Winemaker Dinner Series

Friday, August 15, 2014 at 6:30pm

Private Estates around the Puget Sound

Call it a tradition. Call it a cult. Call it crazy, but in one evening, over 16 dinners take place at the same time, in multiple locations, with various personalities. Inside stories. Secrets revealed. It's the ultimate experience and only our Winemaker Dinner Series gives you such access and so many choices. Whether you prefer a quiet dinner in a wooded setting, a waterside soiree, or an easy gathering on the back patio, you will be wined and dined with the ultimate in Chefs and winemakers from Washington. 

Thank you for participating in our 2013 Winemaker Dinner Series!

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Dinner Details

2013 Chairman's Dinner

Join Co-Chairs Bob Betz and Stein Kruse on Friday, August 16th, for an exclusive celebration at the waterfront home of Bernt and Elizabeth Bodal in Woodway, Washington. Nationally Acclaimed Restaurateur and Award Winning Chef Michael Mina will create a culinary adventure paired with your guest wineries for the evening including Betz Family Wines, Cayuse, Col Solare, Long Shadows and Leonetti Cellar. Joining this dinner will be our Honorary Vintner, Allen Shoup of Long Shadows, and Honorary Grower, Kent Waliser of Sagemoor Vineyards as well as our 2013 Honorary Chair, Harvey Steiman of Wine Spectator.

This dinner is available only to guests who purchase a weekend package and seating is limited. Once this dinner is full, weekend guests will have their choice of other Winemaker Dinners based on availability.

Participating Wineries

Featured Chefs

Andrew Will Winery and Boudreaux Cellars with Chef Holly Smith, Cafe Juanita

Hosted at the home of Rob Angel on Mercer Island

The old-world-style wines from Boudreaux Cellars and Andrew Will are rich and complex and become even more interesting when served alongside a sumptuous supper, much like their winemakers. Add the elegant Italian-influenced dishes Café Juanita’s Holly Smith is famous for preparing at her cozy spot in Kirkland and surprising things are likely to happen. On this special evening, Chef Holly, one of the James Beard Foundation’s winners for Best Chef in the Northwest, will wow guests at the picturesque waterfront home of Pictionary inventor and Philanthropist, Rob Angel, on Mercer Island, while Boudreaux’s Rob Newsom and Andrew Will’s Chris Camarda plan an evening full of personality. 

 

Participating Wineries

Featured Chefs

Avennia, Sparkman Cellars and Woodward Canyon with Chefs of El Gaucho Tacoma

Hosted at the home of Jeff and Susan Lyon in Tacoma

Anyone who knows Woodward Canyon’s animated, Rick Small, and Sparkman Cellars’ hilarious head honcho, Chris Sparkman, know those two bring the party. Not to mention, they also bring some pretty spectacular wine! Winemaker Chris Peterson of Avennia, one of Washington’s hottest new wineries, will round out the evening. Guests at the Tacoma home of commercial real estate leader, Jeffrey and Susan Lyon will sip from an array of phenomenal Cabernets, Merlots, Syrahs and more from these versatile vintners while enjoying bluff views high above the Puget Sound. Oh, and if THAT isn’t enough, El Gaucho Tacoma culinary team will prepare some thick slabs of flame-kissed beef to complete this red meat and red wine lover’s dream.

 

Participating Wineries

Betz Family Winery, FIGGINS and Leonetti Cellar with Chef Phillip Mihalski, Nell's

Hosted at the home of Chris and Kathleen Kosmos in The Highlands

For this Winemaker dinner you will travel to the exclusive hillside enclave of The Highlands for dinner with your hosts, Chris and Kathleen Kosmos. Their home, set among towering trees and lush landscaping, is among the oldest in The Highlands. You will spend the evening sipping and nibbling on their terrace with spectacular unobstructed views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains. Joining you will be two of Washington’s finest wine producers, Steve and Bridgit Griessel of Betz Family Winery and Chris Figgins representing Leonetti Cellar and FIGGINS. Adding his own touch of elegance and finesse will be Chef Philip Mihalski of the iconic Nell’s Restaurant. This European-inspired New American cuisine that showcases the finest of seasonal Northwest ingredients will meld seamlessly with these Washington Wine wonders.

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Participating Wineries

Featured Chefs

DeLille Cellars with Chef Jason Wilson, Crush

Hosted at the home of Chris and Thea Upchurch in Kirkland

The evening is all about tradition in a modern perspective: we have released a rare 10-year vertical of the legendary Harrison Hill (our classic Bordeaux-style blend) for 20 guests paired with the innovative cuisine of celebrity chef/owner Jason Wilson of Crush Restaurant. In the intimate setting of Chris and Thea Upchurch’s home, it’s a night where history and invention converge creating an experience as unique as the terroir of Washington State.

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Featured Chefs

Doubleback and Gramercy Cellars with Chef Chris Mills, Joey Restaurants

Hosted at the home of Brian and Laurie Flynn on Capitol Hill

Here’s the game plan for this Winemaker Dinner. First, let’s huddle up with NFL New England Patriot turned Washington State vintner, Drew Bledsoe, now known for his exciting Bordeaux blends. Add another wine MVP, Gramercy Founder and Master Sommelier, Greg Harrington, who believes in making wines that express a place. Now, to drive home the game winning play, we’ll bring in the upscale stylings of Chef Chris Mills of Joey Restaurants, based in Vancouver, BC. This culinary whiz is just as famous for his innovative ramen and lobster grilled cheese as he is for those classically beautiful grilled slabs of beef. After this winning combination hits your taste buds, you’ll be celebrating with your own end zone dance at the warm and welcoming Capitol Hill home of Laurie and Brian Flynn, gracious hosts of the Winemaker Dinner series for years.

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Participating Wineries

Featured Chefs

Dunham Cellars with Chef Lisa Dupar, Lisa Dupar Catering/Pomegranate Bistro

Hosted by Midori Chan and Paul Strisower at Riverside Falls, Bothell

Dunham & Dupar: Artisanal Artistry Abound

We’re shaking things up this year for returning guests! Chef Lisa Dupar of Lisa Dupar Catering and Eric Dunham of Dunham Cellars reveal the "meet the artisan" menu. This chef-centric approach will have you mingling with true food artisans—fanciful farmers, conversant cheesemongers, scintillating spice experts, state-of-the-art shellfish growers—all so you can meet the human behind each bite. And of course, the guru of the grape, Sr. winemaker Eric Dunham, will bring his special library treats. Hosts, Paul Strisower and Midori Chan, look forward to welcoming returning guests to their private venue, Riverside Falls, for a leisurely summer evening of extraordinary bites, generous pours, and mingling merriment! 

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Participating Wineries

Featured Chefs

  • Lisa Dupar
    Chef and Owner, Lisa Dupar Catering, Pomegranate Bistro and POMBar

Gorman Winery, Mark Ryan Winery and Stevens Winery with Chef Bobby Moore, The Barking Frog

Hosted at the home of Walt Pisco on Mercer Island

De plane! De plane! It’s Fantasy Island time at the Mercer Island home of Walt Pisco. If the idea of a possible aerial tour taking off right from Pisco’s private dock isn’t enough to quicken your pulse, imagine adding the ultimate trifecta of Woodinville-based wine! Mark Ryan, Stevens and Gorman Winery, respected for their phenomenal blending skills, will be pouring the fruit of their feisty vines for this evening’s extravaganza. This downright delicious event will feature the Barking Frog’s bubbly chef, Bobby Moore, who will design a dinner that will transport your taste buds. So trade your business suit and briefcase, for linen pants and sundresses because when you taste Gorman’s Big Sissy, Mark Ryan’s Long Haul and the beguiling Steven’s Black Tongue Syrah you’ll be carried off on a one-way trip to paradise. The evening might have a Fantasy Island flavor, but this is one evening where it gets real! 

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Featured Chefs

JM Cellars and TERO Estates with Armandino Batali and Chef Roy Breiman, Copperleaf Restaurant

Hosted at JM Cellars in Woodinville

The father of Seattle’s modern charcuterie movement, Armandino “Armo” Batali of Salumi’s will be bringing some of the inspiration from his years living in Spain with his family, to this delicious feast at JM Cellars. For this culinary excursion through a land of paella and Iberico pork, Armo is teaming up with Cedarbrook Lodge’s Culinary Director Roy Breiman, whose resume has had him dancing around the world, Michelin star to Michelin star, receiving critical acclaim with recent accolades for transforming The Cedarbrook Lodge into one of the greenest gems in the region, utilizing local-focused and sustainable foods. JM Cellars, best known for their velvety reds and spectacular grounds, are providing tastes of their current releases as well as selections from their library. Guests will also have the chance to enjoy the stunning cabernets from TERO Estates to complement the vibrant fare. Salude!

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Participating Wineries

Featured Chefs

  • Roy Breiman
    Culinary Director, Copperleaf Restaurant at Cedarbrook Lodge

L'Ecole No. 41 and Pepper Bridge Winery with Chef Tom Black, Bis on Main

Hosted at the home of Pete and Debbie Lemman on Hunts Point

Walla Walla wine pioneers Marty Clubb of L’Ecole N° 41 and Jean-François Pellet of Pepper Bridge Winery bring their extensive experience to the table.  If you think they’re old school in their process, you’re quite off the mark!  They are leaders in sustainable practices in their estate vineyards where extraordinary fruit reflects the unique typicity of each individual vineyard site, accomplished while reducing their ecological footprint.  Adding culinary magic, seasoned Chef Tom Black of the impeccable Bis on Main in Bellevue, will prepare an amazing pairing of wine and food, using local, quality ingredients.  Dinner will be served lakeside at the stunning, art-filled Hunt’s Point home of Pete and Debbie Lemman.  Prepare yourself for an extravagant presentation of some of Washington’s finest art, wine and food.

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Participating Wineries

Featured Chefs

McCrea Cellars and Quilceda Creek with Chef Gavin Stephenson

Hosted at The Fairmont Olympic Hotel

One of Seattle’s most celebrated historic landmarks will open their doors to an evening of Chef Gavin Stephenson’s culinary specialties. And they’ve invited two of Washington’s premier wineries to join them. When it comes to scoring the ultimate perfect mark, Quilceda Creek is the best kind of over-achiever, hitting 100 several times in The Wine Advocate with its blockbuster Bordeaux blends. Join Quilceda Creek founders Alex and Jeanette Golitzin and their friends, Bob and Susan Neel of McCrea Cellars, Washington’s first winery dedicated to Syrah and Rhone inspired wines, in the stunning Garden Terrace at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel for an evening of perfect marks. 

 

Participating Wineries

Red Mountain Wine Growers with McCracken Tough Restaurants

Hosted at the Bellevue Towers Penthouse

The fruit from Red Mountain Wine Growers has been made into some of the most spectacular wines produced in Washington State. Klipsun Vineyard, named one of the Top 25 Vineyards in the World by Wine & Spirits Magazine, and Ciel du Cheval Vineyard, named one of the top 25 Vineyards in the State by Paul Gregutt, located on Red Mountain, provide grapes for many of Washington's premium wines. Klipsun owners David and Patricia Gelles and Ciel du Cheval owners Jim and Pat Holmes will be on hand to provide insight to the distinctive terroir of their AVA while pouring wines alongside the contemporary cuisine prepared by celebrity chef team Brian McCracken and Dana Tough, whose group of restaurants and gastro-pubs are routinely showered in critical acclaim. This magical match-up will soar to new lofty heights when served in the stunning Bellevue Tower Penthouse hosted by Anne and Dave Masin.

Featured Chefs

Reynvaan Family Vineyards with Chef Scott Carsberg

Hosted at the home of Spencer Hawes on Queen Anne

What do you get when you pair  a renowned winemaker, a James Beard award-winning chef, an NBA superstar and a beautiful home on Queen Anne?  A Winemaker Dinner that’s got game, that’s what!  Seattle native and former Husky basketball star, Spencer Hawes, can’t help but call the Northwest home, even though he is currently playing for the Philadelphia 76-ers. The 7-foot baller will bring his equally big appetite so come and break baguettes and enjoy steaks with awesome side dishes created by the award-winning Chef Scott Carsberg, named “Best Chef in the City” by Seattle Times food columnist, Nancy Leson. Hawes' cousin, and astounding winemaker, Matt Reynvaan of Reynvaan Family Vineyards, has also scored since launching in 2009, with seven 95+ scores for their terroir-centric Rhone-inspired blends made with Walla Walla Valley estate-grown fruit.  Talk about a slam dunk!

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Participating Wineries

Sleight of Hand Cellars and Va Piano Vineyards with Chef Ethan Stowell, Ethan Stowell Restaurants

Hosted at the home of James and Michelle Wallace in Sammamish

This evening will bring together two of Washington's best and most engaging winemakers! You will have the treat of tasting the magical wines of Trey Busch's Sleight of Hand Cellars and the perfectly balanced wines of Justin Wylie's Va Piano Vineyards for the evening. These wines from Walla Walla will wrap themselves around an incredible culinary experience provided by one of the Northwest's top chefs, Ethan Stowell. All of this will be hosted at the home of James & Michelle Wallace in Sammamish. Prepare to enjoy an incredible evening of fine wines & award winning food while you relax outside by the fire pit or the outdoor wine barrel framed tasting bar.

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Participating Wineries

Featured Chefs

Yakima Valley Wine Growers with Chef Mike Easton, Il Corvo

Hosted at the home of David and Sherilyn Tan in Bellevue

At the bustling Il Corvo, Mike Easton’s delicate, hand-cut noodles are sought after by many pasta enthusiasts, declaring they’ve never had better robust sauces outside of Italy. Locally sourced ingredients makes up this farm-to-table feast paired perfectly with two of Washington State’s superstar grape farmers, Dick Boushey and Todd Newhouse. The success of the Yakima Valley is rooted in the talents of these two farmers and others like them. Join them in a secluded and wooded corner of Bellevue at the home of David and Sherilyn Tan for a grand celebration of 30 years of Washington’s first official wine region, the AVA that contributes the most grapes to Washington wine, and the AVA with the greatest concentration of the state’s most famous vineyards. None other than Yakima Valley.

Wineries included:
Betz Family Winery
DeLille Cellars
Du Brul Vineyard
Treveri Cellars
Two Vintners
Upland Estates 

Featured Chefs