Sip your way through Grand Ridge Plaza at Pours In Stores, a unique wine & beer walk on Friday, June 23. Browse the shops from 6 pm to 9 pm as you discover award-winning Northwest wineries, cideries and breweries on a beautiful summer evening in Issaquah Highlands.
Relax, unwind and taste the best of Big Block Brewery, Dru Bru, Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Ninkasi Brewing Co., Portland Cider Company, Resonate Brewery, Rogue Ales & Spirits, Sigillo Cellars, and Snoqualmie Falls Brewing. In addition, Zero One will pour their Golden Delicious Riesling and Luke Cabernet. At the Agave Cocina & Tequilas tasting station, sip the award-winning Lunazul Tequila and learn more about fine tequila.
Tickets are $30 and include six (6) tastings for 2 oz. pours and a 5 oz. commemorative glass. Don’t worry: if you would like to sample more, you can purchase extra tastes for $3 each. Pours In Stores tickets are on sale now at issaquahchamber.com.
Pours in Stores features live entertainment by The Max Cannella Jazz Band at the Plaza Fountain, plus light appetizers at select locations. You’ll find tasting stations throughout the shopping center, making it easy to blend sipping with shopping. At each tasting location, you can meet the winemakers and brewers, as well as the owners and managers of the shops and restaurants of Grand Ridge Plaza.
Presented by The Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, Pours In Stores tasting locations include:
- Agave Cocina & Tequilas
- Chinoise Sushi Bar & Asian Grill
- Civilized Nature Pet Supplies
- Frame Central
- Issaquah Highlands Dental Group
- La Boutique Jolie
- Sip at the wine bar & restaurant
- Soma Intimates
- Sorella Salon & Spa
21+ only event.
Parking is available at the Park & Ride adjacent to BevMo and the lot adjacent to Issaquah Highlands Dental Group.
Registration is located at the Plaza Fountain between Big Fish Grill and Regal Cinemas Issaquah Highlands.
Public transit and shuttle buses within Issaquah are a convenient way to travel to the event. Learn more at IssaquahHighlands.com.
Thank you to the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and all participating stores for making this event possible!READ MORE
“Happy” and “Hour” – never have two words paired so well together. It is no secret that Seattleites love Happy Hour. At Grand Ridge Plaza, it’s a perfect time to relax, raise a glass and enjoy great menu specials. Here’s a look at our Happy Hours:
Sip at the wine bar & restaurant: With one of the largest wine selections in the region, Sip at the wine bar & restaurant is a wine aficionado’s paradise. Enjoy Happy Hour from 4 pm to 6 pm nightly and again from 9 pm to close with featured fine wines by the glass for $7. Small Plates including Fried Shrimp Toast, Crispy “Tails and Trotter” Pork Belly, and Prosciutto and Melon are all $3 off, while House Spirits are $5 and House Martinis are $7. Cheers!
The RAM Restaurant & Brewery: When the clock strikes 3 pm, it’s time for RAM 18 oz Flagship Beers, Well Drinks or a glass of house wine for $3.75. Food specials include Pretzels and Beer Cheese Fondue, BBQ Chicken Quesadilla or Boneless Wings for $6.95. The RAM’s classic Mulligan Burger is $5.95. Add an order of Pickle Chips for just $2.95. Happy Hour at The RAM is Monday thru Friday from 3 pm to 6 pm and again from 10 pm to close.
AJI Sushi & Grill: From 3 to 5 pm nightly, sample AJI Sushi & Grill’s delectable sushi. The perfect bite before a movie, the Hawaiian Poke Salad is $8, Spicy Salmon Roll is $5 and Sashimi Combo is $11. Sip warm sake and add an order of Fried Gyoza for $4. AJI also offers hot, cooked Japanese cuisine including classics such as Pork Katsu and Chicken Teriyaki. AJI regulars recommend their Bento boxes, which are available for both dinner and lunch.
Bai Tong Thai: Enjoy early Happy Hour from 3 pm to 6 pm or late Happy Hour from 9 pm to close. Featured drinks include Singha Beer by the bottle for $3, draft beers for $4 and a glass of their Columbia Valley house wine for $6. Food specials include Chicken Satay with house-made peanut sauce for $4.50, as well as Spring Rolls or Fresh Rolls for just $3.50. Try their famous honey-infused Crispy Garlic Chicken for $7.50 – it’s a favorite for sharing. Happy Hour is available in both the lounge and restaurant seven days a week.
Agave Cocina & Tequilas: Tacos for $3? Yes, please! Agave Cocina & Tequilas’ Happy Hour is offered nightly from 3:30 pm to 6 pm and again from 9 pm to close. Savor a glass of Red Sangria for $4 or Dos XX Draft Beer for $4.50, as well as specialty margaritas and sipping tequilas. The selection of $3 house-made tacos includes Carne Asada and Braised Pork Carnitas. Seasonal specials include Jalapeno Cheese Dip and Grilled Asparagus & Spinach Salad, both for $5. For those who dare, an order of Diablo Wings is $6.
Chinoise Sushi Bar & Asian Grill: From sushi to pho, Chinoise offers Pan Asian dishes from Japan, Vietnam, China and Hawaii. Happy Hour is 4:30 pm to 6 pm nightly and includes draft beer for $4 – choose from Kirin Ichiban Lager, Space Dust IPA and Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale Ale – plus sake and wine specials. Chinoise’s Happy Hour food menu features both sushi and small bites, including the California Roll or Swamp Roll for $4. Enjoy the six-piece Chicken Gyoza for $4, Jicama Summer Rolls for $5 and Honey Walnut Prawns for $8.
The Big Fish Grill: The perfect pit stop before or after a movie, Happy Hour at Big Fish Grill’s lounge overlooking Regal Cinemas is from 3 to 6 pm and again from 9 pm to close. Big Fish’s Happy Hour menu features their famous Clam Chowder for $3, Dynamite Shrimp for $4 and Wagyu Beef Tillamook Cheddar Cheese Burger with Fries for $6, plus seasonal seafood specials. Happy Hour drink prices are available Sunday thru Thursday and include $2 off all draft beers (choose from 11 on tap) and $6 wines by the glass. Happy Hour food specials are available seven days a week.
Photos of Sip at the wine bar & restaurant and Agave Cocina & Tequilas by Shubha Tirumale Photography LLC. Photo of AJI Sushi & Grill by Rina Kang.READ MORE
Barbecue season is here and it’s the perfect time to try new wines. We asked BevMo! expert Bill Hayes for recommendations on wines that pair well with grilling (and chilling). Whether your plans include glamping with ‘smores or a backyard party, there’s no shortage of great wines for summer.
Best for Grilled Vegetables: Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling is “unabashedly delicious.” At less than $10 per bottle, it’s also a great fit for your pocketbook. (Note that with certain vegetable combinations, pairing wine can be tricky. We advise a taste test before serving to guests.)
Best for Grilled Salmon: There are multiple options, as you can grill salmon with so many different marinades and sauces. If you’re serving the salmon on a bed of spring vegetables with a citrus or light cream sauce, lightly oaked Chardonnay pairs nicely. Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Chardonnay pairs beautifully with grilled salmon with a lemon or beurre blanc sauce. If you’re serving salmon with grilled avocado, mushroom with a balsamic or dark sauce, then light flavored reds with some earthiness are the best pairing. Erath Pinot Noir and Ponzi Tavola Pinot Noir – both Oregon wines – are perennial favorites.
Serving Suggestion for Salmon: Pinot Noir is the ideal pairing with grilled salmon – the light red fruits and earthy, savory nature of a good Pinot are a perfect counterpoint to the rich, slightly sweet and savory pink meat of the salmon. Since salmon is an oily fish, a Pinot with at least medium acidity helps to cut through and balance the dish’s oiliness.
Best for Steak: Stay true to the “red wine with red meat” rule when considering wine pairings for steak. This is where Cabernet is king. For Northwest wines, think L’École 41 Cabernet Sauvignon and Seven Hills Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. If you love French wines, Bordeaux varietals and Côtes du Rhône wines are magical with grilled steak.
Best for Burgers and Hot Dogs: Don’t over-complicate. We’re talking hot dogs and hamburgers, backyard barbecues and tailgating. We suggest light whites and rosés for hot dogs. Think Columbia Valley wines such as Charles & Charles Rosé with hot dogs (not with grilled sausage – that’s an entirely different wine), as well as 14 Hands White and Charles Smith Vino Pinot Grigio. For burgers, medium-bodied reds with lots of fruits flavors – zinfandel – rule the roost. Ask for suggestions at BevMo! for the best zinfandel for your menu and budget.
Best for ‘smores: Dessert wine seems to be the obvious choice, but you’re loading sugar on sugar. Instead, think outside the graham cracker box: fruit, fun and effervescent. For this pairing, you’ll need to look beyond our shores. Great options include Italian wines Rosa Regale and Lambrusco, which has a light, gentle fizz. If you’re looking for closer-to-home options, consider Whidbey’s Port, a little-known dessert wine produced on beautiful Whidbey Island.
You’ll find all the wines mentioned in this article at BevMo! of Grand Ridge Plaza at 910 NE Park Drive. To reach the store, call (425) 654-2905 or visit bevmo.com. Free parking is available in the adjacent parking lot. Street parking is also available.
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