December 25, 2016

With New Year’s Eve around the corner we thought it a perfect time to celebrate bubbles. Of course, to some extent Champagne—and Cava, Prosecco, and a host of sparkling New World siblings—seems wasted on the holidays. Naming a time that’s wrong for champagne is like choosing a favorite child: nearly impossible. “I think Champagne goes…

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December 6, 2016

While everyone else is trying to decide what Washington wine to pair with their favorite holiday dish, we suggest you spend some time putting together a punch. Punch is the great equalizer. It’s something everyone from Uncle Joe (still muddy from the late morning pickup game) to perfectly-put-together Aunt Mary, in her elbow length tea…

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November 22, 2016

With fall in full swing and the holidays are around the corner, our drinking habits are experiencing their own seasonal change. Gone are the fruity citrus cocktails you crave on a warm day, in their place are spirituous drinks that are full of dark, rich flavors. While whiskey based classic cocktails are often a go-to…

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November 8, 2016

Fall Dessert It may be best known as membrillo—the thick, fruity jelly regularly found on cheese boards—but quince shouldn’t be relegated just to a paste. With quince coming into season and appearing fresh at farmers’ markets, Chef Varin Keokitvon has been turning the traditional on its head. He hasn’t gone so far as to start serving…

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November 1, 2016

Beverage Director, Amanda Reed, like so many of her colleagues in this industry, has a love affair with mezcal. It’s no surprise, given the recent upsurge in the potent Mexican potion, which is distilled from any of a variety of agave species. While mezcal may be the lesser-known agave spirit—tequila is the better known version—it is…

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October 18, 2016

Chef Varin Keokitvon is passionate about mushrooms, and about foraging. Spring may find him hunting the burns of eastern Washington in search of morels, summer casting lines for salmon while scanning the shoreline for hints of porcini, but it’s fall that delivers the true fungal bonanza: more types of mushrooms than might be counted on…

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