On February 4th in Woodinville, EFESTE Winery will kick off Rockin' Sips, a wine and music event with some of the hottest names in the Washington Wine industry pouring their wares. For the evening's hosts, owners of EFESTE Angela and Kevin Taylor, it's not just another party; it's part of a deeply personal commitment. In 2006, their son Joe was diagnosed with Leukemia and Rockin' Sips presents them with an opportunity to pitch in and do their part.
Happily, Joe completed his treatment for Leukemia in March of 2011, and for the EFESTE family this fourth annual event is a to contribute to the medical advances being made in the fight against cancer. Last year, the Rockin' Sips event, in conjunction with a portion of the proceeds from the very limited Klipsun Vineyard-sourced Tough Guy Bordeaux blend, helped EFESTE raised $18,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Who's the eponymous Tough Guy? The Taylor's son, Joe, of course; the wine is named after him.
While the inspiration for the event is serious, the event itself is about having a good time, with wine, food and music from classic rock cover band Sea of Green. EFESTE winemaker Brennon Leighton is "kind of a big deal" and he counts some of the best names in Washington wine among his friends. As a result of those friendships, wineries like Buty, Gramercy Cellars, K Vintners, Hestia Cellars, Sparkman Cellars will also be pouring. Palate cleansing beer will be provided by Pike Place Brewing and pizza will be readily available. Tickets are $35 (click here to buy) and all proceeds go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In addition to the great people and excellent wine, be sure to bring your check book to enter a killer raffle for a chance to win great prizes, including magnums of wine from some of the participants and a pizza party for 19 of your closest friends at EFESTE. The event is 4 to 7pm, on Saturday February 4th.