My wife, Lisa Dawson, is running the 2012 ING New York City Marathon on November 4th with Fred’s Team, raising funds for crucial ovarian cancer research. Last weekend she put together a wine tasting fundraiser at Alki Arts, a fantastic little art gallery across from Alki Beach.
We poured wines from three of our favorite local wineries: 2011 Alexandria Nicole a squared Rosé, 2011 DiStefano Sauvignon Blanc and 2009 Efeste Final Final. Attendees purchased tickets to win a chance at one of the bottles tasted, plus a bottle of 2002 Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon pulled from our cellar.
All of the wines were a big hit with the attendees, and the wineries are definitely worth a visit when in Woodinville. Some quick thoughts on each:
- 2011 Alexandria Nicloe a squared Rosé – 96% Pinot Gris with a touch of Syrah and Mourvedre. Dry in style. Watermelon, strawberry and jolly rancher. This will have a place on my back porch next summer. $12 at the winery. My rating: 88 points.
- 2011 Distefano Sauvignon Blanc – A longtime favorite Washington Sauvignon Blanc. Lemon, grass, pineapple, lime and a hint of a oak. $16 at the winery and a case purchase in our household. My rating: 89 points.
- 2009 Efeste Final Final – A blend of 58% Syrah and 42% Cabernet Sauvignon. Opaque purple in color. Mocha, mint, cherry and blackberry. This wine is just a baby. $27 at the winery. My rating: 90 points.
Wine has such a great way of pulling people together for worthy causes! The event was well attended and a good deal of money was raised. We lost a good friend to ovarian cancer last year and would love your support in fighting this awful disease.
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