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The Woodinville Insider: Putting Her Palate to the Test

  • Written by Woodinville Wine Country

The abundance of fine wines now produced and purveyed in Woodinville has reached a level that’s both impressive and dizzying. It’s a deliciously enviable quandary that cries out for a helpful guide. And while wine country is never short of self-ordained connoisseurs sharing their critiques, few wine enthusiasts have the hard-earned experience and credentials to be called a true expert. It’s only fitting that Willows Lodge, Woodinville’s gold-rated Condé Nast resort, should be home to one of the best. Cara De Lavallade, the wine director for Willows and its award-winning Barking Frog restaurant, possesses a truly educated palate that recently earned its stripes the hard way.

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Passport 2016: Wine Without Borders

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Over the last three decades, Woodinville has grown from a sleepy Eastside suburb into an internationally renowned center for finely crafted beverages of every type. Home to over 80 wineries that have achieved a 90+ rating, this area is now widely regarded as one of the world’s premier wine destinations. In a region so ripe with tasting opportunities, the question naturally becomes how best to enjoy it all in your own time and at your own pace without breaking the bank. In other words, how do you make the most of your tasting travels through this lush land of flavors?

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It’s Time You Went Clubbing

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Groucho Marx famously said, “I’d never belong to any club that would accept me as a member.” He was obviously not a wine enthusiast. For some, the word “club” conjures up something elite and expensive. For others, it’s a place to rave until 3 in the morning. In Woodinville wine country, a club is a way to elevate your wine experience through a host of delicious privileges and rewards offered by your favorite winery.

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The Woodinville Insider: Yes, Woodinville, There Is a Santa Claus

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Let’s face it, it can be hard getting excited for the holiday season when we start seeing signs of it in August. We all want to make this time of year special, but we can drive ourselves crazy and exhausted trying to do so. If only we could find a way to relax and enjoy the simple things that make the holidays fun and meaningful. Sure, it’s supposed to be a time of giving, but maybe that’s where all the pressure comes from. This year, instead of putting so much effort into the usual obligations and the ephemeral desires of others, why not spend a bit more time on the simple things that brighten your season?

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The Junction – Woodinville’s Perfect Sampler

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With so many winemakers, microbrewers, cideries and distillers now making their home in Woodinville, it can be hard to choose where to begin tasting. For visitors and locals alike, a perfect place to start is the Junction. Located just north of North Woodinville Way on 144th Avenue, the Junction contains all the essential elements of the Woodinville experience within a short stroll. Home to six wineries, a microbrewery, a distillery and a cidery, there’s something here for every imbibing inclination, and plenty of parking that allows you to easily ditch the car and explore on foot. The buildings were originally designed as an auto complex, and the large garage doors roll up and back to give the entire neighborhood an open-air feel. Tables, patrons and tasting flow seamlessly to the outdoors, lending a casual, sidewalk café atmosphere.

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