Washington SourWashington Sour
Combine 2 ounces rye or bourbon whiskey, 1 ounce fresh lemon juice, and 1 ounce simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, cover, and shake until outside of shaker is frosty, about 30 seconds. Strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Gently pour 1/2 ounce Diversion Majestic Red over the back of a spoon held just above the drink’s surface so wine floats on top. Enjoy!


cheese fonduePacific Northwest Cheese Fondue with Diversion and Beecher’s Cheese
Chef Ryan Hardy (Montagna Restaurant at the Little Nell Hotel in Aspen, Colorado) makes his classic luxurious fondue with two kinds of cheese. Damian Davis of Diversion Wine has adapted his recipe to give it a distinctive Pacific Northwest flair. It includes two kinds of Beecher’s Cheese (Beecher’s Flagship and Just Jack), a touch of Chelan Gold hard cider from Lake Chelan Winery and the all-essential ingredient of Diversion Chardonnay. Enjoy with classic dipping items, such as cubes of crusty bread, apples, and pears. You can also experiment with some unconventionals, like slices of salami and other hearty charcuterie such as pickles, which are wonderful with the winey fondue. Click here for the recipe.  Diversion Wines pair beautifully with several Beecher’s cheeses. Click here for a Diversion Wine & Beecher’s Cheese pairing mat, which you can print at home on legal sized paper.



Tom Douglas’ Crabcakes
Don’t be put off by the long list of ingredients. This is a terrific crabcake. Damian Davis of Diversion Wine has adapted this recipe from Tom Douglas’s Seattle Kitchen Cookbook and Guide. Tom is Seattle’s most successful celebrity chef and restaurateur. He brought this East Coast version of crabcakes with him when he moved from Delaware to Seattle years ago. Of course, in Seattle he makes them with the Northwest’s sweet and delicious Dungeness crabmeat but he admits that Blue crab makes the best-textured crabcakes. In fact, we have used this recipe with Blue crab from the Chesapeake and Stone crab from Florida with wild success. It’s a family favorite and enormous crowd pleaser. Click here for the recipe. Pairs perfectly with Diversion Chardonnay!