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November 25, 2008

Yelp Imbibes in Washington Wines!

Posted by Katie Scharer

This past Sunday, Seattle's Yelp Elite had the pleasure of partaking in pours from some of Washington's most notable wineries. Preservation Kitchen graciously hosted this lovely event. Since opening it's doors this past August, the restaurant has quickly become a well-known destination for foodies and casual diners alike.

Yelpers were greeted and given a glass. The mark of what would be a great Elite event, we know.

With five wineries each pouring several of their varietals, it would be a tough task to try them all. Sure enough, the Seattle Elite Squad willingly (and then some) accepted the challenge.

3058449578_1c38500f99Guardian Cellars talked Yelpers through some of their vintages. Owner/ winemaker Jerry Riener chatted it up with the Elite and their guests, as he poured. Carly L notes that she "fell in love with Guardian Cellars.... I mean Gun Metal wine" that night. Good wine by cool people! It doesn't get any better than that.

The San Remo Sangiovese from Des Voigne Cellars was also a big hit, and Katie S made a new friend in "The lady pouring the Des Voigne San Remo Sangiovese... she was HILARIOUS!" She notes additionally, "that the wine was lovely too!" Lovely, indeed!

Representin' Efestē that night was owner Kevin Taylor and winemaker Brennon Leighton. The two were a big hit with the crowd, as were their delicious vintages. Alyson L was partial to their delicious "Sauvignon Blanc... She notes: "Next step - buy a wine rack."

Sarah B was "especially impressed by Pondera's Molvado, with its fruity-spicy goodness." Their Syrah was also quite popular and Yelpers were happy to be able to meet winemakers Shane Howard and Perri Tate, who shared their knowledge about their lovely wines.

3058503888_c36d469ffc And what would a Washington Wines event be without Brian Carter Cellars? Don T's "wife loved the Viognier, but he really enjoyed the Tuttorosso." Angie B enjoyed their wines as well. Her words, not ours: "Brian Carter wines were a hit for me too. I am a sucker for Italian-style wines."

Yelpers feasted on passed plates and 'not so passed plates' of delicious bruschetta, Ostrich fillet, duck croquettes, and the 'oh so famous' Chocolate Truffle Cookies by Chef Ivan Szilak. The Elite Squad got the chance to chat him up as they made their way through the gorgeous space, originally built as a craftsman home in 1916. Truly a memorable event, it provided the perfect setting for an unforgettable evening of food, friends, and fun...

and wine. Did we mention the wine?

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           For more photographic evidence of this lovely evening, check out our pics on Flickr!                                 

Until Next Time Seattle,

SYOY!

Katie S

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