Tuesday, October 18, 2011

West Seattle Weekend Wrap-Up: Molbak's, Fall Harvest Wine Tasting

Fall was definitely in the air this past week. Our rains slowed a bit, fog covered the valleys in the morning but we had abundant sunshine on Saturday.

Every year, Brian and I get out to Molbak's in Woodinville for a preview of their Christmas decorations and to explore their awesome garden and home departments (plus that 40% off coupon was burning a hole in our pockets).

This year, we decided to have lunch at their Garden Cafe which serves a wonderful assortment of soups, quiches, salads and other northwest favorites. The stunning gardens that surround the cafĂ© patio were designed by expert horticulturist (and frequent Molbak’s guest speaker), Richard Hartlage.

After taking home a few inexpensive treasures (a Sammy knock-off ornament and some cobblestone walls for our Christmas village), we went down the road to explore Silver Lake Winery (Tasting Room).

They had a nice selection of 5 wines for $5 including a wonderful Claret that we really enjoyed, other than that...young whites and no good buttery Chardonnay.

Crockpot chili (our first batch of the year) to top off Saturday (plus tons of football and baseball on TV). Who could ask for more? Perhaps some cuddles with Sammy!