Member, TCWS Board of Directors, Event Chairman
The Allied Arts Association Gallery at the Park was once again aglow with Christmas trees, colorful decorations and artwork for the Tri-Cities Wine Society’s annual holiday event, December 8. Guests were greeted with a glass of Domaine Ste. Michelle Brut sparkling wine. The suggested pairing for this wine was an assortment of potato chips, popcorn and smoked almonds.
After the welcoming toast, guests had their choice of several dessert wines that could be enjoyed with a variety of pairings, including a delicious cheesecake prepared by Lois McGuire, some blue cheese and an assortment of dried fruit. The dessert wines ranged in selection and included: ice wine; late-harvest wine; and, Mead.
The food buffet complemented the wines. A variety of food items included: cheeses, e.g., WSU Cougar Smoky Cheddar, Stilton, St. Auger Blue Cheese; 2 different pâtés; dried fruit; smoked almonds; and for the salt lovers, a variety of potato chips and popcorn. Then, for the sweets there was the cheesecake and a variety of cookies.
Also, this year there were some Ports and port-style wines for enjoyment. The Ports ranged from a sweet, dark, ruby-red port-style wine to a tawny-colored, delicious 10-year old Tawny Port from Portugal. The Ports were:
From Washington State:
Wit Cellars 2016 Petit Verdot Dessert Wine – This is a ruby port-style wine made from a very untraditional grape.
Hinzerling “Three Muses” Ruby Port – This wine has been well aged and is starting to take the characteristics of a tawny port.
From Australia: RL Buller Victoria & Sons Tawny – a tawny port from the Victoria area of Australia.
From Portugal: we had a 10-year-old Tawny Porto made by the world-renowned winemaking team at Fonseca Guimaraens. From the comments received at the pouring station, it seemed the Fonseca 10-year-old Tawny Porto was certainly a favorite.
A beautiful display of silent auction items provided the winners with gift items and resulted in $830 to further support the wine society’s scholarship fund. Kudos to Dolly Ammann for coordinating and managing the silent auction!
Last, but not least, thank you to the volunteers who helped with the setup, pouring and cleanup. This event was a terrific continuation to wine society’s 2019 holiday season.