The Moyer Foundation and The Local Vine

Regular readers of this blog know that in addition to being passionate about wine and writing, I am an avid Mariners fan. (Remember my post about Edgar Martinez at Red Willow Vineyard?) One of my favorite pitchers is former Mariner Jamie Moyer. All baseball fans in Washington state think the world of Jamie, and most people here know about The Moyer Foundation and the wonderful things it does to help kids in distress. But did you also know that Jamie is a wine enthusiast?

He is indeed. And I just found out that Jamie is going to be autographing bottles of wine at The Local Vine, the hot wine bar in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood, on Dec. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. He will be joined by ESPN analyst and former Notre Dame basketball coach, Digger Phelps. What could be better? Wine and baseball! But it does get better — if you buy a bottle of wine to get autographed, 25 percent of its cost will be donated to The Moyer Foundation.

Keep in mind that The Local Vine has more than 300 bottles in its collection. And with Jamie’s (and/or Digger’s) autograph on your bottle, you’ve just created a unique holiday gift for a sports fan, a wine enthusiast or a philanthropist. At the same time, you’ve also given another very special gift — to help kids through The Moyer Foundation.

“As a wine enthusiast, I am personally excited to be part of this event,” Jamie said. “The holidays are about giving back, and we are grateful to businesses like The Local Vine that are stepping up in such a big way to show their support and commitment, helping to bring the community together to make a difference for children in distress, now and throughout the year.”

The giving doesn’t stop on Dec. 19 at The Local Vine. Throughout the month of December, you can order a special champagne cocktail called “Visions of Sugarplums.” Twenty-five percent of the cocktail’s $12 cost will also benefit The Moyer Foundation. This drink sounds incredible — champagne infused with juniper berry and clove, and finished with plumped cranberries.

Now, in the name of transparency, I want to disclose that The Moyer Foundation is a client of Weber Shandwick, where I work. But regardless, I would have written about this wonderful event because I was a Moyer fan and a supporter of The Moyer Foundation for years before I started working at the agency. I plan to be at The Local Vine event on Dec. 19, and hope to see you there too.


What’s going on …

Thursday, Nov. 29

Saturday, Dec. 1 and Sunday, Dec. 2

  • Check out St. Nick’s Open House in Woodinville from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The wineries of Woodinville Wine Country open their doors for a single ticket price of $50. Some of the participating wineries are rarely open to the public, so don’t miss this opportunity! You’ll enjoy special tastings and specially prepared hors d’oeuvres to complement the wine. Check out Woodinville Wine Country’s Web site for a list of wineries and ticket information.

  • Fall Line new release tastings: Fall Line, along with the other members of South Seattle Artisan Wineries — Cadence, :Nota Bene, and O•S — will be open for wine tasting from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Dec. 1. This is a great opportunity for you and your friends to sample Fall Line’s newly released 2005 vintage wines…and take care of some of your holiday shopping.
  • Raise your paws for a good cause at Vino Bello in Burien. Enjoy a Penfolds wine tasting. If you buy a bottle from the tasting list, your $5 tasting fee will be refunded. And, for every bottle of wine purchased, a donation will be made to Pasado’s Safe Haven, an animal rescure sanctuary in the Cascade foothills.  The tasting starts at noon until 8 p.m. Enjoy live blues-folk music featuring JD Hobson from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Walla Walla Holiday Barrel Tasting: Winemakers will be on hand as more than 50 wineries open their barrel rooms. Each winery offers a variety of different features such as food, music, art exhibits, wine dinners, cooking demonstrations, poetry readings and more. Want some help to decide how to plan your Barrel Tasting weekend? Walla Walla Wine News has some tips of “must-see” destinations with its insider report..

Wednesday, Dec. 5

  • Happy 5th anniversary to The Tasting Room! Come celebrate five fabulous years at Pike Place Market with special tastings from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Tasting Room winemakers will showcase their favorite wines for the evening. Snacks — cured meats and artisan cheeses — will be available for nibbling. Tickets are $15 per person, with a $10 credit applied to any wine purchases. RSVP: or call 206-770-9463.

Saturday, Dec. 8

  • Fall Line new release tastings: Fall Line, along with the other members of South Seattle Artisan Wineries — Cadence, :Nota Bene, and O•S  — will be open for wine tasting from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. 

  • Vino Bello offers a tasting full of gift ideas from noon until 8 p.m. Vino Bello has some great gift ideas and stocking stuffers for the wine lovers on your list. Silpada Jewelry is on sale too. Enjoy live folk music by Charlie Spring from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. ($10) 

Tuesday, Dec. 11

Wednesday, Dec. 12

  • Chateau Ste. Michelle: An evening of wine and gourmet cheeses from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Chateau Wine Shop. $20 at the door. 

  • Sparkling Wines and Champagne: Before you celebrate the festive season, enjoy a bubbly evening with Wine educator Steve Vernon at Columbia Winery. $30 per person.

Friday, Dec. 14

Saturday, Dec. 15

  • Wines of South Africa at Vino Bello from noon until 8 p.m. Come try a Petite Chenin, Pinotage, Shiraz and a Bordeaux-style blend. ($10) Enjoy live blues-folk music featuring JD Hobson from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 19

  •  Meet all-star pitcher Jamie Moyer at The Local Vine, in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood from 6 to 8 p.m. Jamie and ESPN analyst Digger Phelphs will be autographing wine bottles from more than 300 selections. Twenty-five percent of proceeds from wine bottle sales will be donated to The Moyer Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to helping children in distress.

Saturday, Dec. 22

  • Get ready to ring in the new year at Vino Bello’s Champagne and Sparkling Wine tasting from noon until 8 p.m. Enjoy live folk music by Charlie Spring from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. ($10) 

Saturday, Dec. 29