Bold, rich washington reds from sparkman cellars
It is with great pleasure that we welcome back Chris Sparkman to host a wine dinner with us. Besides being one of my dearest friends, Chris puts on a great show, and makes some absolutely delicious wines. I was able to reconnect with him this past fall on a trip to the Washington wine country and was, once again, amazed with what he’s making out there.
Chris’ reds are unashamedly bold, rich, and impossible not to like, a fact not missed by the other sommeliers from around the country who joined me on the trip. The same sommeliers who love to preach elegance and high-toned fruit couldn’t help but love his wines when they tasted them. Even though they weren’t the style of wine about which they’d been waxing poetic all week long. Like I said, impossible not to like.
It all comes down to great fruit sourcing. When you get perfectly ripe and concentrated fruit, you can make a bold, rich wine without it seeming over the top. In fact, if you try too hard to rein it in, you’re almost failing to let the wine be what aims to be. Chris gets that kind of fruit.
And his wines show it.
We’ll be pairing four wines from Sparkman Cellars with courses as well as offering a taste of his Kingpin Cabernet Sauvignon. All five wines will be available to order at below-retail prices that evening. And, while it will not be available to purchase, we’ll also be offering a taste of his 2008 Ruckus Syrah… just because.
Spicy tuna bites with salad of watercress, Asian pear, and tangerine
‘Birdie’ Columbia Valley Riesling 2016
Grilled chicken sausage with French lentils and Asian greens
‘Wonderland’ Yakima Valley Grenache 2015
Star-anise braised pork belly with oatmeal-pea shoot-goat cheese fritters
‘Wilderness’ Rattlesnake Hills Red Blend 2015
Roasted leg of lamb with blueberry-ginger-bacon compote and duck fat potatoes
‘Ruckus’ Red Mountain Syrah 2013
‘Kingpin’ Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
‘Ruckus’ Red Mountain Syrah 2008
$65 per person does not include tax and gratuity