October 2014

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The Elysian Bar: A Downtown Oasis

The Elysian Bar brings an unstuffy elegance to Second Avenue

  Just a few rough-edged blocks from Pike Place Market, the Elysian Bar (1516 Second Ave.; 206.467.4458; elysianbrewing.com) moves away from the company’s standard brewpubs, breaking new ground by combining its extensive beer expertise with well-crafted cocktails and classic men’s club glamour.  Walking past the friendly bouncer into the 8,000-square-foot space (once home to the…

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Three New Albums to Listen to This Fall

Fresh incarnations and new albums for three beloved Seattle musicians

If you’ve been following the career of David Bazan (center of main photo above) you know he moved from lead singer and songwriter for indie-darling band Pedro the Lion to existential crisis to creating acclaimed solo work. For his newest album, David Bazan + Passenger String Quartet, he bonded with Seattle’s most sought-after experimental neoclassical…

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Washington Wine Country Getaways

A tour through Washington’s most scenic destination wineries and breweries

Eastern Washington is loaded with natural beauty: Rolling fields of onions, wheat and hops, and lush terraced vineyards cut into high desert plateaus, all carved by the majestic Columbia River—what could be better? Consider taking in that view from the veranda of a winery tasting room with a smooth Cabernet or a crisp Gewürztraminer in…

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Where to Crush Grapes in Woodinville’s Wine Country

A host of wine camps where you can get your feet dirty

The forklift speeds a huge plastic tote to the crusher, twirls it like a toy and dumps the finest Merlot grapes into the gleaming stainless steel maw of the crushing machine. The whirring gears separate the stems, squish the grapes and send them bouncing down the sorting table. Now it’s up to me and seven…

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Beer Touring in Washington Wine Country

A tour through Washington’s most scenic destination breweries

IN THE CASCADES:Located on the main drag in Roslyn, the tiny town located just a few miles from Suncadia Resort, Wild Earth Brewing Company invites you to visit its intimate beer-only tasting room, where thirsty locals and beer tourists vie for barstools or a seat at one of just three tables. Sip a pint of…

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Washington Wine Country Getaways: The Columbia Gorge

A tour through Washington’s most scenic destination wineries

DAY 7: ROLL ON COLUMBIA Cross over the Columbia onto State Route 14, which will be your path for the day as you head east toward Portland along the northern banks of the river, and along the southern edge of Horse Heaven Hills AVA. The first stop today comes quickly (hook a right on State…

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Washington Wine Country Getaways: Walla Walla

A tour through Washington’s most scenic destination wineries

DAY 5: THE BEATING HEART OF WASHINGTON WINE Staying at the Inn At Abeja is the only way to score an appointment at this stalwart Walla Walla producer (unless you’re on the mailing list). It’s best known for its Cabernets, but the Syrah and Viognier—both made from estate vines right on the winery property—are outstanding…

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What It’s Like to Work for Al Jazeera America

KING-TV anchor Allen Schauffler left his desk behind to join a news bureau that makes people nervous

It has been more than a year, but Allen Schauffler’s ninth-floor office overlooking South Lake Union still looks like he just moved in. There is almost nothing hanging from the stark white walls—nary a dent or ding, either. Taped on the glass window at the entrance is a white sheet of copier paper that states…

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Washington Wine Country Getaways: Red Mountain

A tour through Washington’s most scenic destination wineries

DAY 4: CLASSICISM, MODERNITY AND ITALIAN MONEY You’re spending the entire day on Red Mountain, one of Washington’s smallest and most prestigious wine-growing areas. Traditionally, this has been an area long on vineyards and short on tourism infrastructure (read: you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere), but that is slowly changing. Best to…

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Washington Wine Country Getaways: Columbia Valley

A tour through Washington’s most scenic destination wineries

DAY 2: APPLES, BASALT AND MINI STORAGE Heading east out of Leavenworth, you catch your first glimpse of the mighty Columbia near Wenatchee, where you turn north along the river toward Lake Chelan. On the south shore of the lake, you’ll find Nefarious Cellars (Chelan, 495 S Lakeshore Road; 509.682.9505; nefariouscellars.com), where Heather Neff makes…

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Washington Wine Country Getaways: Eastern Cascades

A tour through Washington’s most scenic destination wineries and breweries

DAY 1: FOLLOWING THE MISSOULA FLOODS There’s nothing like dodging weaving semis on Snoqualmie Pass to make a person thirsty. Fortunately, by the time you descend the eastern flanks of the Cascades, it’s time to exit Interstate 90 and head toward Suncadia Resort, where you’ll find Swiftwater Cellars (Cle Elum, 301 Rope Rider Drive; 509.674.6555;…

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Find Designer Duds Galore at This Appointment-Only Shop

McQueen, Valentino, Prada and more (at a serious discount) via Wardrobe Ltd.

Somewhere deep within an anonymous Lynnwood office park is Wardrobe Ltd., an appointment-only fashion lover’s paradise, with more than 3,000 pieces of the most highly coveted consigned couture and premier designer clothing, handbags and shoes. Owned, operated and obsessively curated by 22-year-old sartorial wunderkind Austin Deppa—who started the company when he was 16—Wardrobe Ltd. is…

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The Art of Weathering Winter: What “Self-Care” Really Is (and Isn’t)

How to cultivate more community, according to author Angela Garbes & State Representative Darya Farivar

The term “self-care” has become so overused that its meaning can be bent to almost any purpose. Is it indulging in a cocktail or abstaining from booze? Is it splurging on a skincare product or making peace with fine lines? Some have begun to use the term “community care” to refer to a commitment toward…

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Deep Focus

Tom Skerritt remains more committed than ever to the creative economy in the Northwest

Tom Skerritt is one of Seattle’s 25 most influential people reshaping our region. #mostinfluential   Fans were understandably disappointed to learn that Tom Skerritt wasn’t asked to reprise his role as Commander Mike “Viper” Metcalf in “Top Gun 2.” “You can’t beat Tom Skerritt with a gun,” wrote one fan on Twitter. Skerritt has said that…