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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.
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.