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 LISA SCHREINER  Lisa is a mother to two boys under age 2 and a Cavalier King Charles puppy. She is married to a college soccer coach and hails from Edmonds, Washington. Lisa enjoys travel, sunshine, laughter, bringing friends together, music, food, wine and a good margarita. She is also a sports enthusiast and a civic-minded Bellevue resident. Lisa is a freelance writer who…

Return to Napa Valley

Deemed as a wine lover's paradise, Napa Valley, just 30 miles long and five miles wide, is made up of the perfect topography, climate and soil to harvest renowned Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon wines. With great wine also comes fine dining, deluxe lodging, popular events and modern culture. It's no wonder tourists flock to Napa Valley, last year welcoming a total of 3.85 million visitors. Not bad…

Live a Little

Food and wine remind us to live a little; don’t you agree? After all, they’re not only nourishing (and delicious), but they also bring people together—whether it’s a special anniversary dinner, a much-needed lunch break with coworkers, a friend’s birthday party or even a casual weeknight meal with family. Often considered two of life’s great pleasures, food … Continued

Auction of Washington Wines Raises More Than $4.5 Million

Auction of Washington Wines (AWW) celebrated its 32nd annual weekend of charitable wine events Aug. 15-17, raising more than $4.5 million. More than 200 winemakers, vintners and growers celebrated, poured wine and auctioned wine products to help achieve this goal. Proceeds benefited Seattle Children’s and Washington State University’s (WSU) viticulture and enology program. Photography by Duval Images and Curbow Photography

October 2019 Around Town

Northwest Event Show Experience the largest and most prominent trade show for event and business professionals in the Pacific Northwest, produced by Butler Events, Nov. 13-14 at the Washington State Convention Center. The 2019 Northwest Event Show is a place to access advanced educational training, discover new ideas and tools for innovation and connect with the event community. NWEventShow.com … Continued

Charles Smith’s 20th Anniversary Reception and Party

The award-winning winemaker Charles Smith celebrated 20 years since his entry into the winemaking business. Charles hosted a party featuring a live performance from country-rock group Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real. He had a selection of Seattle’s top food trucks, and the party took place at Jet City, the largest urban winery on the west coast.

Fall in Love with Fall Recipes

Karla Ilicic is a yoga teacher, nutritionist and overall wellness coach whose love for cooking started when she was just a little girl, as she was watching her grandmother in the kitchen. The amount of love that was poured into every recipe was intoxicating, and Karla found herself helping her out and wanting to learn more and more. Her father…

Fifth Annual Seattle Polo Party

The Fifth Annual Seattle Polo Party, presented by Rolls-Royce Motorcars Bellevue, Seattle Polo Party, curated the best of equestrian polo, luxury, fashion, music and more into an all-day affair. Guests were encouraged to dress in their garden bests—seersucker suits, summer dresses and fanciful hats as they enjoyed live professional polo. Photography by Salinas Holcomb

Keeping Up with the Smeraldos

The Kardashians aren’t the only family we need to be keeping up with these days. Meet the Smeraldos, an Italian family who holds the value of breaking bread as an imperative part of their business’s success. Since their late father, an Italian immigrant, opened the doors to the family's first restaurant, Il Terrazzo Carmine back in 1984, CJ, his brother Philip…

Inside Out with Matthews Winery

With more than 130 tasting rooms in Woodinville, it can be challenging for a winery to stand out from the crowd. For Matthews Winery, this has never been a problem. From the inside out, Matthews Winery has been a leader amongst its peers with their innovative approach to wine, food and the relationship between both.