5 Drink Desires to Complete Your Home Bar

by Erin James

Let’s put a new spin on spring cleaning with a home bar upgrade. Toss the old dusty drink gear away…


When you envision an estate winery, the image of magnificent views, warm summer nights and an over-filled glass of wine appears in your head. Okanagan Valley-located CedarCreek Estate Winery, in fact, is what pops into your head. This rural and historical Kelowna, British Columbia, winery sits between rolling, soft green hills lined with golden vines that host some of the most sought-after wines in Canada.

Taste Washington is coming up this weekend, and while there are endless wines to taste and no way to accurately preview such an epic event, I thought I’d make a list of a few questions that I’ll be trying to answer over the course of the two-day Grand Tasting bacchanal, besides “how purple are my teeth?” Join me on this inquisitive search through Washington wine.

March is Taste Washington Wine Month, the month-long honoring of the annual Taste Washington festival and wines from the Evergreen State. Back for its 20th anniversary, Taste Washington showcases the best of the wine scene the bountiful state has to offer in the largest single-region wine and food event in the country. Celebrate with 235 different wineries at the two-day Grand Tasting, or revel in the region’s glory at the popular Red and White Party and The New Vintage events.

Nasty Women get things done. For Meg Murray, this meant introducing a wine label with enough verve, boldness and purpose to live up to the moniker made famous by the 2016 U.S. election cycle. It all made perfect sense, considering Murray’s background in international studies and political science (which preceded her work for a former U.S. congresswoman and for the Senate Democratic Leadership Fund of Oregon) and wine brokering and consulting.

Sip’s Wine Guide: British Columbia launches as the premier guide to touring the wine regions of the province.
From Sip Publishing, the privately owned-and-operated publisher behind the award-winning regional beverage publication Sip Northwest and the international cider magazine CIDERCRAFT, comes Sip’s Wine Guide: British Columbia.

Happy International Women’s Day! In honor of this day and March being Women’s History Month, Sip Northwest magazine has teamed up with Seattle’s acclaimed Ethan Stowell Restaurants (ESR) for a night celebrating women in food, drink and leadership.

The world of wine can seem so overly expansive that beginner wine drinkers may feel intimidated or overwhelmed. There is an myriad of intricacies in understanding the different aspects of wine, from various styles and varietals to simply why the palate prefers one wine over the other, not to mention the classical wine regions and producers.

There’s an emerging trend in the Pacific Northwest of sommeliers and other wine experts moving from selling wine to making it…or sometimes doing both at once. I’ve been thinking quite a bit about this, and I have a few thoughts about this mostly positive development.
From a winemaking perspective, there’s a lot to gain.

Craving to live that sweet life? Open up a bottle of dessert wine to enjoy after dinner tonight, and then spin anything unfinished into a cocktail for tomorrow night.
In the Princeton Cocktail, a crack at the exorbitant cost of tuition and painstakingly lengthy application process at the namesake university, Purple Café and Wine Bar in Downtown Seattle puts a local spin on this 19th century cocktail.

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