Vinos de Chile Wine Tasting

leyda valleyChile is a long, narrow country dominated by the Andes to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Its vineyards cover an 800-mile stretch of land with a range of varied and diverse micro climates from the hotter and drier regions in the north to the wetter and cooler regions in the south. Chile has a long viticulture history from the 16th century when the Spanish brought vinifera with them.  In the 19th century, French varieties were planted.  Stop by on Saturday as we tour the vineyards.

2012 Undurraga, U Chardonnay/Riesling  $10  (Central Valley)
85% Chardonnay, 15% Riesling
Don Francisco Undurraga, an enterprising man in the 19th century, was one of the pioneers of winemaking in Chile and founder of Viña Undurraga with plants he brought over personally from France and Germany.  Today Undruuaga has expanded its holding into most of Chile’s wine regions. For this wine the Riesling underwent twice weekly lees resuspension for 3 months, while 20% of the Chardonnay was aged with oak .The blend is a wine smooth rich bodied wine with a bit of spiciness.

2011 Leyda Pinot Noir  $14 (Lyeda Valley)
Viña Leyda is located at the west side of the Coastal Mountain Range of Chile, just 7 kilometers from the Pacific Ocean.  They pioneered viniculture in this valley, creating the new designation of origin, D.O. which is named after them. The Pinot Noir is made in a fruit driven style showing its cold climate influence. Aromas of blueberries and strawberries mingle with earthy mineral and herbaceous notes.

2011 Undurraga Aliwen Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenere   $14 (Rapel Valley)
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Carménère
Carménère a almost forgotten Bordeaux varietal has thrived in Chile.  The Aliwen ages nine months in French and American oak. Notes of ripe fruit, spices and oak perfectly blend delivering a wonderful aroma. The wine has great body, sweet tannins and a long elegant finish.

2010 Cousiño-Macul, Finis Terrai $26  (Maipo Valley)
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah
Founded in 1856, Cousiño Macul is the only winery in Chile amongst those established in the 19th century that continues in the hands of the original founding family.   The Finis Terrai offers a complex nose, in which notes of wild berries, blueberry, raspberry, and blackberry can be felt, as well as a subtle French oak aroma, in perfect balance with the fruit. In the mouth plum and strawberry, accompanied by a slight sweetness, principally from the merlot, can be found. It’s intense, balanced and round, with ripe tannins and a long finish.

2009 Undurraga, Terrior Hunter Syrah  $20  (Limarí)
The Terroir Hunter is Undurraga’s to make wines best suited to each region.  This savory, meaty Syrah is made in tiny quantities and hails from the remote region of Limarí near the Atacama desert in the north of Chile where the semi-arid, cool climate with alluvial terraces of calcareous soils makes bright and mineraled Syrah, This wine has key notes of black pepper, smoke, and tar that accent the wine’s plush and concentrated core of black fruit.

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5. No matter what day you stop by we always have something open to sample.




Program DJ Roomba and head on down to Pawnee!

MAP THEATRE: Hosted by the inimitable Peggy Gannon and special guest host Sarah Rose Nottingham.

For the 29th episode in our MAP Theatre trivia series, we bring you…

PARKS AND REC Trivia Night!
50 questions about your favorite Pawnee gang of misfits. Covering Seasons 1-4

Wednesday , April 9th
7:00 – 9:00 PM

@ Central Cinema
1411 21st Avenue in Seattle (21st & Union in the Central District)

General Admission:

And stick around afterwards to hang out and watch 2 episodes of the show on the big screen after trivia!

The MAP duo has put together some killer prize packages. Teams of 1-5 are welcome. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & last place, door prize, costume prize, and random other prizes for being awesome. You don’t have to be good at trivia … just come on down to relive some Leslie Knopian shenanigans with us.

Central Cinema has table service; one of the things that makes it our favorite place.

~Will Brandon half-ass two thing, instead of whole-ass’in one thing?
~Will Peggy work her DJ Roomba magic?
~Will Shane ever get out of the Wiz palace?
All of these questions and more will be uncovered at our next TRIVIA NIGHT!

The Show is available on Netflix, or you can rent from your local video store (such as On 15th Video, our dear sponsor).


For the 3rd cycle in The 50 year Cinema Film Series curated by Brandon Ryan, Central Cinema is pleased to present a 5 Night engagement of Howard Hawk’s “The Big Sleep and Doug Liman’s “Swingers”

Friday Mar 21st ~ Wednesday Mar 26th. 7PM Screenings

Friday Mar 21st ~ Wednesday Mar 26th. 9:30 Screenings

Advance purchase general admission tickets: $6.00
Day-of-show general admission: $8.00

L.A. private eye Phillip Marlowe takes on a blackmail case…and a trail peopled with murderers, porographers, nightclub rogues, the spoiled rich and more. Humphrey Boart plays Raymond Chandlers’ legendary gumshoe and director Howard Hawkes serves up snappy character encounters (particularly involving Lauren Bacall), brisk pace and atmosphere galore in the certified classic.

A tale about Mike {Jon Favreau}, a guy who left his girl in New York when he came to LA to be a star. It’s been six months since his girlfriend left him and he’s not doing so good. So, his pal {Vince Vaughn} and some other friends try and get him back in the social scene and forget about his 6 year relationship.

50 Year Cinema:
A comparative look at classic and contemporary films spanning a half century. A selective grouping of personal bests, as curated by Brandon Ryanhalf century cinema march web

Compost Days: The Big Garden Give



Compost Days is Coming to Seattle!

Compost Days is back, and it’s bigger and better than ever! From March 15th through April 15th, cash in on the biggest discounts of the year on Cedar Grove compost, and deep discounts on kitchen food scrap containers and compostable bags.  Get more information at: Plus, this year, save big and give big at a special Seattle area event!


Save on all varieties of Cedar Grove compost; get your gardening questions answered by Master Composters and give back by donating a bag of compost to local gardens growing food to fight hunger. For every coupon redeemed, Cedar Grove will donate a bag to local gardens!

Saturday, March 29, Ballard Fred Meyer, 10am – 4pm  —  915 NW 45th St.

Other Area Events:

Encourage your friends and family to attend one of the events below and donate a bag of compost.

Saturday, March 15, Lynnwood Fred Meyer, 4615 196th St. SW

Meet celebrity garden radio host Ciscoe Morris, broadcasting live from 10 a.m. to noon!

• Saturday, March 22, Maple Valley Fred Meyer, 26520 Maple Valley Black Diamond Rd. SE

Can’t make it to the event?  Get a compost coupon and donate online, visit:


Washington Hall benefit concert: The Holden Family with special guests The Teaching

Seattle jazz dynasty performs benefit concert to restore Washington Hall

Historic Seattle presents a Benefit Concert for the Campaign to Restore Washington Hall.  This evening affair features performances by four generations of the legendary Holden family, a dynasty of Seattle jazz and music, and special guests The Teaching featuring Evan Flory Barnes, Josh Rawlings, and Jeremy Jones. Proceeds from this concert will go to restoring this 106-year-old theater to its former glory.


About the performers

The Holden Family once lived across the street from the historic venue at 14th and Fir for more than 30 years, and four generations of Holden musicians will take the stage together for the first time in a public performance at Washington Hall, the site of the first jazz concert in Seattle. Patriarch Oscar Holden, who passed in 1969, was a pianist and played alongside Louis Armstrong and sat in with many of the touring musicians of the jazz era. Oscar Holden graces the cover of the Seattle jazz history, Jackson Street After Hours.

Current patriarch David Holden, Sr., son of Oscar Holden, Sr., and a professional musician for more than 75 years, leads an ensemble of Holdens that spans four generations and many genres of music.

The Teaching is made up of Seattle latest generation of jazz musicians, who blend tradition with hop hop, funk, and pop. As the unofficial studio band for Macklemore’s Grammy-winning album “The Heist,” Josh Rawlings (piano), Evan Flory Barnes (bass), and Jeremy Jones (drums) embody the musical legacy and future of Washington Hall.


About Washington Hall

Built in 1908 by the Danish Brotherhood, a fraternal organization of immigrants from Denmark, Washington Hall has been an anchor in the Central District for more than a century.  The building has served as a hub for social and cultural activities for a broad ethnic community, and has been in continuous use as a gathering place, social club and meeting hall for scores of Seattle’s immigrants and members of the local African American, Filipino, Korean, Jewish, Eritrean, Ethiopian and other communities.

Remarkable for its open and diverse use, regardless of race, religion, or artform, the Hall hosted many luminary artists including Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Marian Anderson, Jimi Hendrix, Louis Armstrong, John Lee Hooker, Afrika Bambaata, Fugazi, Mark Morris, Spalding Gray, and Bill T. Jones.  In 1973, the Sons of Haiti, an African-American Masonic Lodge, purchased the building and continued the tradition of hosting performing arts. Washington Hall was the original home of On the Boards from 1978-1998. As the developer of “last resort,” Historic Seattle acquired Washington Hall in 2009, saving it from demolition.

The concert will benefit the capital campaign to fully restore Washington Hall. With a new roof, seismic stabilization of the south wall, and funds to build an elevator secured, the final phase of the campaign requires raising $2.2 million by June 2014 to continue the renovation of the former Danish boarding house at the back of the building. These spaces, once homes to immigrants from all backgrounds, will become offices for Hidmo, 206 Zulu, and Voices Rising and other community organizations, classrooms and meeting rooms, a recording studio, and cafe.

Happily ever after in the Central District



An important work of art created by the subject of our very first Central District News report (Image courtesy Mom)

This week, as we announced the time had come to bring Central District News to a close, we looked back at the history of the site — including the very first CDN post. The headline is unsettling: Car Hits Baby Stroller on 23rd Ave — 10/31/2007

For one final post, Central District News is happy to report that everyone lived happily ever after.

The first time I read the CD news was while trying to make sense out of the worst and best 24 hours of my life: October 31, 2007. I was walking to work with my mom and my stroller bound just-turned-one son. Crossing 23rd at Marion there was a car across the way so we waited for them. They werenʼt signaling nor moving even though the coast was clear so we assumed they were waiting for us. Not the case–must have been distracted. When we were 1/2 way across the street, the car made a quick left. Understand this all happened pretty darned fast and gets a little nutty so Iʼll proceed chronologically.

I saw the car, screamed something along the lines of “stop!”and got between it and the stroller (as if I could stop it, right?). I was struck and thrown over the car which proceeded to run over the stroller and drag it under the car about 30 feet, veering left and running up the curb and into the steps of the corner house. Thatʼs where it was when I came to, looking for my son. My mom, in some stage of disintegration, directed me to where the stroller was. All that could be seen was crushed metal under the car. Needless to say I fell apart. I believe I was on the ground hysterical, ripping clumps of grass out, when my mom alerted me to a babyʼs crying.

There was this weird moment of what do we do? Could we lift a car? What would meet our eyes when we did? Then this young man, maybe a teenager, maybe in his 20ʼs, came right up to me and said “do you want us to lift that car?” “yes”. Then it was all hands on–residents of the corner house, construction workers from across the street, myself and my mom.

When we pulled the completely collapsed/smashed stroller out there was a little smudge of oil on my sonʼs forehead where the bottom of the car was touching him. Thatʼs it.

The next 24 hours was filled with a lot of testing at the hospital. Not fun but worth realizing that as unbelievable as it seemed, my son was unharmed.

My boy is now a 7 year old big brother and is living a full and active life. Like a lot of kids his age he fancies himself invincible so the time hasnʼt quite arrived for us to tell him what happened. When that time comes, I plan on digging out that first story from the CD news to help him put this crazy puzzle together.

In the blurry days following this incident I scanned news sources trying to make sense of what had happened. The most helpful and human coverage was found in the CD news. Iʼve been reading it ever since. Thank you CD news for providing such valuable asset to our community. Youʼll be missed.

Thanks for reading, everybody, and thanks for sharing your stories.

Jackson Street Jazz Walk & Hopscotch CD 2

JazzWalkStreetLogo_Color_200pxJackson Street Jazz Walk: April 5, 5-10 pm.

We’re excited to welcome SEVENTEEN PERFORMERS in SIX VENUES!

See the full schedule at:

Jazz Underground, Bembe Olele, Seattle Brazilian Jazz Ensemble, among others to locations on Jackson from LiHi’s Ernstine Andreson House at 21st and Jackson to Casa Latina at 16th and Jackson. Drink and food specials at Jackson St. businesses. With Pratt Fine Art’s One Hot Night Spring Fever happening at the same time, it’s going to be a super swell night to come down to Jackson Street to listen to free music and catch some art.

This is event is happening with the assistance of the the Department of Neighborhood’s PACE (People’s Academy of Community Engagement) Program, which is a program for developing future community leaders.

Hopscotch CD 2: May 31st. All Day!

We are in the beginning planning phases of Hopscotch CD 2, a two-mile hopscotch course through the Central District! Last year over 40 community groups, business and neighbors had fun, games, books, and garage sales along the route from Jackson to Union. We will have an organizational meeting on Tuesday, March 18 to set this year’s route. Can we extended it to Madrona or Jackson Place? Only if we have more help. We’re also going to have to raise some money as the city isn’t ready to give us a grant for the second year. Please email: [email protected] if you want to get the updates, lend a hand, have a garage sale or lemonade stand on the route, or have other ideas on how to make Hopscotch CD a great event.

With the CD News sadly going away, it’s going to be harder to help spread the work. We posting updates to these events and other Jackson Street news on Facebook, JacksonCommonsSeattle ,on Twitter: @JacksonCommons or at

Farewell, Central District News

Justin has already said everything that needs to be said about the final days of Central District News and the rationale behind shutting the site down after so many years. This has been tough to swallow, and I’ll miss the site as a community resource as much as I’ll miss writing for it every day.

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out some of our most read stories, posted yesterday. Today will be our last day of reporting, and we’re ending on a positive note: a follow up to the site’s very first story, a harrowing story that has a happy ending, nearly seven years later.

I’ve only been your editor for nine months, but I feel honored to have served the Central District’s residents. Your outpouring of support over the last week has been incredible, a true testament to the strength of this community and the enjoyment we all found in sharing the day’s news and connecting over our neighborhood’s most important stories. It’s disheartening to see it come to a close.

Thanks for reading and contributing, and hope to see you around.

Most-read Central District News stories

23rd Ave squatters (Image: CHS)

23rd Ave squatters (Image: CHS)

Leschi residents check out the scene during the 2009 search for Maurice Clemmons (Image: CDN)

Leschi residents check out the scene during the 2009 search for Maurice Clemmons (Image: CDN)

If you’re keeping score at home, hundreds of thousands of people have read Central District News over the years. Below is a selection of some of the most-read CDN posts. Time has not been kind to the CDN archives. The “live update” format of some of the most important early posts has caused a few of the biggest breaking news articles to be left behind as we’ve switched publishing platforms over the years. The site’s minute-by-minute coverage of the 2009 Leschi standoff as police searched the neighborhood for Maurice Clemmons? Lost to history.Screen Shot 2014-03-06 at 10.14.47 AM

Here are some equally important, equally interesting, equally Central District stories that have survived from the site’s beginnings through this final week. Thanks, again, for reading.

  1. Shooting at MLK and Cherry — UPDATE: Police say victim caught in crossfire
  2. Clemmons manhunt
  3. Timothy Brenton murder
  4. Twilight Exit owner opening new bar in the Thompson’s Point of View space8210664543_7476a79133
  5. How 23rd/Union could become Seattle’s ‘Little Amsterdam’
  6. Chuck’s Hop Shop CD coming to 20th and Union
  7. A Neighborhood Saved: History of Thomson Expressway
  8. Say goodbye to Madrona’s iconic adobe gas station Saturday
  9. Med Mix fire started intentionally
  10. Police make arrests, clear Horace Mann
  11. Protest for Trayvon Martin Sunday at 25th and Jackson
  12. City signals plan to evict occupiers at 23rd and Alder
  13. Times still tough at 23rd/Union, Part 1: Post Office is out, is it time for redevelopment?
  14. Med Mix is open at 23rd and Union (and they’re already busy)
  15. Mayor walks out of town hall meeting at NAAM due to heckling
  16. CD History: How segregation shaped the neighborhood8211378260_6a64590b3b_o
  17. Man finds thief who stole his lawnmowers, fights him and gets them back
  18. President Obama’s Re-Election Headquarters for Seattle Coming to Jackson Place
  19. Taco Truck at 23rd & Union is a full-time affair
  20. Hundreds of Garfield High students walk out to protest budget cutsIMG_9601
  21. Seattle rocker and photographer rework historic building at 18th and Union
  22. Blue Angels boom breaks Leschi woman’s window
  23. Design team selected for Jimi Hendrix Park
  24. Pedestrian deaths disproportionately high in Central District
  25. Patrick Lewis … Charming Central District Panhandler – Actually knocks on your door!bike-blog-man-riding-bicy-003-300x180

Taste of Spain Wine Tasting

This Saturday we’ll be tasting some tasty wines gathered from the Spanish landscape.  We have a lovely Galacian white, a very old vine La Machian Bobal, a solid value Rioja, a heavy hitter from Zamora and a dry Amontillado from Jerez.  Join us.

2012 Vina Reboreda, Blanc  $12
65% Treixadura, 35% Torrontés
Viña Reboreda’s vineyards comprises 40 hectares on the Miño River Soils vary from alluvial  and stony near the river to outcroppings of slate, granite and chalk on the higher west-facing slopes.  The Blanc is a crisp, freshly aromatic and versatile dry white wine with impressive complexity and persistence. Treixadura provides savory consistency while Torrontés adds floral and spice notes.

2011 Vega Tolotas, 11 Pinos, Bobal Old Vine $11
Manchuela lies to the northeast of  La Mancha between the Júcar and Cabriel River valleys, and well above the coastal plains of Valencia and Alicante. It is the ancestral home of Bobal, one of Spain’s most interesting and underappreciated red varieties.  Vega Tolosa founded in 1905, has 150 hectares of organically farmed vines, of which 100 acres is head-pruned Bobal, all over 80 years old.  The wine is partially oak-aged, with varietal notes of wild mountain herbs, red fruit and minerals.

2010 Lorinon, Tempranillo, Tinto  $13
Lorinon’s tinto is aged 14 months in American oak, with partial malolactic in new French oak. The wine has spice and leather notes complementing the deep blackberry fruit and ferrous minerality of Rioja’s red soils. It is Mouth-filling yet fresh, with the structure for improving in bottle for a number of years.

2006 Alejandro Fernández , Dehezia La Granga $18
Alejandro Fernández and his wife Esperanza Rivera, having created Tinto Pesquera and Condado de Haza in their native Ribera del Duero, looked farther afield to Zamora and in 1998 started Dehezia La Granga, with planting 325 acres of old-clone Tempranillo from his vineyards in Ribera del Duero. The fully-extracted must undergoes malolactic fermentation in new oak, and a meticulous racking and aging program achieves natural clarification. The wines are bottled after two years in the barrel.  Purity of fruit accompanies concentrated texture and weight, with excellent balance and expression enhanced by two years in bottle prior to release.

Bodegas Hidalgo la Gitana,  Napoleon Amontillado  $20  500ml
Founded in 1792 by José Pantaleón Hidalgo, Bodegas Hidalgo is still owned by the sixth generation of the family, and is the last remaining family business to produce its own unblended, single-solera Sherries made from its own estate vineyards. True amontillados are naturally aged versions of the best finos, and are totally dry. The Napoleón is long, lean and elegant in style.

The aging cellar at Dehezia La Granga.

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5. No matter what day you stop by we always have something open to sample.