Back for the 5th year in a row, Wine Rocks is set to once again showcase the "rockin'" side of wine, this year at Elliott Hall at Pier 66 on the Seattle waterfront. This year's event will take place on Wednesday July 11th, from 6 to 10pm. With the food trucks returning (those were a great feature at least year's event) and over 35 wineries, breweries and distilleries on hand, it's sure to be a great time (as always). One of the best parts of the event isn't just that there's music, but that the performances are by some of Washington's winemakers themselves! The line-up for this year includes:
- The Wicker Rhinos – Paul Gregutt (wine writer) and Larry Davidson (sommelier)
- The Fox & The Raven – Chip McLaughlin (Vinyl Wines) and Mari Gisele
- Turbo Grape Mashers – Gordy Rawson (Chatter Creek Cellars)
- Shelly & the Curves
- Soul Jelly
So how did Wine Rocks come to be? Founder Jen Doak states, “I created Wine Rocks in 2008 as an open house event for Gibson Guitars to bring publicity to their showroom. I suggested that they bring in a few local winery owners who also love strumming their guitars. The concept was a huge hit and Wine Rocks has grown every year since.” And boy has it ever. I've had the privilege of attending the past two year's events and each year it grew and changed venues to larger spaces. I can't wait to be down on the waterfront on a (hopefully) beautiful Seattle summer evening.
To date, participating wineries include: Animale Winery, Baer Winery, Barons V, Barrage Cellars, Celaeno Winery, Chatter Creek Winery, Corvus Cellars, DiStefano Winery, Dusted Valley Vintners, Eye of the Needle, Fidelitas Wines, Fjellene Cellars & Vineyard, Gifford Hirlinger, Glencorrie Winery, Gorman Winery, Guardian Cellars, Hightower Cellars, Jones of Washington, Kiona Vineyard & Winery, Long Shadows, Magnificant Wine Co., Mark Ryan Winery, Michael Florentino Cellars, Pontin del Roza Winery, Purple Star, Renegade Wine Co., Robert Ramsay Cellars, Smasne Cellars, Terra Blanca, Treveri Cellars, Walter Dacon Wines and Waters Winery.
Tack on some great breweries: Pike Brewing Company and Pyramid Breweries
And some distilleries: BroVo Spirits and Project V Distillery and Sausage Company
And you’ve got the recipe for another great Peha Promotions event!
This year’s Wine Rocks event benefits The Giving Grapes Foundation, a 501c3 organization that assists local charities who provide financial assistance to service industry professionals who have to take time off work due to injury or illness.
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! Sips & the City will be giving away a pair of tickets to this awesome event! Be on the lookout for the post detailing the giveaway (coming soon)!
What are you waiting for? Get your tickets here and I’ll see you on the Pier for Wine Rocks 2012!