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Ruinart Challenge 2017 – Seattle

Seminar and Competition, April 18th 2017

Ruinart Challenge 2017

Hosted by Champagne Ruinart and LVMH

Thompson Hotel, Seattle

Cellar Selections, Apr 16

Wine Tasting, April 16th 2017

Thanks to Rob for providing the wines for tonight!


  1. 2008 Reinhold Haart, “Piesporter Goldtröpfchen” Riesling Spätlese, Mosel, DE
  2. 1992 Pierre Boullay, “Chavignol, Cuvée Réservée” Sauvignon Blanc, Sancerre, FR
  3. 2010 Leeuwin Estate, “Art Series” Chardonnay, Margaret River, Western Australia, AU
  4. 2005 Cellar Cal Pla, “Planots” Grenache Blend, Priorat, ES
  5. 2007 St. Innocent, “Shea Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton District, Willamette Valley, OR
  6. 2000 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave, Syrah, Hermitage Rouge, Northern Rhône, FR
  7. 2004 Arietta, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, US
  8. 2004 Delille Cellars, “Doyenne” Syrah, Columbia Valley, WA
  9. 1999 Domaine Zind Humbrecht, “Clos Windsbuhl” Gewurztraminer, Hunawihr, Alsace, FR
  10. 2006 Two Hands, “For Love or Money” Cane Cut Late Harvest Semillon, Barossa Valley, AU
  11. 2010 Jacques Lassaigne, “Haut Revers du Chutat” Chadonnay, Coteaux Champenois Blanc, Champagne, FR


  • Michele D.
  • Nick D.
  • Emily E.
  • Kris G.
  • Dan M.
  • Rob R.
  • Jason S.
  • Alex S.
  • Jonathan V.
  • Craig W.

Shiraz Tasting Group

Wine Tasting, April 15th, 2017


Apr 14


  1. ’15 Owen Roe, “Crawford-Beck Vineyard” Pinot Gris, Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley
    • Apple, gycerol, fruity, fresh. M+ acid.
  2. ’15 Pewsey Vale Vineyard, “Individual Vineyard Selection” Dry Riesling, Eden Valley, South Australia
    • Tropical, fresh, briny, salty. Tart! High acid.
  3. ’12 Hess Family, “Amalaya” Torrontés/Riesling, Valle Calchaqui, Salta
    • Tropical fruit, floral, brisk, Spree candy.
  4. ’09 Compañía Bodeguera de Valenciso, “Reserva” Tempranillo Blend, Rioja DOCa, Ollauri, La Rioja (Alta)
    • Dried fruit, hot climate, staining, oak, stewed fruit. Red/black fruit. M+ acid, M+ tannin, M+ alcohol
  5. ’14 Terrazas de los Andes, “High Altitude Vineyards, Reserva” Malbec, Mendoza, Cujo
    • Plush fruit, dark fruit, round, wet and juicy, black/blue fruit, ripe. Blackberry, blueberry, plum. Blueberry pie filling. Chocolate espresso bean. Staining color, purple with a pink rim. Med tannin, M+ alc, Med acid.


  • Taylor L.
  • Nick D.

Douro Seminar – Mar 31

Seminar, March 31st 2017

Douro and Porto

Hosted by Essência do Vinho Porto and NW Wine Academy

South Seattle Community College

March Archetype – Pinot Noir

Wine Tasting, March 31st 2017

Hosted at The Estates Wine Room



  • Pamela C.
  • Britney C.
  • Seth C.
  • Nick D.
  • John H.
  • Donna M.
  • Mackenzie P.
  • Chris N.
  • Alex T.
  • Pam W.

Cedar River Brewing Company

Field Trip Report: Charles Smith Wines Jet City.
February 17th, 2017


  • Nick D.
  • Emily E.
  • Erin K.
  • Taylor L.

Aged Red Wine Comparative, Mar 23

Wine Tasting, March 23rd 2017

Master Sommelier Prep Group
Canlis, Seattle, WA

Comparing Red Wines, with the influence of bottle age.

The Classic Options:

  • Bordeaux
    • Médoc
    • Libournais
    • Graves
  • Rhône
    • Côte Rôtie
    • Hermitage
    • Cornas
    • Châteauneuf-du-Pape
  • Tuscany
    • Chianti Classico
    • Brunello di Montalcino
  • Piedmont
    • Barolo
    • Barbaresco
  • Burgundy
    • Côte de Nuits
    • Côte de Beaune
  • Rioja
    • Rioja Reserva, Gran Reserva
  • South Australia
    • Shiaz, Cabernet and Grenache
    • Barossa, McClaren Vale, Coonawarra, Margaret River
  • Napa
    • Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel
  • Central Coast
    • Syrah

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Mar 17

Wine Tasting, March 17th 2017
  1. ’15 Martín Códax, Albariño, Rías Baixas, Galicia, ES
  2. ’15 Donnafugata, “Lighea” Zibibbo, Sicilia DOC, Sicily
  3. ’12 Hess Family, “Amalaya” Torrontés/Riesling, Valle Calchaqui, Salta
  4. ’13 Freemark Abbey, Viognier, Napa Valley
  5. ’13 Banfi, “Riserva” 80%-mininum Sangiovese, with Canaiolo Nero and Cabernet, Chianti Classico, Tuscany
  6. ’09 Compañía Bodeguera de Valenciso, “Reserva” Tempranillo Blend, Rioja DOCa, Ollauri, La Rioja (Alta)
  7. ’12 Frank Family Vineyards, Zinfandel, Napa Valley
  8. ’14 Terrazas de los Andes, “High Altitude Vineyards, Reserva” Malbec, Mendoza, Cujo

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Cafe Juanita Dinner

Wine Dinner, March 14th 2017

Cafe Juanita, Kirkland, WA



  1. Champagne
  2. Silex
  3. Vougeot
  4. Gaja
  5. La Spinetta
  6. Rauzan
  7. Terra Blanca
  8. SGN
  9. Fernet Branca