—by North Seattle Sarah, North Seattle Bureau Chief for the Washington Beer Blog—
North Seattle Sarah turns Wino?
My mother always told me not to mix my drinks in the same evening. Ok, no, that’s a lie – she never said that. But I’ve heard other mothers say it, and its usually good advice. If you start out drinking beer, drink beer the rest of the evening. If you start out with rum, drink rum.
But at Naked City’s Beer & Wine pairing dinner on July 24th, I mixed. And boy, was it worth it.
The first of its kind for Naked City events, the evening paired four courses with four Naked City beers and four wines from La Botte Piccola. A brief look into the evening’s menu:
Course 1: Gazpacho with Pinot Gris and Yankee Drifter
Course 2: Cold Poached Salmon/Strawberry Salsa with Pinot Grigio and Ewige Liebe Amber Weizen
Course 3: Duck Fat Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Chorizo with Syrah and SpeelyIPA
Course 4: Braised Oxtails with Ragout with Meritage and Pinkerton Porte
I’m no stranger to the delicious beers Naked City produces, nor the amazing food put out by its tiny kitchen (although, I do have to say, I was thoroughly impressed with the kitchen pumping out all of the dinner’s creations so efficiently for a large group).
But what I am unfamiliar with, and now completely enamored with, was the wine. I’m not an expert, and my critiquing of the wine can only go so far as to say that it “tasted good.” But I was impressed with the story, and the company, enough that I forced Mr. and Mrs. Beer Blog to let me write about it here (I promise, it does have a connection to the beer world).
La Botte Piccola is a Woodinville-based winery that does not sell wine in the traditional way. In fact, it sells wine like beer – on tap. Frank Huber was on hand to tell us a little bit behind their reasoning of selling wine this way – the main reason being environmental. Selling wine by the keg, rather than the bottle, reduces waste (kegs are reusable) and has a lower carbon footprint. You have less transportation, less overhead, and because of this the savings get carried on to the buyer and the high quality wine is more affordable.
Effective immediately, Naked City is adding two rotating taps to their daily collection – both of La Botte Piccola wine. Want to take it home with you? That’s not a problem either – you can buy one of their large glass bottles, similar to a growler, and then bring the bottle back when you’re done for a trade-in. Who says taphouses are just for beer?