Thursday, Sep. 22, 2011
National wine buyers set to tour Washington
From Wine Press Northwest news services
SEATTLE Next week, the Washington State Wine Commission will bring 42 of the nations top wine buyers to experience harvest in Washington state first hand.
This group of wholesalers, retailers, and restaurateurs will spend five days traveling across the state to meet growers and winemakers during the height of the growing season.
The tour begins Sunday in Seattle and visits Walla Walla on Monday, the Tri-Cities on Tuesday and Yakima on Wednesday before concluding Thursday in Woodinville.
The scheduled Walla Walla Valley stops include Abeja, Buty, Dusted Valley Vintners, Gramercy Cellars, K Vintners, LEcole, Northstar, Pepper Bridge and Waterbrook.
The scheduled Tri-City area stops include Red Mountain wineries Col Solare, Hedges Family Estate, Hightower Cellars and Terra Blanca.
The Road Trip Washington Wine program, which enters its fourth year, has brought in 177 buyers who represent more than $2 billion in annual purchasing power.
Road Trip has quickly become one of the premier educational opportunities for the domestic wine trade, Robin Pollard, executive director for the Washington State Wine Commission, said in a news release. For more information on Road Trip Washington Wine, including a full itinerary and list of participating vineyards and wineries, go to www.washingtonwine.org/roadtrip.
2011 Road Trip Washington Wine guests:
Ryan Allison, Cellar 46°
David Anderson, France 44
Ruth Arista, Arista Wine Cellars
Craig Brown, Arthurs Wine Shop
Brahm Callahan, Grill 23
Jeremy Campbell, M Bar
Tony Capra, El Gaucho
Scott Chilcutt, Fifth Floor
Danny Cobian, Southern Wine & Spirits
Jeannie Cox, Tostis Spirits & Fine Wine
Sean Cummings, Delmonicos
TJ Douglas, The Urban Grape
Timothy Edmunds, CRAVE Restaurants
Christopher Fronsoe, Portland City Grill
Flavio Gentile, Printers Row Wine Shop
Jess Gualano, The Wine Studio of Ashville
Scott Harney, ENO
Jal Hastings, Cavallo Point
Doug Jeffirs, Binnys Beverage Depot
Denise Jones, Vino 100
Brian Kerr, Mortons The Steakhouse
Robb Kimbles, Total Wine & More
James Lechner, Bastille Café & Bar
Steve Lotharius, North Street Market
Susan Magen, Vino Volo
Kyle McRae, Highlander Wine & Spirits
Leonard Mello, The Cellar Fine Wines & Beers
Kathy Morgan MS, Michel Richard Citronelle
Michael Ochsner, Plonk Wine Bar
Joe Phillips MS, Michael Mina Bellagio
Steve Poe MS, Big Canyon Country Club
John Ragan, Union Square Hospitality Group
Greg Rivera, The Breakers Palm Beach
Cecile Roesch-Giannangeli, FineWine.com
Stephanie Schrankel, Vino Volo
Natalie Tapken, Green Apple Group
Michael Thackerson, The Fort Worth Club
James Tidwell MS, Four Seasons at Las Colinas
Joseph Via, Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board
Kate Webber, Webber Restaurant Group
Paul Wentzel, The Wine Thief
Brett Zimmerman MS, Boulder Wine Merchant