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Winemaker Dinners

Date: Friday, August 16, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Private Estates around the Puget Sound

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These one-of-a-kind evenings take place in exclusive private homes, situated on the bodies of water and on the hilltops in our region that provide us with breathtaking views. Dinners are conceived, created and served by award-winning, all-star local chefs, paired with some of the best wines produced in Washington state, poured by the winemakers who make the magic in the barrels happen.

Dinner Options

Betz Family Winery and Long Shadows, with Chef Jesus Boitres, El Gaucho

Peter and Liz Morkill's Home, Gig Harbor

This delightful evening takes place amongst the pristine northwest scenery of this Italian Villa-inspired waterfront home, boasting outdoor living spaces as breathtaking as the artist-inspired indoors. Pause by the courtyard fountain to receive a glass of sparkling wine before heading to the outdoor deck to meet your fellow diners.

Pouring tonight are two very special wineries, whose histories are almost as long as Washington state wine itself. Betz Family Winery, started in 1997 by Bob Betz after his 28-year stint at Chateau Ste. Michelle is now expertly run by Steve and Bridgit Griessel, who will join you for the evening. Ask them how Betz Family Winery brilliantly blends art and science to produce wines that delight consumers and critics alike.

They will be joined by Winemaker Gille Nicault of Long Shadows (accompanied by his wife, Marie-Eve Gilla, a lauded wine-maker herself). Founded by Allen Shoup, recognized as one of the founding fathers of the Washington wine industry, Long Shadows is known for their ultra-premium wines hailing from the Columbia Valley showcasing the viticultural excellence of the growing region while honoring the internationally acclaimed winemakers who inspired them.

Dinner is served by Chef Jesus Boites of El Gaucho, focusing on fresh seafood and all-natural prime certified beef.

It all takes place on the lawn as you soak in the 270-degree water view, manicured gardens, and outdoor fire pits. Cheers!

SOLD OUT - Sagemoor Vineyard & Sparkman Cellars with Chef Derek Simcik, Executive Chef of Conversation and Thompson Seattle

Brian and Laurie Flynn's Home, Capitol Hill

Enjoy an urban oasis in this recently renovated home of Brian and Laurie Flynn, tucked away on one of Seattle’s grandest streets, Old Federal Avenue on Capitol Hill. Seattle-meets-Bel Air in this Mediterranean-style manse, from the tower overlooking the pool to the peek-a-boo views of Lake Union through the palm trees. You’ll be charmed by the southern hospitality, and incredible wines, of Chris and Kelly Sparkman, owners of Sparkman Cellars. They’ll be joined by famed Sagemoor Director of Vineyards and Winemaking, Kent Waliser. Sagemoor, known for its 40-year legacy of growing grapes, will be bringing along its first foray into wine-making through a collaboration with celebrated winemakers.

Joining the fun will be Executive Chef Derek Simcik of the newly-opened Conversation at the Thompson Hotel. Chef Derek is a bit of a conversation-starter himself, recognized as much for his global cuisine as he is as one of the “Sexiest Chefs in America” awarded by People Magazine. It will be an evening of the modern blended with the classics, in the surroundings, the food, and the star of the evening, the wines!

SOLD OUT - Avennia & L'Ecole N°41 with Chef Joel Handshuh, The Lakehouse

Beth McCaw and Yahn Bernier's Home, Medina

This is classic Seattle summer al fresco dining at its best. As you take in the views of Mt. Rainier from this lakeside Medina Estate, enjoy the poolside social hour with AWW Board President, Beth McCaw and husband and board member, Yahn Bernier. Then you’ll move on to the main dining event featuring wines from Avennia and L’Ecole N° 41. Owner Marty Taucher of Avennia will speak to how they take inspiration from old-world vines, believing the wines should be an expression of the vineyard. Wine-making legends and the second generation of the family affair, Megan and Marty Clubb will be on hand as well with their L’Ecole N°  41 artisanal wines that are 100% estate grown using sustainable practices.

Vibrant, farm-inspired craft cooking from The Lakehouse chef Joel Handshuh is the perfect accompaniment for a meal focused on the season and the celebration of the land.

SOLD OUT - Pepper Bridge Winery & Woodward Canyon with Chef Roy Breiman, Copperleaf Restaurant

Chris and Kathleen Kosmos' Home, The Highlands

Enjoy the high life in the highlands from the bluff-situated, stately home of Chris and Kathleen Kosmos. Sweeping views of Puget Sound are on tap, elegant gardens outside and a baby grand inside complete the backdrop. The main event? Wines served by two wineries with deep Washington roots, Pepper Bridge Winery and Woodward Canyon Winery. Despite their long histories, each embrace new technologies and techniques to produce wines that not only capture awards but capture the attention of the discerning wine drinker. Third generation wine grower and winemaker Jean-François Pellet will be there to pour, and will be joined by renowned winemakers and owners Rick and Darcey Small.

These world-class wines are joined by world-class cuisine from award-winning chef, cookbook author, and bester of Bobby Flay (!) Roy Breiman — known for his adventurous palate and traditional techniques gleaned from many years of extensive travel in Europe and Asia. It’ll be an evening sure to delight.

SOLD OUT - DeLille Cellars & Quilceda Creek with Chef Jason Stoneburner, Stoneburner and Bastille

Lisa Shield and Scott Riddle's Home, Queen Anne

Step back into time as you join hosts and AWW Co-Chairs, Jon and Gretchen Jones, at the historical Kerry Mansion, overlooking Seattle on Queen Anne hill. It’s fitting that a grand dinner in this old-word manse is accompanied by these two Washington state wine legends, Quilceda Creek and DeLille Cellars. John Ware, VP and General Manager of Quilceda Creek, will be pouring wines worthy of the mantle of some of the best Cabernet Sauvignons not only in the country, but in the world. He will be joined by Jason Gorski, of DeLille Cellars, the true Doyenne of the Woodinville wine scene.

Enjoy the grand glamor of days gone by during the poolside social hour before settling into the expansive dining room to enjoy the culinary stylings of Jason Stoneburner of Stoneburner Restaurant. His focus on thoughtfully sourcing seasonal ingredients from small farms will be the perfect accompaniment for these wines that have expressed the best Washington wine has to offer for many decades. 

SOLD OUT - Ambassador Wines of Washington, Damsel Cellars & The Walls with Chef Maggie Trujillo, Aerlume

Heather Andersen and Mike Cowden's Home, Issaquah

Cape Cod meets the west coast at this lakeside home perched on a hillside in Sammamish. Al Fresco dining is in store, as is a trio of wines to enjoy, including wines from Damsel Cellars, co-owned by your hosts for the evening. This is your chance to sample small-production wines, made by Mari Womack who insists not all damsels are in distress, from this up-and-coming winery.

They are joined by Mike Martin, the owner of The Walls, who is committed to producing curiously different wines (just like you!). Bonus, you’ll also be joined by Managing Partner Allison Engman, who will be pouring estate-grown wines from Ambassador Wines of Washington.

Pull up a seat around the fire pit, and keep an eye on Chef Maggie Tujillo from Aerlume to see if she’ll be tempted to cook something special over the fire (did we hear a request for s’mores?). Whatever ends up on the menu, the inspiration for Aerlume came from a summer afternoon spent at a Walla Walla farm, so the seasonal, local menu is sure to go beautifully with wines hailing from the region of inspiration. Relax and enjoy!


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