We had the opportunity to attend Second Harvest‘s auction and food and wine tasting event in Kennewick this last week; a truly worthy cause. Food was supplied by local restaurant and catering facilities, much containing things I can’t or won’t eat to avoid adverse reactions. But I found a few tidbits that provided the sustenance to allow me to wine taste.
Click distributing provided most of the various beverages, including Washington-based spirits, an imported Gruner Veltliner from Austria and some craft brews from across the state as well as Washington wines. I admit, I enjoy a well made craft brew, so tasted those as well.
Lone Canary, out of Spokane had a Syrah and a Sauv Blanc, both of which I was very familiar with. Coyote Canyon and Airfield Estates from Prosser and Smasne from Kennewick brought a few each, again, know them and happy to see them supporting Second Harvest.
Apparently there is a small winery in Benton City that makes a Red Mountain Syrah in very limited quantities – but I can’t recall the number of cases Trent, the owner and wine maker, told me he made. This would be the Goedhart Family 2009 Syrah out of the Bel’ Villa Vineyard. Check out their website to read more about them and their philosophy. It was great wine, but I hesitate to give you tasting notes from memory since there were so many back to back and very little to clean my palate with between tastes. I will look for it now and may find time to go to their tasting room. (By the way, they are apparently distributed by Noble here in Washington). Yes, I enjoyed this wine.
Another winery, this one north of Spokane, is Townsend Cellar. They had several wines to taste. My choice was the 2007 Syrah and my husband tried the non-vintage Red Blend. In this case the blend was more complex and deep than the Syrah. There are lots more wines to try, so we might have to take a day trip to visit this winery as well.
The only sparkling wine I noticed was from Mountain Dome Winery, also from Spokane, a non-vintage Brut. It should have been the first tasting of the evening, not the last, so it was a bit out of sorts after the bold berry tastes and tannins of the blend above.
As for the auction, we were outbid at the last-minute on the couple of items we bid on. This isn’t our first auction, nor our last but it needs lots of support.