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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.
AN EVENING WITH TWO VINTNERS WINERY
Thursday, January 24, 2019
7:00PM in the Barking Frog
Join Two Vintners Winemaker Morgan Lee and Barking Frog Chef Bobby Moore for a fun-filled evening featuring a special 5-course dinner paired with outstanding wines from Two Vintners.
$125.00 per person, plus tax and gratuity
To make your reservation, please call the Barking Frog at 425-424-2999.
S O L D O U T
JANUARY WINE FEATURE - TWO VINTNERS
This month we are featuring some of the outstanding wines from Two Vintners. Wine from Two Vintners is about the experience.
Branching out. Trying new styles. New varietals. They want to expose you to wines that show how unique Washington wine can be.
Cara DeLavallade, our Wine Director and Advanced Sommelier, will be happy to discuss and pair your favorite Barking Frog dish
to one of these wines. So relax and enjoy the experience!
Claire Grenache, Bouchey Vineyard, Yakima Valley
The second vintage of this special wine. This wine is named for Morgan's daughter who made her debut in March of 2015. Claire is a light and bright wine of 100% Grenache, all from the esteemed Boushey Vineyard in the Yakima Valley. With light, brambly fruit flavors mixed in with flowers, and a little smoke, this wine is captivating.
Legit, Columbia Valley 2014
83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc & 5% Merlot
Staying true to the Two Vintners style, this is not just a fruit-driven wine, Legit explores a different side. Showing that powerful red need not be a fruit bomb, but can be a focused blend of fruit and savory flavors. We gave it a name that reflects the quality of the wine but didn't take itself too seriously. Legit.
Zinfandel, Stone Tree Vineyard, Wahluke Slope
When Zinfandel first entered the line up at Two Vintners, it raised some eyebrows. Originally intended to be a one-off wine in 2008, it has now become one of their most sought after bottlings. The big, brambly fruit remain, accented by the notes of spices and held together with some sneaky tannins. This is a continuation of the house style that our fans have come to know and love.
Some Days are Stones Syrah, Stoney Vine Vineyard, Walla Walla
There is funky wine, and then there is the Rocks District funky wine. This Syrah is sourced entirely from the Stoney Vine vineyard which is in "The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater" AVA of the Walla Walla Valley. Planted over the old riverbed of the Walla Walla River, this vineyard produces some of the most unique and distinguishable Syrah in Washington. Imagine a plethora of earthy and meaty flavors all wrapped together with a single, dark berry smashed in and you'll start to understand.
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.