Upcoming dates are set for RN74 Seattle’s popular and frequently sold-out Saturdays with the Sommeliers series which debuted in April. This informative and fun series features guided and focused regional tastings lead by RN74 Seattle wine team Jeff Lindsay-Thorsen, Chris Tanghe and Luke Wohlers. Offered once a month on Saturday afternoon through November, the two-hour oenophilic excursions from 2 to 4 pm take attendees on a tour of the wines from Riesling to Bordeaux, Pinot Noir to the Rhone Valley. These tasting flights are paired with light, traditional appetizers along the lines of cheese and charcuterie. Saturdays with the Somms are $45 per class, with the exception of November’s event; $105 for three classes selected and reserved in advance; or $225 for all six. Individual tickets for the November Food & Wine Pairings event are priced at $55.
RN74 Seattle has also announced dates for the remaining 2012, monthly winemaker dinners. July’s “Behind the Bottle” dinner will feature Importer Robert Kacher and Winemakers Bertrand Ambroise from Maison Bertrand Ambroise and Vincent and Phillippe Lecheneaut with Domaine Lecheneaut.
With cellar access to more than 10,000 bottles, RN74’s wine list features international selections from Burgundy and throughout Europe to regional finds from the Pacific Northwest. The wine bar and restaurant showcases roughly 80 wines on wall-mounted menu boards – the “Market Board” and the “Last Bottle Board” – which highlight special, limited wine offerings that change with each last bottle sold via Italian-made train station boards with plaques that flip over when a bottle is no longer available.
Named after Route National 74, the major thoroughfare passing through the heart of France’s Burgundy region, RN74 Seattle’s lounge and bar are open Monday through Friday from 11:30 am to closing and on Saturday from 3 pm to closing. Valet parking is available from 5:30 to 11 pm Monday through Thursday and from 5:30 pm to Midnight on Friday and Saturdays for a rate of $10.
RN74 SEATTLE BEHIND THE BOTTLE DINNERS
Maison Bertrand Ambroise & Domaine Lecheneaut– 7 PM at the Chef’s Table – $135
AUGUST 21TH – BEHIND THE BOTTLE
Hirsch Vineyards with Jasmine Hirsch – 7 PM at the Chef’s Table – $125
SEPTEMBER 24TH – BEHIND THE BOTTLE
Pinot Noir Oregon vs. Burgundy – 7 pm at the Chef’s Table
OCTOBER DATE TBD – BEHIND THE BOTTLE
An Evening with Wine Director Rajat Parr – 7 pm at the Chef’s Table
NOVEMBER 5TH – BEHIND THE BOTTLE
Kerloo Cellars with Winemaker Ryan Crane – 7 pm at the Chef’s Table
SATURDAY WITH THE SOMMS
July 21 – THE GREAT WHITE RIESLING
Riesling can be the greatest white wine you have ever tasted! It’s grown all over the globe and produces styles that range from dry to sweet and is amazing in it’s ability to pair with a wide range of cuisine. Come discover and taste for yourself at RN74 with sommelier Chris Tanghe as he leads you on a tour of the great growing regions of Riesling throughout the world.
August 11 – BORDEAUX
Join RN74’s Lead Sommelier Jeff Lindsay-Thorsen as he explores and demystifies Bordeaux; the worlds most coveted and largest wine region. In Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon is king and Merlot is queen, but all vines are not created equal. A multitude of classifications, chateaus, soil types, vintage variation, and endless technological innovation all shape the wines style. Sip and swirl your way into a deeper understanding of Bordeaux and it’s wines.
September 15 – PINOT NOIR
Is Pinot Noir the most controversial red grape? From Burgundy to California and Australia to Oregon, experts and wine drinkers continue to talk about the authentic Pinot Noir experience. Could it be that thing called “terroir”? Find out while joining one of RN74’s sommeliers, Luke Wohlers, who will lead you through the world’s major growing regions for this grape and explain why no two Pinots are created equal.
Washington’s latest vinicultural darlings, Syrah and Grenache, reach their apex in France on the steep granite slopes of the North and in the river-washed galets of the the South. From legendary villages like Hermitage and Cote Rotie, the Northern Rhone Valley is home to the greatest expression of Syrah. Chateaunuef du Pape, named after the Pope’s short stay in the 1300’s, has become the archetype for Grenache, and its neighbors offer some of the best value wines in the world. Join RN74 Lead Sommelier Jeff Lindsay-Thorsen as he takes you on a tour of the varied terroir of the Rhone Valley.
November 10 – FOOD & WINE PAIRINGS FOR THE HOLIDAYS – $55
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Photo: RN74 Seattle’s Lead Sommelier Jeff Lindsay-Thorsen decants a bottle of Burgundy while Wine Director Rajat Parr checks out the nose before serving. Photograph by Suzi Pratt.