Gig Harbor Wine & Food Festival 2012
An event that I can highly recommend is the Gig Harbor Wine & Food Festival. This event was well coordinated and worth the entrance fee. There were 30 wineries, 5 breweries and food tasting tables that complimented the wine/beer perfectly. Tasting classes were also offered along with cooking demonstrations and a cook off competition.
There were so many things to drink and eat that I was unfortunately only able to get around to a small fraction of what was being offered.
Obelisco Red Mountain Estate Wines – Woodinville, Washington
Dry Riesling – VERY dry. I would pair this with rich seafood and sweet deserts.
Mosquito Fleet Winery – Belfair, Washington
Meritage Blend 2009 – I love when you smell a wine and it tingles all your senses clear to the back of your throat and then leaves you with goose bumps. That’s how I felt about this wine. Paired with a meat slider it really brought out amazing flavors.
Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 – 100% Cabernet Sauvignon –wonderful nose, loved the complexity it brought but not over powering.
Northwest Bubbles – Tasting Class – with Gail Werner-Forecki
D and I took a break to sit under the tutelage of Gail Werner-Forecki and learn about 4 “Sparkling Wines” (Champagne).
Domaine Ste. Michele Brut NV – It was light and fun to drink but didn’t have that over powering sweet or dry taste that most sparkling wines do.
Mountain Dome Winery Brut NV – This was truly my favorite out of all four. It was such a pleasure to drink and paired great with food. What shocked me most was that it’s under $20.00.
Treveri Cellars Blanc de Blanc Brut NV – This was good and I understand it is preferred by a former First Lady.
Argyle Brut 2008 – Very nice – old and new vines help to create this light sparkling wine.
Sozo Wines – Seahurst, WashingtonI just want to say how impressed I was not only with the wine but with the mission of this company. Their commitment to end hunger for orphans, windows and the homeless is commendable and I encougage everyone to visit their website - www.sozofriends.com
Potential Pinot Noir 2009 – Oh how I love a good Pinot Noir and this did not disappoint me at all. Gentle tones but rich in aroma. I paired it with a salmon/cheese spread on good bread and the flavors burst through out my mouth. A definite YES!
Generosity Tenpranillo/Syrah 2008 – Lots of Syrahs are too peppery and leave my palate wrung out. NOT this one. The Tenpranillo gives a balance to this wine that is gentle and enjoyable to drink.
Masquerade Wine Company – Bellingham, Washington
2011 Columbia Valley Viognier – Loved this delicious light fruity white wine. It’s easy on the palate and goes very well with most foods. I enjoyed the hint of lavender.
2007 Masquerade – I didn’t see this wine on their website and so I will quote my notes at the time of tasting: “love the color, the smell tingles the senses and transports me to a fun lovin realm. Love the complexity of the wine.” J
Madsen Family Cellars – Olympia, Washington
Cab Franc –This wine was very mild with nice tones and a lovely finish. It’s nice to find a Cab Franc that doesn’t throw you off your feet but lifts you up to enjoy it.
Page Cellars – Woodinville, Washington
Cabernet Sauvignon – Loved the full fruit (berry) taste that hit my mouth and the smell grabbed my senses. Overall it was good but not too complex.
Chardonnay – It was very light and not too oaky. I personally don’t like a lot of oak.
Semillon Blanc – This was semi-sweet with a nice balance and very refreshing.
Ash Hallow Winery – Walla Walla, Washington
Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon Blend – This had a very nice flavor and was complex but not over powering. I'm not a huge fan of Merlots or blends with a lot of Merlot in them. However, I really did enjoy this one. What a nice surprise!
Stottle Winery – Lacey, Washington
Sangiovese – This had an amazing nose and flavor. It was light and refreshing and I will definitely enjoy this wine again.
I felt a little over whelmed with all the choices when I first arrived at the festival. However, after a couple of tastings and reviewing the materials they provided I was able to formulate a plan of action. Next year I will do a couple more tasting classes and get to the wineries I was unable to visit this year. I hope to see you all there and share a glass with you…..cheers! LD