Members, TCWS Board of Directors, Event Co-Chairs
The Leonetti vertical tasting on Saturday, April 27 was enjoyed by a sold-out crowd of 49 people in the riverside ambience of the Clover Island Inn. The nice sunny day gave us beautiful views of the river as we gathered for appetizers and a Sauvignon Blanc reception wine. We tasted 5 years of Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley (2010 through 2014), all rated 90 and above. This was an extraordinary experience that has only been done twice before by the society.
Our special guests were the speaker Hank Sauer and his wife Nancy. Hank is a long-time friend of Gary Figgins, founder and owner of Leonetti. He had many interesting stories to tell us and could have gone on for a long time. Nancy helped keep him in check.
Next Hank gave us some wine tasting tips as we tasted all five wines without food. The favorite wine at this point was the 2013 followed closely by the 2012 and the 2010. We were then served a prime rib dinner with baby red potatoes and maple glazed squash and we tasted the wines again with the food. The discussion that followed was interesting and we took another vote. The favorite wine again was 2013, but by a huge margin. Everyone agreed that all of the wines tasted better with the food.
Throughout the evening Hank wandered, visiting and chatting with people at all of the tables. Comments were that people liked the experience of a vertical tasting and would like to have more of this type of event. The handouts and information provided by the speaker were excellent according to the attendees.
It was a fun evening with lots of opportunity to socialize and enjoy the company of other members. We ended the evening with a decadent chocolate dessert and an amazing view of a beautiful sunset over the Columbia River.