Halloween Upgrade: Patterson Cellars Wines Paired with jcoco chocolates

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Halloween Upgrade: Patterson Cellars Wines Paired with jcoco chocolates

When you think of October you think of crisp air, colorful foliage, harvest, and, of course, Halloween. Dubbed as Spooky Season, the month of October offers a lot, especially for those of us in the Seattle area. It’s a time we can all indulge in cozy, home-cooked meals, scary movies, haunted houses, scenic drives and hikes, and decadent candy. We’re chocolate fans here at Patterson Cellars, specifically jcoco chocolate fans, and thought we’d share three of our favorite wine and chocolate pairings to upgrade your Halloween celebrations this year.

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2018 Mélange Blanc Paired with Veracruz Orange & Cayenne Pepper White Chocolate

To kick-off this spectacular experience, we’re pairing Veracruz Orange & Cayenne Pepper White Chocolate with our 2018 Mélange Blanc. This wine is made with fruit from some of the most exclusive vineyards in Washington State. Made with 55% Roussanne, 30% Viognier, and 15% Chardonnay, this white blend provides aromas of honeycomb, fresh-cut pear, and light herbal tea. The Viognier lends supporting aromas and flavors of white peach and flowers that end with a mineral note that lasts throughout the long finish. The Chardonnay adds citrus and green apple notes that provide a crisp and agile feeling on the palate. Probably the most interesting pair you’ll hear of today, we can attest the 2018 Mélange Blanc and Veracruz Orange & Cayenne Pepper White Chocolate belong together. The orange and cayenne pepper notes of the white chocolate complement sweeter, floral notes of this full-bodied wine perfectly. A compromise of fruit, sweetness, and spice, this pairing brings out the best in each other.

2018 Forbidden Rosé Paired with 80% Dark Chocolate

Our next pairing features the 2018 Forbidden Rosé and 80% Dark Chocolate. Decadence paired with decadence is the best way to describe this incredible combination. Our 2018 Forbidden Rosé is a rich blend of the finest fruit from the Columbia Valley AVA. Slightly off-dry in style, aromas and flavor of ripe raspberries, cherries, and melons dominate the palate with just enough acid to balance and provide a long, refreshing finish. After a sip of this gorgeous Rosé and a bite of the 80% dark chocolate, you will experience a match made in heaven as the fruity notes of the Rosé complement the richness of the dark chocolate perfectly making for a fan (and winemaker) favorite.

2017 Forbidden Red Paired with Boharat Dark & Bali Sea Salt Toffee Milk Chocolate

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We’re rounding out this Halloween upgrade of Patterson Cellars wines and jcoco chocolates with the 2017 Forbidden Red paired with the Boharat Dark & Bali Sea Salt Toffee Milk Chocolate. Our dark and mysterious 2017 Forbidden Red is a blend made of 41% Mourvedre, 31% Syrah, and 28% Grenache. This beautiful blend opens with lush notes of blackberry cobbler, sweet dark cherries, and plums, followed by hints of strawberry compote, thyme, and vanilla. Smooth and slightly earthy flavors of dark cherries and blackberries lead to a long finish of light tannins and lingering fruits with just a hint of smoked meats. With such a seductive and indulgent flavor profile, we had to pair this wine with chocolate that could fend for itself. Enter: Boharat Dark & Bali Sea Salt Toffee Milk Chocolate. We couldn’t have paired better chocolate, or food in general for that matter, with the 2017 Forbidden Red. With flavors of both dark and milk chocolate, as well as toffee topped with sea salt, this jcoco chocolate found a home next to this wine as it not only matches the darkness and mystery of the Forbidden Red but brings out its lush, light, and fruitier notes.

We’ve come to the end of this sweet journey. If you’d like to experience this decadent selection and more for yourself, visit us at any of our four tasting rooms for a wine and chocolate pairing experience. We’d love to host you and be a part of your new Halloween traditions!

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Top Three Places to Visit Before or After a Seahawks Game

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Top Three Places to Visit Before or After a Seahawks Game

Fall is here and with it comes Seattle Seahawks football, baby! We’re so excited for this season, we thought we’d share a gameday routine for visitors and locals alike. Seattle has so much to offer for sports fans. We had a hard time narrowing down the top three places to visit before or after the Seahawks game – but we managed to come up with our favorites – and we hope you use this guide to your full advantage come Sunday. Buckle up and Go Hawks!

Capitol Hill

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First up on the Seattle Seahawks gameday itinerary is exploring the Capitol Hill neighborhood! About ten minutes north of CenturyLink Field, Capitol Hill has everything a Seahawks fan is in search of both before and after a game. From food to shopping to nightlife, this gorgeous neighborhood has an abundance of energy. This is perfect for foodies who are looking for a brunch spot with mimosas or a dinner date outside of the post-game downtown madness. Don’t forget about live music and bars with karaoke and games including bocce ball, shuffleboard, and darts! If you’re an out-of-towner looking for quintessential Seattle vibes or a local looking to try out trendy places to eat, drink, and cheer on the Seahawks, Capitol Hill is for you!

Patterson Cellars SODO

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Next on the list is a wine tasting at our South Downtown Seattle location! We’re open from 12-6 p.m. every Sunday and offer a variety of wine tasting options as well as wine cocktails and chocolate pairing experiences. The tasting room itself is open and inviting along with patio seating and televisions that stream Seahawks games on Sundays, so you’ll never miss a down. Our tasting room is located in the SODO Urbanworks building that houses several other winery tasting rooms, a distillery, and a pizzeria, making SODO the perfect one-stop-shop for all of your pre and post-game needs. We’re also less than a ten-minute drive from CenturyLink Field so you won’t have a problem getting to and from the game. Why not shake up your gameday routine and fit in a Patterson Cellars wine tasting into the mix? We’d love to host you.

Pike Place Market

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Last, but not least is a Seattle staple for not just game day, but any day - Pike Place Market. Remarked as one of America’s oldest farmers' markets, Pike Place Market is a perfect place to start or end a Sunday. From the farmers, crafts, and fish markets to the specialty foods, collectible shops, and places to eat, Pike Place has everything to offer tourists and locals in search of exploring the best of Seattle before or after a Seahawks win. Just a quick five-minute drive from CenturyLink Field, why not visit this iconic Seattle attraction? 


We hope we’ve sparked some inspiration for your game day plans! If you enjoy watching the Seahawks away from all of the action with a glass of wine in-hand, we’ll be streaming every game every Sunday at all four of our locations. Come on by and help us cheer on the home team!

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Patterson Cellars Red Wines and  Where They Come From

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Patterson Cellars Red Wines and Where They Come From

National Red Wine Day is August 28th this year, and even though we celebrate red wines daily here at Patterson Cellars, we thought we’d grace you with some new additions to the Patterson Cellars red wine family and a little behind-the-scenes about where they come from. Bust out the corkscrews and prepare for a journey starting at Red Mountain and ending with a glass of Patterson Cellars red wine in your hand.

2016 Red Mountain Cuvée

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First up on this exclusive list is our 2016 Red Mountain Cuvée. This wine is a gorgeous blend of 37% Cabernet Franc, 36% Merlot, and 27% Cabernet Sauvignon. All of the grapes are sourced from the Ciel du Cheval and Quintessence vineyards located in the Red Mountain AVA. 

The Ciel du Cheval vineyard was replanted in 2005 with a mission to “grow grapes that are the best reflection of the unique terroir and give a sense of place.” By focusing on soil conservation and environmentally friendly farming tactics, this vineyard grows some of the best grapes in Washington, and it shows in this wine. 

The Quintessence vineyard is on the younger side as the first phase of planting took place in 2010. The first harvest in 2012 blew people away with the quality of the grapes for such young vines. This vineyard sits on a slope angled to the Southeast facing the morning sun, allowing the grapes to ripen early in the Red Mountain AVA resulting in intense and extremely concentrated wines.

The grapes in our 2016 Red Mountain Cuvée were cold-soaked for two days followed by seven days of primary fermentation in stainless steel. They were then barreled down into French oak barrels. The steps taken from harvest to blending resulted in a new-world nod to classic right-bank Bordeaux wines. In the glass, it presents a dark purple color and opens with aromas of raspberries, dark cherry compote, bramble, and earth. Intense flavors of blackberry and pomegranate follow and are joined by plum, dark cherries, and firm tannins. The long finish features lingering dark fruits with hints of vanilla and dark chocolate making it the perfect partner for a hearty fall meal. This is an age-worthy wine that will evolve beautifully for years to come!

2017 Zinfandel

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Our 2017 Zinfandel is a Patterson Cellars first that will also be an exclusive wine for club members! This wine is made with 97% Zinfandel and 3% Syrah sourced from Alder Ridge Vineyard located in the Horse Heaven Hills Appellation

Horse Heaven Hills is naturally bound by the Yakima Valley AVA on the northside and the Columbia River on the southside. The Alder Ridge Vineyard consists of bone-dry desert soil that averages four inches of rain per year, making it the perfect climate to grow delicious, fruit-forward Zinfandel. 

Once the Zinfandel arrived at the winery it was carefully hand-sorted and fermented in 1.5-ton stainless steel fermenters and pressed earlier than usual to keep the tannins in check and preserve fruitier notes. Once dry, the wine was barreled into French oak and aged for 17 months before blending and bottling. 

This wine is a medium purple color in the glass that invites you in with aromas of ripe raspberries and dark cherries followed by hints of sagebrush, thyme, and warm caramel. Flavors of blackberry, tart black cherries, and a touch of bramble flood the mouth backed by smooth, supple tannins, and a finish that tastes of plums with notes of light leather. We could not be more proud and excited for wine club members to taste Patterson Cellars’ take on a classic. Perhaps with a simple burger or herb-crusted pork roast?

2016 Petit Verdot

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Last but certainly not least on this special list, we’d like to tell you a bit about our 2016 Petit Verdot. This wine is made with 100% Petit Verdot and is a perfect example of a powerful wine with a softer side that can be produced with fruit from the Seven Hills Vineyard, one of the first commercial vineyards planted in the Walla Walla Valley AVA

Planted in 1980 and expanded in 1989, this vineyard has an elevation of 850 to 1,050 feet, with incredible soil and air drainage. Seven Hills Vineyard is one of the most technologically advanced in the industry, ensuring that the fruit reaches the highest quality it can. Fruit from this vineyard is generally soft and supple, making it the perfect place to cultivate a usually tannic and unforgiving grape. 

After the fruit was crushed during the 2016 harvest, it was cold-soaked for two days prior to inoculation. Fermentation was done in stainless steel bins for nine days. The wine was then barreled down into 100% French oak and racked once during aging. This wine was bottled in May 2018 and we are so excited for you to taste it! It opens with classic aromas of violets and dusty lavender joined by notes of vanilla, almond extract, and sage. Ripe plums, dark cherries, and marionberries dominate the intense flavor profile and smooth, fine tannins along with a lush mouthfeel eventually give way to a finish of lingering dark fruits and flowers. Pair this beauty with salty cheeses or grilled chicken thighs to bring out the best in both.

We’ve made it to the end–are you ready to sip on a glass of Patterson Cellars red wine in celebration of National Red Wine Day and the upcoming releases of these beautiful wines? Join the Patterson Cellars wine club today and get your hands on these top-tier selections. We’d love to welcome you as part of the family!



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Washington Summer Wine and Food Pairings

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Washington Summer Wine and Food Pairings

Summer is in full swing and with it comes fresh food paired with gorgeous, bright Patterson Cellars wines! We believe in drinking and eating local, so enjoy these perfect Washington summer wine and food pairings. Let’s get cooking (and sipping)!

2017 Sparkling Rosé of Pinot Noir and King Salmon

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First up is a fan favorite, our 2017 Sparkling Rosé of Pinot Noir, paired with fresh or smoked king salmon. This sparkling wine is a gorgeous light melon color that provides aromas and flavors of tangerine, apricot, and strawberry with hints of minerality, herbal tea, and green apples on the finish. While sparkling Rosé wines tend to be on the drier side, this wine complements the delicacy of salmon prepared in a variety of ways. Plate smoked salmon with cheese for an appetizer or small plate, bake a filet with garlic, lemon, and butter for dinner, or throw it on the grill for a heartier flavor. However you prepare it, your guests will swoon over this pairing.

2018 Chardonnay and Fried Chicken

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Although this isn’t a classic or common combination, it is delicious and more than appropriate for summer. Full-bodied and balanced, this 2018 Chardonnay leads with aromas of vanilla and warm spices followed by fragrant honeysuckle, pears, and light citrus notes. Flavors of ripe pineapples, pears, and hints of honey fill the round palate while key limes and citrus zest linger on the finish complementing the buttermilk and salt of the fried chicken. This pairing will curb all of your rich and savory cravings without being too heavy for those hot and humid summer days. Together they make the perfect dish to take to your neighborhood barbeque or Sunday picnic in the park.

2016 Syrah and Carnitas Tacos

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Substitute your summer cerveza or margarita with our 2016 Syrah to go with carnitas tacos on your weekly Taco Tuesday night. This lush, beautiful dark purple wine is made with 100% Syrah and will bring out the crisp, juiciness of the pork and lime with intense flavors of blackberry and raspberry and hints of white pepper and toasted spices. Its acidity and velvety soft tannins then lead into a long smooth finish featuring lingering fruit, cocoa, and a hint of minerality that will leave you feeling satisfied and refreshed. If you are more drawn to red wines and are in search of a quick, simple weeknight meal, this summer wine and food pairing is for you!

Patterson Cellars Wine Tasting Experiences for You!

Looking for a summer wine and food pairing that you don’t have to put together yourself? We got you covered! You can find wine and food pairing experiences at any of our four tasting rooms in Washington. Whether you’re in the mood for reds and dessert, or Rosés and pizza, Patterson Cellars has an experience that will make summer nights even more enjoyable with family and friends. 

Our new Vivi Pizzeria and Wine Experience is exclusive to our Hollywood Hill tasting room. This summer we’re featuring a poached pear pizza with Sicilian red sauce topped with light mozzarella cheese, French brie, walnuts, and a decadent balsamic glaze paired with a winemaker selection of Patterson Cellars summer white and Rosé wines. Enjoy this flight at a table on our outdoor patio.

If you’re looking for something a little lighter, we also offer wine and cheese experiences, as well as a roasted vegetable pairing experience. Both feature seasonal local cheeses and vegetables paired with a winemaker’s selection of summer favorites. 


From sparkling Rosé to white to red, we’ve provided an amazing Washington summer wine and food pairing for anyone. Book your private tasting experience with Patterson Cellars today!

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Six Things to do in Woodinville and Seattle

Six Things to do in Woodinville and Seattle

Are you planning a trip to the great Pacific Northwest? Are you in search of the best ways to spend your time here? Or, are you local to Seattle and the surrounding area looking for new and exciting things to do with your free time? If you answered yes to any of these questions, read on for the top six things to do in Woodinville and Seattle!

Woodinville Wine Country

When most think of Woodinville, Washington, they think of wine. Despite the absence of vineyards, Woodinville is considered a wine mecca in the Northwest. With over 100 tasting rooms, gorgeous scenery, and of course, delicious, well-made wines, Woodinville should be at the top of your list. 

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There are two main areas of Woodinville that each offer a unique experience. First, is the Hollywood Hill area. Here you’ll find gorgeous patios, fresh farm-to-table foods, and friendly pours. Grab a pizza from Vivi Pizzeria and enjoy our patio with a flight or glass of your favorite varietal. The other main area of Woodinville wine country is the Warehouse District, a great change of scenery with big, beautiful unassuming industrial spaces. Several wineries house their wine production here and it’s a unique area to host events. In our Warehouse tasting room, you can take a winery tour with our winemaker, John Patterson.

Woodinville Farmers Market

Once you get your wine and food fix, you might be inspired to do some cooking and pouring of your own. Put the Woodinville Farmers Market on your radar. Located in downtown Woodinville in DeYoung Park, the Woodinville Farmers Market is an open-air market offering fresh vegetables, fruit, flowers, handmade items, and so much more Saturdays from 9 am to 3 pm. With fun themes, hospitable locals, and amazing food and art, this farmer’s market is one you don’t want to miss.

Molbak’s Garden and Home

If you have a green thumb or just appreciate nature, Molbak’s Garden Home is where you want to go. Enjoy gorgeous, locally sourced floral arrangements, plants, garden gear, outdoor living equipment, community events, gifts, a cafe and wine bar!

Hike and Bike

Moving on to Seattle, the Emerald City. Take in the sites of the city and lush natural landscapes by hiking some local favorites. Kayak, walk, or jog around Green Lake, one of Seattle’s most beloved parks. If cycling is more your style, head over to Burk-Gilman Trail in North Seattle for greenery and a cool bike ride breeze. 

Urban Winery Events

If you’ve had enough of nature, we have the perfect plan to get you back into the city. Urban winery events are a fun, hip way to taste interesting wines and immerse yourself in the culture of Seattle. From food and wine to art and sports, urban winery events can incorporate it all. This month, we’re hosting two unique experiences at our SODO tasting room: Yoga Unwined and Wine for the Climb. 

The first ever Yoga Unwined event will be held on Thursday, June 27 at 7 pm. Your ticket includes an hour yoga session taught by Seattle-based yoga instructor, Donte Quinine. Donte is trained in vinyasa, restorative, yin, and hot hatha classes. He is also a life coach, speaker, and workshop facilitator that’s also given a TEDx Talk

Join us for Wine for the Climb on Saturday, June 29 from 12-6 pm. Our own Marina Rockinger, who you may know from the local radio stations, STAR 101.5 and KOMO News, is preparing to climb Mt. Rainier for the Climb to Fight, benefitting the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Come out and enjoy a wine tasting in support of Marina and her cause. She’ll be donating her shift, and 50% of our wine sales on this day will also be donated. If you can’t make it out but would like to support Marina, you can make a donation here.

Wine Adventure

After the events at our urban tasting room in the SODO area of Seattle, grab a couple of bottles and take the ferry to the Kitsap Peninsula! Poulsbo’s historic Little Norway is a popular and beautiful destination for travelers and locals, especially in the summer. Enjoy galleries, museums, shops, and amazing views for a day trip, or make a weekend out of it! Stay on the beach, crack open a bottle of your favorite Patterson Cellars wine, and treat yourself to a wine adventure for the books.

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We hope we’ve taken some pressure off of your vacation planning and added some new places to your local to-do list with these six experiences in Woodinville and Seattle! 

We look forward to hosting you in one of our three tasting rooms while you’re in the area.