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A Local’s Guide to the Best Woodinville Wineries

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This is JM Cellars, one of the wineries that made it onto my list of the best Woodinville wineries.

If you’ve seen my past guides to PNW wineries, you know I have a near reverence for wine. I’m constantly researching places to try and sipping my way through the best wineries in the region.

Washington is home to some of the best wine in the world, and people living or exploring Seattle have a great wine tasting area nearby: Woodinville. This wine-loving town is about a 30-minute drive from Seattle and has more than 100 wineries and tasting rooms.

I’ve explored most of the wine districts in the area, so I’ll break down the areas and give you a local’s perspective on the best Woodinville wineries.

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The 5 Best Cocktails In Seattle

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The best cocktails in Seattle. Some of them come with a view, like this one at the Smith Tower Observatory.

If you’ve read any of my recent travel guides, you know I love wine. But I also love me a good cocktail. There are a ton of craft cocktail places in Seattle with really excellent bar programs. I’ve been to enough that I’ve started to identify the best places to go and, most importantly, the best drinks to order.

I’m always sharing with my friends what drinks to seek out, but it’s time I share it with everyone else. Here is the list of some of my favorite bars and the best cocktails in Seattle you must try.

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Where to Find the Best Steak Tartare in Seattle

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The Walrus and Carpenter in Seattle serves the best steak tartare I have ever had. It is super creamy thanks to a raw egg, salty, and crunchy because of the rye toast crisps. I highly recommend trying this if you go to this popular French restaurant in Seattle!

If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I’m completely obsessed with steak tartare. I’m a complete savage when I go to restaurants. If they have this popular raw meat dish, I will be ordering it.

I started to realize that not all steak tartares are created equal. So I created a Trello board with a running list of all my favorites (I know, I’m a nerd). Rather than let that list go to waste, I thought I’d share with you where to find the best steak tartare in Seattle.

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An Interview with the WA Wine Shop Championing Small Local Wineries

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We sat down with the owner of Farm Shed Wines, a wine shop in Western Washington that sells sustainable, small batch wines from the Pacific Northwest. This is their space for wine tasting and events.

If you’ve learned one thing from my Instagram stories, Walla Walla wine guide, and my Lake Chelan wineries round up, you know I love wine. That’s why I was so pumped to learn about Farm Shed Wines, a new wine retailer curating sustainable, small batch wines from the Pacific Northwest.

Since I love supporting local makers and artisans, we’re going to work together to develop recipes and wine pairings highlighting stories from their winemakers. But before we dive into each winery’s story, I wanted to share with you how Farm Shed Wines went from an idea to a full-fledged wine shop just outside of Tacoma, WA.

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Non-Eating Foodie Activities In the Seattle Area

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The essential guide to non-eating foodie activities in the Seattle area. Get ready to experience Seattle, WA beyond it's great restaurants and bars.

One of my favorite things about Seattle is just how much of a food city it is. There’s more than just a butt load of awesome, trendy restaurants. Its residents have a deep reverence for food, which results in a lot of non-eating foodie activities in the Seattle area.

To lay out just how serious Seattle takes food, let me highlight a few facts. It’s illegal not to compost in Seattle. Sustainable agriculture is everywhere: from individual urban gardens to community pea patches and restaurant farms. There are a ton of foodie events in Seattle every month. Farmer’s markets run strong here and the opportunities for people to get hands on with food are endless.

So if you are like me and have a deep love for food beyond what you put in your mouth, you need to read this article. I outline all the non-eating foodie activities in the Seattle area so you can increase your culinary knowledge and make more food memories along the way.

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