Tommy T & Sean B Have Somethin’ To Say About a Blend

by Shona Milne on November 11, 2014

Team Tulalip and Woodinville Wine Cellars Craft Taste of Tulalip 6th Anniversary Blend

Tulalip Resort Casino sommelier Tom Thompson and Woodinville Wine Cellars winemaker Sean Boyd drained the barrels dry searching for the ideal grape “marriage” on their journey to craft Taste of Tulalip’s 6th anniversary wine.  This joint venture between the 2014 Honorary Winemaker and the property’s wine team resulted in a distinctive one-of-a-kind cuvee composed of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 20% Malbec, and 20% Petit Verdot from Boyd’s 2012 harvest.  This is a first time collaboration for the winery.

The proprietary blend will be introduced during the Friday, November 14 Celebration Dinner.  It will be available for purchase in the event wine shop during this annual two-day festival, with a focus on wine, food and tradition.

“The creation of the 6th anniversary wine was a unique, hands-on opportunity for our team to immerse themselves in the art of blending this year’s bottling.  As the six of us ran from barrel to barrel, sampling the different varietals, we felt like kids in a candy store.  In the end it came down to  a day of sniffing, tasting, and swirling along with a bit of finesse,” says Lisa Severn, Food and Beverage Director.

Joe Gobin, honored artist for the 6th annual Taste of Tulalip, created this year’s signature artwork.  The piece is engraved on the front of the commemorative bottle.  It is rich in symbolism, containing elements from numerous Coast Salish journeys from the past and that look to the future.

After working five years for a California wine shop, Honorary Winemaker Sean Boyd left home at age 20 to learn the fine art of winemaking. His travels led him all over the world to top viticulture areas such as Australia, Portugal, Spain and New Zealand where he worked for several prominent wineries, perfecting his technique. According to Sean, his finest artistic contribution is achieved during the final blending stage — as certain lots come together harmoniously.

The 6th annual Taste of Tulalip takes place November 14 and 15. For All Access and Grand Taste tickets, go to or

About Tulalip Resort Casino
Award winning Tulalip Resort Casino is the most distinctive gaming, dining, meeting, entertainment and shopping destination in Washington State.  The AAA Four Diamond resort’s world class amenities have ensured its place on the Condé Nast Traveler Gold and Traveler Top 100 Resorts lists, as well as Preferred Hotel & Resorts membership.  The property includes 192,000 square feet of gaming excitement; a luxury hotel featuring 370 guest rooms and suites; 30,000 square feet of premier meeting, convention and wedding space; the full-service T Spa; and 6 dining venues, including the AAA Four Diamond Tulalip Bay Restaurant.  It also showcases the intimate Canoes Cabaret; a 3,000-seat amphitheater. Nearby, find the Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve, Cabela’s; and Seattle Premium Outlets, featuring more than 110 name brand retail discount shops. The Resort Casino is conveniently located between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. just off Interstate-5 at exit 200. It is an enterprise of the Tulalip Tribes.  For reservations please call (866) 716-7162.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Doug 11.12.14 at 12:09 pm

The Taste of Tulalip says only five WA wineries??? Is this true or poor marketing?…..if more, how thought can it be to update a web site??

Angela 11.12.14 at 3:12 pm

If you are looking for tickets, I can no longer attend and have both the dinner and VIP Saturday passes listed on craigslist!
2 Saturday VIP Passes

4 Dinner spots

Shona Milne 11.14.14 at 10:17 am

There may only be five Washington wineries for this event. It is not a Washington wine event; they have wines from all over the world. It’s a great opportunity to taste outside of our backyard.

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