While perusing Facebook I saw an event post from Monica, owner
Waterfront Bakery and Cafe in Silverdale. Italian
winemaker Maurizio Marchetti will be at her cafe July 26 with
samples of his wine. It looks pretty cool, so if you’ve got some
flexibility during the day — or an extended lunch hour — RSVP and
check it out.
Here’s the event description from Facebook (RSVP to Monica
directly via Facebook):
Maurizio’s fabulous life brought him in contact with Monica and
Mark last October, and now he will be at the cafe on Tuesday July
26, at lunchtime, to offer samples of his lovely Verdicchio, Later
Harvest Verdicchio and Montepulciano wines. He will sign bottles
for you if you would like him to!
We will offer tastes of his homemade pasta and a few other
treats to go with it, so even if you only have a few minutes for
lunch stop by… and say Ciao!!
Maurizio Marchetti’s great, great grandfather was an exotic
spice trader, sailing to the Far East over 250 years ago. He was
quite successful, allowing the family to buy the land that is now
the Marchetti estate near the Adriatic coast of Italy, in a region
that sees nearly 200 days of sun each year. On their property, they
have a castellino (‘little castle’) whose interior walls have
murals of Chinese sailors loading ships with the cinnamon, cumin,
and paprika that were so highly prized in his day.
Maurizio has followed his passion in making wine, and is so
selective about the grapes he uses, that he sometimes produces as
little as a half-bottle of wine per plant. To that end, he uses a
special pneumatic press for a single, extremely light press, called
a “flower press”. Maurizio loves to say, with a nudge and a wink,
“Butterflies crush my grapes as they fly by with their wings.”
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This isn’t technically a wine tasting, but it is a tasting and
it involves fermented fruits, so we’re posting about it because it
fits in the realm of fun things to do and try in Kitsap.
On Friday Monica Downen, owner of Monica’s
Waterfront Bakery and Café, will be hosting another
This time the items to be poured will be hard ciders. Downen has
invited Finnriver Farm and Cidery to hop peninsulas from their home
in Chimacum to Old Town Silverldale.
The tasting runs from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and requires no
reservations. The Finnriver people will talk about their certified
organic farm and the French style of their hard ciders, according
Here’s what Monica’s Facebook page says about the evening:
We have the special honor of having Finnriver Cidery with us for
this tasting! Luckily in time for mother’s day, their ‘Methode
Champenoise’ sparkling ciders and cordial style dessert wines are
the tastiest around! Learn all about them and meet Jim from their
Get 6 tastes of wine with appetizers to go with them! Please
bring a donation for the food bank.
Wind down your week and wind up your weekend with a Wine Tasting
at Monica’s! Everyone will be entered into a drawing to win a $20
gift certificate! You do not have to be present to win! Come on in,
enjoy great wines and a few nibbley things to go along with
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Thanks to Eric, who sent me a link to his site localwineevents.com, I’ve got a wine tasting
in Silverdale to share with everyone.
Waterfront Bakery and Cafe is hosting the tasting this
Friday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. It’s free, but people are encouraged to
bring donations for the local food bank.
Here’s the info about the event:
Wind down your week and wind up your weekend with a
Wine Tasting at Monica’s! Everyone will be entered
into a drawing to win a $20 gift certificate!
You do not have to be present to win! Come on in,
enjoy great wines and a
few nibbley things to go along with them.
Drop in any time from 4-6:30 No reservations required! Get 6 tastes
of wine with appetizers to go with them! Please bring a
donation for the food bank. We can’t wait to see you!
Sounds like Monica sells wines from family-owned wineries in
Washington, Oregon and Italy. Occasionally she gets wine from other
parts of the Pacific Northwest, Spain, Portugal and France,
according to her site.
Here’s another tid-bit that caught my eye: “Our wines are
usually discounted at our wine tasting events.”
So, if you’re looking for something to do Friday, check out
Monica’s wine tasting and drop off some non-perishable food items
for the greater good. Her cafe is located at 3472 NW Byron Street
in Old Town Silverdale.
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