Wine Rocks: 7th Year and Going Strong

by Shona Milne on May 24, 2014


Join Washington’s Winemakers for a rockin’ good time on Seattle’s waterfront July 10

SEATTLE – May 20, 2014 – Taste the wine, hear the music and help the cause at the 7th annual Wine Rocks Seattle, Thursday, July 10 at Elliott Hall & Pier (Bell Harbor – Pier 66). This yearly event includes 40 plus wineries and breweries pouring their best against sweeping views of the Seattle waterfront.

Beyond the wine, the main focus of the evening are the five performances by Washington winemakers and friends who will take the stage to share their passion for music. This year’s featured performers include:

Gordy Rawson, Chatter Creek – Rawson’s love of wine and knowledge of Washington’s terroir has cultivated excellent ‘Old World’ style wine, while his enthusiasm for music generates ‘Old School’ rifts that keep the house shakin’ and the feet tappin’.

Carolina Warwick, Kestrel Wines and Micah Riesenweber, Market Vineyards – With a deep passion for the arts in all forms, it is no wonder that Warwick chose both wine making and music to pursue. Performing with guitarist Riesenweber, the pair forms an acoustic duo, with inspired originals and acoustic renditions of musical favorites spanning decades.

Victor Palencia, Palencia Winery – Palencia’s passion for wine runs deep in Eastern Washington wine country. Along with Paula Ramirez (Palencia Winery’s Director of Sales & Marketing) and their band makes a foursome excited to bring “musica con ritmo latino” right out of wine country.

Chip McLaughlin, Vinyl Wines – Hailing from a family with masters in both disciplines, wine and music are in Chip McLaughlin’s DNA. Winemaker and member of two different bands: The Fox & The Raven and Cannon’s Calling, he produces wines that are bold and juicy. Flip the coin and find music that is soulful and introspective.

Darren Des Voigne, Des Voigne Cellars – Closing out the event is Des Voigne and his track-suited musical group. Like his bold and musically inspired wines, Des Voigne and his band throw down up-tempo new wave rock beats.

“The line up this year includes perennial favorites and new sounds with a wide variety of styles,” says Jamie Peha of Peha Promotions and producer of Wine Rocks Seattle. “Gordy Rawson, Derek Des Voigne and Chip McLaughlin are back by popular demand and the addition of Cat and Micah and Victor Palencia really rounds out the music experience at Wine Rocks 2014.”

To pair with your wine and music, six of the hottest food trucks including Barking Frog Mobile Kitchen, The Grilled Cheese Experience, Jemil’s Big Easy, Lumpia World, My Sweet Lil Cakes and Papa Bois, and are joined by specialty food vendors serving up light snacks.

Tickets to Wine Rocks are $40 through May 31 and $45 to July 10 and can be purchased at Ticket buyers will also receive a free sampler download from Sub Pop Records. Sub Pop will be onsite playing new music hits during live music breaks.

Wine Rocks Seattle once again benefits Food Lifeline, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending hunger in Western Washington. Food Lifeline stocks the shelves and fills the tables of 275 food banks, meal programs and shelters throughout the region. The 35 million pounds of nutritious food the organization secures from restaurants, grocery stores, farmers and manufacturers feeds 745,000 hungry people every year. Find out how you can be a part of ending hunger in Western Washington at

For a full list of participating wineries, breweries, sponsors and other vendors visit

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