I had the privilege to work as a “guest Sommelier” of sorts for one of thirteen Auction of Washington Wine Winemaker Dinners, benefitting Uncompensated Care at Seattle Children’s Hospital, on Friday August 20th.  The dinner which I worked featured Rick Small of Woodward Canyon Winery and Norm McKibben of Pepper Bridge Winery and of course,  their wines.  Fittingly paired with two of Washington’s most highly regarded wineries were two of Seattle’s  James Beard award winning Chefs: Tamara Murphy of Elliot Bay Cafe & Terra Plata (formerly of Brasa) and Christine Keff of Flying Fish & On The Fly.

AWW Winemaker

Norm McKibben talking during AWW Wine Maker Dinner

A more fantastic venue could not have been imagined than the lovely Broadmoor home of Brad and Michele Smith, co-chairs of this year’s Auction of Washington Wines, out on the grass overlooking a lush green golf course.  Complete with an enticing and even sexy lounge area, their yard accommodated guests late into the night as they enjoyed the best of what Washington has to offer, all while supporting Children’s Hospital.  During dinner, Rick and Norm even auctioned off a pair of signed magnums of their wine, both going for approximately $500 each, again to benefit Uncompensated Care at Children’s Hospital.


Chefs in the kitchen

The menu

  • Hors d’œuvre
    • Steak Tartar, Watermelon & Pork Belly,  Ahi Tuna Poke Cones (by Chris Keff)
  • 2nd Course
    • Tomatoes, Burrata, Boquerones, Olive Tapenade  (by Tamara Murphy)
    • Poached Turkey Egg, Reggiano Parmagiano, Truffled Beets (by Tamara Murphy)
      • Woodward Canyon 2009 Estate Sauvignon Blanc
      • Amavi 2009 Semillon
  • 3rd Course
    • Columbia River Sturgeon, Potatoes from Rick Small’s Garden, Grilled Sweet Onions (by Chris Keff)
      • Pepper Bridge 2007 “Seven Hills Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon
      • Woodward Canyon 2009 Estate Reserve Chardonnay
  • 4th Course
    • Squab, Marrow Bone, Sweet Corn Grits, Fig Marmelatta (Tamara Murphy)
      • Woodward Canyon 2006 Walla Walla Estate Red Wine
      • Pepper Bridge 2007 Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Dessert
    • Berry Pavlova, Saffron Meringue, Cardamom Ice Cream


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  • @thefishseattle (Flying Fish Restaurant)