Don’t mess with Alaska’s Copper River Salmon and Oregon Pinot Noir.

I was making friends while flying solo at a bar top a few weeks back with a half dozen dames in town from Anchorage, Alaska. After explaining what I do (the answer was “a lot of things with booze in the Northwest?”), the ladies inquired as to why their fare state is not clumped into the general “Pacific Northwest” group.

A Seattle institution provokes classic pairings by matching red wine with seafood.

Ray’s Boathouse tried to burn down twice. Once in 1987 and again in 1997, only three days prior to the decade anniversary of the first fire, the flame and ash that brought Ray’s Boathouse to the pier could only keep it there for a few months. Each time, the restaurant team and the community helped to bring the Seattle icon back to its feet to even bigger success than it had in its first run.