Beethoven + Wine Festival

This summer seems to be the time to add wine to all kinds of events – from the theatre to the symphony. Yes, the symphony!

Seattle Symphony is holding a three-day festival, Sept. 9-11, to kick off its fall schedule. Some fine Northwest wines are being paired with – you guessed it from the title of this blog post – the music of Beethoven at S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium.

Concert tickets start at $9, and the wine tasting is $5 for four pours. The wine tasting begins at 6:30 p.m. each evening, followed by the performances at 7:30 p.m.

Gerard Schwarz will lead Seattle Symphony in all three programs, which will feature two great Beethoven works without intermission. The Symphony website has more information.

So if you enjoy the symphony and you’re a wine enthusiast, this event is for you!


Update: Wine, Harborside, with Benefits

Wine, harborside, with benefits, oh my! It’s hard to believe that the first annual Kitsap Wine Festival is almost here. I first blogged about it more than a month ago, and now it’s just around the corner.

The Kitsap Wine Festival will be held this Sunday, Aug. 23, at Harborside Fountain Park near the ferry landing in Bremerton. The benefits?

  • A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit Harrison Medical Center Foundation. A worthy cause! Tickets are $45 and can be purchased online or at Kitsap Conference Center.
  • If you take the ferry from downtown Seattle, you don’t need a car, because the wine festival takes place right next to the ferry terminal along the marina.
  • It’s a celebration of beneficial wine from dozens of wonderful Washington wineries.
  • And there’s beneficial food such as Amy’s Chocolates from Bremerton, Crimson Cove Smoked Specialties from Poulsbo and cuisine prepared by Chef Marsha Henry of Kitsap Conference Center and Chef Shawn Walker of Anthony’s at Sinclair Inlet.

These are the wineries that will be pouring: Balboa, Camaraderie Cellars, Chateau Ste. Michelle, DiStefano Winery, Domaine Ste. Michelle, Dusted Valley Vintners, Forgeron Cellars, Gordon Brothers Cellars, Hard Row to Hoe, Hightower Cellars, J Bookwalter, Mercer Estates, Novelty Hill, Olympic Cellars, Revelry Vintners, Snoqualmie, SYZGY, Thurston Wolfe Winery, Vin du Lac, Whidbey Island Winery, Yellow Hawk Cellar and Zero One Vintners.

We hope to see you there!


Wine, Dogs and Cats for a Cause!

There’s a party for the animals this weekend – and it involves wine! Bonza Bash Summer 2009 will benefit  The Seattle Humane Society, and juice will be flowing from Washington wineries such as Darby, DiStefano, Sparkman Cellars, Barrage Cellars and Bookwalter, in addition to Australian wines, The Black Chook and Woop Woop.

The fun begins Saturday (Aug. 22) at 8 p.m. at Seattle’s Fremont Studios with wine tasting and appetizers; dancing “to old school and new school beats” begins at 11 p.m. and goes through 2 a.m.  There also will be raffles and a silent auction including restaurant and spa gift certificates, winery packages and tickets to sports events.

The Seattle Humane Society will benefit from ticket sales, raffles, silent auctions and donations. And you know what a good cause this is — the shelter in Bellevue gives healthy and adoptable animals as long as it takes for staff to find them homes, regardless of their age, breed or beauty. We know this from first-hand experience because we have two shelter dogs.

Two items to note:

  • All previous Bonza Bash events have sold out quickly, so you are encouraged to purchase tickets soon at the Bonza Bash Summer 2009 website.
  • There’s a “Red, White and Bright” dress code of colorful summer cocktail attire


Want to go back to Goosecross Cellars

Goosecross Cellars in Napa Valley has been into social media for a long time. That’s a great thing – all wineries should have a presence on Facebook and Twitter, in my opinion. Even better, Goosecross also has a blog and a podcast, which is awesome.

As a result, I’m inundated with the news at Goosecross Cellars – I know what’s going on in the valley, I learn about new releases and events and … it makes me want to go back to Goosecross Cellars. NOW.

Unfortunately, we can’t. But fortunately, we bought some wine when we were there in May.

So we recently opened a bottle of Goosecross 2006 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon to complement our barbequed steaks. This wine is lush, rich and a perfect example of why Cabernet is King in Napa Valley.

A few weeks back, we enjoyed a bottle of Goosecross 2006 AmerItal Red, an American Italian blend of 50% Sangiovese and 50% Barbera that paired nicely with Dave’s delicious spaghetti.

And now, with another heat wave on the horizon, I wish we had also bought Goosecross Cellars 2007 Sauvignon Blanc to help us cool off on the deck!

So I’ll say it again – we want to go back to Goosecross Cellars!