Are you going to the Seattle Food & Wine Experience today? It starts at 1 p.m. at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. There will be more than 1,000 wines from 10 different countries, including 25 Washington wineries, 12 Oregon wineries and 45 California and International wineries.
We saved our bottle of 2004 Howell Mountain (Napa Valley) Cabernet Sauvignon from Goosecross Cellars for a rainy but special day. A rainy day isn’t hard to find in Seattle. As for special, we decided the time had come as our mini-vacation wound down a few weeks ago. So we opened this special luscious Cab to accompany our savoury roast beef dinner.
And oh did we savour this wine! Howell Mountain Cab from Goosecross Cellars is deep, rich and elegant, with concentrated flavors, firm structure and complex – a wonderful wine to sip on its own but even better when paired with roast beef. From the tasting notes:
“Tremendous depth and complexity. Rich, deep and dark, our Howell Mountain Cabernet is perfumed with sweet black plum, dried cherry, roasted espresso bean and anise. Lush, palate-coating flavors of black cherry, dark chocolate, cedar and subtle smoke finish with round, integrated tannins.”
Winemaker Geoff Gorsuch likes to pair his Howell Mountain Cab with steak – in particular, a recipe from Goosecross co-owner Colleen Topper for Grilled Rib-Eye Steak with Garlic Butter. That sounds heavenly! You can find it in the extensive recipe section of the Goosecross website. (Simply select “Howell Mountain Cabernet” from the Wine Varietal dropdown menu. I’m printing it out right now!
In Napa Valley, Cabernet is king. And 2004 Howell Mountain Cab from Goosecross Cellars is a king of a Cab! But the only place you can buy it is their website – so be sure to stop by to see their wonderful wines, a huge database of recipes, podcasts, blog posts and so much more.
We’ve been to many rockin’ events at Efeste in Woodinville’s wine warehouse district and every one of them was a blast. There’s another one coming up on Saturday (Feb. 27) that sounds like it will meet or beat the high party standard that Efeste creates. It’s called Rockin’ Sips.
Rockin’ Sips promises an evening of music and wine from across the state. And better yet, all proceeds from the $35 ticket go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Take a look at this lineup of wineries and winemakers:
- Dusted Valley with Chad Johnson
- Efeste Winery with Brennon Leighton
- Mark Ryan Winery with Mark McNeilly
- Rotie Cellars with Sean Boyd
- Sleight of Hand with Trey Busch
- Waters Winery with Jamie Brown
The space is limited to 300 people, and this is one you don’t want to miss. Think about it – an evening of rock-solid Washington wine (and you can meet the winemakers), great music and a fantastic cause – four rockin’ good reasons to purchase tickets now for Rockin’ Sips at Efeste!
Hope to see you there!