Island Gin

Doug FIr

Not content to merely add yet another gin to the cabinet of small-batch spirits fans, two Washington craft producers are incorporating island ingredients to impart a Northwest spin to their spirits.

D.Y.I. Booze

Book, The Seasonal Cocktail Companion by Maggie Savarino

Eating seasonally is commonplace nowadays in the Pacific Northwest, yet the same principles—with a modicum of patience—apply just as well behind the bar as at the dining table.

Living La Vida Locavore

Sooke Harbor House

Twenty-five years ago, the specials on many Pacific Northwest restaurant menus featured ingredients from

Allen Shoup on the maturation of the Washington wine industry

Allen Shoup

Nobody understands Washington wines better than Allen Shoup.

Washington’s Cranberry Coast

Cranberries on the vine

Prized for their ultra-tart flavor and ultra-healthy qualities, cranberries are a little-appreciated Northwest crop that

Ancient Lakes Newest Northwest AVA

Ancient Lakes in winter

Washington State adds to its ranks of American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) with the announcement from the TTB (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) that the proposed Ancient Lakes AVA has been approved

Blue Ribbon Fishing on the Yakima River

Fishing on the Yakima River

The Yakima River, a tributary of the Columbia River, is home to Washington’s only Blue Ribbon fishery, estimated to contain more than 1,000 wild—not stocked—fish per river mile.

Crayelle Cellars, Washington

  2009 Dry Riesling, Washington $15

Dusted Valley Vintners, Washington

2010 Pinot Gris, Boomtown, Washington State

Tre Nova, Oregon

2010 Rosato, Dry Sangiovese Rosé, Columbia Valley, Washington