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Best of the Northwest 2015 Editor Picks

I once saw a T-shirt that read, “Alcohol: Because no great story ever started with a salad.” While I’m not sure that is actually true, booze and brews can certainly make a party that much more enjoyable. So this year, I salute some of our region’s finest distilleries and breweries that also happen to offer on-site event space. Cheers!

The Last Frontier’s First Choice for Brews and Banquets 
Glacier BrewHouse

Best of Northwest 2015 Winners

NWM+E proudly announces the best of the best in the Norhtwest region, as selected by you - the reader. 

Meet James Rahn, Sommelier Extraordinaire

Originally from Chicago, James Rahn moved to Seattle to attend college at the University of Washington. While putting himself through school waiting tables at Seattle’s iconic Café Campagne, the restaurant’s wine director took him under her wing and taught him all about wine. Rahn was hooked.

“I got bit by it,” recalls Rahn of how his love of wine developed. When he returned to Chicago, he was certified as a sommelier and became wine director at a French restaurant.

Use This Summer Wine Guide to Know Where to Host the Perfect Wine Event

Did you know that Washington is the second-largest premium wine producer in the country? Or that Oregon has more than 600 wineries and more than 950 vine- yards? This summer, celebrate Northwest wine by explor- ing its wine countries with a group tasting tour or stocking your event bar with some of the region’s most acclaimed vintages. Cheers!

Wine Tasting 101

Raise the Bar on Your Next Event by Thinking Like a Wedding Planner

It's probably safe to assume that corporate clients don’t often attend meetings with event planners armed with scrapbooks of clippings they’ve saved since childhood in anticipation of their first convention. Likewise, rarely do planners have to accommodate meddling future in-laws or feuding family members. Those differences aside, corporate event planners can learn a lot from their wedding-planning counterparts.

Special Events + the Perfect Wine Bar Make a Winning Combination

From intimate spaces to grand venues, these wine bars offer the wine connoisseur and novice alike a delightful environment in which to explore, converse and celebrate.

CRUSH WINE BISTRO AND CELLAR
Anchorage, Alaska

Get to Know: Willamette Valley

Even though she’s a fifth-generation Oregonian born and raised in the Willamette Valley, Jennifer Rouse is still delighted by all the area has to offer. “Just last week, I was out walking the dog and discovered a brand-new brewery in my neighborhood,” says the public relations and project manager for the Willamette Valley Visitors Association. Best known for its globally recognized pinot noir, Willamette Valley is also a paradise for hikers, bike riders, campers and canoers.

Dirty Jobs Northwest Meetings + Events Edition

A successful event isn’t just about the exquisite venues, inspiring presentations and scrumptious food that guests enjoy. There’s a seemingly unseen team of people at work that helps ensure the party keeps rolling and your job is easier. Short a few centerpieces? No one but you will notice. Short a few portable toilets? Things just got real.

Tee Up Your Group Event at a Golf Resort

Stunning views and rolling fairways make our region a particularly ideal setting for a round of golf or two with your group, postmeeting. Better yet—many courses o er their own meeting spaces, so meeting to fairway is just a short golf cart drive away.

ANCHORAGE GOLF COURSE
Anchorage, Alaska

Rogue Ales & Spirits Brewery Spikes Beer with Spicy Sriracha

The folks at Oregon-based Rogue Ales & Spirits have capitalized on a hot condiment hailed by hipsters and food aficionados alike, introducing the Rogue Sriracha Hot Stout Beer, brewed with that curious condiment that some call “rooster sauce,” thanks to the rooster emblazoned on the bottle. Sriracha is actually just a magic mix of hot sauce, distilled vinegar, garlic, sugar and salt.

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