The members concerts at Chateau Ste. Michelle are one of the highlights of our year. Because we have duel memberships we get 4 tickets every year and usually attend both events. This year they set the members events to fall over one weekend. Woodinville is only about an hour away from home but since we had events both Saturday and Sunday we booked a room so that we didn’t have to drive home in between (also so we can write about the Willows Lodge in Woodinville, but that’s another blog).
Our two oldest daughters meet us at the winery every year(they are both members too). After Joel’s surgery Friday I wasn’t sure that we were going to make it, but Joel refused to be kept away. Spending time with the family is our top priority so we packed up the car and and headed out. Our timing was perfect. We arrived, parked and made our way to the line just as the girls walked by. It couldn’t have been better choreographed if we had planned it ahead of time.
We were also meeting friends and they had gotten in just ahead of us and were setting up our spot just to the left of the stage. Over the next five minutes we had blankets down, cooler and picnic basket set, plates out and headed up to get our glasses. The lines for tasting weren’t too bad this year so we had our first tastes quickly. Over the next two hours we tasted, we talked, we laughed and we enjoyed the perfect day.
Joel bought a couple of bottles of the 2006 Columbia Valley Tempestade – Limited Release for the concert.
2006 Columbia Valley Tempestade – Limited Release WINEMAKER NOTES
“This is the second Tempestade Red Wine from Chateau Ste. Michelle. Sourced from Portuguese varietals in our Cold Creek vineyard, this earthy wine delivers pronounced aromas of chocolate, coffee and spice. On the palate, the Tempestade is dense and full, with a rich, layered finish. It is a very bold wine not for the timid.”
And what a bold wine it was. There were six wines to taste but this was our favorite. Me, flavors of chocolate and coffee? You can’t go wrong with that.
The Girls liked the 2009 Columbia Valley Gewürztraminer.
2009 Columbia Valley Gewürztraminer TASTING NOTES
“A fan favorite, this Gewürztraminer is such an enjoyable wine with exuberant fruit and clove spice. This is a lush style of Gewürztraminer with a lot of floral character, yet it still maintains the grape’s natural crisp character. A touch of Muscat offers citrus notes and a deeper spice character. Try this wine with Thai food or any cuisine with a little “bite” to it.” -Bob Bertheau, Winemaker
Natalie MacMaster came on stage and the place lit up. Ms. MacMaster is entertaining, and plays the hell out of that fiddle. The crowd wanted good music to go with the wonderful day and they weren’t disappointed. There is something so right about a summer evening, great wine and fiddle music, it just feels natural.
I didn’t know much about Ms. MacMaster before the concert (it never matters who is playing, we always have fun) but I will certainly pick up a couple of CD’s for in-car enjoyment.
We had a wonderful time at this event and this is only the beginning of one fabulous weekend.
Love, Laugh, Learn… LIVE!