Sexy Syrah at Salty’s

Last night, we attended our first “Sexy Syrah at Salty’s” event in West Seattle, and now we understand why it sells out quickly every year.  This was the 7th year for the popular event, and we will go back for the 8th! The Syrahs, the view from Salty’s on Alki Beach and Salty’s appetizers were awesome, and on top of all that, the event was a fundraiser for FareStart, a job training and placement program for homeless and disadvantaged people.

Forty northwest wineries were pouring, including some of our favorites that I’ve written about before and will write more about in the weeks ahead: Forgeron Cellars (we’ve loved Forgeron’s food-friendly wines for a couple years now and we finally met winemaker Marie-Eve Gilla, who is simply charming in addition to being a winemaker extraordinaire!); Reininger Winery (we met Chuck Reininger, whose 2005 Syrah is sumptuous and who writes the best tasting notes!); Kestrel Vintners, Chandler Reach Vineyards, Lost River Winery, Windy Point Vineyards, Hogue Cellars, and Di Stefano (one of the first Washington state tasting rooms that we visited when we moved here 10 years ago).

As it turns out (and not surprisingly, considering that this blog is about northwest wine), we had already tasted wines from more than half of the wineries that were represented at Salty’s, so we wanted to try some that were new to us. Of those, the one that stood out the most was Gilbert Cellars, a Yakima winery that was started in 2004 by brothers Sean and Nate Gilbert.

We had a nice chat with Sean, whose passion and enthusiasm were evident with every word he spoke. And after tasting Gilbert’s 2005 Estate Syrah, we were hooked. In the next couple of weeks, we are going to try more of their wines — so look for more blog posts about Gilbert Cellars, along with some of our other favorites from “Sexy Syrah at Salty’s.”