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MOHAI’s ‘Edible City’-Inspired Food & Wine Pairings

The question of “What is a Seattle food?” proved to have a variety of answers, from Native American salmon bakes to a Dick’s Drive-In burger. We found that our signature foods are reflective of the city’s geography; with our proximity to water and mountains and irrigated orchards, to rail lines and ports. And yet our […]

Wine Press NW: Stars align behind Michael Mina’s RN74 in Seattle

There’s an abundance of internationally recognized talent behind RN74 in downtown Seattle, and yet there are strong local ties that may just bind them to this French-themed restaurant for a while. It starts with celebrity restaurateur Michael Mina and celebrity sommelier Rajat Parr, who recruited Woodinville sommelier/winemaker Jeff Lindsay-Thorsen to head up their wine program. […]

Wine Enthusiast: W.T. Vintners ‘some of the more exciting wines’ in WA

Finally, W.T. Vintners releases an extremely impressive lineup that includes the W.T. Vintners 2014 Boushey Vineyard Mourvèdre Yakima Valley ($49, 91 points); W.T. Vintners 2013 Gorgeous Destiny Ridge Vineyard Syrah Horse Heaven Hills ($30, 91 points); and W.T. Vintners 2013 Damavian Les Collines Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley ($45, 91 points). These are some of the more exciting wines being made in the state right now […]

Wine Enthusiast: Must-Try Somm Wine

After dedicating their professional lives—and personal time—to wine, some sommeliers are ambitious enough to take the ultimate deep dive: creating their own. Get to know these four sommeliers and their wine labels.

Paste: Greetings from the biggest wine region you don’t know

I’m in Seattle. It’s March, which means Japanese cherries and star magnolias are running riot and it’s colder than a well-digger’s ass out here. The wind is piercing, the clouds are doing their best to look more mountainous than the mountains, and large branches are being ripped from cedar trees and flung at people as […]

Eater: Ask a Somm: Why Pét-Nat is not Champagne

Wine at the Seattle outpost of chef Michael Mina’s fusion-y French restaurant RN74 is overseen by lead sommelier and wine director, Jeff Lindsay-Thorsen (and he’s also a winemaker here). Unsurprisingly, food and drink pair up, and the eatery pushes a France-forward list of Burgundy-heavy wines, in addition to more local small-production selections from Washington and Oregon. Below, Lindsay-Thorsen demystifies a […]

WSJ: Inside Washington State’s Warehouse Wineries

Some of the Washington’s best wines are being made in a tiny city just north of Seattle and far from the well-known vineyards on the eastern side of the state. A Warehouse made wine doesn’t sound very promising. It seems rather industrial and fairly downscale. And yet some of the best wines are created in […]

Roll with Jen: A Sommelier Who’s Also a Winemaker

This article is written by Luke Wohlers, my sommelier buddy and monthly columnist for In 2011 I volunteered for my first grape “crush” in Woodinville, Washington. Then I soon found out this was no simple candy crush. It’s actually pure cardio fitness treading around in a vat that feels like a grape version of […]

SF Gate: Found in a gorge, a promising paradise for wine

About 75 minutes due east of Portland, this is the heart of the Columbia Gorge, one of the world’s most climatically diverse places. Here, the mighty Columbia River cleaves Washington from Oregon. This is an astonishingly fertile spot for wine. Among the area’s 30 wineries you’ll find some of the Northwest’s most daring winemakers, many […]