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Best of Western Washington Wine Events in October

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It’s crush time for wine makers, and that means celebrations, seasonal parties and harvest time tastings. Head out to Western Washington’s wine country for one of these fun events.

Fireman Chili Cook Off & Stomp Party
Saturday, October 15
11:00am – 5:00pm
Challenger Ridge
14344 Woodinville Redmond Road NE
Redmond, WA 98052
http://www.challengerridge.com

A family-friendly event that includes Wine Barrel Drag Racing, Wine Cork Neck Racing, Live Music, Pumpkin Carving for the kids, Pumpkin Bowling, Stomping The Grapes with your Bare Feet, and of course the firefighter’s best chili! Cost: $20/person, $10/Kids (ages 6 – 12), Call 425.422.6988 for tickets. Net proceeds benefit the WSCFF Burn Foundation.

Poker Night Out
Saturday, October 15
7:00pm – 10:00pm
Matthews Estate
16116 140th Pl NE
Woodinville, WA 98072
425.487.9810
http://www.matthewsestate.com

Come out and the first ever Poker Night at Matthews. It’s a Texas hold’em multi-table tournament. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive prizes in wine; amount of wine will be determined by number of entries. The individual that has the highest Hand of the Night will receive a bottle of 2006 Columbia Valley Claret, a $30 value. Come hungry and enjoy some pulled pork sliders, potato salad and brownies for dinner. Tickets are $20/person; $30/at the door, which includes dinner and tournament entry.

Third Thursday Wine Walk: Halloween at the Warehouse District
Thursday, October 20
4:00pm – 8:00pm
19495 144th Ave NE, Suite B210
Woodinville, WA 98072
http://www.woodwarewine.com
Come out for the last walk of the season. Costumes are welcome, but optional. Dogs in costumes are more than welcome! Over 10 wineries will open their doors for tastings during the walk. Lots of great artisan food. Participating wineries include Davenport Cellars, Red Sky Winery and others. This is a BYOG (Bring Your Own Glass Event). Tickets are $20/person and can be purchased at Red Sky Winery.

Annual Crush Festival
Saturday, October 22
12:00 – 5:00pm
18510 142nd Ave NE
Woodinville, WA 98072
http://www.woodwarewine.com

The warehouse wineries will be opening their doors and introduducing you to “Crush”. Crush refers to harvest, when the grapes are ready and this wine vintage begins. Choose from a number of food vendors and enjoy your lunch while you walk around the area and taste exciting wines while watching the birth of a new vintage. Winemakers and staff will be on hand to answer questions and share their insights on the winemaking process. Davenport Cellars, Patterson Cellars, Tenor Wines, William Church Winery and others will be participating.
Check out different grape varieties, fermentation techniques, chat with the winemakers as they tell you how it all happens.

Harvest at the Winery
Saturday, October 22
12:00pm – 5:00pm
Michael Florentino Cellars
19501 144th Ave NE, Suite D500
Woodinville, WA 98072
425.281.2323
http://www.michaelflorentinocellars.com

Come visit and see what is fermenting in the winery. Taste some grape samples and the juice that is in the process.

Corks and Canvas
Matthews Estate
16116 140th Pl NE
Woodinville, WA 98072
425.487.9810
Thursday, October 27
6:00 – 9:00pm

You are invited to enjoy a glass of wine, while creating a work of art. Corks and Canvas Events will be setting up paint stations in the wine cellar, to teach you how to paint. This event is $45/person and everything is supplied for you: the canvas, brushes, paints, red aprons, music and step-by-step instruction by a local artist. Each guest will receive a glass of wine with their ticket and the opportunity to purchase wine by the bottle for 20% off during the evening. Email info@corksandcanvasevents.com for tickets.

Create your own “MUMMY” at Page Cellars
Saturday, October 29
12:00pm – 4:00pm
Page Cellars
19495 144th Ave NE, Suite B205
Woodinville, WA 98072
253-232-9463
http://www.pagecellars.com

Create your own “MUMMY”, wrap your friend, husband, wife or significant other in toilet paper, in less than five minutes (plenty of time to do a good job) and you’ll receive 30% off any wines (two bottles per customer limit). BYO-TP, preferably white. Real people, real fun, and plenty of parking.

Halloween Party
Saturday, October 29
Silver Lake Winery
15029 Woodinville-Redmond Rd
Woodinville, WA, 98072
425.485.2437 x109

It’s a spooky warehouse Halloween party! Games, prizes, live music and wine! What more could you want!? Come out for a haunting good time on Halloween weekend.

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