EFESTE: Rockin’ Sips 6th Year

by Shona Milne on February 15, 2015

EFESTE Announces 6th Annual Rockin’ Sips Fundraiser

This year, it’s even more personal. Rockin’ Sips, EFESTE’s annual fundraiser, will not only pay tribute to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) and Children’s Hospital for their exceptional care of Joseph “Tough Guy” Taylor during his cancer treatment from 2006-2011, but also a very close friend of the winery, Ann Molitor. Ann is currently fighting Acute Lymhpoblastic Leukemia with great success.

What started as a heartbreaking event has inspired this annual celebration of wine and music. In 2006, winery owners Kevin and Angela Taylor learned that their young son Joe, grandson to ‘Big Papa’ Daniel Ferrelli and Helen Ferrelli, was diagnosed with Leukemia. He was 5 at the time. Happily, Joe is cancer free today. Through this experience, the family founded Rockin’ Sips to contribute to medical advances in the fight against cancer.

Angela explains, “Through our fundraiser we are able to donate directly to the life saving blood cancer research that benefits patients diagnosed with the disease Joe suffered through.”

New this year, the release of the coveted Tough Guy wine coincides with the Rockin’ Sips event. The wine, a tribute to Joe and his brush off attitude during treatment, also helps raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Thanks to the support of the community, over $60,000 has been raised for LLS to date through the winery.

Cover band Soul Siren headlines this year’s event. Some of the hottest names in the Washington wine, beer, and cider industries are joining the party including Avennia Winery, Force Majeure Vineyards, Obelisco Estate, Bellevue Brewing Company, and Schilling and Company Hard Cider . Additionally, ticket buyers will have a chance to win fantastic donated items from local businesses.

This 21 and older event is $50 per person and takes place at EFESTE on Saturday, February 28th from 5-8pm. Tickets and the Tough Guy wine can be reserved online at www.efeste.com. Proceeds benefit LLS.


EFESTE, pronounced F-S-T, is an acronym for the winery’s original founders: Ferrelli, Smith, and Taylor. Founded in 2005, EFESTE has amassed an impressive list of accolades, including Wine Spectator Top 100 in 2011 and 2008. The winery and tasting room are located in Woodinville, WA just 2 blocks north of the Warehouse District at 19730 144th Ave NE.

Website: www.efeste.com



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