Old Bellevue Summer Wine Walk Aug. 19

Old Bellevue Summer Wine Walk
Sunday, August 19, 2018
2:00-5:00 pm
Advance Tickets $30/Day Of $35

SWIRL! SIP! STROLL! Grab some friends and go on a wine tasting adventure of local wineries at downtown Bellevue merchants on Old Main. Meet the winemakers from 15 local wineries and sip, shop, & stroll down Old Main – the hidden gem of the Eastside that’s lively, intimate and friendly!

Host Merchants & Featured Wineries:

Brazen Group Properties / 520 Bar & Grill
Fran’s Chocolates
glassybaby
hedge & vine
Jarbo
Jujubeet
LA REE Boutique
Lorali’s Optical
Smith & Main
Soaring Heart Natural Beds
Swiftwater Cellars Bellevue
Veritables
Weldon Barber – Bellevue & J.Hilburn
West Elm
Whisk

Get 12 tasting tickets to try the wines of your choice while you mix and mingle with the winemakers at 15 merchants on Old Main! Complimentary Souvenir GoVino wine glass included courtesy of the Brazen Group Properties! The 1st 150 tickets get a free tote bag from AMLI at Bellevue Park

Event is a collaboration between the Old Main Street Merchants Association and Seattle Uncorked !

Ambassador Wines of WA
Armstrong Family Winery
Coral Wines
Ducleaux Cellars
Genoa Cellars
Gunpowder Creek
Isenhower Cellars
Love That Red Winery
Red Earth Wines
Scarlet Oak Barrels
The Woodhouse Wine Estates
Virtue Cellars

Drunk People Drop Sh*t (May 2016 Wine Product Roundup)

While I extend my procrastination streak gather together my notes in anticipation of (finally) getting around to writing up my most recent wine jaunts, I figured I’d get a jump on the wine product roundup for May (part of my monthly attempt to put some wine product samples through the wringer).

image: amazon.com

First up this month is the Premium version of Bacchus Break, a set of two stemless, flexible – and presumably unbreakable – wine glasses made from silicone (about $18). The product tag line, appropriately, is “because drunk people drop shit.” And, indeed, we do.

I love the concept of this sort of product; ideal for casual parties (especially outdoor gatherings), I’ll take a properly (tulip) shaped wine glass made of just about any inert material over a standard-shaped glass or cup, any day. The Bacchus Break glasses provide that, once their silicone-rubbery-smell dissipates (which, for me, took several days). Light, and flexible to a fault, you’re not going to be able to break these things; and the Premium set includes an expandable bag for holding wine, something of which I’m also a big fan (because they’re so much more cooler-friendly than bag-in-box or glass packaging).

The flexibility comes at a cost; two costs, actually. First, the rim of the glasses is a bit thicker than is ideal for wine imbibing. Second, the glasses seem almost too flexible; they don’t feel sturdy in the hand, and require a gently touch (lest you grab it too forcefully and create a sort of juice-box-squeeze mess). In my experience, the similar Govino products perform slightly better; they are more apt to break if you step on them, but have a nice balance between flexibility, rigidity, and size (the new 10oz is a particularly good choice for bubbles, by the way).

Next up, something for your reading pleasure…

Drunk People Drop Sh*t (May 2016 Wine Product Roundup)

Given my experience with the Furmint USA project, one could argue that I’ve now garnered a deeper knowledge of the Tokaj wine region than your average wine scribe. Which is why I’m happy to recommend Tokaj: People and Vineyards ($50, and worth it) a recent guide to the area written by Dániel Kézdy.

While the English translation is, I suspect, not entirely perfect, the prose captures the essence of what some of the best producers in the region are about, in terms of their wines, vineyards, and overall winemaking philosophies and approaches (the photos by Ferenc Dancsecs perform the same impressive feat, visually).

The best summation I could give for Tokaj is that I wish I’d had read it before doing such extensive work with many of the people and brands highlighted in the book. Overall, it’s informative, accurate, and just plain gorgeous.

Cheers!

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Savor at Sunset Woodinville Wine Walk May 5th

Join fellow wine lovers Thurs. May 5th for the kick-off the summer Wine Walk series called “Savor at Sunset!” This year Seattle Uncorked is partnering with Woodinville Wine Country to bring you a monthly wine walk on the first Thursdays thru October, with a different theme each month! Instead of paying tasting fees at each winery, get your $20 ticket and visit up to 12 wineries. We begin in May with a featured “Cheese & Wine Pairing” at each participating winery in The Junction & Warehouse Districts. Ticket price includes 12 tasting tickets (additional tasting tickets available at on-site check-in) Events are 4–8pm on the 1st Thursday Each Month. Please bring a glass or purchase a GoVino glass for $5! Participating Wineries May 5th: Armstrong Winery, Davenport Cellars, Eye of the Needle Winery, Michael Florentino Cellars, Patterson Cellars, Pondera Winery, Robert Ramsay Cellars, Rocky Pond Winery, & Sol Stone Winery! Stay tuned as the list grows! Tickets at https://shopwoodinvillewine.com/shop/savor-at-sunset/