Next time you hear someone say Go Cougs! they might be raising their glass, instead of cheering on WAZZU's football team. Apparently enough Washington State University alumni are making wine that they've got their own brand, Wine-by-Cougars, which includes wines from Woodward Canyon, L'Ecole No. 41, Reininger Winery, and Whitman Cellars. Gives new meaning to the term drinking school.
As a good hipster, of course you are going to visit your neighborhood farmers market this week, doing your part to support local, sustainable agriculture. Some of the more exotic produce you'll find: cranberry shelling beans, three kinds of Asian pears—Kosui (honey), Ichiban, and Yakumo—as well as many, many kinds of peppers, with great names like Zsa Zsa, Mariachi, and Purple Marconi.Lake City Farmers Market, 3–7 p.m. Thursdays, Northeast 127th Street and 30th Avenue Northeast. For more info, visit www.seattlefarmersmarkets.org.
Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most of the following events. Prices exclusive of tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted.
Friday, September 1- Monday, September 4
If you happen to be taking a long Labor Day road trip this weekend, wandering your way through the Yakima Valley, you might want to check out Going Vertical!, a wine tasting festival smack dab in the middle of harvest season, which offers visitors the chance to taste different vintages of the same grape varietal. Earn super snooty bragging rights with this one. Fri.–Mon. 800-258-7270; prices, schedule, and locations www.wineyakimavalley.org YAKIMA VALLEY
Thursday, September 7
Taste the goods at PCC before you buy. These wine and beer tastings feature organically grown wines from around the globe. $5. 6:30–8 p.m. 206-547-1222, www.pccnaturalmarkets.com. Three locations: Fremont PCC, 600 N. 34th St.; West Seattle PCC, 2749 California Ave. S.W.; Redmond PCC, 11435 Avondale Rd. N.E.
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Sunday, September 3
If you're near Pike Place Market this Sunday, stop by and say hello to Peter Birk of Ray's Boathouse, one of our city's favorite summertime dining spots. At this Summer Chef Demo, Bark will work his culinary magic on the succulent peaches now in season. Samples and recipes provided. Free. Noon. Tent at Pike Place and Stewart Street. DOWNTOWN
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Saturday, September 2
One of the featured events of Yakima Valley's Going Vertical! wine festival (see above) is the Elephant Mountain vineyard lunch, including an authentic Mexican lunch in a setting with a view of Mount Adams, an old trading trail dating to the 1800s, and the grapevines themselves. You'll tour the vineyards, taste the grapes as they near harvest, and learn how these grapes become the wine you'll taste. $25. Noon–2 p.m. For information and directions, call 800-258-7270 or see www.elephantmountainvineyards.com. YAKIMA VALLEY