Sip Your Way into Fall Wines

Sip Wine Issaquah Grand Ridge Plaza

Wine Sip Issaquah Bar ShatterFall is an ideal time to explore new wines and the bounty of the harvest. At Sip at the wine bar & restaurant, the wine list offers a myriad of options. We asked Sip Manager and in-house wine expert Celinda Norton for advice on which wines to try this fall. These are her top picks:

Shatter Grenache (Maury, France)
Launched in 2012, Shatter wine is a collaboration between Trinchero Family Estates and wine making legends Dave Phinney of Orin Swift Wines and Joel Gott of Joel Gott Wines. “This red is from the small town of Maury in the Roussillon,” said Norton. “Many people find Grenache appealing; the finish is long and concentrated, and its lush fruit flavors make it a good choice to pair with fall food.”

Conundrum White (California)
Conundrum is sourced in places that are both famed and off the beaten track: Napa, Monterey, SantaSip wine bar Issaquah fall wines Barbara, San Benito, Solano and Tulare Counties. “Conundrum is a blend that changes every year,” explains Norton. “It’s my top recommendation for Thanksgiving. This wine will make everyone happy—and it might be the only thing everyone can agree on. You might even notice that it’s perceived in different ways because everyone’s sense of taste is different.” What’s the blend? Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Muscat Canelli and Viognier.

Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel
This beautiful California red offers tantalizing raspberry, blueberry, classic briary and spicy flavors. “This Sip wine bar Issaquah fall winesis a wine that’s begging to go with your meal,” explains Norton. “It’s an excellent choice for dinner: its ripe, luscious fruit gives it the strength it needs to pair well with fall menus. The Seghesio Zinfandel is a bold wine that doesn’t disappoint.”

Gorman Winery Rosey Rosé (Washington State)
These are exciting times for winemakers in Washington State and Gorman Winery is among the newer vineyards creating wines that are wines are bold and delicious. According to Norton, “Gorman Winery’s Rosé goes beautifully with the fall harvest, as well as a classic Thanksgiving menu. It offers dry, refreshing fruit flavors without being overly sweet. It’s a blend ofSip wine bar Issaquah fall wines Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot that’s made with the harvest of Yakima Valley. While this Rosé is wonderful for fall, it can (and should) be enjoyed year-round.”

Norton’s recommendations are all available at Sip. On Wednesdays, wine bottles priced at $100 or less are half-price.

Like winemakers, Sip continues to innovate, creating new menu offerings and promotions to charm guests. Sip’s free Wednesday night wine tastings will continue this fall, featuring wines that aren’t available at most stores or restaurants. In fact, many of the wines poured at Wednesday night tastings aren’t on Sip’s menu—but they can be if guests fall in love with a particular vintage.

Norton invites you to explore Sip’s expansive wine list and fall menu on Thursday nights, which feature live music. Or, bring the kids on weekends and littles ones eat free from 4 pm to 6 pm. Sip will also welcome winemaker Mark Ryan on Tuesday, September 26 as part of its wine dinner series.

As Norton likes to say, “My favorite wine is the one in my glass.” We couldn’t agree more!

Photo credit: Shubha Tirumale Photography LLC


Meet Belle at Sip’s Enchanted Lunch Event

Belle Sip Enchanted LunchJoin Sip at the wine bar & restaurant for an enchanted lunch that you and your little prince or princess will never forget!

Sip invites you to an Enchanted Lunch on Saturday, March 18 featuring an appearance by Beauty and the Beast’s Belle, magical surprises and a special menu for children and adults.

Enjoy a meet and greet with Belle, photo opportunities and à la carte lunch from 11:30 am to 2 pm. Celebrate the story of Beauty and the Beast and share fairy tale moments. Guests are welcome to dress up as princes or princesses for the event. Entertainment will be provided by Seattle’s Princesses.

Belle Sip IssaquahSip is known for its outstanding service, elegant setting and delicious menu. Chef Emran Chowdhury has developed child-friendly lunch offerings for the Enchanted Lunch, which will also feature adult menu favorites.  For reservations, please call (425) 369-1181 or book online:

Enchanted Lunch and a movie: Beauty and the Beast opens this weekend at Regal Cinemas Issaquah Highlands. Located adjacent to Sip, Regal is showing the film in 3-D IMAX and 3-D throughout the day on March 18.

Photos courtesy Princess Parties by Palettes and Pairings


Celebrating 10 Years in Issaquah Highlands

This year marks an important milestone for several merchants at Grand Ridge Plaza: Their 10th anniversary in the community. These local entrepreneurs keep us looking and feeling our best – not to mention caffeinated. Congratulations!

Sorella SalonSorella Salon & Spa started as the Reasy family’s dream to work together in an industry they all love. This dream became a reality when sisters Jamie, Jessie, Jacquelynn and their mother Peggy opened Sorella Salon & Spa. Since opening, Sorella has established itself as a premier salon. Their work is regularly featured in the pages of 425 Magazine as well as events such as The Art Institute of Seattle’s Fashion Show.

Locally-owned and operated, Highlands Cleaners keeps Issaquah looking its best. From preserving wedding dresses to alterations, Highlands Cleaners is a great resource for specialty services.

DSC_7593In 2006, Lane and Jamie Scelzi opened Sip at the wine bar & restaurant, a concept all its own. With one of the largest Washington wine selections in the region, Sip quickly became a favorite among wine connoisseurs. Today, the culinary team led by Executive Chef Emran Chowdhury continues to feature locally-sourced meats and seafood, as well as fresh seasonal produce from Sip’s organic garden.

Sandwiches, salads and breakfast – and dare we forget fresh-baked cookies? SUBWAY of Grand Ridge Plaza is a perennial favorite for before & after games at the City of Issaquah’s nearby Central Park and for everyone on-the-go.

Optica Vision Care is a trusted community resource for comprehensive vision care. Led by Dr. Samuel Ahn, the optometry practice offers services ranging from eye exams to medical evaluations, as well as a large selection of designer frames, sunglasses and children’s frames.

Caffe LadroWhat would mornings be like without Caffe Ladro? The Seattle-based coffee house is a neighborhood hot spot at Grand Ridge Plaza. Homemade baked goods, sustainably-grown and fair trade coffee, and Adirondack chairs on the patio are just a few of the staples that make Caffe Ladro a coffee-lover’s haven.

AJI Sushi & Grill is a feast for the senses, especially the taste buds. A local favorite for all ages, AJI has made a convert out of many a skeptic who wouldn’t try sushi. Led by Chef Danny, AJI gets rave reviews for its Bento boxes, as well as the Chef’s daily sushi creations.

Agave Cocina Ramos FamilyAgave Cocina & Tequilas is known for hand-crafted dishes made-to-order, scratch cocktails and one of the region’s largest selections of fine tequilas – including their own private label tequila. Owned and operated by the brother-sister team of Julian and Faviola Ramos, Agave has built a reputation for excellent Mexican fare and the best margaritas in town.