GET THE LATEST WORD ON WINE FROM TWO EXPERT GUIDES
MEET THOSE IN THE KNOW
Willows Lodge has the rare good fortune to be located in the heart of Woodinville Wine Country, home to more than 110 wineries and tasting rooms.
Our Sommeliers, Tyler Alden - Advanced Sommelier and Wine Director, and Anthony Berkau - Director of Food & Beverage, serve our guests as knowledgeable guides to the local wine community and to our nationally acclaimed wine lists at the Barking Frog and Fireside Lounge.
In August of 2013, Tyler passed the three-day Advanced Sommelier exam by the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas and thereby adding his name to an elite list.
In addition to this esteemed certification, Tyler holds the title of Certified Cicerone and is a graduate of the University of Washington's Foster School of Business. Tyler brings years of experience as a wine educator, sommelier, and steward of service. Previous positions include Captain & Sommelier at the Wild Ginger Asian Restaurant & Satay Bar, and Educiation Director of the Purple Cafe and associated restaurants.
AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH CHRIS GORMAN - GORMAN WINERY
Winemaker Dinner Series
Thursday, May 23
7:00PM - Barking Frog
Our May Winemaker Dinner Series features Chris Gorman, winemaker for Gorman Winery. Be one of the select few to enjoy his outstanding wines paired with a five-course dinner created by Chef Bobby Moore.
$150 per person
To make your reservation, please cal 425-424-2999.
GET TO KNOW CHRIS GORMAN
Chris Gorman descended into the wine business after graduating from university in 1991. Apparently too affected to climb out, he made the best of it. Cutting his teeth on world class Barolo and Barbaresco, he spent 3 years working for a small Italian importer and never looked back.
For the next decade, as a main stay in the Seattle wine trade, Chris was lucky to represent some of the finest wines in the world. He traveled extensively in the wine areas of Italy, Spain and Germany. His is a simply philosophy: to make good wine, it is imperative to understand it. Those early years found him producing small batch wines, using "stolen fruit" from many of Washington's best vineyards. In 2002, Gorman Winery went commercial.
Since 2002, the mission was very clear. Make delicious wines. Choose the finest grapes in Washington state, use the finest coopers and suppliers, don't settle and don't screw it up. They have a few employees and better yet, no Board of Directors. All decision making is very simple. Currently a three man winery, with the additional help of interns for harvest, bottling and partying.
Producing just under 8,000 cases a year makes focusing primarily on quality very manageable. And that focus has been primarily on Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. For their style, the muscular nature of this fruit is a perfect match. Their close relationship with some of the greatest fruit growers in Washington state has been a major factor in their success in producing top quality wines. In 2006, they added their first white wine, the Big Sissy Chardonnay.
Wine Spectator named him one of ten rising stars in American winemaking in 2008.
MAY FEATURED WASHINGTON WINERY
With 26 years in the wine industry, sixteen of those in wine production, and experience around the world rubbing shoulders with the finest wine professionals, Chris Gorman is well-equipped to have the keys to super premium Washington winery, Gorman Winery.
From day one, Chris focuses closely on high quality fruit and oak in small production.
This year Gorman was named the Auction of Washington Wine's 2019 Honorary Vintner of the Year. Selected because he exemplifies leadership and has made significant contributions to the Washington wine community. This position was peer-nominated and reserved for leaders who deeply invest in and positively impact the Washington state wine community.
BIG SISSY CHARDONNAY
Conner Lee Vineyard, Columbia Valley
Rich, ripe peach, troical fruit and juicy citrus with a toasty, mellow finish. Plush, round texture and mouth-filling. There's nothing shy or sissy about this top Washington chardonnay.
Opulent and powerful, this wine shows the power of Red Mountain. Concentrated, with notes of black plum, espresso and smoked herb - red wine for red wine lovers.
EVIL TWIN CABERNET / SYRAH BLEND
A balance of beauty and power, this blend showcases the best parts of both grapes - the structure and intensity of Cabernet combined with the luscious black fruit and spice of Syrah. A crowd-pleaser of a wine, this bottle has something for everyone.