Monthly Archives: August 2014

Columbia Winery, Seattle, Washington

One of the best dinner that I had at the Society of Wine Educators (SWE) Conference in Seattle, WA was at the Columbia Winery.
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What an amazing winery, modern and yet quaint with a formal dinning room and a spectacular wine barrel room. The night started out with a visit in their barrel room, a live jazz band, and passing h’orderves which are paired with their wines. Followed by a multicourse meal which also pair with their wines. I have to say that the food was amazing and their food and wine pairing is perfect. Each dish flavor were enhanced by the wine and vice verse with the wines. I have to say that the people at Columbia Winery left me with a very memorable evening of food and wine.
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At the dinner I had the chance to see two of my most favorite wine instructors, both of whom are very knowledgeable and very passionate about passing on their wine knowledge. I have learned a lot from them over the time that I have known them. David Glancy his website is and Miss Jane Nickles, “The Bubbly Professor” her website is
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38th Annual SWE Conference

The 38th Annual Society of Wine Educators (SWE) Conference in Seattle, Washington.2014-08-11 07.33.01

What an amazing conference for everyone who loves to drink and learn more about wines. This conference is not just all about drinking there are classes which are geared toward furthering wine education. The day starts out at 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. filled with classes that are taught by Certified Wine Educator (CWE) and Master Sommelier (MS) throughout the various conference rooms. Although, we do get to taste a lot of wines, most of which are too expensive to purchase for personal consumption. The purpose is to taste these wines, so you need to spit it out. However, given the price of some of these wines I would not spit but rather drink it. If you do what I do, which is drinking, keep in mind that there will be a lot of wines so take your time and remember not to get drunk. The conference fills up quickly so you have to jump right on to their website and register. Make sure that you also register for your classes because these fill up quickly too. If you wait a day or two before registering for your classes be prepared to find out that most of them will be full.

One of the classes that I highly recommend is the CWE Preview class conducted by Miss Jane Nickles, “The Bubbly Professor” her website 12.32.01

Some of the wines that was tasted at the conference.
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