WALLA WALLA, Wash. — More than 70 Walla Walla Valley winemakers, several leading Napa Valley winemakers and well-known wine critics will lead the exploration of one of the world’s most widely recognized red wine grape varieties — Cabernet Sauvignon — over the course of three days June 20-22.
Contrast the growing conditions, wine styles and wines of two of the world’s leading wine regions — the Walla Walla Valley and California’s Napa Valley. Participate in special tastings of rare vintage wines, one-of-a-kind winemaker dinners, receptions with some of the valley’s most awarded winemakers, and much more.
The three-day event begins at 4 p.m. Thursday with the Vintage Wine Tasting at the exclusive Corliss Estates. Enjoy a rare opportunity to taste vintage wines (2006 and earlier) from 30 Walla Walla wineries. Also, gain an inside track on purchasing a limited quantity of many of these wines. The vintage wine tasting ($100) is limited to 100 tickets. Ticket buyers also receive entrance to the Meet the Winemakers Wine Tasting & Dinner, which features Andrae Bopp of Andrae’s Kitchen and his La Porte Brune Catering.
Friday, June 21
The World of Cabernet Sauvignon | 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Location: GESA Powerhouse Theatre - http://www.phtww.com/about
Address: 111 North 6th Avenue, Walla Walla
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Sponsored by: Pacific Power
Join us as we officially kick off the Celebrate wine weekend and learn about one of the World’s most popular and ageable red wines from two leading wine industry experts. Hear from Wine & Spirits Magazine wine critic Patrick Comiskey, one of Intowine.com’s top 100 most influential people in the U.S. wine industry, about what makes the Walla Walla and Napa Valley’s the two premier Cabernet Sauvignon producing wine regions in the United States. And, gain insight from Dr. Kevin Pogue, geologist and terroir consultant, into how the growing conditions (soil, moisture, topography, and temperature) impact the wines coming from these two regions.
Weekend packets will be available and will include the Walla Walla Valley wine region DVD “Vine to Wine”, weekend program, winery guide, and other weekend activity information. Coffee and pastries will be served.
Winery Visits and Other Community Activities | 10:00 – 4:00 p.m.
FEATURE EVENT: Special Winemaker Panel Presentations and Tastings | 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Marcus Whitman Hotel - http://www.marcuswhitmanhotel.com/
Address: 6 West Rose Street, Walla Walla
Ticket Price: $35 – Click to Purchase Tickets
A special opportunity to learn more about what makes the Walla Walla Valley and Napa Valley special places for Cabernet Sauvignon from three Walla Walla winemakers (Chris Figgins of Leonetti Cellar, Rick Small of Woodward Canyon, and Jean Francois Pellet of Pepper Bridge Winery) and three Napa Valley winemakers (Phillip Corallo-Titus of Chappellet Winery, Jeff Ames of TOR Winery, and Landon Donely, assistant winemaker of Spottswoode Winery). And, taste 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon wines from all six guest wineries.
Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Tasting and Dinner | 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Waterbrook Winery* - http://www.waterbrook.com/
Address: 10518 West Highway 12, Walla Walla
Ticket Price: $60 - Click to Purchase Tickets
Sponsored by: Marcus Whitman Hotel
Taste a broad array of Cabernet Sauvignon wines from 60 Walla Walla wineries while enjoying a buffet style dinner at Waterbrook Winery.
Buffet style dinner menu: Enjoy an upscale, elegant Wine Country barbecue on the patio by the Waterbrook pond. Menu will include Riesling chicken, flank steak with chimichurri and summer vegetables in a balsamic glaze.
*Transportation will be provided from the Marcus Whitman Hotel.
Saturday, June 22
Winery Visits and Other Community Activities | 10:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Winemaker Dinners | 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Experience an exclusive evening in the Walla Walla Valley. Seven local chefs and twenty-five winemakers will delight your taste buds during the Celerbate Walla Walla Wine weekend winemaker dinner series. Select from one of the following seven winemaker dinners.
Ticket Price: $100
SOLD OUT – Winemaker Dinner with L’Ecole NO 41, Long Shadows and Woodward Canyon
Sponsored by: ETS Laboratories
Watch evening fall over the Walla Walla Valley from Long Shadows’ hilltop winery as you enjoy the wines from L’Ecole N0 41, Long Shadows and Woodward Canyon, accompanied by the deft food pairings of Chef Dan Thiessen of the Wine Country Culinary Institute.
Appetizers will be served in the cellar, accompanied by crisp white wines from each winery. A three course dinner with red wines and dessert will follow in the chihuly room. The wines served will include current releases as well as library wines. Chef Thiessen’s farm-to-table menu will further reflect the bounty of the Walla Walla Valley through his use of local ingredients.
Giles Nicault and Marie-Eve Gilla (Long Shadows), Marty and Megan Clubb (L’Ecole N° 41) and Rick and Darcey Small (Woodward Canyon) will guide you through this wine country casual evening.
SOLD OUT – Winemaker Dinner with CAVU, Corvus Cellars, Kontos Cellars and Walla Faces
Perched on a hillside on the eastside of the Walla Walla Valley, Walla Faces Vineyard offers breathtaking views of vineyards and the blue mountains – a truly unique location to enjoy a wine dinner with some boutique wineries of the Valley. Indulge in CAVU, Corvus Cellars, Kontos Cellars and Walla Faces wines that will be paired with a display of food prepared by a local chef. Served in a spectacular setting with unforgettable views and great company, this is a winemaker dinner for anyone wanting to experience the Walla Walla Valley way of life.
SOLD OUT – Winemaker Dinner with Adamant Cellars, Dunham Cellars and Tamarack Cellars
Be one of the lucky 20 to WINE and DINE with Winemakers from Adamant, Dunham, and Tamarack in a beautifully decorated WWII Airplane Hangar on June 22, from 6-9pm as part of the Celebrate Walla Walla weekend. Winemakers Devin Stinger, Eric Dunham, and Danny Gordon will not only aim to impress you with their wines, but also their cooking skills, as they will each prepare a course! Don’t miss out on this light-hearted competition between wineries or be surprised if they bust out some very special bottles to share that evening!
SOLD OUT – Winemaker Dinner with Amavi Cellars, Pepper Bridge Winery, Sleight of Hand Cellars and Va Piano Vineyards
With the sleek, contemporary tasting room nestled in the heart of their estate Pepper Bridge Vineyard, Amavi Cellars makes for a premier dining and event venue here in the Walla Walla Valley. Their hand-crafted and elegant wine selections pair beautifully with any occasion—they are sure to leave a lasting impression for many reasons. Join Amavi Cellars, Pepper Bridge Winery, Sleight of Hand Cellars and Va Piano Vineyards for a premier dining experience during the Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine weekend!
SOLD OUT – Winemaker Dinner with Balboa, Dusted Valley and Isenhower Cellars
Come on out to the South side and enjoy an amazing dinner nestled amid the vineyards. Join Balboa, Dusted Valley, and Isenhower at Balboa Winery as they team up with chef Andrae Bopp, III of AK’s and LaPorte Brune. This amazing five course dinner will feature the exciting wines of these three vintners paired up with the stellar chops of chef Bopp! We hope you will join our soirée and indulge in great food, wine and laughter! View Menu
SOLD OUT – Winemaker Dinner with Charles Smith, Dama, Mark Ryan and Seven Hills Winery
4X4 DINNER Downtown – FOUR WINERIES X FOUR WINES X FOUR COURSES X FOR MORE FUN!
Join us for an intimate dinner hosted by the winemakers from each winery. Enjoy a memorable four course, farm-to-table, seasonal, wine-driven menu prepared by Chef Rich Koby and paired with wines chosen by each winemaker. Come hungry (and thirsty) leave happy. This dinner will begin at 7pm.
SOLD OUT – Winemaker Dinner with TERO Estates, Flying Trout Wines, Spofford Station and Bunchgrass Winery
Welcome to Historic Windrow Vineyard! Start your experience at the top of the four story TERO Estates winery terrace, viewing the entire Walla Walla Valley while enjoying lovely wines from Bunchgrass Winery, Spofford Station, TERO Estates and Flying Trout Wines. Later, at dinner, be WoW’ed by Chef Paul Freeman’s ranch inspired menu. Chef Paul’s grilled beef is out of this world! At Windrow Vineyard, you will be dining amid the oldest vines in the Walla Walla AVA – stunning. This experience is all about casual, great times, new friends, old vines, fabulous food and wonderful wine.