Kirkland may soon have a place in Washington's wine industry. This year, the city formed a partner-city relationship with Walla Walla, beefed...

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Kirkland may soon have a place in Washington’s wine industry.

This year, the city formed a partner-city relationship with Walla Walla, beefed up its tourism Web site, and started working with the state tourism office to attract more culinary and wine tourists.

Kirkland also is working with Woodinville, home of the largest concentration of wineries west of the Cascade Mountains, about putting together tourism packages with Woodinville hotels, restaurants and wineries.

“Tourists don’t think about going to Kirkland or Woodinville — they ask where they can taste wine, shop at great stores, eat well and go ballooning,” said Catherine Bombar-Kaplan, one of Kirkland’s two tourism coordinators. “We want to show them they can do it all on the Eastside.”

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Kirkland, like other Eastside cities, has increased its tourism promotion to boost its tax rolls and to make up for the closure of the East King County Convention and Visitors Bureau in 2002. Since then, the city has adopted a marketing plan, hired tourism coordinators, and built a Web site,, to promote itself. The site has been updated with an interactive city map, in-depth visitor information and event listings. The city’s first visitors guide will debut in the next couple of months.

This year, for the first time, Walla Walla wines will be featured at the Kirkland farmers market. They can be sold only by the bottle according to state law. The city might open a tasting room to feature Walla Walla wines and could feature those wineries at local restaurants and wine shops.

What’s the Walla Walla connection? Last year, the city hosted a Walla Walla delegation to discuss how the city could become Walla Walla’s sister city, link Kirkland to the state’s wine country, and expand tourism.


There’s no need to dream of genuine New York deli food anymore.

Or at least that’s what the owners of Goldbergs’ Famous Delicatessen say. The New York-style deli says it will live up to the expectations of New York expatriates and deli lovers. The menu will include matzo-ball soup, gefilte fish, stuffed cabbage, blintzes, and of course, overstuffed sandwiches with pastrami and corned beef.

The deli opens May 3 at 3924 Factoria Blvd. S.E. in Factoria Mall.

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