Saturday, May 25, 2013


Join me for a pictorial review of 
The Washington State Winemaker's Dinner 
A Culinary Evening with theCalifornia Winemakers
in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
What do you get when you start out on a Friday evening, at the beautiful home of Sharon and Hal Lampert for the Washington State Winemaker's Dinner.

With Executive Chef Celestine Drago preparing much of the incredible food, an assortment of premier wines provided by several of Washington State's elite wineries, and 100 people who love good food and wine; all gathered in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation...
A fabulous evening of great food, wine, friends, laughter, and support for The Foundation....that's what you get.

A PERFECT Spring evening begins

Everybody is having fun!

Just a small assortment of pastries

Oooops...does my designated driver need a driver?

And, what do you get when you start out Saturday evening on the Midwest Street lot of Warner Brothers Studio, with 100 of California's premier wineries, each winery paired with one of California's most prominent chefs (or in a case or two an out of town celebrity chef)....creating a special "small bite" to go with the wine being poured.

About 1500 people enjoying an incredible night under the stars sampling unbelievable wine and food, having great fun and raising over $1.5 million for the CF Foundation....

A Culinary Evening with the California Winemakers, the creation of Barbara and Allen Balik....that's what!

 Midwest Street...back lot of Warner Bros...
 One of many auction delights
 Guillaume of Clos Solene, paired with La Toque
 Can I have seconds?  Thirds?
 I'm going to explode
 The Cheese Shop of Beverly Hills....oh my!

 SO many great wines!  So little capacity
Always room for pour, uh I mean more!

Strolling, eating, drinking, enjoying

ANOMALY....a Napa cult Cabernet
A true OMG!!!!
Cousin Jacqueline!

Always room for a fresh baked choco chip cookie
with a glass of wine!


And...what do you get on Sunday Afternoon at L.A. Cellars....where one of the weekend's premier winemakers  (Paso Roble's own Guillaume Fabre of Clos Solene) did a tasting for a small intimate group of wine lovers!

A perfect ending to what was just an unbelievable weekend of food, wine, fun, and fundraising for a most important cause.

With a special "thank you" to my cousin Jacqueline, for including me on Friday and Saturday evening.

I hope you have enjoyed this pictorial review of an incredible weekend of wine, food, friends, laughter and life.

Please.....if you liked the blog, share it with friends, post it to your website, comment, and enjoy a good glass of wine.

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