A Wine Education with L’Ecole 41

If school were like this, I’d have gotten my doctorates degree! L’Ecole 41, French for “The School” district 41 is more appropriately named, “Je t’aime” for the love that it induces upon first sip. Situated in a schoolhouse built in 1915, L’Ecole teaches a master class in Washington wine class, style and marketing. Until the recent changes to Highway 12 in Walla Walla, every visitor entering Walla Wall from the West drove past the distinct schoolhouse tasting room which beckoned all inside for an enological education. Operated by Megan and Marty Clubb, L’Ecole offers a 27 year lesson plan on […]

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Book Review: Back of the Boat Gourmet Cooking

When you think of backyard BBQ by the pool, what typically comes to mind? Burgers, hot dogs and if you’re going gourmet, maybe some chicken, fish or steak. How about if you’re boating all day, what ends up in your cooler? Chances are it is peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, some fruit, and maybe a juice box or two. Can you do gourmet cooking on the back of a boat? With a little bit of prep and the book Back of the Boat Gourmet Cooking you can be eating in style with creative, fun and easy to prepare dishes. Why […]

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Getting Crafty With Cork

Cork; natural, sustainable and perfect for crafts. If you drink a lot of wine, chances are you have a lot of cork stoppers lying around. It can be a shame to throw them away when so many crafty and creative ideas are out there. At the minimum you can throw them in a big bowl for decoration. If you’re like me, that bowl can fill up pretty quick. Pretty soon you have giant bowls of cork as “decoration” in every room. What now? Last month I wrote about creative uses for wine bottles and planned this tandem piece for corks. […]

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Spokane March of Dimes Signature Chef and Wine Event

March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. With major accomplishments that led to the Polio vaccine in the 1950’s, creation of newborn intensive care units in the 70’s, treatment of respiratory distress syndrome in the 80’s, folic acid education in the 90’s and their ongoing awareness activities, March of Dimes is a champion for those that can’t stand up for themselves…babies. As a five year supporter of the March of Dimes in Spokane, I am proud to be this year’s winery chairperson for the 2010 Signature Chef event […]

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Spokane Weekend Wine Events Aug 6-8

Spokane and wine are becoming synonymous. When was the last time you went out and explored our diverse wine scene? If you live in our great city, I challenge you to put at least ONE of the fantastic events listed below on your list of weekend activities. You may know of the old guard in our area, but chances are you’ve yet to experience newcomers like Overbluff, Barili, Liberty Lake, and Nodland Cellars. Put these guys on your list. They are all open this weekend just for you. All Weekend   Take a tour of the local wineries. Most are open. […]

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