Events in and around Madison Valley

Sep 21

You’re invited: Sept. 21 Montlake Project Information Center Grand Opening

To make it easier to stay involved and get information, the contractor for the SR 520 Montlake Project, Graham, is opening a Montlake Project Information Center to the community. Come celebrate the grand opening of the Information Center with us, explore project resources and enjoy refreshments.



Event highlights:

• Meet members of project team.

• Ask questions about the project.

• Explore project resources and informative materials.

• Learn how to stay up to date throughout the project’s design and construction.



Grand opening event details:

• Date: Saturday, Sept. 21

• Time: 9:00 a.m. to noon

• Location: 2209 E. Lake Washington Boulevard, Seattle, WA 98112



For those unable to attend the grand opening event, the Information Center will be open to the public during the following times throughout 2019:

• Monday and Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

• Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

• Third Saturday of the Month from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.



Please join us!



Transit:

Bus routes 43, 48, 167, 271, 277, 540, 541, 542 and 556 serve the Montlake/SR 520 area. The Link light rail station at Husky Stadium is about half a mile from the Information Center.


Sep 21

Organic & Biodynamic Wine Tasting -- 2-4pm

Join us this Saturday as we taste a new line up of organic wines from local distributor Owen Kottler. Come celebrate the equinox with these balanced natural wines.



2018 La Staffa, "Mai Sentito” Verdicchio Frizzante $19

Young winemaker Riccardo Baldi is behind La Staffa in the town of Staffolo in the Marche. He has 10 HA of vineyards he farms. In the cellar, only native yeast is utilized. Just as in the vineyard, with all winemaking, Riccardo acts with total respect for the grape and for the viticultural traditions of the area. The family produces wine exclusively from grapes grown on estate vineyards. “Mai Sentito”means “never heard”, as in I’ve never heard of a sparking Verdicchi.



2018 Le Fraghe, Garganega Veneto $16

Nestled between the eastern shores of Lake Garda, the hills of Valpolicella and the ancient city of Verona is where we find Matilde Poggi’s vineyards. Her winery is outside of the town of Affi. She makes her wine naturally (no additives, native yeast, no enzymes). From Matilde: "I love this earth, every square metre of it somehow different, brought here by the glaciers that carved out, in remotest times, the the bed of the lake and the valley of the Adige river. Everything that I do in the vineyard is aimed at respecting and preserving those unique and literally incomparable qualities that I find only in my wines.”



2017 Le Fraghe “L’escluso” Bardolino $16

Like her Garganega, L’escluso is organically grown, harvested by hand, and vinified with native yeast. The fermentation at a cool-temperature, the cap is managed daily - délestage in the morning & pumpover in the evening. Malolactic fermentation and maturation is in stainless-steel until bottling the following spring



2017 Les Amethystes, Chiroubles $20

Located in the AOC Morgon, Michel Guignier prefers a natural approach to winemaking and believes a wine should above all be the fruit of the earth. “Too many chemicals prevent the terroir from coming through in the wine”. His wines are steeped in terroir, the yields are low and the harvest is done by hand. The grapes are pressed in a wooden press and matured in oak barrels on their lees.



2015 Casa de Mouraz, Dao Tinto $18

Tinta-Roriz, Touriga-Nacional, Jaen, Alfrocheiro

In the DÃO region of Portugal these vineyards of 30-40 year old vines in Granitic soils are worked using biodynamic practices and are certified ECOCERT since 1997. The wine is a field blend using natural vinificatio, then matured in old, inert French oak barrels for 8 months. Cherry and strawberries, intense bouquet of red fruits, plum and rosemary with notes of dark chocolate.

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday, we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5.



We are conveniently located at 1127 34th Avenue (at Union). For more information:

www.madronawinemerchants.com

info@madronawinemerchant.com


206-860-6017


Sep 22

R.l Opez de Heredia Wine Tasting -- 5:30pm

We received a very small allocation of white and rosé wines from Lopez de Heredia and rather than put them on the shelf we thought we have them as a special tasting. Join us Sunday evening to try these very unique wines, along with some Tapas and we’ll still get you home for Sunday dinner. Space is limited. Sign up to save a spot. Cost is $20 (plus tax) per person.

López de Heredia began in the nineteenth century when French negociants visited Rioja looking to find quality grapes since phylloxera had decimated their vineyards. Don Rafael López de Heredia y Landeta, an enthusiastic student of wine making, followed closely in their footsteps. Don Rafael fell in love with the region. Around 1877 he began the design and construction of the complex that is today known as the López de Heredia bodega (winery), the oldest in Haro and one of the first three houses in the Rioja region.



López de Heredia is renowned for long aging of their wines, ageing the white wines in oak for as long as reds. After the wines spend a long time in oak, the oaky tastes and aromas are overly noticeable and unbalanced. But, when left for a few years in bottles, the rough edges of oak become polished and balanced to create a seductive bouquet of spice, bitter almonds, vanilla and walnut, trademarks of the majestic and opulent Viña Tondonia whites.



2009 Viña Tondonia Rosé Gran Reserva $28

60% Garnacha, 30% Tempranillo, 10% Viura

Beautiful flavors of blood orange, berries, peach skin and almonds only begin to describe this wine, which also has a silken texture unlike any other rosé you have likely ever had.



2010 Viña Gravonia Blanco Crianza $27

The Gravonia comes from 45-year-old Viura vines in poor and stony soil. It has aged 4 years in barrel and 5 years in bottle before release. The wine is complex, nutty and truly unique with notes of petrol, beeswax and chamomile.



2005 Viña Tondonia Blanco Reserva $45

90% Viura, 10% Malvasia

Iconic white Rioja. Extremely complex, spicy, nutty and herbal thanks to 6 years of oak ageing. Loads of lemon and orange peel with green tea and fresh kumquat. Its palate profile is of wax, honey and pebble stones.



2010 Lopez de Heredia Viña Cubillo Crianza $24

65% Tempranillo, 25% Garnacho, 5% Mazuelo, 5% Graciano

From the vineyard Viña Cubillas, whose vines average 40 years of age, with a mixture of clay and limestone soil. This crianza ages for three years, being racked twice per year and then 5 in bottle before release.



2006 Viña Tondonia Reserva $44

75% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha, 5% Graciano, 5% Mazeulo

A remarkable red with no concession to modernity, this Reserva is fermented in 140-year-old wooden vats followed by six years of ageing in oak casks, the rest in bottle. The wine has complex notes of spice, leather, cherries, balsamic and cigar box with a long savoy finish.

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday, we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5.

We are conveniently located at 1127 34th Avenue (at Union). For more information:

www.madronawinemerchants.com

info@madronawinemerchants.com


206-860-6017


Sep 22

Sant' Elena Wine Tasting -- 11-5pm

Sant’ Elena Winery of Friuli/Venezia Giulia is a 19th Century winery situated on the banks of the Isonzo River of Northeastern Italy. Join us as we sample.

2011 Sant' Elena Chardonnay $12

Bright acidity frames this lively Chardonnay. It offers flavors of stone fruit, Gala apple, almond and citrus zest.

2001 Sant' Elena Merlot $17

A 17-year-old Merlot from Friuli that is far from giving up the ghost. Smooth developed flavors and soft tannin. 13% alcohol by volume

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday, we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5.

We are conveniently located at 1127 34th Avenue (at Union). For more information:

www.madronawinemerchants.com

info@madronawinemerchants.com


206-860-6017