Those who know me well understand that I have a passion for Washington state wines and I’m also an avid Mariners’ fan. One of my all-time favorite Mariners is Edgar Martinez, whom I had the pleasure of meeting a couple of years back when I worked on the eastside of Seattle.
Those who read this blog know that I’ve written quite a few posts recently about our amazing journey to Red Willow Vineyard in the Yakima Valley. Imagine our surprise to learn that Gar had visited the vineyard too!
According to Red Willow owner Mike Sauer, Edgar and his lovely wife Holly visited Red Willow Vineyard a couple of years ago for a charity event on behalf of the Children’s Hospital. They toured the vineyard and picked Syrah grapes from Row 11 (Edgar’s Mariners jersey number), which was then made into wine by then-winemaker for Columbia Winery, David Lake.
Oh, and as an aside, 80 percent of Syrah in Washington state was propogated from cuttings from Red Willow Vineyard where, as I mentioned in an earlier post, the first production of Syrah grapes in the state took place in 1988.
Wine and baseball … and writing about it … combines three of my passions into one post!