If you couldn’t make it to the 2011 Taste Washington Restaurant Awards, you can watch the entire awards ceremony here. Our congratulations go to the many fine establishments that are not only committed to a high level of excellence, but are also dedicated to Washington wine.
I’ve been running around the state trying to capture the stories of some of Washington’s wine industry pioneers. The video below is one I made for a recent WSU viticulture and enology program fundraiser, so its very short — but a lot of fun. Hopefully I’ll find the resources to produce a full-length documentary on this subject.
In February, we showed you a hilarious video by winemaker Greg Harrington of Gramercy Cellars, which quickly became an Internet sensation, and others have followed to the same effect. A serious winemaker with an less-than-serious attitude, Harrington puts the fun back in fundamentals, the cult back in viticulture. I got a chance to interview Harrington at Taste Washington, where he explained his lighthearted approach to marketing, and he told me that he was essentially tired of people taking themselves too seriously. Words to live by.
His vids certainly have gained a zealous following, and for good reason; they’re friggin’ hysterical. Cheeky, self-deprecating, and coarse, you can’t help but to laugh, especially if you’re familiar with the trials and tribulations of winemakers.
His latest, by way of making an announcement, is no exception. I’ll let the video speak for itself, and offer our congratulations to Harrington and his team. Cheers, mate.
We got a chance to spend some time with Robert O. Smasne of Smasne Cellars and AlmaTerra at Taste Washington last weekend. Smasne currently makes wines for twenty-two different wineries including a few of his own projects, so if you’ve been drinking Washington wines, odds are you’ve had a Smasne wine and enjoyed it. Take a look at what Robert Smasne has been up to.
I was fidgety and couldn’t focus on the camera but JJ Williams, Kiona Winery sales n’marketing virtuoso, stole the show and hyped up his family’s Red Mountain colonizin’ winery at Sunday’s Taste Washington 2010. Only the biggest wine event of the year. Duh.
Watch Live video from Taste Washington
We’re heading to Taste Washington today and tomorrow for all the festivities. The Washington Wine Commission is broadcasting live video throughout the weekend. Watch here, or head over to their Ustream channel to view.