Wine By Cougars to help celebrate WSU football weekend in Seattle

By on August 31, 2013

Elson S. Floyd, President of Washington State University, attends a WSU Alumni Association event at St. Laurent Estate Winery in Malaga, which is operated by WSU grads and a member of the Wine-by-Cougs wine club.

Elson S. Floyd, president of Washington State University, attends a WSU Alumni Association event at St. Laurent Estate Winery in Malaga, which is operated by WSU grads and a Wine-by-Cougars participant. (Photo courtesy of Washington State University Alumni Association)

SEATTLE – The 2013 college football season begins in earnest today around the country, and next month Washington State University will stage a wine event in connection with its Sept. 28 game in Seattle vs. national power Stanford.

cougs-en-gris-wine-event-logoCougs en Gris, which translates to “Cougs in gray,” is a three-hour evening staged by the WSU Alumni Association on Thursday, Sept. 26 at the AXIS Pioneer Square. Many of us in the Northwest will remember that spot as the erstwhile Elliott Bay Book Co.

Folks are encouraged to wear gray or silver to the event, which is part of WSU’s Seattle Week.

Wine-By-Cougars wineries – those with ties to the Pullman school – will be pouring “crimson” red wines from 6 to 9 p.m. The list of participating vintners includes Amavi, Bergevin Lane, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Goose Ridge, Maryhill and Pepper Bridge.

wine-by-cougsIt’s worth noting there are more than 70 wineries that have participated in the Wine-By-Cougars wine club program since it began in 2006.

Seattle-based Duos is doing the catering.

While it’s billed as a members-only event, others can pay $65 without having to join the WSUAA. A member gets in the door for $30, which comes with three beverage tickets and appetizers, and each member can bring one non-member for an additional $30. A one-year membership is $55.

Registration is required for Cougs en Gris because of limited space at AXIS, which now serves as an art gallery.

Here’s an early prediction: The Cougs will carry a 2-2 record into their Pacific-12 Conference North game vs. the Cardinal at CenturyLink Field.

Alas, because of the conference’s TV contract, kickoff for that off-campus home game still is TBA.

About Eric Degerman

Eric Degerman is the president and CEO of Great Northwest Wine. He is a journalist with more than 30 years of daily newspaper experience and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest with Andy Perdue and served as its managing editor for 15 years. He is a frequent wine judge along the West Coast and contributor to Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine, the region's longest-running golf publication.

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