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Halloween Party at Moulton Falls Winery

Fall is a glorious time at Moulton Falls Winery in scenic Yacolt, not just because the surrounding lanscape burst into vibrant autumn colors, but also because it’s harvest time. All the grapes are being harvested, crushed, and bottled, and local apples and other fruits are being turned into delicious ciders. It’s time to celebrate with a Moulton Falls-style Halloween Party from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28.

There will be live music by 60s & 70s tribute band Echoes of Yasgurs, a costume contest with prizes, the release of a new Sangiovese, beer and cider on tap, and a special “witch’s brew.” (What’s in it? We can’t tell you, but rest assured, it’s probably not eye of newt.) Moulton Falls ciders on tap include Yellowstone, Pine-Bear (pineapple-raspberry), Ripsaw Raspberry, and Tart Cherry. Beers on tap include Arson Amber, Transcend IPA, Vantucky Pale Ale, and R.I.P. Porter. Ciders and beers are both available by the glass for $7, or you can purchase your own 32-ounce squealers or 64-ounce growlers to take home. The wood fired oven will be stoked up and turning out pizzas, calzones and other treats, and salads and sandwiches will be available from the kitchen.

The winery opens at noon on Saturdays, and the winery is a delightful place to spend an afternoon, either indoors or outdoors when the weather is fine. Sample some wines and enjoy the view and refresh yourselves with nibbles from the kitchen. To learn more about Moulton Falls Winery—which offers live music and wine tasting every weekend year-round—visit moultonfallswinery.com. The winery is located at 31101 N.E. Railroad Ave. in Yacolt.

Fourth of July Weekend at Burnt Bridge Cellars

Detail from one of Sue Clancy’s marvelous dog paintings.

Burnt Bridge Cellars has decided to start celebrating Independence Day early, and will be offering glass pour specials all weekend long. Drop by on from 4 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 28 (and every Thursday) for Thursday Happy Hour when you can enjoy a glass of your favorite, locally made artisan wines. If you can’t make it to the tasting room on Thursday, come by from 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday, when you can taste a selection of award-winning wines for Winemaker’s Happy Hour. Burnt Bridge will be offering glass pours and bottle sales only, including specially priced pours. You can also visit Burnt Bridge on Saturday and Sunday, July 1 and 2, for tasting flights, glass pours and bottle sales. They are open Saturdays from 1 to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.

While you’re there, check out Sue Clancy’s art exhibit, “Dogs in the Winery” which will be on display through the month of July. Her recent whimsical dog portraits are inspired by local restaurants, coffee shops, wineries, breweries, events at the Kiggins Theatre, and other places where Clancy creates imaginary dog characters that describe, visually, her pleasant real-life experiences. Clancy is a fine artist represented locally by Caplan Art Designs in Portland Oregon. Her art has been in gallery exhibits and featured in public and private collections around the world. She is the artist and author of—most recently—the beguiling art book, “Dogs by Sue Clancy.” You can see more about her life and work at www.sueclancy.com.

Patio Time & Trivia Night at Burnt Bridge Cellars

To celebrate the arrival of sunny weather, Burnt Bridge Cellars has spruced up its outdoor patio and they’re pouring their new spring releases: the new Carte Blanche, Semillon, Rose, and Reserve Merlot. The Burnt Bridge Cellars tasting room will be open Friday from 4 to 9 p.m. and will be pouring special $6 glasses of the new Carte Blanche and Semillon. These new white wines are a perfect compliment to sunshine! After your first glass of wine, you may feel bold enough to compete in Trivia Night: Science Edition. This month, the questions are all about wine science. (Hint: they will be tough! So fortify yourself with extra wine.) The winners will be entered in a drawing for big prizes. BIG PRIZES, I TELL YOU!

On Saturday, Sunday, and Monday the Southwest Washington Winery Association is holding its Memorial Day event, when local wineries will release their spring wines. It’s also the beginning of the Summer Passport Challenge: visit all 10 participating wineries before Labor Day to earn prizes. The participating wineries include Burnt Bridge Cellars, English Estate Winery, Heathen Estate Winery, Confluence Vineyards & Winery, Stavalaura Vineyards, Emanar Cellars, Heisen House Vineyards, Olequa Cellars, Rezabek Vineyards, and Pomeroy Cellars. See swwawine.com for details.

Holiday Kickoff Party at Burnt Bridge Cellars

What are you doing on Christmas Eve Eve? You know—the night before the night before Christmas! This year, it happens to fall on a Friday night—a perfect time to kick off the holiday season at Burnt Bridge Cellars! This downtown Vancouver tasting room is open from 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 23—the last night that Burnt Bridge will be open in 2016.

For starters, Burnt Bridge is offering discounts on glasses of wine for anyone who has an ugly sweater. There will also be a Christmas Cookie Exchange: bring a plate of your home-baked Christmas cookies (you know, Grandma’s special recipe with the rum; shhhh, we won’t tell!) or bring your favorite boxed cookies from the market (no one will care. Seriously. A cookie is a cookie is a cookie!) then make yourself a take-home collection of cookies assembled from what’s available.

Christmas tunes will be playing, and the wine will be flowing, and—since Burnt Bridge Cellars won’t be open again until Jan. 6—it’s a perfect time to pick up some award-winning wine for the wine lovers on your list; in fact, Burnt Bridge is offering two specially priced gift sets, all ready for gift-giving. And of course it’ll be a great time to get that special bottle of wine for Christmas dinner (or brunch—it’s never too early for wine!) or for New Year’s Eve.

Burnt Bridge Cellars is located at 1500 Broadway in downtown Vancouver. To learn more, visit www.burntbridgecellars.com.

P.S. If you want the inside scoop on where to get amazing cookies, try Treat, Bleu Door Bakery, di Tazza Gourmet Coffee & Café, Sugar & Salt Bakery., or Rosycakes Bakery.

Christmas Eve Eve at Moulton Falls Winery

It was the night before the night before Christmas, and all through Moulton Falls Winery tasting room, every creature was sipping fine wine, eating wood-fired pizza, and listening to live music. (How’s that for cozy?) Moulton Falls invites you to make the drive out to its gorgeous, warm, wood-hued tasting room and snuggle up with a glass of wine or hard cider. Starting at 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 23, the pizza oven will get fired up for toasty pizzas, calzones, hot artichoke dip and more. Starting at 4:30 p.m., you can also order a variety of salads, small plates, and desserts to tickle your tastebuds.

The music this wintry evening will be provided by one of Moulton Falls’ favorites, singer-songwriters Tom May and Danny Wright, laying down lively vocals with a beguiling bass line. The tunes starts at 6 p.m. and last until 9 p.m. (And if you can’t make it out this night, Moulton Falls is also hosting a swingin’ New Year’s Eve party!)

Moulton Falls Winery, which also makes an exceptionally good hard cider, is located in Yacolt at 31101 N.E. Railroad Ave. Ample parking is available on site. To learn more—and to see the line-up of which great musical talent is playing on Moulton Falls on upcoming Friday and Saturday nights—visit moultonfallswinery.com.

Holiday Kickoff Party at Burnt Bridge

What are you doing on Christmas Eve Eve? You know—the night before the night before Christmas! This year, it happens to fall on a Friday night—a perfect time to kick off the holiday season at Burnt Bridge Cellars! This downtown Vancouver tasting room is open from 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 23—the last night that Burnt Bridge will be open in 2016.

For starters, Burnt Bridge is offering discounts on glasses of wine for anyone who has an ugly sweater. There will also be a Christmas Cookie Exchange: bring a plate of your home-baked Christmas cookies (you know, Grandma’s special recipe with the rum; shhhh, we won’t tell!) or bring your favorite boxed cookies from the market (no one will care. Seriously. A cookie is a cookie is a cookie!) then make yourself a take-home collection of cookies assembled from what’s available.

Christmas tunes will be playing, and the wine will be flowing, and—since Burnt Bridge Cellars won’t be open again until Jan. 6—it’s a perfect time to pick up some award-winning wine for the wine lovers on your list; in fact, Burnt Bridge is offering two specially priced gift sets, all ready for gift-giving. And of course it’ll be a great time to get that special bottle of wine for Christmas dinner (or brunch—it’s never too early for wine!) or for New Year’s Eve.

Burnt Bridge Cellars is located at 1500 Broadway in downtown Vancouver. To learn more, visit www.burntbridgecellars.com.

P.S. If you want the inside scoop on where to get amazing cookies, try Treat, Bleu Door Bakery, di Tazza Gourmet Coffee & Café, Sugar & Salt Bakery., or Rosycakes Bakery.

Wine, Art, Music & Ol’ St. Nick at Burnt Bridge

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the wine is so delightful…especially at Burnt Bridge Cellars this Friday evening, Dec. 16, when this downtown Vancouver tasting room will host a jolly Third Friday event with live music, art for sale, and a magical guest who dresses in red and knows how to make reindeer fly.

Drop by any time from 4 to 9 p.m. for music by Doug Smith, a master of contemporary fingerstyle acoustic guitar—a Grammy Award winner and the winner of the prestigious Winfield International Fingerstyle Guitar Competition. His playing has been heard in feature films and his original compositions have been heard everywhere from NPR to TCM to Martha Stewart to Good Morning America.

Browse the original paintings by Jill Mayberg and ceramics by Kim Murton. Mayberg’s fun, funky modern folk art acrylic and mixed media paintings will be on display and on sale, as well as Murton’s whimsical ceramic faces, animals, and figurines. Murton’s art can be seen in many public and private collections and is also exhibited in galleries and juried exhibitions all over the country.

Finally, the word around the winery is that Burnt Bridge Cellars will be visted by a white-bearded man from the North Pole! Who could it be? We’re not giving you any hints.

Food and Wine Pairing at Bader

Bader Beer and Wine Supply—the North Bank’s popular brewing and winemaking shop that sells a huge range of products for brewing, fermenting and distilling—is offering a series of wine and food pairings on Saturdays, Nov. 19, Nov. 26 and Dec. 3. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. for this 21-and-over-only event, and tasting begins at 6 p.m.

The evening offers wine tasting, food-and-wine pairings, a special presentation, and fun. Guests will sample five Winexpert Limited Editions wines for the 2016 season, made with winemaking kits that will arrive in the store starting in January 2017. It’s a great activity for a date night or a girls’ night out, or a perfect introduction to making your own wine at home. Tickets are $20 per person, but every guest will get a $10 gift certificate to use at Bader Beer and Wine Supply.

For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.baderbrewing.com. Bader is located at 711 Grand Blvd. in Vancouver, just south of Mill Plain.

First Friday, Book Signing at Burnt Bridge

There’s always something delightful happening at Burnt Bridge Cellars in downtown Vancouver, and First Friday, Nov. 4, is no exception. Guests at the beautiful tasting room will enjoy live music by David Tutmark, a classical guitarist who widely performs in the Pacific Northwest. Coming from a background in electric guitar and rock, David began studying classical guitar at Portland State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in classical guitar performance. Between 2012 and 2015 alone, Tutmark gave over 300 performances—and now you can be lucky enough to listen while sipping an award-winning glass of Burnt Bridge wine.

While you’re there, you’ll want to see the marvelous mixed media works by Vicki McArdle and Rosana Berdichevsky. McArdle incorporates twigs, branches, recycled silk and fiber, matals and stones in her work, woven together with grasses from all over the world. Berdichevsky works with colors through paper, crayons, color pencils, canvasses and brushes while creating a college of textures and patterns.

Naturally, you’ll need nibbles to go with your wine, and Class Cooking will satisfy your cravings with a selection of small plates, including pinchos morunos (spicy pork kebabs) with asparagus and aioli, individual paellas (rice, chicken, shrimp and clams), a melon, chorizo and artichoke salad, a cheese and salami board, and pastel de chocolate (chocolate, orange and almond cake).

If you wake up on Saturday morning and feel like you need more wine (and really, who doesn’t?) come back any time from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5, for a book signing with local author Heidi Renee Mason, who has just released her second book, “Goodnight, Sweetheart.” Copies of the book will be available to purchase on site. To learn more about Mason, visit heidireneemason.wordpress.com.

Pomeroy Cellars 2nd Anniversary Party

Pomeroy Cellars is celebrating its second anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 17. Drop by their beautiful tasting room, located on Pomeroy Farm on scenic Lucia Falls road between Battle Ground and Yacolt, any time from noon to 8:30 p.m. to help them celebrate this milestone. The event is free to attend and just right for anyone age 21 and over.

Pomeroy Cellars will be offering different wine specials every hour, spinning their “Discount Wheel” to determine which wine will be on sale for the next 60 minutes. There will also be prize drawings on the hour, every hour—no purchase necessary! Live music will be provided by The Indecisions from 4 to 8 p.m., and Drinkable Arts will be on-site from 2 to 6 p.m. with all the supplies you need to paint your own stemless wine glass for $10.

Guests can enjoy dinner catered by South Pacific Café and Lounge from 5 to 7:30 p.m., available to purchase or free for Pomeroy’s Elite Wine Club members (and you can sign up on the spot and get the free dinner, if you wish). Just to tempt you, dinner is teriyaki chicken, summertime salad, piña colada rice, and sweet sticky bread for $13.50. A vegetarian option will be available as well.

Sunflower Festival & Music Jam

The seventh annual Sunflower Festival & Music Jam is bursting into bloom on Saturday, Aug. 27, from noon to 9 p.m. at the picturesque Heisen House Vineyards. In addition to lots and lots and lots and lots of sunflowers, the festival features live music all day by some of the area’s most popular folk, blues, jazz, and bluegrass bands. There will also be an arts and crafts bazaar, food and—of course—wine tasting! All ages are welcome.

Heisen House Vineyards is located on a registered National and State Historic Site, so while you sip wine, browse the local wares, and take in the gorgeous country views, you’ll also be drinking in a bit of history. The Henry Heisen House and outbuildings offer a glimpse into what life was like during the pioneer era. There’s no admission charge, but there’s a suggested donation of $5 per adult—money that will be used toward replacing the barn roof. Heisen House is located at 28005 N.E. 172nd Ave., just outside of Battle Ground and not too far from the East Fork of the Lewis River. For more information, visit www.heisenhousevineyards.com.

Sunflower Festival & Music Jam

The seventh annual Sunflower Festival & Music Jam is bursting into bloom on Saturday, Aug. 27, from noon to 9 p.m. at the picturesque Heisen House Vineyards. In addition to lots and lots and lots and lots of sunflowers, the festival features live music all day by some of the area’s most popular folk, blues, jazz, and bluegrass bands. There will also be an arts and crafts bazaar, food and—of course—wine tasting! All ages are welcome.

Heisen House Vineyards is located on a registered National and State Historic Site, so while you sip wine, browse the local wares, and take in the gorgeous country views, you’ll also be drinking in a bit of history. The Henry Heisen House and outbuildings offer a glimpse into what life was like during the pioneer era. There’s no admission charge, but there’s a suggested donation of $5 per adult—money that will be used toward replacing the barn roof. Heisen House is located at 28005 N.E. 172nd Ave., just outside of Battle Ground and not too far from the East Fork of the Lewis River. For more information, visit www.heisenhousevineyards.com.

Above image: real Heisen House sunflowers, courtesy of photographer and vintner Michelle Bloomquist.

Heisen House Sixth 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.

What to Drink While Doing Your Taxes

Wondering what to drink while doing your taxes? The short answer is: whatever gets you through the night. The long answer is, why not sip a comforting Cabernet? After all, when fermented fortification is needed, it’s okay to bring out the big guns (how’s that for a mixed metaphor?). The big, bold, juicy flavors of a Cabernet make tax prepration so much easier…and the more you drink, the more the numbers add up in your favor. So if you’re interested in a primer on which wines to pair with your 1040EZ, come to Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 24.

Wine tastings are held every fourth Thursday of the month in 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, Art & Grape-ful Women

As usual, there are a lot of things happening at Cellar 55 Tasting Room this weekend, starting with live music tonight by Zachary Strausbaugh, who gives an alternative twist to classic songs as well as original compositions. Come early for happy hour from 2 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6, to enjoy discounts on wine and small plates. While you’re there, check out the gorgeous new art on display by Jim Martin, whose work has also been exhibited in Angst Gallery, among other places.

On Sunday, Nov. 8, there are two Cellar 55 events to choose from: the first is the Fall Release Party for Purple Star Wine Club members (…it’s so easy to become a member; join online at www.purplestarwines.com) from 2 to 5 p.m., when you can sample newly released wines, pick up your fall wine shipment, and nibble on food prepared by Say Ciao! catering. Tickets are required…but then you can enter your ticket for a raffle prize! Entrance is free for wine club members and guests are $10.

The second thing happening on Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. is the Grape-ful Women event, where the attendees will donate Christmas presents for local children being served by Family Solutions. Bring a new, unwrapped toy or gift card, and enter the raffle for prizes and the chance to win a fully decorated tree. The cost to attend is $15 per person, and that includes wine tasting, food, live music and an extra helping of holiday spirit. Cellar 55 is also offering 10% off bottled wine purchases, with the discounted amount going to support Family Solutions.

Women & Wine at WEO

At the next Women Entrepreneurs Organization meeting, Oregon wine industry icon and author Susan Sokol Blosser will share highlights and lessons learned from her amazing entrepreneurial journey as documented in her new book, “Letting Go: How One Entrepreneur Energized Her Business, Empowered the Next Generation and Embraced a Bold New Vision.”

The meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17, at the Heathman Lodge, and your ticket ($54.50) buys you a full catered meal, which includes chicken piccata, sherry creamed potatoes, spinach salad with sliced red onion, mushrooms and bacon vinaigrette, roasted zucchini and yellow squash with cherry tomatoes and mushrooms, and chocolate chunk brownies for dessert. Click here to register.

The Women Entrepreneurs Organization (WEO) of Southwest Washington is a group of women business owners who meet monthly to share knowledge, network, and support one another in our business endeavors. See a list of current members in this directory, and see the leadership team here. To learn more, visit www.weowa.org.

Chocolate at Niche

Looking for stocking stuffers or something extra—or extra unusual—for your holiday party? On Wednesday, Dec. 17, stop by Niche Wine & Art Bar to sample sweet and spicy chocolate and enjoy a glass of wine. Purchase gift boxes and bags featuring a selection of gourmet chocolate from local chocolatier Liveat Chocolate. The gift boxes are normally $18.25, but at Niche you can get one box for $16.25, or three or more boxes for $15.25 each. Choose from six flavors: Shadow (plain chocolate), Zenergy (chocolate with a blend of “superfood”), Black Cat anise-infused chocolate, Evening Zest chocolate with lemon, Warm Moon chocolate with coffee, or Peruvian Fire spicy chocolate.

Niche will also be offering seasonally inspired gift bags of Liveat chocolate (normally $9) for $8.50 per bag or $8 per bag when you buy three or more. Each gift bag contains chocolate with cranberry and ginger, chocolate with rhubarb, chocolate with a hint of rose, and the Peruvian aji trio (chocolate with three kinds of Peruvian peppers). While you’re at Niche, you can purchase wine to enjoy with your chocolate when you get home. But then again, why wait? There’s plenty of room at Niche to relax and share your chocolate and wine with friends. Niche is open from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Saturdays.

Wine + Art at Burnt Bridge

Here are two new reasons to drop by the Burnt Bridge Cellars this weekend: firstly, the tasting room has just released six of its fall 2012 wines, and they are aching to be tasted. Secondly, you can meet local artists Glenn Miller and Randy Hopfer from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 12. See Miller’s extraordinary photographs and hear Hopfer talk about the process of printing photographs on aluminum. Their photographs will also be on display for you to enjoy (or to purchase!) while you are sipping your wine.

While you’re there, you can book your holiday party or corporate event at the tasting room. Your guests will enjoy fabulous wine and mouthwatering food from Class Cooking (located adjacent to Burnt Bridge Cellars). For more information, contact Kim at kim@burntbridgecellars.com.

Wine + Art at Burnt Bridge

Here are two new reasons to drop by the Burnt Bridge Cellars this weekend: firstly, the tasting room has just released six of its fall 2012 wines, and they are aching to be tasted. Secondly, you can meet local artists Glenn Miller and Randy Hopfer from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 12. See Miller’s extraordinary photographs and hear Hopfer talk about the process of printing photographs on aluminum. Their photographs will also be on display for you to enjoy (or to purchase!) while you are sipping your wine.

You’ll also want to mark your calendar for Burnt Bridge Cellars’ next wine education class from 3 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19. The topic will be types of grapes—or, in wine parlance, varietals. Learn the common characteristics for popular grapes, such as what makes a Syrah a Syrah or a Cabernet a Cabernet. Tasting room manager and newly-certified Sommelier Missy will identify key flavors and explain where they come from, as well as how to use these flavors to successfully pair wine with food. By the end of the class, you’ll be able to explain which wines are your favorite and why. Tickets are $20 per person, including a glass of wine. Contact missy@burntbridgecellars.com to reserve your spot.

While you’re there, you can book your holiday party or corporate event at the tasting room. Your guests will enjoy fabulous wine and mouthwatering food from Class Cooking (located adjacent to Burnt Bridge Cellars). For more information, contact Kim at kim@burntbridgecellars.com.

Pomeroy Cellars Grand Opening

Here’s a bit of full-bodied news, with forward notes of blackberry and spice and a smooth finish: family-owned Pomeroy Farms has opened a tasting room at the farm, located on beautiful Lucia Falls Road between Battle Ground and Yacolt. Pomeroy Cellars will celebrate its grand opening from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20. Admission is free and open to guests age 21 and older.

Grand opening festivities include a free tasting of Pomeroy Cellars’ newly released wines such as the Log House Red, a big Rhone-style blend, and a top-selling Riesling. There will also be a bocce ball tournament, complimentary chocolate pairings, live music, and dinner from Mill Creek Pub available to purchase. Prize drawings and giveaways will take place throughout the day.

In the meantime, the tasting room’s outdoor area is open for wine tasting on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. Want to learn more? Of course you do! Visit www.pomeroycellars.com. Pomeroy Cellars address is 20902 N.E. Lucia Falls Rd. in Yacolt, and the establishment is not too far from the breathtaking Lucia Falls and Moulton Falls, so the area makes an ideal day trip.