The sun came out just in time to join the 8th annual Rosé Revival at Ray’s Boathouse. Wine lovers gathered to celebrate rose and summer whites from 34 wineries and to support the Ryther League.
We were delighted with the diversity of wines available at this Rosé Revival. Rosé wines have been plagued with a bad reputation of being the Kool-Ade of wines, but many of the roses were nuanced with layers of flavor. The rosé wines ranged from bone dry to candy sweet. Colors ranged from the most subtle of salmon to the big bold cherry reds. Some of the rosés made you sip and ponder, some of them just made you eager for the next sip! Although the majority of the Rosés were Syrah or grenache based, there were a number of Cab Franc rosés as well. Some of the more unique varietals included Barbera rosé from CAVU Cellars, Cabernet Sauvignon from Martinez and Martinez, Mouvedre from Gilbert Cellars , Tempranillo from Naches Heights Vineyard and even a Merlot rosé from Plaza Winery.
Although Rosé had the spotlight, there were a large number of refreshing whites to sample as well. Pinot Gris was available throughout the event with a lot of Sauvignon Blanc as well. Some great white blends were there last night, such as Airfield Estates Flygirl White, that make me long for patio sipping weather. Three dessert style wines were also available from Northwest Totem Cellars, Patterson Cellars and Smasne Cellars.
I was delighted to be part of the judging panel, tasting almost 75 wines! Here are the results.
- Gold: Jones of Washington Syrah Rosé
- Brian Carter Cellars Abracadabra Rosé
- CAVU Cellars Barbera Rosé
- Gilbert Cellars Mouvedre Rosé
- Patterson Cellars Rosé
White Wine Winners:
- Gold: Patterson Cellars Late Harvest Rousanne
- Silver: Smasne Cellars Konner Ray
Rosé Revival was a sold out event to benefit the Ryther League. Be sure to get your ticket early for next year so you don’t miss out! Sign up for free membership to Seattle Uncorked to get advance notice of Rose Revival and other David LeClaire events. See more photos from this event on our Facebook album.
Accessibility tips for next year:
If you require wheels to help you get around like me, (ie walker, wheelchair), bring a friend that can help you get your wine. Although there are plenty of ramps, it can get crowded at times and the pathways are narrow. I noticed several people with walkers having some difficulty navigating the event. I was lucky and Dawn did all my running for me, between 6:30-7:30 when the event was the most crowded.
Part of the event is out on the dock under a large tent. This is a good night to wear your comfortable shoes and leave the stilettos at home. Some ladies found it difficult to navigate in heels on the dock planks.