18. Last Thursday Wine Tastings are normally held on the last Thursday of every month in Latte Da’s newly remodeled Wine Room. There’s no charge to attend and four tastes are $5. Complementary light refreshments will be served and there’s also lots of scrumptious things to purchase from Latte Da’s appetizer menu. To learn more, visit www.lattedacoffeehouse.com.

Candy & Wine at Latte Da

As Halloween approaches, you need to know: which wine pairs best with a bucketload of candy? Find out on Thursday night at Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar, where you’ll get a mouthful of this seasons “monster” wines with big, bold flavors and learn which wines to pair with classic cold-weather meals. Nebbiolo, for example, pairs nicely with stews or braised meats, Pinot Noir will enhance your creamy mushroom risotto, and Reisling is the ideal partner for turkey. But seriously, what about the CANDY?

When you dig through your child’s Halloween candy bag (and we know you will), this wine-tasting evening will help you be more strategic about which pieces you remove and how to best enjoy them. Try an Almond Joy with Viognier, a Baby Ruth with Cabernet, and candy corn with Chardonnay. (Now we’re talking.) Discover all these tips and more–like which wines to pair with Starburst, Skittles, and creme pumpkins. And remember: Halloween is on a Friday night this year, so you can sleep it off (woops, we mean sleep in) on Saturday morning.

Come to Latte Da any time from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. to sample and learn about this season’s finest sippers. Last Thursday Wine Tastings are held on the last Thursday of every month in Latte Da’s newly remodeled Wine Room. (The exceptions are November and December, when wine tastings will be held on the 20th and 18th, respectively.) There’s no charge to attend and four tastes are $5. Complementary light refreshments will be served and there’s also lots of scrumptious things to purchase from Latte Da’s appetizer menu. To learn more, visit www.lattedacoffeehouse.com.

Wine Tasting at Latte Da: Burnt Bridge Cellars

Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar is bringing the North Bank’s best wines to you with monthly wine tastings on the last Thursday of each month, starting Thursday, Aug. 28, with Vancouver’s own award-winning Burnt Bridge Cellars. Come to Latte Da any time from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. to sample and learn about this winery’s finest summer sippers, the best wines to pair with barbecue, and deep summer wines. Get ready to taste some melt-in-your-mouth Merlot, Viognier, the mysteriously named “Blend X,” Syrah, and Semillon. (Visit www.burntbridgecellars.com to see which of these wines have been honored with medals at competitions around the country.) Missy Kipp, Burnt Bridge’s tasting room manager and the instructor of the winery’s Wine Education series, will be on hand to answer questions and broaden your wine knowledge. Tasting night dates through the end of the year are:

  • Sept. 25: mellow end-of-summer and early fall wines from Walla Walla
  • Oct. 30: must-have Halloween wines and “monster” wines with big, bold flavors
  • Nov. 20: Thanksgiving dinner wines
  • Dec. 18: the best bubbly and other seasonal sparklers

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 appetizer menu.

Hangin’ at Heisen House

Starting Thursday, May 29, Heisen House Vineyards in Battle Ground is offering extended hours in its tasting room, as well as meals from Mill Creek Pub and live music. Here's what's happening:

  • Thursdays, 6 to 9 p.m.
    It's "Throwback Thursdays"—every Thursday!—with cheese trays, wine by the glass, and music from the 70s. 
  • Fridays, 2 to 6 p.m.
    Wine tasting and wine by the glass
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  • Fridays, 6 to 9 p.m.
    Live music by John Baker and dinner by the plate from Mill Creek Pub. There's no admission charge, no reservations are required, all ages are welcome, and Heisen House will be open rain or shine.
  • Saturdays and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
    Wine tasting and wine by the glass.

Do you have a special event coming up—no matter how small or large? Heisen House hosts weddings, small gatherings, clubs and associations, fundraisers, and whatever else you can think of. Contact Michele Bloomquist, Heisen House's owner and winemaker, at events@heisenhousevineyards.com or 360-713-2359 for more information.

Pictured above: Chardonnay grapes from Heisen House's beautiful vineyard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Passport to Battle Ground

Battle Ground's Chamber of Commerce is launching a new program called "Passport to Battle Ground," beginning Memorial Day weekend. "Passport to Battleground" provides well-appointed coach busses and limousines for tour-takers to comfortably see the area in and around Battle Ground with seven stops to hop off and enjoy shopping, sightseeing, local fare, and wine tasting. Busses and limosines, provided by Silver Limousine Service, will run approximately on the hour beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 24. Stops include Mill Creek Pub, Old Town Battle Grounds, Emanar Cellars in Battle Ground Village, Rusty Grape Vineyards, Battle Ground Lake State Park, Heisen House Vineyard, and Olequa Cellars.

Passports, which are given either as a smartphone app or in paper format, are $29.99 per person and that includes all transportation costs. The tour begins at Best Western Plus Battle Ground Inn and Suites, located at 1419 W. Main St. in Battle Ground. Transportation will run once each hour to all stops. Your wristband allows you to get on and off unlimited times at the designated locations. The last trip for pick-up will begin at 5 p.m.

Itineneraries for future passport trips include guided tours of historic sites, wine excursions, "foodie" tours, shopping outings, mountain adventures, and even romance tours—all featuring beautiful, delicious, historic, and picturesque Battle Ground. And here's a bonus: travelers who collect 10 stamps in their passports will be entered in a prize drawing. Only 50 passports will be given for the day, so registration is required. To get your passport, call the Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce at 360-687-1510.

 

 

 

 

 

English Estate Winery 111th Anniversary

It's English Estate Winery's 111th anniversary, and Clark County's oldest winery is planning a celebration with music, wine, and food from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 10. Take a guided tour of the vineyard and historic buildings at 1 p.m. or 3 p.m., then enjoy live music by Tom Man from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Drop by the Loafing Shed Tasting Room to sip the season's new wines and take part in the annual "BiBBFest," where you get to design your own "Bag in a Beautiful Box" and vote on your favorite label.

English Estate is probably best known for sweet wines, such as its excellent and cleverly named Port of Vancouver, as well as for its Pinot Noir. However, the occasion of the winery's 111th anniversary calls for a little branching out and broadening of horizons, so go ahead and sample all their wines. (Plus, when you buy a bottle, the $5 tasting fee is applied toward your purchase.)

Admission to the anniverary celebration is free—and if you're still looking for the perfect Mother's Day gift, bring Mom back any time from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 11, when the first 24 mothers to visit the winery will receive a free rose. Go to www.englishestatewinery.com for more details about weekly events like "Good Times & Wine" on Friday nights and "Game Night" on Mondays.

111 Years of Wine at English Estate

It's English Estate Winery's eleventy-first anniversary, and Clark County's oldest winery is planning a celebration to rival Bilbo Baggins' 111th birthday party (except we can't promise that Gandalf will be there). Even if there won't be any wizards, there will be music, wine, and food from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 10.

Take a guided tour of the vineyard and historic buildings at 1 p.m. or 3 p.m., then enjoy live music by Tom Man from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Drop by the Loafing Shed Tasting Room to sip the season's new wines and take part in the annual "BiBBFest," where you get to design your own "Bag in a Beautiful Box" and vote on your favorite label.

English Estate is probably best known for sweet wines, such as its excellent and cleverly named Port of Vancouver, as well as for its Pinot Noir. However, the occasion of the winery's 111th anniversary calls for a little branching out and broadening of horizons, so go ahead and sample all their wines. (Plus, when you buy a bottle, the $5 tasting fee is applied toward your purchase.)

Admission to the anniverary celebration is free—and if you're still looking for the perfect Mother's Day gift, bring Mom back any time from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 11, when the first 24 mothers to visit the winery will receive a free rose. Go to www.englishestatewinery.com for more details about weekly events like "Good Times & Wine" on Friday nights and "Game Night" on Mondays.

Spring Release Party at Burnt Bridge

On Sunday, May 4, Burnt Bridge Cellars will host a "Spring Release" party from noon to 5 p.m. to celebrate its four new Rhône-style wines. Join winemakers David Smith and Mark Mahan as they pour samples of these South-of-France-inspired wines, most of which began their journey from grape to glass in 2012. These red wines are big, fruit-driven wines that required a few extra months in the barrel, but the results are well worth the wait.

Burnt Bridge Cellars is located at 1500 Broadway in downtown Vancouver and its tasting room is open on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.. On the first Friday of each month, the tasting room is also open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with wine available to purchase by the glass and by the bottle, along with small plates from Class Cooking.

Good Times & Wine at English Estate

English Estate Winery, Vancouver's oldest vineyard, hosts "Good Times & Wine" every Friday night in the "Loafing Shed" tasting room, comfortably housed in the winery's historic red barn. Wine-lovers will enjoy not only English Estate wine, but also food and live music. To learn more, e-mail events@englishestatewinery.com or visit www.englishestatewinery.com. If you can't make it on Friday night, but would like to come by for a tasting, the Loafing Shed is open on Fridays from noon to 9 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. Game Night is held every Monday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the covered Bocce Court.

 

Game Night at English Estate Winery

If your Monday evenings are seeming dangerously wine-free, then English Estate Winery invites you to join your thirsty neighbors in the Loafing Shed Tasting Room for Game Night, held every Monday rain or shine except holidays. The tasting room will be open and games will be in progress from 4:30 to 7 p.m., all year round. English Estate Winery boasts a covered and lighted Bocce Court, which is open during tasting room hours. For more details, visit www.englishestatewinery.com.

 

“Art Among the Tulips” Art Show & Wine Tasting

Holland America Bulb Farms invites flower fans, wine-lovers, and art afficianados to "Art Among the Tulips," the first-ever Tulip Festival Art Show & Wine Tasting. This event will be held a week before the big annual tulip festival on April 12, 13, 19, and 20, when the tulip blooms are at their peak. Art Among the Tulips is a smaller, more intimate event from 4 to 8 p.m. on one day only. Attendees will be given tickets worth five tastings each, although additional samples will be offered for $3 each. Advance tickets are $15, available online, and tickets at the door are $20.

This is a juried art show, with art and artists selected especially for this event. All art will be on sale, and while you sip wine and enjoy the vivid array of tulip blooms, you can choose from oil and acrylic paintings, drawings, embellished frames, handmade ceramics, artisianal oils and vinegars, handmade jewelry, original photographs and cards, and fused glass dishes. Your browsing and sipping will be accompanied by live music, and food will be available to buy.

First Friday at Burnt Bridge

There's a lot of fun stuff happening around downtown Vancouver on First Friday, and sometimes it's hard to choose. But if you love wine—and art, and music, and really, really, really good appetizers—here's a place you might want to stay awhile: Burnt Bridge Cellars. Burnt Bridge has been turning out award-winning wines (lots of gold and silver medals!) since it opened a couple years ago. The tasting room is a truly beautiful space, with plenty of windows, polished wood, and a long tasting counter.

Sip your Syrah while noshing on small plates from Class Cooking: a cheese board with fig and olive tapenade, lahvosh pizza with mozzarella, Italian sausage and basil, pesto rice salad with Parmesan on a bed of greens, pasta shells stuffed with spinach and three cheeses with spicy marinara, and spiced nuts with cinnamon-dried apples and peaches. (All appetizers are reasonably priced, and can be paired with wine by the glass or by the bottle.)

There'll be live blues with The Two-Bit Wonder and Joshua Bennett, new art from Vicki McArdle, photos by Randy Hopfer, and Native American story tapestries from the Vancouver Tapestry Group. For more details, visit Burnt Bridge Cellars' Facebook page.

Wine, Art & Nibbles at Burnt Bridge Cellars

There's a lot of fun stuff happening around downtown Vancouver on First Friday, and sometimes it's hard to choose. But if you love wine—and art, and music, and really, really, really good appetizers—here's a place you might want to stay awhile: Burnt Bridge Cellars. Burnt Bridge has been turning out award-winning wines (lots of gold and silver medals!) since it opened a couple years ago. The tasting room is a truly beautiful space, with plenty of windows and polished wood, and a long tasting counter where you can take your ease and enjoy the elightened conversation of vintners Mark Mahan and David Smith.

Mahan's wife, Kim, owns Burnt Bridge Cellars' next door neighbor, Class Cooking, which is mighty convenient since excellent food goes so well with excellent wine. From 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 4, you can sip your Syrah while noshing on selections from a cheese board with fig and olive tapenade, lahvosh pizza with mozzarella, Italian sausage and basil, pesto rice salad with Parmesan on a bed of greens, pasta shells stuffed with spinach and three cheeses with spicy marinara, and spiced nuts with cinnamon-dried apples and peaches. (All appetizers are reasonably priced, and can be paired with wine by the glass or by the bottle.)

But wait, there's more! There'll be live blues with The Two-Bit Wonder and Joshua Bennett, new art from Vicki McArdle, photos by Randy Hopfer, and Native American story tapestries from the Vancouver Tapestry Group. For more details, visit Burnt Bridge Cellars' Facebook page.

 

Trivia & Wine Tasting

What goes perfectly with wine? A little culture, of course—which is precisely why the award-winning Burnt Bridge Cellars is hosting Tuesday Culture Club, held from 6 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday at Burnt Bridge Cellars, 1500 Broadway in downtown Vancouver.

Join the cognoscenti to learn about a wide range of brainy-but-fun topics while savoring wine that's garnered medals in some of the West Coast's most prestigious wine competitions (our favorite is the gold-medal-winning Columbia Valley Pont Brûlé—French for "burnt bridge"). Wine will be served by the glass and by the bottle, and light fare will be available for purchase. The topic-du-jour for Tuesday, March 25, will be "Trivia Night" wherein attendees can put their knowledge to the test while engaging in a little friendly competition for grape-related prizes.

For more information about Burnt Bridge Cellars' wines and tasting room hours, call 360-695-3363 or visit www.burntbridgecellars.com. If you're interested in fine food as well as fine wine, be sure to check out their next-door neighbor, Class Cooking and Catering.

“Bloom Where You’re Planted” Fashion Show

It's pretty much the ideal girls' night out: wine, music, trés chic spring clothes…and more wine. If this sounds like the kind of fashionable fun that's right up your aisle, then Cellar 55 has got your number. The tasting room is hosting "Bloom Where You Are Planted," a spring fashion show with happy hour pricing. You'll get a first-hand look at wearable springtime ensembles from Grape-Ful Women and Chic Boutique while Wade Hendrix performs a soulful mix of blues and rock. Enjoy delicious local wine, the company of good friends, and the knowledge that you're supporting local women-owned businesses. If you RSVP in advance with your name and phone number, you'll get a free raffle ticke—send an e-mail to bloom.wineandfashion@gmail.com. There's no cost to attend, but of course wine and nibbles will be available to purchase.

This hidden gem of a tasting room is right in downtown Vancouver, and offers lots of Northwest wines from places like Five Star Cellars, Market Vineyards, Gordon Estate, Purple Star, and Native Sun. There's almost always something going on in the evenings at Cellar 55—art classes (with wine), live music (with wine), and other fun grown-up activities (yup, with wine). For more details, check Cellar 55's events page at www.cellar55tastingroom.com/events.

Brush Up, Drink Down

Cellar 55 Tasting Room invites you to come along on an "ArtJouney" with "intuitive artist" Dore Jean. You'll have a glass in one hand, a brush in the other, and a blank canvas to fill with whatever seems good to you after you've had a few sips. It's an art class, of sorts, but it's also wine appreciation and a guaranteed method of relaxation. Jean's gentle instruction's are merely "suggestions," and no skill is necessary. (In fact, after two glasses of wine, many students become extraordinarily skilled.)
 
The class will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Monday, March 17, at Cellar 55, 1812 Washington St. in downtown Vancouver. The fee is $35 in advance or $40 at the door, and includes all necessary supplies, wine, and appetizers—the kind you can eat with one hand while painting a stunning abstract sunset with the other. The class is quite popular and often sells out early, so prompt registration is recommended. To sign up, call Jean at 808-639-2344.

Thirsty Thursdays at Rusty Grape

If your Thursday evenings could use a little liquid enlivening, may we suggest Thirsty Thursdays at Rusty Grape Vineyard? In addition to award-winning wine, there's live music every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m., and select menu items can be enjoyed at a discount from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., including the popular wood-fired pizzas for $6 a pop, roasted red pepper hummus and flatbread, and Caesar salad. Wine is $3 a glass, and for those who favor the flavor of fermented hops, pints of beer are available for $2 each.

Thirsty Thursday happens every week in every season, rain or shine, drizzle or dazzle. The tasting room is open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, from noon to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Rusty Grape is located at 16712 N.E. 219th St. in Battle Ground. For more details, visit www.rustygrape.com or call 360.513.9338.

 

Good Times & Wine Every Friday at English Estate

$15 could buy you a relatively decent bottle of wine…or it could buy you wine and good times at English Estate Winery this Friday evening. "Wine & Good Times" is held every Friday night in English Estate's "Loafing Shed" tasting room, comfortably housed in the winery's historic red barn. English Estate—Vancouver's oldest vineyard—is located on the east end of town, at 17806 S.E. First St. between 192nd and 164th Avenues.

From 6 to 8: 30 p.m. every Friday, wine-lovers will enjoy not only English Estate wine, but also food and live music. This Friday, Feb. 21, attendees will hear soulful tunes by singer and guitarist Marianne Flemming to accompany a delicious meal catered by The Butler Did It. The meal—for which an RSVP is kindly requested—includes grilled teriyaki salmon, spinach orzo, wild green salad with orange vinaigrette, vegetables, bread, and dessert. Reserve your spot by e-mailing events@englishestatewinery.com.

If you can't make it on Friday night, but would like to come by for a tasting, the Loafing Shed is open on Fridays from noon to 9 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. Game Night is held every Monday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the covered Bocce Court. For more information, visit www.englishestatewinery.com.

Artisan Craft Show & Wine Tasting

In honor of Valentine's Day weekend, Cellar 55 Tasting Room is offering an artisan craft show featuring handmade wares from more than 10 local artisans. Vendors include AKC Images (photography, direct-to-wood prints), Designs by Debbie (jewelry and wine charms), Manja Creations (pasta and gourmet chocolates), Evy from the Heart (jewelry); Origami Owl (original, custom jewelry), Fouresse (gourmet olive oils and aged basalmic vinegars), and C’est la Vie (sweet and savory pastries and hot spiced cider). Support your local artists while drinking fabulous Washington wines. 

Wine and Chocolate Tasting

Heisen House Vineyards hosts a Wine and Chocolate Tour (in the culinary sense, not the going-from-place-to-place sense). Wine- and chocolate-lovers will sample handcrafted wines carefully paired with fine chocolate from Liv-Eat, a Vancouver-based chocolatier that creates artisanal-quality truffles from organic cocoa beans and exotic berries and spices. Vintners will also share insights to enhance your tasting skills and broaden your knowledge of winemaking. Heisen House Wine Club members can enjoy the tour for free. For details about how to become a member, call Heisen House at 360-713-2359 or visit www.heisenhousevineyards.com