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Easy Leek and Zuchinni Yogurt Sauce Recipe with Wine Pairing

This recipe calls for yogurt in place of cream to create an easy and healthy sauce. It’s unctuous mouth feel enhances fish as well as some delightful white wine pairings.

recipe ingredients

 

Yogurt Sauce Recipe

  • 1 leek (white and light green parts), diced
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (I use 2%)
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives
  • Zest of 1-2 lemons

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Let’s Talk About Orange Wine

A friend posted about orange wine on Instagram saying she hates to do so because the term leads many to ask her if it’s made from oranges. Sure, it’s not your garden variety wine but it’s been made for thousands of years. Perhaps we need to talk about orange wine?

I remember when I had my first orange wine from Washington. Gah! It was not for me. You know how when you make a cup of tea and accidentally let it steep too long and the aromatics are like *kapow*? Then, each sip leaves you with kitty cat tongue. Yeah, that’s what it was like. Subsequently, I tried one from another producer. Hmmm, better I thought. Then, I had the good fortune to travel to Slovenia and experience orange wine the way it was meant to be. There it is typically crafted from the Rebula grape, often spending months in large vessels. It was just right! Food friendly, too.

As winemakers here in the United States gain more experience crafting orange wines, I’m finding more to my taste. Here are some recent highlights from Washington state and beyond.

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Explore Seattle’s Urban Wine Scene

Did you know that the Georgetown neighborhood is part of Seattle’s current urban wine scene?

Explore Seattle Cascade Cliffs Georgetown

As a volunteer board member for Seattle Urban Wineries I’ve enjoyed traversing across town and exploring the different neighborhoods in which the wineries and tasting rooms are located. My latest day trip took me to this historic area where the town’s first railroad began, Rainier beer originated, and the city’s first municipal airport opened. Discover why this neighborhood is a terrific destination to explore Seattle’s charming architecture of a bygone era while taking in some wine tasting and craveable food in my latest article for Explore Washington State.

Thirsty for more? Read about wine tasting in West Seattle or spending a day in Pioneer Square. Or, in case you missed it, check out the partnership between a Seattle Sounder MLS Cup champion and a Seattle winery.

Have you visited these places in Seattle’s urban wine scene? Or maybe there are some spots I missed. Head on over to Instagram and share your favorites!

Washington’s White Wines for the Adventurous

If you’re part of the “Anything But Chardonnay” crowd, grab a glass and take a journey through an exotic landscape filled with flourishing blossoms and their enticing perfume, along with captivating textures. Close your eyes, tip your head back, then surrender to the bright flavors swirling around. Without further ado, here are seventeen of Washington’s white wines for the adventurous along with some reliable producers.

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Keeping Up with Damsel Cellars

There’s a winemaker in Woodinville who says, “Not all damsels are in distress.” That vintner is Mari Womak of Damsel Cellars. For nearly two years I’ve had the great pleasure of working with her. The truth is, a lot of winemakers relish days hiding out in the cellar. However, that’s not the case with Mari. In fact, keeping up with Damsel Cellars and all that Mari is doing can be a challenge.

Winemaker Mari Womak, photo courtesy of winery friend Wen (@grnlakegirl on Twitter)

Regardless, she’s still accessible to Damsel’s wine club and consumers. Perhaps that’s the secret to her success. Somehow, Mari knows how to make serious wine yet keep the tasting experience fun and engaging. It’s not about ego or being a “rockstar winemaker.” However, a rockstar partnership is indeed part of the story. Here’s a glimpse at what is keeping Damsel Cellars so busy besides her fantastic vino (pro tip:  her Mourvedre is particularly spectacular). If you’re a fan of supporting small locally owned businesses, take a look and plan to rescue some wine!

Hint:  read all the way to the bottom for a giveaway alert!

She’s Gone Hollywood

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