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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Challenging economic times may force wine lovers to drink down the cellar – not necessarily a bad thing. But keeping up to speed on new releases is not out of the question. For the price of a bottle or two, some outstanding events will give you a look at and a gulp of some pretty interesting juice. Here are some upcoming opportunities, listed soonest to most distant. Except as indicated, I will not be attending and have no financial interest in these events.

Feb 20 – Den Hoed Dinner at the Triple Door – $95
My reviews of the Den Hoed wines are in the current issue of Wine Enthusiast. They are over-the-top expressions of Wallula vineyard fruit, honoring the founders’ parents. One made by Gilles Nicault (Long Shadows); the other by Rob Newsom (Boudreaux Cellars). The evening includes wines from Boudreaux and Long Shadows as well as the Den Hoed wines and a Wild Ginger dinner. For reservations call 206/623-4450.

Feb 24 – Rock the Score Wine Tasting – 6pm to 8pm at The Local Vine
The Local Vine is partnering with local importers and distributors to host a tasting of favorite top twenty wines that have scored 90 points or above. This collection represents wines considered to be the best by Wine Spectator, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Burghound, and others. [NOTE: As far as I know, none of the wines I have reviewed are included in this event]. Complementary hors d’oeuvres. Cost: $40. Better yet: owner Sarah Munson is offering half off the ticket price for friends of The Local Vine. Email events@thelocalvine.com or call 206/441-6000 and use code FFRTS to get the $20 ticket price.

Feb 28 – Seattle Food & Wine Experience – Seattle Center
This is, I believe, a first time event, tying together wineries from 10 countries, Oregon and Washington pavilions, artisan breweries, and food from 20 or more regional chefs. There is also a music stage, sponsored by Starbucks. I will be performing from 3 to 5 pm with my good music buddy Jef Jaisun. Tickets for the event are $49 pre-sale, $59 at the door.

March 11 – Willamette Valley Wineries On The Road to Seattle
A major tasting event, for both trade and public, featuring a huge lineup of Willamette valley vintners. Having just returned from a quick tour through the region, I can tell you that the number of new wineries rivals our own state, and quality has never been better across the board. Forget what you’ve read about the “poor” 2007 vintage – some outstanding wines were made. The 2008s are even better. I’m not just talking pinot noir – be sure to check out the pinot blancs, rieslings, chardonnays and pinot gris, aromatic and elegant wines perfect for spring. Tickets are $45 ($55 after March 1st). Location is Sodo Park by Herban Feast (3200 1st Avenue South) from 5:30 to 8:30. The trade tasting is earlier. This may sell out early also.

March 27 & 28 – Taste Washington
The year’s most anticipated all-Washington wine event is being held earlier than usual. Tickets are already on sale, and seminars often fill up early, so I would check it out sooner rather than later. This year for the first time in a long time, I will be a spectator, not a participant. For a complete list of seminars, presenters, and winery participants, visit the website linked above.

3 comments:

Trey Busch said...

Paul, a few more events worth seeking out...The WineParty 2010 in Portland OR on March 1st from 6-10 at the Doug Fir Lounge. The winemakers from K Vintners and Charles Smith Wines, Gorman Winery, Mark Ryan Winery, Sleight of Hand Cellars, Trust Cellars, Reynvann Winery, Efeste Winery, SYZYGY, Gifford Hirlinger, Nicholas Cole, DaMa, Northstar..., Dunham Cellars, Des Voignes, Sparkman Cellars, Zero One Vintners, and Dusted Valley Vintners will be on hand pouring their amazing wines, while a live DJ spins Heavy Metal Classics for your listening pleasure. Come taste wines the way they were made to be tasted...with loud Rock and Roll in the background!

Only 299 tickets available, $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Tickets can be purchased through K Vintners website or by calling Lynne Anderson at K Vintners at
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Anonymous said...

Paul, have you had an opportunity to taste Bledsoes Doubleback and if so your thoughts, not sure want to drop $500.00 on intial release? thanks, Merlotman

PaulG said...

I have not yet had the wine; hoping to get a taste when I'm over there next month. I'll blog about it as soon as I've tasted.

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