July 9-16: Learn how to taste wine knowledgeably and describe what you are
tasting. In this 5-hour course, Certified Educator and Sommelier Dieter Schafer
introduces you to wine types, grapes, varietals, and wine regions of the world,
as well as the basics of reading a wine label. Gain hints for smart buying,
proper storing and aging. Also included are wine-and-food pairing guidelines. Tasting
each session. Must be at least 21 years of age to attend; id required.
details please go to www.Hospitality-and-Wine-Education.com .
2 Mondays, July 9-16, 2012, 6:00-8:30 pm.
Cafe & Wine Bar. www.ViaVitaCafe.com .
1032 106th Avenue NE, Suite 126, Bellevue WA 98004. Free parking in retail
Cafe entrance at NE 10th Street.
$66 including tax. Food available at extra
with credit card required 425-449-8917.
The Seattle Times
Via Vita: A Euro cafe right at home in Bellevue ~ ** ½
By Providence Cicero.
Not long ago Jan Lawrence wore a
hard hat to work. Now, as proprietor of Via Vita, she wanders from
table-to-table at lunchtime in a chef's coat. At night she leaves the cooking
to others "more creative" and dons a smart leather jacket to greet
Her frequent travels inspired this
Euro cafe and wine bar, "an Italian piazza filled with French
furniture," housed in a glass-walled corner of Bellevue's Belcarra
By day, customers cluster at small
round tables up front, where daylight pours through windows two-stories high.
Larger tables are set farther back, amid honeyed walls hung with art. A curved
wine bar rimmed by a curlicued railing becomes a hub in the evening, when
cloths drape the stone tables and faux votives flicker in their wire and glass
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