100 Best Wines of the Northwest

100 Best Wines of the Northwest <p>Our wine expert ranks the best 100 wines from the Pacific Northwest, plus 15 great value wines: Learn which bottles need time in the cellar and which ones to drink with dinner tonight. Then get your highlighters and Post-its ready for the proactive Seattleite&rsquo;s guide to enjoying a super-sliding, high-flying, great-dining time at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Also in this issue, read about the life and death of Ric Weiland, one of Microsoft&rsquo;s earliest employees and the gay community&rsquo;s greatest philanthropist; Husky football fans pin big hopes on sophomore quarterback Jake Locker; and 15 candidates from the fall arts season are primed to make us ponder where we&rsquo;ve been, where we are, where we&rsquo;re headed, and how far we have yet to go. Plus: a polite chat with John Waters, and foodies find heaven in Georgetown&rsquo;s Corson Building.</p>

In this issue:

Arts & Culture


A Piece of Work

Twyla Tharp comes to PNB for a labor of love.

12/27/2008 By Steve Wiecking


The Art of Politics

The Fall Arts Season is primed to make us ponder where we’ve been, where we are, where we’re headed, and how far we have yet to go. Consider these 15 candidates worth your vote.

12/27/2008 By Steve Wiecking


Bidder Sweet

While Seattleites sat on their auction paddles, a Tacoma man took the lot.



The Respectable Pervert

Trash auteur John Waters suits up for a talk.

12/20/2008 By Steve Wiecking


Dancing with the Czars

The jig is up for a Seattle game developer.

12/20/2008 By Christopher Werner

Eat & Drink


Crashing Corson

Tuscany meets Georgetown in a little farm with big flavors.

01/08/2009 By Kathryn Robinson


The Top 100 Northwest Wines

Some to stock your cellars and some to savor today—these are our region’s best bottles.

12/20/2008 By Jessica Voelker

Editor's Note


A Note from the Editor

By the Numbers

12/20/2008 By Katherine Koberg

Home & Real Estate


Ramble On

A Kirkland couple opts for reconstruction over destruction. 

12/27/2008 By Peter Sackett


True Value

Want to get the most for your home in a buyer’s market? Set the right price.

12/20/2008 By Christopher Werner



Mail from the Metro

Letters to Seattle Met


News & City Life


They Like It Rough

Need an elbow to the jaw and a friendly pat on the back? Try rugby.

12/27/2008 By Sean Leslie


Can Jake Locker Save Husky Football?

The University of Washington hasn’t had a winning football season in six years, and the last great squad is known more for its criminal activity than for its wins. This season, as fans and alumni clamor for the dismissal of the legendary coach hired to pu

12/27/2008 By Roger Brooks


Ctrl Alt Delete

From Lakeside School computer geek to pioneer Microsoft programmer to the gay community’s biggest benefactor, Ric Weiland seemed to have it all: brains, looks, wealth, social conscience. Then, on a sunny Pride weekend, he took his own life.

12/23/2008 By Kevin Phinney


Root, Root, Root Against the Home Team

Not everyone had a bad season at Safeco Field.

12/20/2008 By Jason Cohen


The Olympic Oil Patch

Hundreds have tried to strike black gold in Washington. And they’re not done yet.

12/20/2008 By Eric Scigliano


When Headlines Attack



Worst. Holiday. Ever.

We give an unloved occasion an overhaul.

12/20/2008 By Matthew Halverson


What Lies Beneath


Style & Shopping

Style Counsel

Make Yourself at Home

A conversation with Sheila Mulvihill, cofounder of Plover Organic.

12/20/2008 By Laura Cassidy


Kids Are Alright

At these five boutiques, you’re never too young to be stylish.

12/20/2008 By Angela Garbes

Travel & Outdoors


Early Game Plan

The proactive Seattleite’s* guide to enjoying a super-sliding, high-flying, great-dining time at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. * Yes, we know you’re already proactive, but this isn’t standing in line for the latest cellphone. This is t

12/23/2008 By Kathryn Robinson and James Ross Gardner


Into the Wildland

For Kurt and Anne Kutay—and thousands of travelers—that first dance became a rumba round the world.

12/20/2008 By Francesca Lyman


Not-So-Smooth Sailing

A novice boatbuilder needs help to keep his project afloat.

12/20/2008 By Lawrence W. Cheek