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A Chateau Ste. Michelle Experience

January 27, 2018


Ste MichelleChateau Ste. Michelle celebrates 50 years of winemaking this year.  They continue to be leaders in Washington wine and offer a historic and legendary legacy.   Consider a visit to the Chateau for a world-class wine experience.

The Chateau completed an extensive remodel last year.  The public tasting room has expanded with high ceilings and sections for the wine tasting experience of your choice.  They have added conference areas, classrooms, a theater room, a Bottega, and Enoteca.  The gated entry, grapevine lined drive, ponds, flowing water features and surrounding 105 wooded acres also add a pleasant and true winery experience uniquely Woodinville.

Ste Michelle pond

In addition to the remodel, the unique winery experiences that I mentioned have titles and descriptions that include:

The Art of the Blend

Cabernet Enthusiast:  A Wine and Food Pairing Experience

Blend Ste Michelle

Single Vineyard & Limited Release

A Sensory Sojourn

Blend:  Winemaker for a Day

Champagne & Sparkling Literacy

Age Has Benefits

To experience the Chateau “experience” an appointment was made at the Col Solare Bottega.   This “experience” is focused on the Chateau’s partnership with Tuscany’s Marchesi Antinori.   A Red Mountain focused endeavor featuring estate grown fruit and a world-class AVA that weaves a reflection of the old- and modern-world aesthetics and traditions of the two partners.

The “experience” featured three fantastic wines from different vintages, barrel treatments and select clones and vineyards.  A worthy “experience” that was informative, fun and for the “wine geeks” amongst us illuminated the subtle nuances of the art and mastery of winemaking.

Col Solare

All of these experiences are lead by the proficient wine professionals employed by Chateau Ste. Michelle.   They work hard to deliver not just good wine but a bit of knowledge with that wine.  There is a rumor that a chocolate and wine event is scheduled for February.  These experiences are designed by a team of educators and make a great gift or special occasion event.

For more information about Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Winery Experiences: CLICK HERE

Visit Chateau Ste. Michelle at:
14111 NE 145th Street

Woodinville, WA 98072
Open Daily 10:00am-5:00pm
Phone: (425) 488-1133









2017 Year End Real Estate News

January 6, 2018



The most recent 2017 year-end report released this week by the NWMLS headlined with the breaking news “Exceptionally low inventory slows year-end home sales, contributes to steep price hike around the Greater Seattle regions”.

For the many home-buyers out there this is not “new” news.   The current real estate market is a tough one for buyers and an exceptional market for sellers.  It is a supply and demand thing.

The chart below shows the raw data for King County collected for year-end 2017.  There are valuable data points for buyers currently considering a home purchase as they look for a home and prepare to make an offer in King Co.

  •  Listing inventory is down 16.2% from a year ago.
  •  Sellers on average received 103.3% of their asking price.
  •  The average days a home remains on the market is 23 days.

For seller’s that are considering selling anytime in the near future the metrics described above should be of interest.   In addition, consider the supply of housing:

  • In King County, there is (.06) or less than 1 month of inventory so buyer demand is extremely high right now.

Buyers are receiving a multitude of strategies to “win” in multiple offer situations.  There is not a textbook equation or template.  Each offer made should take into consideration many variables.  Primarily the seller’s needs and motivation.

For sellers, there is a proven methodology to capture the dynamic nature of the market.  Within that template, the price is still the #1 variable to get right before listing.


King County

The Northwest Multiple Listing Service is owned and made up of approximately 2,200 member offices.  These real estate offices include more than 26,000 real estate professionals.  It is the largest full-service MLS in the Northwest serving over 23 counties.

This cooperative of professionals is the primary source for data regarding the local real estate activity because many of the homes sold at some point become listed or involve a real estate agent.

For more information about the current real estate market and strategies to be successful in the market contact:

Maureen Nolan

206-200-9849 | |


2017 Wine For The Weekend Wrap Up

December 29, 2017

Ah, another year and the adventures in wine were numerous.  A lot of time was spent in and around Zillah, WA.   The wineries and vineyards there are worth a day trip east.

This curated wine list includes wines that stood out amongst many that were shared with family and friends.    Each an exclamation point to a fond personal memory in 2017 but also excellent wines worth a try………

Two Rose

Severino Raven’s Rose’:  Rose’ all year ’round is my theme.  But Rose’ took on a whole new meaning this last summer as temperatures reached 110 in eastern Washington.  After working in the scorching temps to build, plan, plant, and even watering plants for a new farm operation bottles of this wine were shared with family and friends.  This dry light, floral, pink rose colored wine was like gold at the end of a rainbow each day as we finished up farm chores.   Even the men amongst us became believers in the charm of a great rose’.

Martinez and Martinez Mae Mae Rose’: Always a favorite and a wine to celebrate with.  Made of the best Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA by grower/winemakers Andrew and Sergio Martinez.  The wine has a fruity aroma with notes of bing cherries and strawberries.  Wild sockeye salmon pink, well-balanced acidity, and sweetness with bursting flavors of crushed berries, rhubarb, strawberries and cherries.  This is a fantastic wine from an amazing winery in Prosser, WA.  What I love about this winery is that it’s a father/son operation filled with supporting roles of family and friends.  As they say on the bottle.  Best served amidst family and friends!


Dineen Vineyards Heritage Red 1Dineen Truck


Dineen Vineyards 2013 Heritage Red Wine

I Discovered Dineen Vineyards on a very warm summer day.  Tucked away in the hills of the Rattlesnake Hills AVA, Dineen Vineyard’s primary focus is growing the grapes.   They do, though, seem to have a knack for making wine and offer a gracious and welcoming tasting room experience.  With around 500 cases made you may not find Dineen Vineyards wine widely distributed or in your local grocery store.    That’s O.K. I highly recommend making the trip over to Zillah to grab a bottle of any of their wines particularly the Heritage Red Wine.  An elegant, bold, balanced Bordeaux blend.  An award-winning wine that is a great vineyard to bottle wine that stands on its own.  The Heritage 2013 vintage won silver at the 2017 Seattle Wine awards.


Fidelitas 2

Fidelitas 2014 Optu Red – Red Mountain

A fan of big red blends a mention must be made about a wine coming out of the Red Mountain AVA.  Fidelitas Wines are always consistent, reliable, balanced and an excellent choice if you want to discover the magic of Red Mountain.  Fidelitas 2014 Optu Red meets all those Red Mountain expectations.  A nice Bordeaux blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, 4 % Cabernet Franc.  The winemaker’s descriptive words about this wine are muscular and polished.  Words I can get behind.  The Optu Red also offers the disciplined approach of winemaking that brings the fruit to life offering floral, earthy aromas,  rich plum, licorice and bitter chocolate flavors finishing with refined tannins.  A great wine to end 2017 with and one to ring in the new year.

As 2017 comes to an end another year begins.   Each new year offers new beginnings and a reflection of the past.  Writing about wine and real estate is a reminder of the most valuable of these things, family, friends, home, and that sense of place.

Share the wine and you may find the true meaning of these words:

“[I]t is the wine that leads me on, the wild wine that sets the wisest man to sing at the top of his lungs, laugh like a fool—it drives the man to dancing… it even tempts him to blurt out stories better never told.”  ~ Homer

Cheers to a fabulous 2018!



Top 10 Wine Country Gift Ideas

December 17, 2017



Alexandria NicoleIt is less than 8 days to Christmas Day and you’ve spent a weekend thinking about gifts, now, is the time to act.   Therefore, the NW Wine and Real Estate team came up with our top 10 gift ideas for those in your life that like “the” wine.

The ideas are specific but the category is what may be most relevant.  We’ve got ideas for books, wine glasses, the latest greatest technology, and of course chocolate.   We hope you find these thoughtfully curated gift ideas helpful.

Holiday Gift Ideas – CLICK HERE



Hollywood Hill – Real Estate News | 12/17

December 14, 2017

Christmas tree at night

The holiday buyers are out in full force this season.   A new home appears to be at the top of many people’s list.  Buyers are facing a shortage of homes to buy but that is not stopping them.  And seller’s brave enough to sell their homes now are being rewarded.

The Hollywood Hill neighborhood’s year-end numbers have had a 2% increase in value over closed sales last year at this time.  The median price of a home sold in the Hollywood Hill area is $844,767.

Happy Holidays to all!

Hollywood Hill Real Estate News – Fall 2017

October 1, 2017

Horses in Wine Country

Fall is in the air and harvest has begun.    Although,  fall’s cooling temperatures have not dampened the “hot” real estate market in Washington state at all.

Here is the latest news for Woodinville’s premier wine country neighborhood, Hollywood Hill.

35 homes have sold and closed so far this year!

$1,060,471 – is the average sold price 

101.46%  – the percent sellers received of their list or asking price.

29 days – the average number of days it took to sell a home.

$344.09 –  the average price per square foot sellers received.


For more information about Hollywood Hill and

the surrounding Woodinville area contact:

Lakeshore Realty West, LLC | Maureen Nolan | 206-200-9849 | |







The Gruner

May 19, 2017


Gruner Veltliner is a grape most closely associated with Austria but now you can find a Washington version of the wine in Woodinville. Local indie winemaker, Michael Savage, is a fan of the grape.  And he has just released his 2016 vintage of the Gruner.

Gruner Veltliner is a white wine known to be a very food friendly wine.  Savage Grace 2016 has the characteristic notes of minerality with hints of citrus and honey.   If there was a wine that was politically correct this would be it.   Big new world Washington fruit, refined to show restraint and balance.  Savage Grace has a motto of Global perspective. Local flavor.  This wine does that very well.

A great wine for the weekend!  With only 100 cases this is another excellent Washington wine worthy of a visit to Woodinville….soon.

Savage Grace Wines can be found in the Warehouse District:

195011 144th Ave NE, Suite F-1100 | Woodinville | 98072

Hours: Saturday and Sunday 1-5