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Blaine Wetzel Wins a James Beard; Refreshing Rosé Wines for Warm Weather

This week's top hits from Eater Seattle, Curbed's sibling bar, restaurant, and nightlife blog.

AWARDS SEASON -- Blaine Wetzel has had a traumatic year with his partner's accident in Paraguay (fiancée Raquel Ruiz Diaz was hit by a drunk driver in early March and critically injured), but bright news from the James Beard Foundation tonight. Wetzel took home the JBF's Best Chef Northwest award for his work at Lummi Island's Willows Inn.

WINE WIRE -- We're calling it: all this warm weather means summer is pretty much here. And for wine drinkers that's just one more excuse to break out the rosé. Eater lists eight picks for great rosé wines out of Woodinville.

COMING ATTRACTIONS -- RockCreek owners Eric Donnelly and Christy Given have made a name for themselves with seafood and brunch in Fremont the last two years, and now they're building their empire up the road. The team has leased the former Antika furniture space at 8421 Greenwood to open a new restaurant. According to a Seattle Department of Planning and Development permit, the 5,243-square-foot space is currently in the midst of near $75,000 in renovations, and nothing yet on menu or the restaurant's name. Stay tuned for more details later in May.