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The grapes are grown east of the mountains, but some of the best wine excursions are close at hand. Plus: Experts name 106 top Northwest wines under $50, the story behind the most sophisticated bank robbery in recent Washington State history, and a primer to the cultural season’s best bets in theater, art, music, books, and dance.

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Give a Dawg a Bone

Even if the Washington Huskies are riding a losing streak, here are five reasons to actually get pumped about the purple and gold football season.

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Chic Cheek to Cheek

New Capitol Hill restaurant the Tin Table is where the smart set goes to get a kick from champagne.

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Style Counsel

Close Knit

A conversation with retailers Butch Blum and Kay Smith-Blum.

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See Spot Run

See Spot run, jump, tunnel, and weave at Sandra Katzen’s Vortex Agility and Dog Training facility in Kent.

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Habitat

High-Style Tiles

Amely Wurmbrand uses mosaic and tiles to lend artful touches to her modern Shoreline home.

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Occasions

Hotel Hopping

Hotel restaurants making news.

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On the Town

Such Sweet Sorrow

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Lucien Postlewaite shares why he loved taking the lead in Roméo et Juliette.

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Phamily Newspaper

Two generations of of the Pham family bridge the news business and the Vietnamese community with Northwest Vietnamese News.

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East Beats West?

The brand new shops at the Bravern include Neiman Marcus, Hermès, and Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa, and they give Bellevue a style edge.

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A Note from the Editor

The Bank Job

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Passing Through

Mr. President

Dennis Haysbert, the president on Fox’s 24 and the face of Allstate Insurance Company commercials, remains diplomatic about The Details, the movie he’s making in Seattle with Tobey Maguire.

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Bill Versus the Hurricane

Bill Gates has applied for five patents for hurricane-fighting technology intended to turn Katrina-like catastrophes into gentle ocean breezes. Not so fast, say weather experts.

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Steamed

A recap of the media war over the opening of 15th Ave Coffee and Tea.

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The Scan Clan

Seattle start-up Earth Class Mail just signed a licensing deal with Swiss Post Box, which digitizes mail for the nation of Switzerland.

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On the Town

Fall Arts from A to Z

From Rufus Wainwright to August: Osage County, Michelangelo to Stephen Sondheim and Frank Rich, this is your primer to Seattle’s best fall bets in theater, art, music, books, and dance.

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Dish

Puttin’ Roots Down

Believe it or not, ginger does grown in Washington. Plus, Matthew Dillon of the Corson Building shares a recipe for braised hanging tender with ginger.

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Premier Crew

11 top wine experts pick the best 100 Northwest wines under $50. Included: Video coverage on selecting the best wines for your buck, courtesy q13fox.com

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Letters to the Editor

Letters about previous articles from the Seattle metropolitan community.

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Wine Country Weekends

Celebrate the harvest at premier wine destinations around Washington: Lake Chelan, Whidbey Island, Woodinville, and Kirkland.

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What Not to Dare

Is Madonna too old to wear rabbit ears? Am I? What does it mean, dressing my age?

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On the Town

A Question For…

Bellingham’s Andrew Connor, of the Cody Rivers Show and artistic director of SketchFest Seattle Comedy Festival, reveals the magic behind his comical stage genius.

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Appraisals

Shock to the System

New federal mortgage rules under the Home Valuation Code of Conduct may hurt homeowners more than it helps. Plus, Mukilteo ranks as one of the country’s best small towns.

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On Track

Sound Transit’s $2.4 billion light rail launched on July 18, when 51,000 riders took it for an inaugural spin. Here’s what it took.

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Heist

By the time Luke Elliott Sommer finished U.S. Army Ranger School his mind had become a precision weapon capable of planning strategic attacks on buildings in enemy territory. Then he came home and orchestrated a robbery of the Bank of America on South Tac