If you’ve taken a drive down the SW 152nd this week you may have noticed that Vino Bello Wine Bar & Shop, Burien’s original wine shop, is sporting a couple new signs and a fresh coat of chianti colored paint. But new signage and paint isn’t the only thing that’s been going on at Vino. Last Saturday, 20 Burienites gathered in front of Vino Bello Wine Bar & Shop for Cash Mob Burien to go support Burien’s only new book store, Burien Books, in OIde Burien. Afterwards, the mob group gathered back at Vino to celebrate with the consumption of Beer and Wine. Keeping up with the excitement from the paint and the mob, this weekend Vino Bello is welcoming one of Washington state’s most awarded wineries, Long Shadows Winery.
On Saturday, September 1st from noon to 8pm, Vino Bello will be hosting live music and a wine tasting with award-winning Long Shadows Winery. Based out of Washington’s Columbia Valley, this winery has won several prestigious awards including Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 Wines of 2009, Seattle Magazine Best Bordeaux Blend 2010, and Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 Wines of 2010.
The tasting is $20 per person but the fee will be waved with purchases. The event will run from Noon to 8pm with an opportunity to meet a representative from Long Shadows from 4pm to 8pm. Live music will be provided by Andy Eades from 6pm on. You can RSVP on Vino Bello Wine Bar & Shop’s Facebook and read all the juicy details in the full press release below:
Food & Wine Magazine’s Winery of the Year 2007
Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 Wines of 2009
Seattle Magazine Best Bordeaux Blend 2010
About Long Shadows
After twenty years at the helm of the Stimson Lane wine group (Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Crest and other wineries), Allen Shoup retired to pursue a personal dream. For years he had envisioned a joint venture with highly acclaimed winemakers from different regions of the world. His goal was to bring their expertise to Washington to create some of the most special wines ever crafted from the region’s top vineyards; wines that would stand shoulder to shoulder with the world’s best.
Encouraged by his associates, including long time friend and mentor, Robert G. Mondavi, Allen invited several of the world’s most talented and celebrated vintners to the sunny slopes of the Columbia Valley. Peering over steep cliffs into the valley where the Snake and Yakima Rivers flow into the mighty Columbia, each vintner embraced Allen’s dream and agreed to lend their talents to create this tribute to the worldwide celebration of wine.
2008 Long Shadows Carmina Burana Riesling, Columbia Valley $25
100% Riesling. 125 cases produced.
From Long Shadows, a rare, barrel-fermented Riesling. Sappy, tart, juicy and stylish, this is loaded with pear, grapefruit and Meyer lemon. Winemaker Gilles Nicault honed his craft in the fabled hillside vineyards and wineries of Cote Du Rhone, Provence and Champagne. Bright and lively, this is juicy with apple, floral and peach fuzz aromas and flavors and textures, lingering on the barely off-dry finish. Ratings: WE91, IWC90, WS89. SOLD OUT at the Winery.
2008 Feather Cabernet, Columbia Valley $55
100% Cabernet. 1,874 cases produced.
The 2008 Feather is a gorgeous, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon made by Randy Dunn of Napa Valley renown. Sandalwood, licorice, dark chocolate, Asian spices, and black currant aromas set teh stage for a tight, structured, well-balanced wine. This lengthy effort should see its 20th birthday in peak condition. Ratings: WE94, IWC93, WA92
2007 Long Shadows Chester-Kidder Red Blend, Columbia Valley $50
1,015 cases produced.
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Syrah, 14% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc.
The 2007 Chester-Kidder offers rich aromas and flavors of black cherries, violets and dark chocolate complimented by nuances of cedar and spice. Deep crimson-colored it balances concentration with elegance and a vibrant mouth feel that gains complexity across the mid-palate and leaves an impression of spicy fruits across a long, silky finish. Winemaker: Gilles Nicault. Allen Shoup named this wine in honor of his grandfather, Charles Chester, and his grandmother, Maggie Kidder. Ratings: WE93, IWC93+, WA93.
2008 Pedestal Merlot, Columbia Valley $55
2,012 cases produced.
Considered by many to be one of the most influential winemakers in the world, Pomerol vintner and international consultant, Michel Rolland partners with Washington State wine visionary Allen Shoup to produce this limited release wine.
81% Merlot, 12% Cab Sauv, 4% Cab Franc,3% Petit Verdot.
Sexy burnished red currant, minerals and flowers on the nose, complicated by chocolate and graphite. Lush, ripe and broad, with layered flavors of cassis, black cherry and licorice. Perhaps the best vintage to date for this bottling. Ratings: WA93, IWC93, WS92.
2008 Sequel Syrah, Columbia Valley $50
1,025 cases produced
99% Syrah, 1% Cab Sauvignon.
John Duval, formerly of Australia’s iconic Penfolds Grange, chose the Columbia Valley as his “Sequel” for the continuation of his life’s work with Syrah. A deep, dark beauty loaded with dried cherry and currant aromas and flavors wrapped in nuances of cola, incense and barrel spice. Plush and savory on the palate with an appealing concentration of fruit and silky tannins that linger on the finish. Ratings: WE95.
“Bursting with sweet toast from the barrel aging, this offers ripe and pretty berry fruit, deep and long, with highlights of oolong tea. The alcohol is not intrusive, and the acidity keeps it buoyed and lively. Editor’s Choice.” 2008 SEQUEL – 95 POINTS