I was doing really well with this 'eating clean and cutting out alcohol' New Year's thing. It makes you sleep great and I've learned that two people CAN eat dinner in a restaurant for $40 if you drink water. Who knew? Problem is then Trellis's profoundly brilliant Chef Brian Scheehster goes and launches his own wine label and decides to throw a party to let the public have their first tastes of his Piggyback Cellars 2012 and 2013 Amber Roussane and Syrah wines. Add some music, seasonal tastes from his 18 acre farm, and local artwork from Kim Wheaton and Mark Hussein and I am too weak to say no. If they had planned this event after our Feb 14th deadline, I'd have made it I'm sure. This will be one of our few 'scheduled cheats' because..... we are human after all. And life it too short. And this will totally be worth it.
The Vintimate event takes place on Thursday January 28th from 5-8pm in the Heathman's San Juan Ballroom. It is a 21 and over event and tickets are $35 per person in advance or $40 per person at the door. These prices also include tax, gratuity and a commemorative glass. To purchase tickets, call 425-284-5858 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. See you there?
Here is some more info from their press release about the wine and artists, for your reading pleasure...
Piggyback Cellars was established in 2011, as micro-négociant specializing in very limited production wines often known as “vins de garage” or garage wines. With each growing season, they only produce 55 cases of each varietal per vintage year. The winery is family owned and operated in Seattle. Winemaker Scheehser likes to focus on the terroir of the land as he does with his 18-acre farm and when he’s cooking in the Kitchen at Trellis Restaurant. Piggyback cellars was born from the support and partnership of the Washington Wine Community. From the beginning, their Syrah and Amber Roussanne grapes have come from Yakima Valley AVA.
As a visual artist, Hussein has been expressing himself with photography and writing for over 50 years empha-sizing his commitment to recording and preserving the natural environment. Influenced by the French Impres-sionists and the great 20th century American black & white photographers, Hussein's images convey the sim-plicity of place, time, and mood. His work was selected for presentation in “World In Focus,” an exhibition of photography designed to expand awareness of the world's endangered environments and cultures.
Since 1997, Wheaton has lived and painted in the Columbia Basin region of Eastern Washington with her fami-ly, dog, and horses. Shortly after arriving, Wheaton was immediately struck by the subtle, magnetic landscape. She found its scale and vastness irresistible with its endless horizons, strong shapes, subtle colors, and inter-esting textures. Wheaton wanted to distill them down to their essence without sacrificing the realism of the landscape. She was exhilarated by the challenge of taking a simple palette of primary hues to create the sub-tle, muted tones of far distant fields and rich vibrant foregrounds and finding ways using color, light, and shad-ow to communicate the wonder she felt by a landscape that often goes unseen because it is perceived as bleak and monotonous.