There’s nothing quite like a red wine at the end of a long fall day, and the only way to really find your blend or varietal is to try many wines at once. While I love larger events like Taste Washington, it’s also wonderful to experience more intimate settings, like Seattle Uncorked’s “Cabernet Classic.”
Rotary First Harvest took over The Washington Athletic Club for one night of deep red magic, with bites and jazz quartets setting a lighthearted mood. Co-host of “Gardening With Cisco” Meeghan Black emceed with humor and panache. Twenty-five Washington wineries, from Gilbert Cellars to Smasne Cellars, all with bites and chocolate – because a good cab shouldn’t be too far from something dark.
There were two winners – the wineries and all those attending. Ambassador 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon took the prize for best Washington Cabernet, while The Bunnell Family Cellar 2007 “vif” Rhone style Blend stole the show for best local blend. For everyone else, if you left with a bottle of wine or just the taste of tannins on tongue, you could enjoy it all knowing the ticket proceeds were going to support Rotary First Harvest and their plans to bring more food to food banks and hot meal programs throughout our state.
As it was a cold night, I left earlier than I would have liked. But it was good to run into old friends, like Northwest Totem Cellars, and try some new blends. The Seattle wine scene is growing, and I love that we’re finding so many ways to give back.