Monthly Archives: July 2010

YMCA Camp Orkila for the day

Today, I had the opportunity to journey to beautiful Camp Orkila on Orcas Island with a group of women leaders to share our middle school memories and how we navigated the chasm between that point in our lives and where we are today with a group of girls entering 8th and 9th grade this fall who are part of the YMCA Patsy Collins Adventure in Leadership (PCAL).  This camp is all about empowering girls with the self-confidence to lead, the desire to give back to their communities and the awareness to live a healthy and balanced life.

The group included business owners, an attorney, corporate business executives, a world champion weight lifter, the heads of a couple of non-profit foundations, and at least three past or present Microsoft executives (see top photo of entire group).  We met at Kenmore Air on Lake Union and made the brief, yet spectacular flight through the San Juan Islands on two float planes, both of which were not able to tie up at the dock when we arrived, so our first camp challenge was to attain a foothold on the beach without getting too wet.
Once ashore, we were greeted by a few of the girls with welcome signs (see bottom photo above) and then escorted to meet the rest of the PCAL girls and their enthusiastic camp counselors.  We had the chance to sit with just a few of the girls at individual tables over lunch and the girls seemed to thoroughly enjoy telling us about their camp activities.  See photo of me with Maya and Channing on either side.

Following lunch, we sat in a big circle and each of the women shared a bit about our own life stories and then couldn’t resist giving the girls lots of advice.  All of the women guests were totally engaged and enjoying the conversation and shared stories, but I noticed as the hour wore on that the girls’ eyes were glazing over, so I don’t think they were quite up to having so much advice thrown their way.  I’m not sure what the answer is, but it would be interesting to think about a way to transfer some of the valuable information that was shared today in an interactive manner that the girls might enjoy more and where they could be more emotionally engaged.

Sun Valley Weekend & WAW Reunion

Over the weekend, Ken and I stayed with our good friends, Trudi & Dave Syferd, in Sun Valley to attend some of the Sun Valley Wine Auction festivities.  These events raise funds for the arts in Sun Valley.
We reconnected with many of our WAW (aka WhoopAssWino) friends at the annual Winetasting in the afternoon and then the Concert & Picnic at Warm Springs. There were some challenges at the picnic with insufficient food and disorganized service but representatives from Sun Valley Center for the Arts handled this beautifully the next day by making follow up calls to apologize and to offer refunds.
After the picnic, we journeyed to Lane Ranch for the “12th WAW Reunion and Apres Picnic Party.” This party is a tradition where WAW members and guests bring wine to share.  This is the annual event when selected new provisional and active members are inducted into this prestigious organization.  See third photo above to see Rick & Jacque Doane following their induction and fourth photo to see Carl & Renee Behnke being officially inducted.
But all was not about wine thankfully.  In addition, I had the chance to play two games of golf, one at the Sun Valley Golf Course and the other at the Elkhorn Golf Club with friends, Dave & Trudi, Anne-Marie Hedges and Susan Richey.
See photos of WAW members above.
Top photo from L-R-Tom Hedges, Greg Lill, Cathi Hatch, Ron Lachini
2nd photo from L-R-Ron Elgin, Rick Doane, Ted Baseler, Jacque Doane, Stacy Lill, Julia deHaan
3rd photo from L-R-Trudi Syferd, Anne-Marie Hedges, Joyce McCallum
4th photo from L-R-Carl Behnke, Renee Behnke, Ron Elgin, Ted Baseler
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WSU competes favorably with UC Davis in Viticulture & Enology!

Over lunch yesterday at ZINO Vino Liquid Assets Forum, our ZINO Society sponsor partner, Washington State University, provided the content for the lunch discussion.  Dr.  Thomas Heinick-King, WSU Professor and Director of Viticulture & Enology spoke about the breadth of the Enology program offered at WSU.  I was not aware until yesterday that WSU now has a Viticulture & Enology program as large as the one at UC Davis!  Dr. James Harbertson, Assistant Scientist of Enology at WSU then spoke about the actual Science of Wine:  Tannins and Astringency, showing diagrams of cells and molecules and comparing the tannin levels in two different Chateau Ste. Michelle wines.  We had the chance to compare and contrast in the glass between the 2007 Columbia Crest Reserve Merlot and 2007 Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot.  When Dr. Harbertson asked us which wine did we think had more tannin, most of the audience seemed to figure it out correctly (but we did have a pretty sophisticated wine-drinking audience at the event).  What was especially interesting to me is that the Reserve Merlot had two and one-half times the amount of tannin as the Grand Estates Merlot.

ZINO Vino Liquid Assets Forum a Success!

I’m happily exhausted after a very full day of wine panels and wine tasting at the inaugural ZINO Vino Liquid Assets Forum which was held today at Bell Harbor Conference Center.  Thank you to ZINO Society member, Shelley Tomberg for helping to make this possible!  The panelists were impressive and had incredible expertise and knowledge to share with the attendees.
The most frustrating part of the day was that each panel had so much more they could have shared, but in each case the time ran out before we were ready to move on to the next topic.  We will be asking the attendees for advice for next year, but the best suggestion I have heard so far is to start the event earlier in the day and extend the length of time for each panel.
The Twitter stream was pretty amazing with dozens upon dozens of tweets occurring over the course of the day.  You can access it at #zinovino.
The ZINO Society team did an amazing job of bringing a brand-new event to fruition over a short period of time.  See photo above of set-up by the team.  Mary Holmes, ZINO Society Chief Marketing Officer (photo above at podium), gets credit for envisioning the opportunity and convincing the rest of the ZINO Society executive team to move forward and make it happen.
We owe a BIG thank you to everyone who was involved including all of our sponsors and all of the wineries that brought their new wines to pour as part of the Northwest Emerging Wines Awards tasting (N.E.W. Awards) at the end of the day.  A mammoth thank you to our Major Sponsors, Banner Bank, Columbia Hospitality, Stoel Rives and Washington State University.  See photo of two of the three Stoel Rives panelists, Chris Hermann and Jay Rafter above.
The panel pictured above is the Legends of the Fall panel which included Ted Baseler of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates,  Bob Betz of Betz Family Vineyards, Dick Boushey of Boushey Vineyards, Norm McKibben of Pepper Bridge Winery and Rick Small of Woodward Canyon Winery.  They are titans in the business of wine and the attendees hung on every word they shared!
See photos of most of the panelists and speakers who participated by clicking on this link.

N.O.A.H. Music for the Animals featuring Lyle Lovett

On Friday evening, Patty Barrier and I once again left our husbands at home happily convalescing while we journeyed to Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery for the N.O.A.H. 8th Annual Auction and fundraiser followed by the Lyle Lovett concert.
N.O.A.H. is a non-profit organization dedicated to stopping euthanasia of healthy, adoptable and treatable dogs and cats by transferring these homeless pets from partner shelters and arranging for quality pet adoptions, dog training, providing spaying and neutering service for animals adopted by low-income families, humane education and volunteer programs. 
Patty, along with N.O.A.H. founders, Charlene & Orin Edson and dozens of volunteers and friends have been ardent supporters of N.O.A.H.  Kip Toner of Kip Toner Benefit Auctions handled the auctioneer role and did an entertaining and efficient job of auctioning off the 13 live auction items with help from Master of Ceremonies, Jesse Jones of KING 5 News.  They resorted to occasional but light-hearted bullying to increase the prices, but all was in good fun and to help the animals.
Following the auction, we adjourned to the concert and had a fantastic time sitting in the sun and listening to Lyle Lovett and his big band.  We especially enjoyed three of his male singers, two of whom also danced in unison while singing.  “Sweet Pea”, the third singer, sat on a stool due to his recent knee surgery and didn’t join in the dancing.
One of Patty’s and my favorite lyrics performed is a new song, “Natural Forces” from Lyle Lovett’s recent album that he wrote in honor of the soldiers fighting in Iran and Afghanistan.  Here were my favorite lines:
Now as I sit here safe at home
With a cold Coors Lite an’ the TV on
All the sacrifice and the death and woe
Lord I pray that I’m worth fighting for

A New Music Maestro

Over the weekend, Ken and I were pleased to meet the new Music Maestro for the Seattle Symphony Orchestra who will take on the leadership of SSO, when our dear friend, Jerry Schwarz, retires at the end of next season.  SSO Chairman of the Board, Leslie Chihuly, hosted a reception at the Chihuly Boathouse for… Continue Reading

What a ZOO!

Last night, Patty Barrier and I left our ailing spouses (Jimmy with recent shoulder surgery and Ken with needed knee surgery) to have a quiet dinner together, while we went to the big Woodland Park Zoo Jungle Party “Big Claws, Big Cause”.  Barrier Motors Audi was one of the sponsors of the event. We arrived… Continue Reading

A Sizzling Pre-Cruise Barbecue

Tonight Ken and I hosted a casual barbecue at our home for our friends joining us on our upcoming cruise to meet one another.  It was a sizzling hot night so we quaffed sangria and white wine while we played part of a round of croquet in the shade prior to dinner.  I’m pretty sure… Continue Reading

Cleaning up the blogosphere . . .

Well, I don’t know about cleaning up the entire blogosphere, but we are in the process of re-organizing the ZINO Society blog and I look forward to seeing more of the ZINOpreneurs, our Roundtable members, Social members and sponsors, our Wine Professional Members, and ZINO Society events showcased.  Be watching for a morph of my… Continue Reading

Welcome Kristie & Bradley!

I am so pleased to welcome Kristie Lanum back to ZINO Society after a two year hiatus.  Kristie has rejoined ZINO Society as the Executive Vice President and as part of her new position has taken over the management of the entrepreneur oversight and relations.  Assisting Kristie for the summer with entrepreneur interaction and planning… Continue Reading