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For me, food and wine is a true sensory experience. My husband & I love to cook for our friends and we are always testing out new recipes on them. With the addition of wine, food can take on a whole new dimension. I have immersed myself, as much as my day job allows, into wine. Specifically wine from the Pacific Northwest.

As a Washington State native, I grew up with the fresh seafood and produce native to the area. I look forward to local strawberries in the spring & sweet corn in late summer. As well as fresh caught Dungeness Crab out of Puget Sound and the flavorful beef produced by local farmers. The Northwest offers an abundance of wonderful ingredients to work with.

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September 20, 2010

Cooper Wine Company Grand Opening

Every once in a while you get to feel as if you are part of something special. Itís a feeling that you belong, a feeling that you are where you need to be at this exact moment. That is the feeling my husband and I felt last weekend at the grand opening of Cooper Wine Company on Red Mountain.

We first met Neil Cooper last spring at the Fidelitas wine club event in Seattle. I had read a little about him online - I knew that he had bought the old Seth Ryan location on Red Mt and that he had enlisted the help of his neighbor, winemaker Charlie Hoppes. Neil was helping pour for the Fidelitas event and we introduced ourselves and had a great conversation. What struck me first about Neil is the sparkle in his eyes when he talked about his project. His enthusiasm is contagious.

Throughout the summer, I read Neilís Facebook updates about the progress being made on the winery and when he announced his Grand Opening date I was ecstatic. It was the same date as our wedding anniversary. I knew exactly what we were doing; we were going to Red Mountain!

Saturday morning we awoke to perfect wine country weather. We hadnít been to Red Mountain for three years and when we turned onto Sunset Road, we were blown away. The location looks amazing. The big red building is a fitting welcome to Red Mountain.

The grand opening was such a resounding success. At one point I witnessed people parking up on Sunset Road. This was the event to be at. With good reason, the wines speak for themselves. Included in the lineup are two whites: a Pinot Gris and an estate grown Chardonnay, and three reds: a Bordeaux style blend called Líinizio (which fittingly means ďthe beginningĒ), a Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, and a Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon. All of them are fabulous; however my favorite is the Walla Walla Cab. It is lush with a perfect balance of oak and fruit and a lingering finish reminiscent of Walla Walla.

We both agree that this was one of the best anniversaries we have had. We ate fantastic food, drank amazing wine and even busted a few moves on the dance floor. Most importantly we forged some genuine and lasting friendships. A huge thank you goes out to Neil, Cyndy, Tim, Cheryl and LeAnn. Thank you so much for making our anniversary memorable!

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