1st Annual Woodinville Winemaker and Brewmaster’s Triathlon, as retold by yours truly.
July 23, 2009 by Erin Thomas
1 mile run – 3 mile bike ride – .8 mile kayak with .2 mile sprint to finish line
Comedy, nudity and booze ensues at all times.
5:00pm: The first flight takes off from Willows Lodge, with three more that follow. Running and biking down the Sammamish River Trail, finishing with a hand-off to the rowing portion of the triathlon which held most of the winemakers.
Sheer race entertainment to be noted:
- Tim Stevens of Stevens Winery shooting off the starting line by foot only to pass the baton nearly 20 feet after to his next teammate (a mile was too long for one person?).
- Donny Januik of Januik Winery standing on his bike for optimal speed while wearing a motorcycle helmet for protection.
- Mike Sharadin of Northwest Totem Cellars, laying on his stomach on a surf board and paddling down the Sammamish River, aka Slough, and commenting on the stench.
- Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery in pretty darn good shape and a loose-fitting tank top.
- Darren Des Voigne of Des Voigne Cellars shirtless with a coconut bra and hula skirt, backed up by an entire entourage matching him (one was in a princess costume).
5:45pm: All flights finish, commence the heavy beer drinking courtesy of Redhook Brewery and wine “tasting” on Willows/Redhook gray area property.
6:00pm: The party moves up to the host winery, JM Cellars, to celebrate a race well done for a mere $125 a person. All proceeds, every single one of them including $100 from each competing winery, were donated to Mitochondrial Research Guild of Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Wine donated from each of the 40+ wineries that participated poured like it will never run out, an endless keg of Redhook Slim Chance Ale was supplied, a grill firing up fresh brats and a wood-fire stove serving up delicious Neopolitan pizzas from Veraci Pizza all to the sounds of a string trio.
7:00pm: He’s a crafty one that John Bigelow of JM Cellars, who managed to earnestly and charismatically con almost every Woodinville winery into donating and participating in this event, with repeated visits to each tasting room until he got positive confirmation. He welcomes his attendees, thanks them profusely and congratulations them on helping to raise $15,000 (five grand more than he was hoping for).
Bigelow announces the runners-up, leading to Stevens Winery to take the gold. In this case, the gold is a huge trophy cup which Bigelow poured an entire pitcher of beer into, passed off to Stevens who proceeded to chug out of it on a deck and spill on a few happy/drunk watchers below.
Overall a successful event and a hell of a party. Congrats and thank you for letting me gorge myself on your food, wine and beer.