Farewell: Enological Society of the Pacific Northwest

by Shona Milne on October 8, 2012

A bit of a sad event coming up November 8th at Chateau Ste. Michelle is the final dinner for the Enological Society of the Pacific Northwest, also know as the Seattle Wine Society. There will be a gourmet dinner and a number of guest speakers from the wine world to bid a fond farewell. You can purchase your tickets here.

Seattle Wine Society was founded in 1975 and their mission was to help inform the public about wine through monthly meetings, programs balanced education with social events, and they also conducted annual wine festivals and fairs. They have decided that there are other opportunities and groups where these needs are currently being met and have decided to close down.

The Enological Society of the Pacific Northwest (ES) will end its run after 35 years with an evening of wine appreciation featuring a gourmet dinner, distinguished guest speakers and an open mic opportunity to reflect on the accomplishments of the organization. The event takes place Thursday, November 8 in the Chateau Ste. Michelle Ballroom (14111 NE 145th Street Woodinville, WA 98072). Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Historical Exhibit at the Walter Clore Center in Prosser, WA.

“This event will serve as the grand finale for the organization and celebrate 35 years of education and awareness that the Enological Society brought to its members,” said Gerry Warren, ES Board Member. “The early educational opportunities we offered our members sparked wine awareness and brought it to new heights.”

The celebratory evening begins with hors d’oeuvres and a wine tasting reception followed by a gourmet three-course dinner paired with wines from the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates portfolio.Guest speakers for the evening include Ted Baseler (President & CEO, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates). Brian Carter (Winemaker, Brian Carter Cellars), Myron Redford (President & Former Winemaker, Amity Vineyards) and Allen Shoup (Founder, Long Shadows). Warren will serve as the event emcee for the evening.

Individual tickets for the event are $125 and tables of eight can be purchased for $1,000. Visit the ES website to reserve your seat for this exclusive event. For more information about ticket contact membership@seattlewinesociety.org. The event is generously sponsored by Simburg Ketter and Chateau Ste. Michelle.

About the Enological Society of the Pacific Northwest

Started in the mid-1970s by a diverse group of wine enthusiasts, the Enological Society of the Pacific Northwest (also known as the Seattle Wine Society) is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to the appreciation of wine and food through educational events in the Puget Sound region. The society was incorporated as an educational organization which gave it considerable latitude in its ability to program events around wine and food. For thirty consecutive years it presented a Northwest Wine Festival that incorporated a world-class judging, and the Wine Fairs for many years allowed members to explore outstanding old and new world wines. Regular monthly meetings provided educational programming at times for hundreds of attendees and the very popular Regional Dinners were outstanding experiences especially when presented by a volunteer crew.

The society’s educational programming and its prestigious wine judgings had a well-recognized effect on the growth and maturation of the Northwest Wine Industry as it focused the attention of consumers on the pleasures they would experience through their interest and consumption of wine.

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