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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Betz Family Winery
Du Brul Vineyard