Every wine has a story, and some of the region’s finest winemakers invite you to uncover theirs during the second annual Northwest Wine Encounter at Semiahmoo Resort, Golf, and Spa, April 28-30, 2017. Expect a weekend of wine, cuisine, education, and interaction with a lineup of luminaries in the Pacific Northwest wine industry.
Friday begins as it should, over a glass of red or white, where you’ll hear firsthand details about selected favorites from the experts such as Chris Figgins of Leonetti Cellar and David “Merf” Merfeld of Northstar Winery in Walla Walla, Walter Gehringer of Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery in Oliver, British Columbia, Tony Rynders of Panther Creek Cellars in Dundee, Ore., and Chris Upchurch of DeLille Cellars in Woodinville. Once the sun begins to set, follow the glow of the bonfire: sip, discuss and admire the seaside from the immaculate grounds of Semiahmoo Resort.
The next day, these vintners join viticulturist Mike Sauer of historic Red Willow Vineyard in the Yakima Valley and celebrity chef/author Roy Breiman on the panel for educational seminars designed to expand your knowledge of Pacific Northwest wine country and the nuances of their exceptional wines. Acclaimed retailer/collector Doug Charles of Compass Wines will serve as the keynote speaker, and Andy Perdue, wine writer for The Seattle Times, will moderate the panels.
Events culminate with an intimate Vintner’s Dinner Gala expertly crafted by Semiahmoo’s Executive Chef Bruno Feldeisen. During this special five-course meal, enjoy conversation with the winemaker at your table and savor perfectly-paired wines from all attending wineries.
Between occasions and well into Sunday, enjoy some of the many activities Semiahmoo has to offer, including the spa, or a game of golf or fireside conversation with new friends—over a bottle, of course. Registration includes a casual meet-and-greet tasting of wines from some of the Pacific Northwest’s top producers, Saturday’s morning and afternoon tasting seminars, and a multi-course, wine-pairing gala dinner.
For more than 30 years, the Figgins family has been producing wines of consistently high quality at Leonetti Cellar, the first commercial winery in Walla Walla, Wash. Figgins Family Wine Estates is dedicated to growing, producing, and marketing world-class wine and beef using sustainable farming practices. And Chris Figgins’ latest project is Toil Oregon, a new Pinot Noir brand in Oregon's Willamette Valley.
Walter and Gordon Gehringer are included in a group of qualified winemakers that are B.C. born yet have learned their craft in Europe. The past 29 years of passionate winemaking is reflected in the unparalleled level of consistency. Today, the winery boasts an impressive line-up consisting of the following brands: Gehringer Brothers Classic, Private Reserve, Optimum, Dry Rock, Minus Nine and Signature Icewines.
Just as the Northstar has been used through the ages as a directional guide, Northstar Winery was established in the early 1990s to guide the creation of world-class Merlot-based wines that demonstrate the potential of the variety in Washington State.
Panther Creek Cellars, recognized for its exceptional regional blends, especially Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay, celebrated its 30th anniversary in June. Founded in 1986 by legendary winemaker Ken Wright, Panther’s winemaker today, Tony Rynders, continues to craft unique and age-worthy wines.
DeLille Cellars is a boutique, artisan winery located in Woodinville, Washington. The winery was founded in 1992 by Charles and Greg Lill, Jay Soloff and celebrated winemaker Chris Upchurch. The mission at DeLille Cellars has always been to create a new Bordeaux blend using Washington State vineyards. From the beginning, the winery has looked towards the prestigious Red Mountain AVA as the foundation of its wines, using grapes from its own vineyards in combination with fruit from other top sites in the Yakima Valley.
In 1992, after visiting the vineyards of Northern Italy and the Chianti region, Mike returned home impressed with the identity assigned to each small vineyard and the importance given to the slope and direction of slope. Given varieties were planted on certain slopes. Inspired by this trip to Italy, along with the death of longtime friend, Monsignor Mulcahy plans were made to develop some of the last and most difficult acres and to build a stone chapel honoring the memory of the Monsignor.
Weekend packages start at $475 per person:
*Package pricing is based on double occupancy. Call the resort for single rates.