It Takes Two to Tango

 

Guest Writer: Brittney Perreault
Northwest Wine Night TV Senior Producer

It’s not just wine labels that can possess some unique and amazing art, it’s the wine shops and tasting rooms that sell them. Wine and art got married, and no one is standing up in objection at these weddings.

I’ve hung my art in bars, banks, restaurants, and chiropractor offices, but there was something euphoric about when I exhibited my work in a wine shop. The sea of wine bottles at West Seattle Wine Cellar surrounding my work was like a match made in heaven. The art of wine making in each individual bottle, with the art of my acrylic canvases, the marriage of wine and art. Plus, they had free wine tasting the day of the Artwalk, so there’s that too. 

Wine and art marriages are popping up all over town. I’ve seen the great works that grace the walls of Pondera Winery in Woodinville. It wasn’t until I spoke with owner Dan Howard that I learned they are from their gallery! Yes, they own an art gallery too! Dan’s son is the wine maker at Pondera and he and his wife run Howard/Mandville Gallery in Kirkland. They rotate the art in their tasting room with pieces from their gallery. With over 4,000 square feet of gallery space, Howard/Mandville Gallery offers one of the largest collections of fine art in the greater Puget Sound area. Dan so perfectly calls it, family supporting “art of two kinds.”

I was intrigued when I stumbled upon a new wine and art relationship on Instagram, wine foil art. Artist, Amelia Sherritt found her “ah ha” moment when she was bartending at an Italian restaurant after opening and discarding foil after foil. She creates these amazing mosaic pieces using the foils of wine bottles that would otherwise be thrown away. Some colors can be hard to come by as many wineries use reds, blacks, and metallics, so she said it’s exciting when a unique color such as hot pink finds its way in her hands.

It Takes Two to TangoBut where does one get their hands on enough foils to continue fulfilling what she calls her “childhood pipedream”? Friends, restaurants, and local wineries (Woodinville’s Mark Ryan, Gooseridge, Gorman, and Northstar in Walla Walla to name a few) save the foils for her after they open the wine and she makes these masterpieces! What an impressive recycling system! With every wine bottle you open from here on out, if you’re like me, you’ll never look at a wine foil the same again. I encourage you to check out Amelia’s work up close and personal the month of August at Gooseridge in Woodinville before it moves to their tasting room in Leavenworth.

Next time you find yourself sipping wine in a tasting room with art on the walls, pick a seat not a side, you’re loved by the both the groom and the bride. Cheers!

 

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Wine Night: The next morning – Hollywood Schoolhouse, jazz and more

A fun look behind the scenes of the popular show “Northwest Wine Night TV,” as well as wine musings from the show’s Senior Producer.

Guest Writer: Brittney Perreault
Northwest Wine Night TV Senior Producer

This month’s 20/20 vision reset involves a behind the scenes mini jazz concert, our historic filming location of Northwest Wine Night TV, the tasting room within it, and tiny homes!

Our live audience got a real treat with our first ever live music performance during our halftime break. The smooth jazz mini concert was presented by Preston Lee, son of Woodinville Wine Country’s Sandra Lee. He was invited to a jazz camp at Centrum Jazz Festival in Port Townsend and needed just a few more bucks to get there. We were happy to help, it was a great chance to hear this budding young musician. We are happy to that he raised enough and was able to attend!

We film Northwest Wine Night TV on the top floor of the historic Hollywood Schoolhouse in Woodinville Wine Country. The description of historic is legit too, it’s been named a State Historical Monument. The facility houses an extensive antique, artifact, and memorabilia collection ranging from petroleum pumps, to toys, and “Northern Exposure” set props, and a pretty cool stained glass piece I found hanging in the restroom upstairs where we film the show. The note on it says it used to hang in King Henry the VIII’s outhouse! The top two floors are available to rent for a variety of events and the lowest level is now home to Alexandria Nicole Cellars.

Speaking of Alexandria Nicole Cellars, they’re known for their Jet Black 100% Syrah, the first wine they ever produced. Their also known for creating a unique experience involving tiny homes. Tiny homes are just that, very tiny little houses, just a couple hundred square feet in size. They are all the rage these days, but how do they pair with wine? Take a visit to their estate winery in Patterson, WA, and rent out one of their four tiny homes located on the vineyard, they call it “glamping.” I like it!

The Alexandria Nicole Cellars tasting room on the ground floor of the Hollywood Schoolhouse is open 11a-6p every day. Think of it as a two for one must stop destination while exploring Woodinville Wine Country.

Join me every month for refills as I bring you more behind the scenes moments from our Northwest Wine Night TV filming days and Woodinville Wine Country fun facts. Cheers!

Wine Night: The next morning – Hollywood Schoolhouse, jazz and more

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Three of Cups Winery in Woodinville Wine Country

The tarot card, Three of Cups, symbolizes conviviality, abundance, joy and friendship – all things that happen naturally with wine and what co-owners Lisa Swei and Mike Metheny saw in their lives and wanted to bring to life in their winery and winemaking. Since its founding in 2013, in Woodinville, they have taken those foundational keynotes and produced wines expressing the very best of the regions they source from including Red Mountain and the Walla Walla Valley. Three of Cups wines are produced in small batches using predominately new French oak that pair beautifully with food yet stand on their own having balance and expressive fruit.

The genesis of Three of Cups is not what you might expect: Lisa, with a Master’s of Library and Information Science (Librarian) and Mike with a background in Aerospace both landing successfully in high-tech are unlikely candidates for winemakers. But, it’s what is at the heart of these co-owners which tells the tale. Both are craftsman with a deep passion for fine wine that creates memories from the simplest of moments to the most cherished celebrations in life. Lisa’s palette keeps the wine food friendly with an eye on the future of where the wine trends are leaning to ensure a classic but trending future. Mike focuses on grapes sources, oak, equipment and maintenance, and making balanced wines that meets their goals.

The tasting room is a reflection of themselves, their families and friends. Everything at Three of Cups Lisa and Mike have touched from design to construction. “We have fun working together” and we think it shows when people meet us”; there is something for everyone at Three of Cups in their wines and the atmosphere. They are a family and dog friendly tasting room with a goal to educate but not dictate what someone tastes in their glass. They hope everyone will come by and share in our fun and help us all make new experiences while enjoying a glass of wine.

Three of Cups Winery can be found at:
18808 142nd Ave NE, Suite 4A
Woodinville, WA 98072
425.286.6657
Open Saturdays from noon – 4pm (expanding hours later in Spring/Summer) or by appointment
info@threeofcups.com
www.threeofcups.com
Tasting Fee: $10 (refundable with wine purchase)

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Dining al fresco: Authentic Italian food at home

Tuesday Recipe and Wine Pairing

Enjoy this recipe from Woodinville’s newest Italian Eatery, Vivi Pizzeria at home or stop in and enjoy a menu that is a mista of classic Italian favorites and new culinary delights. We suggest Patterson Cellars Due Anni with it’s smooth, fruit-forward flavor of blackberry, cherry & raspberry accented by licorice, black pepper & vanilla… perfect with this pasta dish.

Ravioli Zafferano

Ingredients:

Cheese ravioli
1 shallot
10-15 cherry tomatoes
1/2 C cooked crab
2 C heavy cream
saffron
parsley (optional)

Sauce:  Sauté 1 shallot in extra virgin olive oil. When shallot is golden brown add in 10-15 cherry tomatoes & cooked crab pieces of your choice. Set aside .

In separate pan add 2 cups of heavy cream. Cook on medium high until it boils. Add a pinch of saffron and continue to reduce while stirring. Should take about 3 minutes.

And to pan with crab and shallot. Set aside.

Bring to Boil 1 gallon of water with salt. Add cheese ravioli. When ravioli floats, drain and remove.

Combine ravioli with crab sauce and garnish with parsley. Enjoy!

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Wine Night: The next morning

A fun look behind the scenes of the popular show “Northwest Wine Night TV,” as well as wine musings from the show’s Senior Producer.

Guest Writer: Brittney Perreault
Northwest Wine Night TV Senior Producer

We’ve all done it, some vow to never do it again. But you do, again, and again. The next morning…dum dum duuuuum, after wine consumption. It can be blurry, maybe you’ve suffered from selective memory loss. That’s what I’m here for! Every month I’ll reset your 20/20 vision, or something close to it.

Here’s a quick overview of Northwest Wine Night TV if you’re not familiar. We’re a TV show on the internet with a goal to entertain and introduce you to two great northwest wines every episode! Our panel is made up of 4 guests that taste two wines of the same varietal. Our live audience tastes right along with the panel. We’re really excited to debut our 6th season in September, including some new faces!

Fearless leader/host of Northwest Wine Night TV, Brian Calvert had this to say about the show’s success,“If someone would have told me five years ago ‘You’re gonna have a hit show where everyone drinks wine and has fun’ I would’ve have laughed out loud. Now, I really DO laugh out loud each and every week. I’m so grateful for the response and all the fans who watch us each week.”

I asked the first time panelists to give me a few words that describe how they felt before and after the taping began. It was clear that there was a theme, the word “thirsty” was used by more than one panelist. And their words after the show also had a theme, “happy, fun, silly, and energized.”

We’re not your average wine show, our panelists use descriptive words that don’t require a dictionary! And if a fancy word sneaks its way in, we aren’t shy to say, “huh?”

An audience favorite is a feature on each episode called “Party Favors.” Brian asks the panelists to describe the wine they’re tasting as something off the wall like a musical artist, song, or Friends character. This game generates some of the most hilarious moments. Did Joey’s famous “how you doin’?” make its way in into the show? You’ll have to wait and see!

Speaking of hilarious moments, who doesn’t love an exclusive look at what happens when the camera isn’t on?

Spoiler alert, we filmed a few episodes already. This is common for most of your favorite TV shows, gasp! They’re filmed months before their air date. Yes, even Keeping up with the Kardashians. Our latest filming day just so happened to be on a crazy hot day, thus bringing some real great moments!

Brian Calvert is dressed to the 9’s on film, but what you don’t see is much like a mullet, he’s business on top, and party below with his shorts, sandals, and sport coat as he addressed the audience before the filming began.

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Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® Tasting Program

Become a frequent taster of Woodinville Wine Country with a little help from Alaska Airlines. Simply show your Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card and enjoy a free tasting at over 40 participating wineries throughout the area. Visit www.alaskaair.com and apply for your card and all those great wine experiences today.

 

PARTICIPATING WINERIES:

Alexandria Nicole Cellars
Ancestry Cellars
Armstrong Family Winery (2 for 1 tasting only)
Auclair Winery
Baer Winery
Castillo de Feliciana
Chandler Reach Winery
Columbia Winery
Convergence Zone Cellars
Cuillin Hills Winery
Des Voigne Cellars
Facelli Winery
Fidelitas Wines (wine discount only)
Flying Dreams Winery
Gärd Vintners
Genoa Cellars
Goose Ridge Estates (wine discount only)
Gorman Winery (wine discount only)
Isenhower Cellars
Kestrel Vintners
Lachini Vineyards
Lauren Ashton Cellars
Market Vineyards
Matthews Winery
Tenor Wines
Michael Florentino Cellars
Otis Kenyon Wines
Page Cellars
Patterson Cellars
Piccola Cellars
Pondera Winery
Silverlake Winery
Smasne Cellars
Sol Stone Wines (wine discount only)
Stevens Winery (wine discount only)
Torii Mor Winery
Two Vintners
Woodhouse Wine Estates

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Alaska Air Visa Signature Tasting Program


 

Become a frequent taster of Woodinville Wine Country with a little help from Alaska Airlines. Simply show your Alaska Visa Signature® card and enjoy a free tasting at over 40 participating wineries throughout the area. Visit  www.alaskaair.com and apply for your card and all those great wine experiences today.

 

PARTICIPATING WINERIES:

Alexandria Nicole Cellars
Ancestry Cellars
Armstrong Family Winery
Auclair Winery
Baer Winery
Castillo de Feliciana
Chandler Reach Winery
Columbia Winery
Convergence Zone Cellars
Cuillin Hills Winery
Des Voigne Cellars
Facelli Winery
Fidelitas Wines
Flying Dreams Winery
Gärd Vintners
Genoa Cellars
Goose Ridge Estates
Gorman Winery (wine discount only)
Isenhower Cellars
Kestrel Vintners
Lachini Vineyards
Lauren Ashton Cellars
Market Vineyards
Matthews Winery
Tenor Wines (2 for 1 Tasting only)
Michael Florentino Cellars
Otis Kenyon Wines
Page Cellars
Patterson Cellars
Piccola Cellars
Pondera Winery
Silverlake Winery
Smasne Cellars
Sol Stone Wines (wine discount only)
Stevens Winery
Torii Mor Winery
Two Vintners
Woodhouse Wine Estates

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