From my Winemaker Friends…..

I received this press release from illustrious local winemaker Bob Betz about the benefits of drinking wine! (Of course, Bob says he knew it all along). But as we head into this Labor Day weekend, and you're considering a glass of wine --- remember, Washington state wineries produce some of the best red blends in the world, and also keep in mind -- 'everything in moderation.' Margo Myers, Principal, Margo Myers Communications CDC Study Continue Reading

Vacation’s Over!

Fun while it lasted. My brother and sister in law, along with their teenage daughter, visited this past week from the East Coast. That explains my absence from the blog --- I was too busy simply having fun! Their visit reminded me of why we live in the great Pacific Northwest. Yes, they were here for our hot weather -- the 95 and 96 degree days. That meant we were out on Puget Sound, trying to cool off on the water. Another day, we headed to Continue Reading

Will Work for Wine

Seattle Wine Awards reception. I admit, it's a rough life at times -- volunteering to work in the Washington wine industry. As I mentioned in a previous post, Seattle Wine Awards Executive Director Christopher Chan asked if I would help out and interview various winery owners and winemakers during Sunday's reception and tasting for award winners at the historic Rainier Club in downtown Seattle. After thinking about it for all of, like 2 seconds, Continue Reading

Efestē Spring Wine Release

Tis the Season. Local wineries are now releasing their 2007 vintages, and my husband and I are always happy to meet new people. So when we were invited to visit Efestē for their release day in Woodinville, we immediately put it on the calendar. Efestē (think F-S-T --- the first initials of the last names of the owners, Daniel and Helen Ferelli,  Patrick  Smith, and Kevin and Angela Taylor) has a relatively new facility in an industrial area of Continue Reading

Betz Family Winery Release Weekend

Betz Family Winery Spring Release Update:  Betz Family Winery in Woodinville holds two releases a year, and the Spring Release this past weekend was a roaring success by any standard. Not only does Bob Betz make fabulous red wines, about 1300 customers visited the winery for their first chance to taste what they've bought, learn more about the wines and Bob's philosophy, mix and mingle with other customers, and enjoy an afternoon of talking (and Continue Reading