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A Delightful Master of Wine Tuesday at Ray’s Boathouse

ZINO Society members Sandra Fowler, Brad Vancour
and Randa Mirkovich

Last evening ZINO Society members and guests joined Ken and me along with Wine Gurus, Greg Lill of DeLille Cellars and Stacy Lill of O Wines at Ray’s Boathouse for a beautiful Master of Wine food and wine tasting event.  Ray’s Senior Catering Manager, Amy Stevens worked with Catering Chef David Saunders, to develop an evening that featured Northwest food and wine including fresh chanterelle mushrooms foraged by Chef Markus Donier.

Cathi Hatch, Chef David Saunders, Amy Stevens

It was an intimate evening with room for 20 guests seated at a long table sparkling with dozens of wine glasses centered in front of the blazing fireplace.  One of the members attending was Sandra Fowler, who had definitely travelled the furthest to attend since she flew over from Tri Cities just for the evening.  We also welcomed new Elite Roundtable member, Randa Minkarah, who was attending her first ZINO Society event and Brad Vancour, long-time ZINO Society member who has probably attended the most Master of Wine events over the years.  We also welcomed back returning member, Bruce Sanchez, who has recently relocated back in Seattle from California.  We had a very interesting discussion about his new book which has something to do with the bell curve of a marriage.

Greg Lill
Stacy Lill
Mary Holmes, Lisa Mikesell, Cindy Hales
It was also fun to see and catch up with members Michael ZacharyElisabeth Bodal, who admitted to the group that she is an emigrant (gasp!), Denny Dochnahl, who was there with one of his and Bernie’s “daughter-type persons”, Dehanna Jones, and ZINO Society sponsor members, Darlin Gray, David Riley, Lisa Mikesell and Cindy Hales.  We also welcomed members Eden & Hank Waggoner and recent ZZIF sponsor, Irene Retel.

Greg and Stacy shared some of their background and history about getting into the wine business and Stacy once again gave Ken credit for introducing them to one another.  Ken really is a successful male version of a “yenta“!

The menu food and wine pairings were delightful:

O Wines Chardonnay 2009
Alaskan Sockeye Salmon
ginger meringue, lemongrass cream
Pleasant Valley Gouda Wafer
Dinner Menu
DeLille Cellars Chaleur Estate Blanc 2010
Chatham Strait Sabelfish in Sake Kasu
jasmine rice, honey, soy an scallion oil
O Wines Red Blend 2007
Warmed Escarole Salad
chevre, dried cherries, crispy bacon, pecans, shallot vinaigrette
Doyenne AIX 2008
Braised Port & Green Lentil Stew
DeLille Cellars Chaleur Estate Red 2008
Open-Faced Sirloin and Mushroom Slider
carmelized shallots, espresso demi-glace
Doyenne Syrah 2008
Double Chocolate Emmer Bites
Roquefort Blue Cheese   
A big THANK YOU is in order for Amy, David and Markus of Ray’s Boathouse and their team and Stacy and Greg of DeLille Cellars and O Wines.  Cheers!
Bruce Sanchez, Mary Holmes, David Riley

Impressive Gathering of Angels and VCs

Atlas to ZINO Investor Open House
On Tuesday evening, Atlas Accelerator and ZINO Society co-hosted the Atlas to ZINO Investor Open House,  inviting 23 funded and companies seeking funding to present to 100 Angel Investors and VCs.  Though ZINO Society merely assisted Atlas Accelerator in producing their event, of the 23 Atlas Accelerator clients presenting, it was interesting to note that 15 had also previously been through the ZINO Society screening and coaching processes presented to ZINO Society Angel Investor Roundtable members at monthly investment meetings and/or investment forums and 5 had received some funding through ZINO Society.

Bill Furlong of Escapia opened the evening speaking about the inherent optimism of entrepreneurs and investors while Bill McAleer of Voyager Capital was the final speaker providing data on the “lost decade” and the return to normalcy or ROI for investors.

bin on the Lake Master of Wine Monday

Chef Paul Hyman & Manager Darren Nicholas

On Monday evening, ZINO Society partnered with bin on the Lake to produce a Master of Wine Monday featuring a “Tour de France” tasting menu.  Chef Paul Hyman and Manager Darren Nicholas worked together to offer a six course menu featuring wines of France and a menu that combines the best of the Northwest with classic French cooking.

Brad Vancour, Brian Vowinkel
Eden & Hank Waggoner, Mary Holmes
Mike Vanderslice, Paul Hagen
Laura Hagen, Robin Carmichael

Attending the event were long-time ZINO Society Roundtable members, Melanie Correy-Ferrini, Brian Vowinkel and Brad Vancour along with new Roundtable members Heather Sullivan and Mike Vanderslice and ZINOpreneur members Anthony Grove and recent ZINO Life Investment Forum Fund winner, Paul Hagen and his wife, Laura.  Also attending were member Giuseppe Mascarella and brand-new members, Eden & Hank Waggoner and business sponsor members, David Sullivan of Pan Pacific Hotel and wife, Susan along with David Riley of Garvey, Schubert and Barer.  Guests included Irene Retel of Mont Blanc and Robin Carmichael.

Cathi Hatch, Heather Sullivan
Anthony Grove, David Riley

The menu was amazing and included the following courses:

Spring Onion Blini
Housemade Crème Fraiche, Columbia River Salmon Caviar

Antoine De Clairvoy Brut, Reims
  Boudin Noir, Kurobuta Pork Rillette, Smoked Prosciutto, Duck Serrano
Cornichons, Moutarde Violette, Medjool Date Confiture 

2006 Francois Chidaine, Clos de Breuil, Montlouis-sur-loire
Steel Head Trout Amandine
Parsnip Mousseline, Haricots Verts, Marcona Almonds, Buerre Noisette
1998 Leroy Bourgogne Blanc
Lyonnaise Salad
Marble Potatoes, Pasture Raised Egg, Lardons, Frisee, Leek Vinaigrette
2005 Coudelet de Beaucastel, Rhone Valley
Dakota Organic Filet Au Poivre
 Black Truffle Pomme Gratin, Glace’ Asparagus, Ragout Forestiere 
Cognac Peppercorn Crème

2004 Chateau Bel-Air Royere, Bordeaux
Key Lime Tartlets, Apple Tart Tartin, Chocolate Torte
2007 Chateau De Cosse, Sauternes

February 2011 Roundtable Meeting Programming

February 2011 Roundtable Meeting Luncheon, Bellevue

This past week, we produced two successful ZINO Society Roundtable Investment meetings on Tuesday evening at our sponsor host of the evening, Foster Pepper and Thursday lunch at Harbor Club Bellevue to showcase four entrepreneurs who were seeking capital, mentoring and referrals by presenting their businesses to ZINO Society  Elite Roundtable Members, Associate Roundtable Members and Sponsor Members.  The four  featured ZINOpreneurs included Mhairi Veolsgen of BroVO Spirits, Damien Wilson of MyTown Inc., David Sypniewski of Skora Athletics, LLC and Bill Kallman of Scayl.

Bob Toomey, ZINOpreneur Damien Wilson, Gary Wilson

At the Tuesday evening event, we also showcased keynote speaker, John Kueber, COO/Group Publisher for Tiger Oak Media, a provider of regional media including Seattle Business Magazine and over a dozen other major events, web sites, and media projects on the west coast, who shared with us some of the trends, predictions and pitfalls facing business today.  His predictions included Governor Gregoire being re-elected, Mayor McGinn being defeated, and the Huskies winning their upcoming season 8-4. 

Ken Hatch and ZINOpreneur Mhairi Voelsgen

And we also featured new ZINO Society Wine Professional Member, Jay Dewitt of Dumas Station Wines, a small, family-owned winery focused on creating Bordeaux-varietal red wines with grapes from their estate Walla Walla vineyard. One of the wines being poured was their 2006 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon which received 93 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.

Let the Good Times Roll!

Lisa Silver, Cathi Hatch, Dan Gerrity

Master of Wine Monday Guests

Last night, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in the elegant Grand Hyatt Hotel hosted our ZINO Society Master of Wine Monday.  We were greeted with a glass of bubbly by Ruth’s Chris Manager and Wine Director, Kris Owens who then gave us the opportunity to try our palates on a blind wine tasting “game” as the guests were gathering.  Our job was to determine whether the wine was Old or New World, what the predominant grape was or whether it was a blend, who was the vintner and what vintage.  Several people were able to determine that the wine was New World and that the predominant grape was Cabernet Sauvignon and that the vintage was likely 2007.  The wine turned out to be Greg Harrington’s excellent 2007 Gramercy Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon.

Twenty-two ZINO Society members and guests enjoyed a beautiful evening of delicious “N’Awlins-style” food from the kitchen of Chef Ian Branning, paired with fine wines and excellent service.  I don’t normally care for Chardonnay, but was pleasantly surprised at how well the Zanzibar Playa Sol Chardonnay paired with the slightly smoky and spicy bacon-wrapped scallop with root vegetables.

Wine Director Kris Owens, Cathi Hatch, Chef Ian Branning

Wine Director Kris provided information about the food and wine as we proceeded through the courses.  Though everyone was clearly having a great time, ZINO Society Elite Roundtable Members, Alex Camara and Lisa Silver, developed a plan to have guests rotate seating midway through dinner which raised the fun factor and noise level even several more decibels.

The food was beautifully presented with strong, flavorful components.  My favorite course was the Filet with Bleu Cheese Crust and just a drizzle of Bearnaise sauce on the plate.  It was also paired with my favorite wine of the evening which was the Napa Valley 2006 Signorello Cabernet Sauvignon.  The entire experience was really outstanding and I would highly recommend Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse as an excellent option for future private parties.  See the full menu below.

Shrimp Remoulade
Mango, Celery & Seared Lemon
2007 Zanzibar Gabi Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley
Bacon Wrapped Scallop
Roasted Root Vegetables & BBQ Butter
2007 Zanzibar Playa Sol Chardonnay Columbia Valley
Filet Mignon with Bleu Cheese Crust
Béarnaise & Julienne Potatoes
2006 Signorello Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Braised Short Ribs
Sweet Potato Casserole & New Orleans BBQ Sauce
2008 William Church Bishop’s Blend Columbia Valley
Chocolate Sin Cake
N.V. Heitz Cellars Ink Grade Port

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