Category Archives: Wa Wine

#2019RoséPartyRoundup

This year, we have collected over 20 of Washington’s best Rosé Wines!

2019 featuring: Airfield, Betz, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Efestē, Goose Ridge, Gorman, JBookwalter, JM Cellars, KVintners, Lauren Ashton, Long Cellars, Mark Ryan, Matthews, NoveltyHill-Januik, Patterson, Pondera Winery, SMAK, Sparkman, Warr-King, Wit, Woodhouse Wine Estates.

Kevin is cooking it up again, this year, street tacos and all of the fixins!

Love and Rosé are in the air! #2019RoséPartyRoundup

2019 is kicking off with a #2019RoséPartyRoundup update!

Here are the WA Rosé Wine Release Time Frames:

Now Available:
Sparkman Cellars: 2018 this old porch Rosé
Gorman: “42-39-56…That’s a lot of Rose’”
Chateau St Michelle

Coming Soon!

Patterson Cellars: Feb 9th: Patterson Cellars Rosé, Forbidden Rosé and a 2017 Sparkling Rosé of Pinot Noir.
Guardian Cellars new : 2/14. I can’t wait to try Jerry’s new Rosé!
Goose Ridge: March
Mark Ryan: March
Ancestry Cellars: April
William church: April
Lauren Ashton Cellars: April 21st: Announcing two this year! Ashton Troy and Lauren Ashton Rosé
WT Vintners: Mid April
Matthews: May
Longshadows Vintners: Early Spring. Usually Rosé of Pinot Gris,
Efeste: Early Spring
Kennedy Shaw: Spring
Charles Smith: (K Vintners) Spring
Underground Wine Company: “And Why am I Mr. Pink”: Spring
TBD: Love that Red, Airfield, Col Solare, Northstar.

 

 

 

September Dinner Party

Our first of many dinner parties last night.

Our annual Rosé party has gotten too big (70) which didn’t give us much time to talk to our friends at the party this Summer. Kevin and I decided we are switching it and we are going to have dinner parties with groups of 8-12 at a time. Last night was a party of eight. The guest list was a surprise, and it turned out to be a great blend of personalities! The food was amazing, Kevin is such a great cook! Party #1 was a success!

– Heirloom tomato peaches, Burrata cheese and tomato salad with finished with chiffon basil

– Chinese five spice tea infused shrimp sautéed and served over jasmine rice

– Steak Oscar with Dungeness crab, asparagus, bernaise sauce and herb roasted potatoes

– Dessert, a frozen mango custard with raspberries and blueberries

Plating It Up with Kevin

Kevins Badass Kitchen 101 Episode 3

Simple Salmon on the Grill

Kevins Badass Kitchen 101 episode 2 Cooking Salmon on the Grill

How to Make a Simple and Quick Caprese Salad

Kevin’s Badass Kitchen 101 Episode 1 shows us how to be a rockstar in the kitchen

4th Annual Rosé Party 2016

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Kevin and I spent the week of July 30th keeping very busy, finalizing our RSVP list, buying and prepping foods and preparing the house for over 40 people. With a collection of Woodinville Rosé Wines and a guest list including friends and neighbors, we go all out for this big party every year. We prepare all of the food ourselves and have a great time picking up Rosé wines as they are released every year.

(Photos: courtesy of Jeff Lantz Images and @tastingfoodwine)

 

 

This year, we included a “secret” imposter wine to our blind tasting. Every year, guests attempt to match the wines with the tasting notes provided. This year we had around 3 people who guessed them all right!

 

It was a great night and we look forward to seeing everyone next year at our 5th Annual!

Oysters and J Bookwalter Wines

 

On the evening of June 9th, 2016, I attended the King County Library event at JBookwalter Wines in Woodinville, WA.  The guest Author Cynthia Nims, discussed her book “Oysters: Recipes that Bring Home a Taste of the Sea”, how she completed the research for it, her travels, seeking out all of the different oysters and how they are harvested, resulted in the recipes in the book and they include a variety of ways to prepare oysters.

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The catering provided at this event, Perfect Pair Catering, used a few of Cynthia’s recipes for the guests to taste.

Oysters on the half shell with a Lemon-Rosemary mignonette, Zippy Oyster Shots, Smoked Oysters and more.

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Kevin Brendt, Tasting Studio Manager at JBookwalter Wines in Woodinville, was the wine host for the evenings event and paired the wines with the fabulous seafood dishes. The event was a great time and Kevin took the time to explain each dish and why he chose the wine he paired with the foods.

 

J Bookwalters Wines can be found at the tasting studio in Woodinville, or at the winery in Richland, WA. J Bookwalter Wines Website

Facebook: J Bookwalter Woodinville

 

 

 

Valentines Day just got a whole lotta Rosé

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Click this link to go directly to the 2016 Valentines Day Events in Woodinville Wine Country

Rosé wine, whether its in the middle of February on a rainy day in Woodinville, or a hot sunny day in the park at the Celebrate Woodinville Festival, Rosé wine is one of our favorites. There is something about the wine that is exciting to me, because it has such a range of dryness and sweetness, depending on the grapes used and each winemakers creation.

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Photo courtesy of Gorman Winery Facebook

 

This weekend is Valentines Day, the start of an exciting time for Kevin and I in Woodinville. We head out collecting Rosé wines each year, amassing a large collection of wines from Woodinville wine makers. Whether its a seafood dinner on a Tuesday, or a romantic dinner at the LeBrendt Bistro, or our 4th annual Rosé Roundup party in August, a Rosé wine is great at anytime! Get out for a visit to Woodinville Wine Country, there is so much to see!

Here is a list of Valentines Day Events!

Cheers!

Julia & Kevin @tastingfoodwine

 

The LeBrendt Bistro Is Open!

I really am very happy that Kevin has found his dream job, working at J Bookwalter Tasting Studio in Woodinville. But, with Kevin focusing on his new job recently as the J Bookwalter Tasting Studio Manager, the “LeBrendt Bistro” at home has been empty and the table, getting dusty.  I asked Kevin if he could fire up a great meal again and we could dine at our “bistro” at home, unless he forgot how to do all that?? Kevin responded to the challenge with a great meal, great wines and a lot of fun during a kid free evening at home.

Photo Sep 25, 6 56 49 PMI am very lucky, and one way that I express my gratitude is by posting this blog post with great pictures of our dishes! Kevin likes to course it out, small bites, many courses, pairing each course with a different bottle of wine.

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Our first course was a fantastic pairing of Kusshi Oysters with Guardian Cellars Sauvignon Blanc. Fresh Kusshi Oysters with a cilantro Aleppo Pepper minuet. These small oysters are easy to eat, and have a great flavor.

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Kevin whipped up course number two: a tomato micro green salad with apple balsamic vinaigrette with a Scarborough Rose’ of Grenache. I love balsamic vinegar and the micro greens were fantastic with the tomatoes adding a bit of spicy flavors. This was a Rose’ we had not tried before. It was a nice, dry Rose’ which paired really well with Kevin’s dish.

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Course three, delectable five spice grilled prawns with an orange zest sauce, resting against jasmine rice and grilled bok choy, paired with Charles Smith Sixto Chardonnay. Fantastic orange flavors in this dish, this was a new sauce that Kevin created and I loved it! He should try it again with chicken, that would be great too! Kevin never uses a recipe, and has a natural ability to combine flavors that work great together.

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Course four, our main course, boneless chicken thighs stuffed with apples, onions and baby shiitake mushrooms, resting on a savory bed of butternut squash puree with fresh Sage paired with Page Cellars 2006 Preface Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (A gift from our neighbor, Thanks Jerry!)

Photo Sep 25, 9 19 14 PM Photo Sep 25, 8 52 28 PM Photo Sep 25, 9 19 04 PMKevin had a dessert planned, but one of the kids arrived home and the house was busy again!

Thank you Kevin, for a fantastic dinner!! I am one lucky woman! XXXOOO