Closing Night of the OSP Farmers Market – Sept 9

Sparkling hard cider from Finnriver Farm. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Join TASTE and the Seattle Art Museum for the closing night of the Olympic Sculputer Farmers Market!

We can’t believe its over! But its been a fun 9-week-series and we’re looking forward to celebrating with everyone.

Here’s whats happening this Thursday:

TASTE’s featured farms this week are: Skagit River Ranch and Finnriver Farm

A special demonstration by TASTE’s very own Executive Chef Craig Hetherington who will show how to make his favorite Fall Grilled Sausages with tomatoes, onions, and peppers.  The TASTE Booth and Liquid Lounge will be  serving up:

  • Skagit River Ranch sliders served with a purple potato chips
  • Lucy’s Farm-inspired Doughnut: Apple Cider Doughnuts featuring Finnriver Cider
  • Wine Tasting This Week ($5):   Alexandria Nicole Sauvignon Blanc, RiverAerie Viognier, Cooper Mountain Pinot Noir “Cooper Hill” and  Ash Hollow “Nine Mile” Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot-Cabernet Franc
  • To be Poured in the Liquid Lounge: Tiffany’s Farm-to-Glass Cocktail “Doug Fir Collins”
  • Wine by the Glass ($7): TASTE’s own Masterpiece White and Jones of Washington Merlot
  • Beer by the Glass ($3):  Rogers Pilsner (keg)

Doug Fir Collins featuring clippings from OSP

Makes one serving


1 ½ ounce Cascade Gin

¾ ounce Douglas Fir Simple Syrup

¾ ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice

Soda water  

Lemon slice to garnish


Prepare the cocktail

Fill mixing tin ¾ full of ice

Combine Cascade Gin, lemon juice and Douglas Fir simple syrup together in mixing tin Shake & strain ingredients into Collins glass filled with cubed ice

Top with Soda Water

Garnish with Lemon Slice

Douglas Fir Syrup

2 cups organic sugar

2 cups water

1 cup Douglas Fir Pine needles, washed

Place sugar and water in 2 quart saucepan

Bring mixture to a boil

Turn Heat on low

Add Douglas Fir Clippings

Let steep for one hour

Strain through fine filter

Wine Tasting Notes:

Alexandria Nicole  |   Sauvignon Blanc  |   2008   |    Horse Heaven Hills
$16 (special retail price) 

The Destiny Ridge Vineyard is one of the most diverse vineyard’s in the state of Washington.  15 different grape varietas are grow on this 327 acre estate, a bluff overlooking the Columbia River. The elevation of 800 feet above the river keeps the fruit from suffering some of the temperature extremes of the surrounding area with cooler air currents rising from the river below in the summer.  And in the winter the slope of the vineyard allows cold air to drain to the water surface below. The cooling effect allows the acids in this Sauvignon Blanc to pop.  The fruit is restraned but still forward.

Grape Varietal:  100% Sauvignon Blanc 
Tasting Note:  Bright integrated of lemon, and gooseberry .  The mouth opens pear, citrus, spanish almonds, with herbal grassy finish.  The acid is bright and clean.  The style is “old world”, tight, restricted and nuanced. 
Winemaker’s Note:  100% Stainless Steel fermentation 
RiverAerie   |    Viognier   |   2006  |   Columbia Valley
$13 (special retail price)

The second label to Bunnell Family Cellars RiverAerie is a label used for single varietal wines at a more value oriented price.  The fruit is grow on a warm site in Columbia Valley that allows the grapes to take on ripe flavors yet still shows beautiful herbal notes. The style is all Washington State in the forward nature of the fruit but the ageing in 100% nutural oak brings wood notes that are restrained and present in a nice round package.  A well made Viognier at a great price.

Grape Varietal:  100% Yakima Valley and Columbia Valley Viognier
Tasting Note: Big aromas of barrel, wet cement, pear, green apple, and asparagus fill the nose.  The pallete is tropical, banana, golden delicious apples, concretp, wood, vegital, big and round.  The finish tightens with a nice soft smooth acid. 

Cooper Mountain  |   Pinot Noir “Cooper Hill”  |   2009   |    Willamette Valley                                                                                                 $17 (special retail price) 

Cooper Mountain Vineyards have producing Biodynamic and Organic wines since 1999.  Cooper Mountain Vineyards becomes the first U.S. Winery to gain approval for a no-sulfate-aded wine under the new National Organic Program standards.  The “Cooper Hill” Pinot Noir uses 4 different vineyards to produce this fruit forward Pinot Noir.  Big fruit and terroir driven this is a wine ready to drink.   Drink today or age a few years to soften.  A great value.

Grape Varietal:  100% Pinot Noir  

Tasting Note:  Aromas of red and black cherry, violets, and slight toast. The palette brings out huge cherry flavors, raspberry, mushroom and mocha.  Slight earth and forest floor finish with easy soft acid.  Round and easy to drink this wine is accessible with food or by itself.  Acid is late but lingering.   

Winemaker’s Note:  Carbon Neutral Winery located Beaverton Oregon

Ash Hollow   |   “Nine Mile” Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot-Cabernet Franc  |   2006   |   Walla Walla Valley           
$18 (special retail price) 

This Bordeaux Blend of big forward fruit is elegant and soft.  A wine where you taste the varietals and what they bring to the table.  The Nine Mile name comes from the name of the hill where the vineyard is located, on the shoulder of Nine Mile Hill at the beginning of the Walla Walla Valley.  A site of deep loam soils and sparse rainfall that allows the fruit to fully ripen without the threat of unwanted moisture.  The summer nights are cool perfect for bring out the acids.  The wines are made to show the land, the place.  A very approachable glass of wine.
Grape Varietal:  55% Cabernet Sauvignon  40% Merlot  5% Cabernet Franc
Tasting Note: A huge chewy nose filled with cherry, milk chocolate, and coffee grounds.  The color is dark and inky.  The mouth fills with dark cherry, blueberries, forest floor, black tea, and hibiscus.  Earthy notes come to life as the wine opens in the glass.  Simple layers falling into soft velvet tannins with a bright round acid end.  
Winemaker’s Note:  2006 was the 4th vintage of the “Nine Mile” 

See you all there!

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