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I’m Dreaming of a Wine Christmas!

cork wreathYep, that’s right. No white stuff on Christmas for me. My dream is not exactly the Long Christmas Dinner envisioned by Thornton Wilder but a glorious Christmas Dinner with friends and family, several courses, a different wine with each course and lots of jolly conversation.

We’ll begin with grilled oysters on the half shell, a favorite starter. When they’re hot off the grill, cover them with a sauce made from cilantro, shallots, sushi vinegar, salad oil and pepper. We call it Alki Sauce and even those that shy away from bivalves, could be converted. It also helps to pop several bottles of bubbly, not only is it perfect match with the oysters, it helps to set that celebratory mood.

Next, a second course will move into the next level of white wine – the fish course. A couple of succulent, seared scallops on a bed of wild greens glistening with honey mustard dressing is my first choice. The queen of wines – white burgundy with its savory notes or a domestic Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley or Santa Barbara – would pair up very nicely with the scallops and mustard dressing.

Ah and now the main course, a slab of meat with savory vegetables.  Picture a beautifully browned pork roast served with a pear thyme sauce, butternut squash bread pudding with a refreshing, crisp salad of fennel, apple and shaved Parmesan on the side.

With this main dish we’ll bring out that wine we’ve been saving for a special occasion – an old Bordeaux from 1995 or that magnum of Washington red from 1990 or both. Yeah, that would be heaven.

For dessert, we’ll have an apple cake – I’m stuck on that this year. This will be the sixth one I’ve made after discovering the recipe this fall. It will be spectacular with the 2001 German Riesling that I’ve been hoarding.

Special wines with wonderful food is my dream come true Wine Christmas. Wishing everyone a warm winter feast and special wines. Happy Holidays! Cheers to you!

Wine, Wine Everywhere

Well, this isn’t exactly how I imagined the first entry for this blog, but after more than six months of talking about starting a wine blog, it finally got to the point where we needed to get something up and running.

And what better way to introduce this blog to the community than through an invitation to drink wine?

August appears to be a good month for wine — although I’m sure as I get plugged into the wine world (beyond my regular trips to the Fred Meyer wine section) I’ll see more and more wine events popping up during the other months.

The three events I’m listing below range from Gig Harbor to Agate Pass. Two of them are being held to benefit Kitsap organizations.

The first event is in Gig Harbor and is this Saturday (Aug. 7), so it’s short notice for those who like to plan ahead. It’s the Gig Harbor Wine and Food Festival.

It looks like this is the inaugural event, which is presented by the Harbor History Museum and the Gig Harbor Historic Waterfront Association. You need tickets to attend, and early bird prices are gone, so tickets are now $75. They can be purchased from the event website: www.harborwineandfoodfest.com , or by calling (253) 858-6722.

For those who love Top Chef, season five chef Fabio Viviani will be on hand to cook off against Gig Harbor chef Craig Haslebacher.

There will be a tasting tent with more than 35 wineries pouring their creations, and select restaurants and food purveyors will offer food selections to pair with the wine. For the foodies: cooking demonstrations, and for the winos: wine seminars. There will also be opportunities to bid on dining packages, insider experiences and many other luxury items.

To see the complete list of happenings for the Saturday event — held on the grounds of the Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Drive — visit the website. (www.harborwineandfoodfest.com).

The next weekend, if you’re feeling like staying closer to home, there is the second annual Kitsap Wine Festival at the Harborside Fountain Park. (That’s the park with the brass-colored fountains that resemble submarine sails right next to the Bremerton ferry dock).

The event is Saturday, Aug. 14 from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Order your tickets in advance. Price is $50. That includes a commemorative wine glass, and unlimited tasting of the wines and various food options. (Last year you paid to enter, and paid for food. That won’t be the case this year).

The event will be similar to last year, but will span the whole park, will feature 36 wineries from Washington and Oregon, and will include food from the Kitsap Conference Center, Anthony’s at Sinclair Inlet, Old Town Bistro, Clubhouse at McCormick Woods and Bella Bella Cupcakes.

New to the event this year will be an on-site wine shop, so if you taste a wine you can’t live without you can get it right there, and a second band has been added to the lineup, according to Terry Halvorson, general manager for the conference center.

Halvorson said last year’s event was so successful they’ve added more tickets this year. A total of 700 tickets were up for grabs, but 400 have already sold. So jump on it!

Buy tickets online at www.kitsapwinefestival.com or in person at the Kitsap Conference Center, 100 Washington Avenue, Bremerton. Check out the website for information about what wineries will be there.

Net precedes from the event benefit the Harrison Medical Center Foundation. Last year the event raised $5,000 for the foundation, this year they hope to double that amount.

Lastly, the final event I know of in Kitsap for wine this month is a fundraiser for the Holly Ridge Center.

Executive director Roxanne Bryson says they’re hoping to make this their signature event, and I hope it sticks because it sounds like so much fun.

The first annual Vino Kitsap Scavenger Hunt is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 21 with staggered start times between 2 and 3 p.m. Tickets are required, and only 125 are available. They run $50 a piece.

“Hunters” will receive a signature bottle of wine from Silverlake Winery at the end of the event for participating.

At the start they’ll be handed a passport to fill along the way, and will receive clues to direct them to the next stop, which will take participants to an in-home wine shop, a winery and finally a private estate overlooking Agate Passage in North Kitsap. A total of seven wines will be featured at the event.

The event starts at the Siloam Retreat and WineShop At Home, 2755 Lake Tahuyeh Road, Bremerton. At the end of the scavenger hunt the overall winner will receive a case of wine. Bryson guesses more than one person might have their passports filled and handed in at the same time, which means they’ll throw the names in a hat to draw a winner. The case of wine will include an assortment of different varieties.

For tickets, or more information call Bryson at (360) 373-2536, or register online at www.hollyridge.org . The website also has more information about the event.

Net proceeds will go to benefit the Holly Ridge infant and toddler program and the adult services program.