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A group of friends gathered at 106 Pine for mid week wine and cheese. Next to Chocolate Box, both are boutiques specialising in Northwest goods. With adjacent entrances and a common wall with two gaps, the joie de vivre of chocolate, wine and cheese are intertwined.

A wooden table in the bay window was laden with Christmas themed gifts and wine paraphernalia. Recycled wine bottles are converted into bright lights.

Glass shelves displayed hampers, decanters, Artisan Salt Company salts, Chocolate Shop wines and Boat Street Pickles.

I sampled the Chocolate Shop wine at Seattleite and Gilt City Seattle’s Fall Comforts Taste the Season at Wing Luke Museum a couple of months ago. It was a favourite of Naomi‘s, an infused red wine with an intense chocolate aroma.

A view into Chocolate Box and Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream.

A map of Washington State‘s American viticultural areas.

Bottles of wine lined neatly against the wall.

A long communal table is at the centre of the room. The bar separates a handful of cosy tables at the back.

It was a busy evening but service was efficient. The menu recommended wine flights, and wines are priced by full glass and tasting size. Flights of red wine were customised, and charcuterie and cheese platters were ordered to share.

From top to bottom: Mt Townsend Cirrus camembert, Beecher’s market herb curds, Rogue Creamery blue, Rollingstone Chèvre and Boat Street Pickles pickled raisins. Presented on a plank covered by parchment, the camembert was delightfully creamy, the curds squeaky, the blue mild, and the goat cheese delicate. I was the only one who nibbled on the mini bowl of pickled raisins which were appetisingly acidic.

From top to bottom: Beecher’s Flagship, Beecher’s market herb curds, salumi, olives and Deluxe Foods plum jelly. The wafer thin slices of Flagship were sharp and paired well with the buttery salami.

A smiling Ms S said ‘wine and cheese, just like in France … I’m happy’!

After several hours of bicycling around Bainbridge Island, we were parched and in need of shade. We returned our rentals and I was relieved to release my head from the constraint of the helmet. Definitely safety first but I couldn’t adjust mine and it was too tight!

We had spotted wine tasting on the tourist map as we exited the ferry terminal and were keen to find the nearest one. A short walk to the main street of Winslow and a wine bottle shaped sign directed us to the Harbor Square Wine Shop and Tasting Room.

A bottle of G.H. Mumm Champagne greeted us at the entrance, and the cool air conditioning was welcomed reprieve from the late afternoon sun.

Well stocked with local and international wines, the bottles are grouped by grape variety and region.

There is a small shelf of wine paraphernalia including wine stoppers, stemware and gift bags.

Four flights were on the tasting menu – local, Woodinville Grape Killers, Fielding Hills and Charles Smith. Wines are also available by the glass, and a nibbles menu too.

We share the local flight of Perennial Vintners 2009 Müller Thurgau, Rolling Bay 2008 Manitou Red and Liberty Bay 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon. All three wineries are on Bainbridge Island.

The wines are poured from taps attached to a temperature and environment controlled dispenser to preserve the quality of the wines.

We each ordered a glass of our preferred wine and sank into the comfortable stools to rest our aching bodies.

The owner delivered our cheese platter and there was a pause in our conversation. We were expecting two or three small wedges of cheese but it was just the one disc of cheddar! We happily snacked on the mild cheddar and crackers as we sipped our wines.

We joined the queue for the ferry home, and as we waited, we searched for Bainbridge Island properties for sale on our smart phones. The allure of an idyllic summer holiday cottage…


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