The Short List: Grey Day Blah Banishers

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”Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards, and which incorporates itself with the grapes, to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.” – Benjamin Franklin

As a writer, I’m inspired by other writers. As a blogger, the same applies.

Blogging isn’t always about educating and entertaining. Sometimes its about celebrating those who inspire us.

With Fall officially upon us, and PNW’s unofficial rainy season with it,

binNotes offers up her

Short List of  favorite grey-day blah banishers.

Cheers!

RN74:

Bergman’s Bourgogne: A  personal glimpse of Burgundy, one interview at a time.

Burgundy Report: The definitive field guide to Burgundy, Ah-Zed.

Francophile:
The Good Life France: Go-to guide for ex-pats seeking The Good Life in France.

Becoming Madame: American attorney turned modern-day Colette in The City of Lights.

Off Road Terroirists:

Terroirist.com: Industry insights and interviews that leave you hankering for a beer.

The Drunken Cyclist: Irreverent intersection of all things wine, cycling, family and math…

Geek:

PinotPhile:  Grey’s Anatomy for Pinot Lovers, by the avowed Prince of Pinot.

Great Northwest Wine:  Well-scribed, EZ-yet-encyclopedic resource of all things NW Wine.

Girlz:

Wine Folly, Madeline Puckett: Wine geek pixie, with charts.

Hawk WakaWaka Wine Reviews: The Philosophy of Wine, Illustrated.

Foodie:

My Custard Pie: An oasis of sensory delights from the desert of UAE.

Jameson Fink: Wine Without Worry: Locavore with mad wine skills.

 Humor:

1 Wine Dude: Keepin’ it Real in the Wine ‘Hood.

The HoseMaster of Wine: A Legend in His Own Mind – and beyond, apparently.

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Restaurant Intervention: e – po – lu, Edmonds, WA.

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“He who distinguishes the true savor of his food can never be a glutton; he who does not cannot be otherwise.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

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epolu

e-po-lu:  sumptuous food, banquet or feast.

I finally know what the sin of gluttony feels like. Or, rather – what it tastes like.

It tastes like e-po-lu bistro’s Manila clams with Parsley, ​Chervil, Chives, Garlic & Pinot Gris, plus a side of toasted bread to sop up the sauce. Oh, and a side order of sauteed green beans with garlic. lemon and chili to add to the flavor-fest. So simple. So delicious. So sumptuous. A true banquet of the senses  – and stomach.

Meat eaters – my  partner-in-crime swears by the Braised Beef Short Rib with Garlic​ Mashed Potato, Arugula & Demi Glace. Not one succulent morsel left on his plate, either.

Wines by the glass or bottle include some reasonably-priced Old World selections, as well as familiar top-shelf New world pours with prices to match.

Warm, attentive staff, soft lighting and cozy bistro seating help set the stage for ongoing crime of self-indulgence. And, like any self-respecting bistro, this venue accomodates families, foodies and francophiles alike. Proprietary parking on the side ensures a seamless, hassle-free dining experience. Sinning never tasted so good.

Santé!

Epulo Bistro on Urbanspoon


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@ChocolateSalon 2014

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Image: Courtesy Seattle Chocolate Salon.

Image: Courtesy Seattle Chocolate Salon.

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Hi: Just a quick note to update you – I’m  attending

International Chocolate Salon –  Seattle 2014

today.

Please check back for my forthcoming piece on the terroir of chocolate…cheers!

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WITWIB? @ChocolateSalon 2014

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International Chocolate Salon –  Seattle 2014

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That’s right…somebody’s gotta do it. binNotes reprises her role as a judge at the 7th annual International Chocolate Salon this Sunday, May 4th at Seattle’s Bell Harbor Convention Center. Please check back for my take on the terroir of chocolate…Cheers!

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Culinary Interventions: #Sonoma

Sonoma requires no culinary interventions, instead boasting an abundance of garden-fresh, locally grown, gorgeously prepared gastronomica served by uber-upbeat staff.

Here’s a sampling of binNotes’ favorite Sonoma feastables:

Healdsburg, CA:

Willi’s Seafood & Raw Bar
403 Healdsburg Ave. | Healdsburg, CA. 95448 |

Winter is NOT coming to this cornerstone in local Stark Restaurant empire’s culinary crown. Specializing in fresh seafood, artisan small plates, and a stellar selection of wines by the glass.

Willi's Seafood & Raw Bar on Urbanspoon

Ravenous
117 North St. | Healdsburg, CA. 95448 |

A Lyon-style bijou, this button-size bistro’s handwritten fresh sheet changes daily, including affordable house wines by the glass. Santé!

Ravenous Cafe & Lounge on Urbanspoon

Bravas
420 Center St. | Healdsburg, CA. 95448 |

Ole! The Stark Restaurant empire takes on tapas with finesse and flair. Trademark tasty small plates and unique Spanish wines and sangria by the glass or bottle. binNotes’ fave: Tortilla Española – potato omelette with Alioli – ¡Salud¡

Bravas! on Urbanspoon

Campo Fina
330 Healdsburg Ave. | Healdsburg, CA 95448 |

Unfettered Italian cuisine featuring wood-oven fresh pizzas, plus binNote’s personal fave: polenta. Want to bring your own bottle of local wine? No problem – for a $20 corkage fee. Bonus bocce court out back – what’s not to love? Salute!

Campo Fina on Urbanspoon

Flying Goat Coffee
419 Center Street | Healdsburg, CA. 95448 |
– Eddie

THE place for a cuppa joe in the morning, brewed on one of two sleek Italian machinas. Add a bevy of hand-baked goods and you have the makings of a perfect morning after a night of overindulgence…

Flying Goat Coffee on Urbanspoon

Sonoma, CA:
Girl and the Fig
111 W. Spain St. | Sonoma, CA. 95476 |

Hip, happenin’ staff keep the overflow brunch and bar crowd comfortably numb with hand-crafted cocktails and eclectic eats. binNotes’ personal fave: Fig Royale…sparklin’ good!

Girl & The Fig on Urbanspoon

For more on Sonoma:
Part 1 of 3: Wine Road of Sonoma
Part 2 of 3: It’s Always Sunny in Sonoma
Part 3 of 3: Down in the Valley(s)

More binNotes’ Culinary Interventions:

Patina – Los Angeles, CA.
Canlis – Seattle, WA.
Villa Creek – Paso Robles, CA.

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Get Your Blanca y Rosado On!

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A Triple Play of Tastes to Get Your Blanca y Rosado On!

by L. M. Archer, FWS

So many Spanish wines, so little time. Did you know that Spain boasts most land planted to vines worldwide, over 600 native Spanish grape varietals, and 54 Denominacións de Origen (DO’s)?

Let’s keep it simple. Looking for rockstar whites or roses to go with your tapas,  small plates, or Sunday brunch? Try this triple play of binNotes’ favorite fresh tastes from some unexpected wine regions:

BIERZO DO  (Castille-Leon)

An intoxicating offering of whites, rosados, and upstart reds.

RUEDA DO  (Castille-Leon)

Reknown for refreshing dry whites from the native Verdejo grape, this tiny district sits down-river from Duero del Ribero DO. 

Still available are the more traditional fortified wines Palido Rueda (fino) and Dorado Rueda (rancio), and sparkling Rueda Espumoso (méthode chamenoise).

SOMONTADO DO  (Aragón)

The Pyrenees peer down upon this destined-for-greatness Spanish wine region best known for its barrel-fermented Chardonnay.

Find these wines on WineSearcher:

  • 2011 Prada Godello – Bierzo DO
  • Monte Alina 2011 Verdejo Viura – Rueda DO
  • Tierra Buena 2011 Blanca – Rueda DO
  • 2011 Blanco Nieva – Rueda DO
  • 2011 Pirineos Rosado – Somontano DO
  • 2008 Estada Rosado – Somontano DO
  • 2009 Viñas Delvero Blanco – Somontano DO


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Learn More on Spanish Wine:

7 Sip-Worthy Spanish Wine Regions

Spanish Sippers

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#SFWE 2013 Update

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Enjoy these fresh images from binNotes attendance today at Seattle Food & Wine Experience 2013. Peha Promotions hits another one out of the park!

FYI,  #SFWE 2013 helps benefit Big Table, a non-profit organization geared towards assisting food service workers in crisis, transition, or need. Based in Spokane, Big Table expands to Seattle in 2013. Learn more here.

Foodie find of the event: www.cookieboxseattle.com – specialty shortbread bites fashioned for perfect pour pairings. Yum!

Shout outs to Oregon Wine and WBC 2012 alumni Cornerstone Cellars Oregon, R. Stuart & CoSeven of Hearts Winery, Stoller Family Estate & recent interviewee Youngberg Hills Winery. Cheers!

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