“Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.” We love Paolo Coelho’s philosophy, and El Gaucho Bellevue’s signature wine event, POUR, will give ample opportunity to sip – or swig – many fantastic wines.
Held next Saturday, July 12th, the event highlights local producers, as well as showcases phenomenal cult wines from around the world, offering guests something they haven’t tried before. Most of the wines are available for retail sale, at very compelling prices.
Of course, there will be a lot of great food for guests to enjoy between swills while mingling inside and on the spacious patio. In addition to Gaucho signature bites, Golden Glen Creamery and Mario’s Bakery will provide beautiful cheeses, breads, and crackers for guests to nibble, and Smitten Artisan Truffles to provide a sweet morsel. Taylor Shellfish and Nicolas Feuillatte are pairing up to provide freshly shucked oysters with champagne.
If you feel the urge to shake things up, try special cocktails from local distilleries Batch 206 and the Woodinville Whiskey Co.
After POUR Wine Dinners
More than the depth and breadth of wines offered to taste, guests will also have the opportunity to attend one of four incredible winemaker dinners: Chateau Ste. Michelle and Col Solare, Dusted Valley Vintners, Seven Hills Winery, and Silver Oak Cellars. The dinners show off the culinary team at El Gaucho Bellevue and Sous Chef Sarah (Brinlee) Scott, highlighting unexpected flavors, executed with traditional Gaucho flair.
Chateau Ste. Michelle and Col Solare
Guests will enjoy not one, but two pairings for each course of the dinner, bringing old world vs. new world wines together to compare side-by-side. Chateau Ste. Michelle head winemaker Bob Bertheau, and Col Solare winemaker Darel Allwine will share about the winemaking styles for their wines, and walk guests through the rich history of the Antinori family and their partnership.
Named 2013 Wine and Spirits Winery of the Year, both winemakers, Wisconsin natives, and brothers-in-law (they married sisters Janet and Cindy) Corey Braunel and Chad Johnson are thrilled to not only host this wine dinner, but also be in the same place at the same time!
“I’m excited about the Grilled Certified Angus Beef® brand Bacon-Wrapped Petite Filet Mignon and Dusted Valley 2006 Walla Walla Valley Reserve Syrah pairing,” Corey says. “You had me at bacon. Seriously though, this is a great summer preparation for grilled meats and the 2006 Walla Walla Valley Reserve Syrah has an awesome balance of earth and fruit. This wine has been sold out for over five years, so this is definitely going to be a fun one!”
Dusted Valley has begun a unique Wisconsin barrel project sourcing white oak from the 45th parallel, where the northerly climate creates an ideal tight grain wood, which closely represents the famous French Oak. Some of the wood procured comes from Corey’s parent’s farm.
Seven Hills Winery
Pioneer and winemaker Casey McClellan will make a rare appearance for the wine dinner, giving guests a real treat and rich history of the wines from Walla Walla. Casey is the longest tenured Washington winemaker, producing his 27th vintage this year, and he helped his dad plant the original Seven Hills Vineyard in 1980. Many of the wines served for this dinner are from the old block vines – the oldest planted vines in the valley.
Casey focuses on Bordeaux varietal reds, and is excited to pour their 2011 Seven Hills Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, which is admittedly, one of the most surprising wines they’ve made, because of the beautiful way it continues to evolve. The King Salmon pairing will also be special, as it shows off a beautiful piece of history as the 25th vintage of their 2012 Seven Hills Vintage Merlot.
An extraordinary California winery rounds out the wine dinner line-up. We are pleased to welcome Matt Duncan, son of founder Tim Duncan, to host. One of the pairings includes a Silver Oak 2009 Bien Nacido Pinot Noir, a completely sold out library edition wine that only guests attending the dinner this evening will have the opportunity to taste. Guests will also sample from both the Twomey and the Silver Oak brands, from both Alexander and Napa Valley.
You would think getting into an event like this might be exclusive, or “invite only,” but it’s open to anyone. With three levels of participation, guests have the option of joining us for the tasting event ($85/person), winemaker dinner ($125/person), or take advantage of both ($160/person). Valet is complimentary for all attendees.
When you consider that Quintessa and Ornellaia sell for upwards of $300/bottle on a wine list, it’s an incredible value that only comes along once a year!
Chateau Ste. Michelle
Col Solare Winery
Dusted Valley Wines
Flying Dreams Wines
Long Shadows Wineries
Pepper Bridge Winery
Seven Hills Winery
Silver Oak Winery
Spring Valley Vineyard
St. Supery Vineyards
Va Piano Vineyards
Fred Loimer Gruner Veltliner Kamptal
Catena Alta Chadonnay
Villa Remotti Barbera D’Asti
Altesino Brunello Di Montalcino
El Enemigo Malbec
The Wines of Agustin Huneeus
’09 Masi Amarone
’09 Frescobaldi Tenuta di Castiglioni
’07 Catelgiocando Brunello di M.
’08 Chateau Clos Manou
’10 Chateau Picque-Caillou Blanc
’09 Chateau Picque-Caillou Rouge
’10 Chateau Fonbade