This is mostly a wine tasting report, but for a quick bite try Twisted Cafe 12631 NE Woodinville Dr. I had the Cuban and it was good, and my wife had the spicy beef which was excellent. Not Salumi, but we were there to wine taste and needed a little food. FYI we grow our own grapes and make our own wines. We have some UC Davis enology education but we still have our day jobs.There was some traffic due to SausageFest, but we managed to avoid most of it. Otherwise everyone else was at the Huskys-Nebraska Game.
Barrage Winery was probably our favorite. The winemaker and wife were in the tasting room and every wine we tasted (5) was very good. A hands on craftsman, pairing his oak barrels to his wines. Producing by taste and not by chemistry. Yum
Pomum Cellars- a spanish wine maker and family owned. The two reds, syrah and tempranillo were extremely good and a value. You might need to call for a tasting. His sister was running the tasting table for the first time and was very amusing. The family was coming from Spain to help with the harvest starting next week.
Carriage House for Delille Cellars. Very good, a little pricey. The tasting room guy was very knowledgeable and helpful.
Mark Ryan- Very good, and the tasting room staff were fun.
Pepper Ridge- right next to Mark Ryan and also very good. Tasting room staff not quite as knowledgable.
matthews- Decent enough, but their upper level reds have a short finish. We thought their best was a charity wine they were selling.
Efeste- Decent Reds, they have a little italian flair to them. The Final Final was our favorite
Baer- right around the corner from Barrage- also worth a visit, unoaked chardonnay the best white I had, and Ursa.
Brian Carter- disappointing, as if they harvested different fruit than everyone else
Silver Lake- disappointing, also as if they started with less then optimal fruit.
Overall the smaller the wine maker, the better the wine, in our opinion. Dont skip the small guys just because they are in a warehouse or a strip mall. YMMV.
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