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 Get the latest word on wine from two expert guides.

MEET THOSE IN THE KNOW

Willows Lodge has the rare good fortune to be located in the heart of Woodinville Wine Country, home to more than 110 wineries and tasting rooms. 

Our Sommeliers, Cara De Lavallade - Advanced Sommelier & Wine Director and Anthony Berkau - Director of Food & Beverage, serve our guests as knowledgeable guides to the local wine community and to our nationally acclaimed wine lists at the Barking Frog and Fireside Lounge.

In September of 2015, Cara passed the three-day Advanced Sommelier exam by the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas and thereby adding her name to an elite list.  Of particular note, only 8 out of 61 people in Cara's group who took the test in Philadelphia passed.

In addition to this esteemed certification, Cara holds a French Wine Scholar certification and an Advanced Certification through the Wine and Spirits Education Trust.  She has mastered her skills over the years from her experience abroad from working in Mendoza, Argentina as a Sommelier at Azafran Restaurante and a Sommelier on board Silversea Cruises.

Cara De Lavallade

MARCH WINE FEATURE - LONG SHADOWS VINTNERS

March is Washington Wine month and we proudly feature some of the oustanding wines from Long Shadows.  Long Shadows Vintners is a collection of seven ultra-premium Columbia Valley wines showcasing the viticultural excellence of the growing region and honoring the internationally acclaimed winemakers who inspired them.

Founded in 2003 by Washington State wine visionary Allen Shoup, the Long Shadows proposition was as simple as it was complex - recruit a cadre of the finest winemakers in the world, give each vintner access to Washington State's best grapes, and outfit a winery to accommodate a diverse group of winemakers' exacting cellar specifications.  The idea quickly sold itself, and from the beginning, the wines have enjoyed critical acclaim that has continued to grow vintage after vintage with the style of each wine firmly in place.

Just ask Sommelier Cara DeLavallade about making the perfect pairings to your meal.

Poet's Leap Riesling
Columbia Valley 2017

Inspired by the great wines of Germany and winemaker Armin Diel, one of the most highly acclaimed Riesling producers and proprietor of the renowned Schlossgut Diel.  Juicy kumquat and lively grapefruit aromas laced with hints of white peach and honey with a pleasing streak of minerality throughout.  Beautifully balanced with just the right amount of racy acidity, the off-dry finish is long and clean.

Dance Chardonnay
Columbia Valley 2016

Allen and Gilles share an affinity for Chardonnay, and they have experimented for several years to perfect the style found in this wine.  Great balance between vibrant fruit and minerality with flavors and aromas of white peach, apricot and baked apples.

Saggi Sangiovese Blend
Columbia Valley 2015

From Tuscany's oldest and most prestigious wine families, Ambrogio and Giovanni Folonari,  A striking, brilliant garnet-colored wine with ripe red cherries, fresh fig and grenadine aromas and flavors wrapped around a core of bright fruit.  Lush and generous on the entry, the mid-palate is rich and vibrant before gaining focus on a finish that shines with polished, refined tannins and great balance.

Chester Kidder Cabernet/Syrah/Petit Verdot
Columbia Valley 2015

Allen Shoup named this wine in honor of his mother, Elizabeth Chester, and his grandmother, Maggie Kidder.  Deep and dark in color with aromas of blackberry jam, sweet spice, dark chocolate and hints of earth.  Dark cherry and subtle oak flavors integrate nicely to create an enticing layer that adds complexity and depth.

Kerry Shiels, Winemaker at Cote Bonneville

AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH KERRY SHIELS - CÔTE BONNEVILLE
Winemaker Dinner Series

Thursday, April 11
7:00PM - Barking Frog

Our April Winemaker Dinner Series features Kerry Shiels, winemaker for Côte Bonneville. 
Be one of the select few to enjoy her outstanding wines paired with a five-course dinner created by Chef Bobby Moore.

$175 per person

To make your reservation, please call 425-424-2999.

GET TO KNOW KERRY SHIELS

The Shiels family believes great wine is made in the vineyard.  In 1992, Hugh and Kathy Shiels planted DuBrul Vineyard.  The steep, south-facing hillside yields grapes with unique flavors and structure.  In 2001, Côte Bonneville was founded to produce classically styled wines that best express their spectacular site.

Kerry Shiels began making wine in middle and high school in a series of science projects.  After earning her engineering degree from Northwestern University in Chicago, she worked in Torino, Italy in Fiat's management development program before being transferred to Case New Holland world headquarters in Chicago before deciding to enter the world of wine.  She gained valuable experience while working in Napa, Argentina and Australia and learned all aspects of winemaking at Joseph Phelps Vineyards, Folio Fine Wine Partners, Robert Mondavi Winery, Tahkilk and Tapiz before returning to Côte Bonneville full time.

Kerry received her master's degree in Viticulture and Enology from UC Davis, and then assumed the winemaker title in August 2009.

Mark Ryan Winery Winemaker - Mark McNeilly

AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH MARK MCNEILLY - MARK RYAN WINERY
Winemaker Dinner Series

Thursday, May 9
7:00PM - Barking Frog

Our May Winemaker Dinner Series features Mark McNeilly, Owner and Executive Winemaker for Mark Ryan Winery.
Be one of the select few to enjoy his outstanding wines paired with a five-course dinner created by Chef Bobby Moore.  This is more than a dinner - it's an experience.

$175 per person

To book your reservation, please call 425-424-2999.


GET TO KNOW MARK MCNEILLY

Mark Ryan McNeilly founded Mark Ryan Winery in 1999 with the goal of making the best wines in Washington State.  Largely self-taught, Mark honed the craft of winemaking through rigorous study and the welcomed advice of some of the area's most experienced producers.

In the early years, the winery was transient.  The first vintages of Long Haul and Dead Horse were produced, crushed and pressed in garages of friends and family, barrels aged in warehouses in the Seattle area, and finally settling in Woodinville in 2003.

Over a decade later, Mark Ryan Winery has grown in size, earned acclaim from wine-lovers and critics alike, and garnered respect from the state's elite producers.  The goal, however, remains the same. make delicious wines that represent the vineyard from which they come, making every vintage better than the last.

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 Cara DeLavallade, Advanced Sommelier

 

One of the most common questions I get, "What wine should I serve for a special occasion?"  Most importantly, Champagne is the answer to 99% of your questions.  Any decent toast deserves a brimming glass of bubbles and sparkling wine pairs beautifully with everything from beluga caviar to potato chips.  Of course, nothing compares to the wines of Champagne - the combination of mineral-laden, chalky soils and hundreds of years of family, tradition, and knowledge make the region distinct and the wine singular. 

Enjoying a good bottle of Champagne is a celebration and should not be reserved only for birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays.  Champagne is appropriate at breakfast, on the beach, after lunch, at the top of a mountain, on a dock, at your cousin's graduation, on Tuesday or at the dog park.  

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