Sunday, September 26, 2010

Friday Wine Tasting, Appetizers and Music – The Sequel and Saturday's Lombardi's Small Bits - Choose Your Adventure Wine Tasting...

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Wicked Cellars
Yes it’s another Wine Tasting at Wicked Cellars, Everett Washington. We were treated this Friday by having Kevin Correll winemaker and owner of Barrage Cellars on hand to share his passion.

Kevin has long been interested in wine and spent years in home wine-making before a two-year stint with David and Linda Lowe at Wineglass Cellars in Yakima Valley. Next came his U.C. Davis degree in wine-making and then finally the birth of Barrage Cellars.

Why the name Barrage Cellars? Since the winery started out in Kevin's garage before moving to a barn, the name "Barrage" just came naturally.

Barrage Cellars is located in Woodinville, Washington in the Woodinville Warehouse District. They are one of the 27 other wineries and tasting rooms in the district.

You could say that Kevin's the "new guy' in the famous Woodinville Warehouse District, but his first vintage, the 2005 "Alias" Cabernet Franc earned an "Outstanding" from the Seattle Wine Awards as did his 2006 Cabernet Franc "Secret Weapon." His Nuclear Chardonnay received a "Silver" from both the Seattle and San Francisco Wine Awards where his Trifecta Merlot earned "Bronzes" in each event. Finally his 2008 Riesling recently earned an "Outstanding Award of Excellence" from the Seattle Wine Awards.

2008 "Nuclear Blonde" Chardonnay, Conner Lee Vineyard*** pear, pineapple, smooth

2009 Rosi** not your typical rose more like red wine, good drinker, stone fruit

2007 "Trifecta" Merlot, Columbia Valley** deep ruby, currant, black fruit, try some hard aged cheese with it

2007 "Double Barrel" Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley*** red fruit, anise, pencil lead, try some hard salami

2009 Riesling, Yakima Valley*** apricot, peach, citrus, well balance, sweet

Our next stop was Lombardi’s Neighborhood Italian, Everett Washington. Not a big surprise we go there quit often. Lombardi’s has the best happy hour and small plate menu. We shared their roasted garlic and olive oil, seared Ahi tuna carpaccio (my favorite), chicken skewers.
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Sojen Cellars Woodrush
From there we headed to Sojen Cellars, Everett Washington. Tonight was their release party for their new Family Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Andrew Joel. Performing for the release party was Woodrush, Kelly, Jim and Leland weave wonderful harmonies and fun upbeat rhythms. Complimentary appetizers provided Buck's American Café. We have not been disappointed by any of the talent playing at Sojen Cellars this summer.
 A great time was had by all…
Lombardi's Neighborhood Italian Restaurant
Saturday's Lombardi's Neighborhood Italian Restaurant Everett Wine and Small Bits - Choose Your Adventure Wine Tasting...

Wine tasting events, especially when paired with food are a fun way to try different combination and taste. Lombardi’s of Everett has come up with a affordable wine pairing called Wine and Small Bits. Saturday we were treated to something a little different. Six wines, three each white and red and a plate of cheeses, fruits and meats. We were to try different combinations of wines and foods, then have conversation about how they match. What fun…
Cheeses, fruits and meats plate
The Food
Cheeses: Oregon Blue Cheese with honey, Smoked Gouda, Cambozola, Flagship Cheddar and Fresh Ricotta with sun dried tomatoes

The Meats
Prosciutto and Chocolate infused Salami

The Fruits
Grapes, Strawberries, Peaches and Apples

The Wines
Six wines, three each white and red
Zenato Pinot Grigio*** soft, smooth

2009 Tenuta Sant’Antonio Scaia Bainca** jasmine, pineapple, grapefruit

Zardeto Prosecco** citrus, light, smooth

2009 Allegrini Valpolicella** cherries

2008 Falesco Vitiano** light body, tannins

2007 Novelty Hill Red Table Wine** black cherries, spice

Food always tastes best with friends and wine

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