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Seattle Wine and Food Experience

The Seattle Wine and Food Experience (SWFE) where wine, food and spirits are the main attraction returns to the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall Feb. 21 and 22.

The Grand Tasting gastronomical event, Sunday Feb. 22,  includes "featured experiences" such as the Les Dames d’Escofier Alley’s culinary products, food and beverages. 

Other “featured experiences” include:

·  The QFC Advantage Lounge

·  Northwest, California and International Wines

·  Sip Northwest Distillery Row

·  Tim's Cascade Snacks Beer and Cider Exhibit

·  Top Pot Doughnut and Coffee Bar

·  Stella Artois Bistro & Chef Stage, Ste Michelle Wine Estates Tasting Bar, Wente Vineyards Aroma Experience

Check out the SWFE 2014 event video

New to this year’s SWFE is a Saturday Feb. 21 night kick-off event hosted by Seattle magazine. POP! Bubbles & Seafood will feature the Pacific Northwest's bounty of seafood from many of Seattle's best restaurants and Champagne, sparkling wine, cider and beer. 

Les Dames d'Escoffier Seattle, is the beneficiary of the events to support their efforts in funding scholarships for women in the culinary, beverage, and hospitality industries.

TICKETS: Tickets on sale now at

·  SWFE BIG $125 (includes tickets to POP! And SWFE early admission VIP)

·  SWFE VIP $70 (early admission, custom tote bag, special VIP area)

·  SWFE General Admission $55

·  POP! Bubbles & Seafood  $65

1965 The Eyrie Vineyards David Lett christens the first vines

Willamette Valley retrospective

50 years ago the boys, from California, went up North to Oregon’s Willamette Valley with dreams of creating a world-renowned wine region.

Today more than 400 wineries produce Pinot noir alongside Pinot gris, Pinot blanc, Chardonnay, Reisling and sparkling wine.

Celebrations throughout the year to commemorate David Lett’s planting of Pinot noir on that rainy February day in 1965 at the Eyrie Vineyard.

The Willamette Valley Wineries Association website offers trip-planning resources including interactive maps and lodging/dining guides. In July 2014, a new online tool for finding wineries by features was launched. Visitors can also sort by wine variety, enabling them to seek out some of the Valley’s more unique wines. The new 2015 edition of the Guide to Willamette Valley Wineries is also available, with maps, winery profiles, and more. Request a copy or download the PDF online.

The Association is also holding a 50 Bottles For 50 Years sweepstake, starting Feb. 2 and running through Dec. 14. Share Willamette Valley photos to their gallery with hashtag#50WV and be entered to win.

Willamette Valley Time Line

1965 – David Lett plants the Willamette Valley’s first Pinot noir vines.

1980 – Challenge Tasting in Burgundy reconfirms high rating of The Eyrie Vineyards 1975 Pinot noir in the Gault-Millau Olympiades du Vin in Paris in 1979. International coverage of the upset brought widespread attention to Oregon Pinot noir.

1983 – The Yamhill County Wineries Association is formed, beginning with 11 wineries and later becoming the Willamette Valley Wineries Association in 2005.

1985 – Willamette Valley Pinot noir outshines French at the Burgundy Challenge at the International Wine Center in New York, at which the expert judges’ top five wines consisted entirely of Oregon bottlings.

1987 – The International Pinot Noir Celebration debuts in McMinnville, bringing together the great Pinot noir producers of the world for a weekend of wine education, culinary excellence and friendship.

2000 – The first Oregon Pinot Camp (OPC) is held. Forty Oregon wineries combine their talents and resources to organize a remarkably creative and successful event, which has become one of the most beloved wine trade events in America.

2005 - 2006 – Six American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) within the Willamette Valley are approved.

2015 – Willamette Valley Wineries celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Pinot noir plantings with more than 400 wineries in the region.

Beer PDX

Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America hits Portland April 14-17. Presented by the Brewers Association, this is the leading industry event
that serves both brewpubs and packaging breweries.

Meet industry experts from around the globe, connect with customers.

CBC conference schedule
Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®

33rd Annual Paso Robles Wine Festival

This four day festival in Paso Robles Wine Country is a celebration of the innovation, triumphs, and character of this spectacular region, May 14 - 17, 2015. New this year:  a new RESERVE Only ticket level and an option to pre-order a picnic lunch for the Grand Tasting experience. Tickets are on sale at

Early Bird Ticket Specials: $10 discounts on Premium RESERVE, Premium Grand Tasting and Festival ticket levels are available until March 15, 2015. Discount does not apply to RESERVE Only, Locals Only, Designated Driver or Seminar tickets.

Kathy Casey tapped in top 10

Kathy Casey has been named as one of the Top 10 Most Influential People of the Past 25 Years by Cheers Magazine. Kathy along with celebrity mixologists, bar owners, and cocktail enthusiasts were chosen for their direct impact on raising the bar in the cocktail culture.

Touted as the original "Bar Chef" by fellow Top 10 “King Cocktail” Dale DeGroff, Kathy has been an early pioneer in the bar-chef movement, bringing the kitchen to the bar, and elevating the cocktail scene worldwide.

She is the owner of Kathy Casey Food Studios® – Liquid Kitchen®, a global food, beverage, and concept development agency.

Paul Mackay of El Gaucho Retires

El Gaucho CEO Paul Mackay announced his retirement, passing his crown to son Chad Mackay. Paul was in the restaurant business for over 40 years, and the El Gaucho group currently has five restaurants. Chad has plans to add restaurants in Oregon and Alaska, and to expand the Inn at El Gaucho.

Wildwood Spirits Gets Best In Show

Wildwood Spirits Company, owned by John Howie and Erik Liedholm, received a Best In Show award at the 2014 New York World Wine & Spirits Competition for their Kur Gin, in addition to a Silver Medal for Stark Vatten vodka.

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