Winemaker Olympic Festival Raises Funds, Awareness for Local Charity

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Emily Janssen
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August 3, 2011-Seattle, Wash.- Nearly 300 participants and spectators turned out for the Winemaker Olympic Festival at the Redhook Brewery grounds in Woodinville, Washington, on Wednesday, July 27. Festivities featured local winemakers and brewmasters, restaurants and gourmet food trucks, and as the highlight, the Winemaker Olympic Games. The event, which was a fundraiser for Heartbeat Serving Wounded Warriors, raised over $5000 in monetary and other contributions for the charity.

The Winemaker Olympic Games featured teams of winemakers from 14 Woodinville-area wineries competing against each other in such events as the Barrel Roll (winemaker inside), Bung Pass, Fill the Bottle, and the Wine Balloon Toss. Spectators cheered on their favorite teams and the competition was fierce! Winners of each of the events took home gold, silver, or bronze painted cork medals. Listed are the winners of each event:
Barrel Roll
Gold – Two Vintners
Silver – Girly Girl Wines
Bronze – Columbia Winery
Bung Pass
Gold – Girly Girl Wines
Silver – Goose Ridge Winery
Bronze – Elsom Cellars
Water Balloon Toss
Gold – Betz Family Winery
Silver – JM Cellars/EFESTE
Bronze – Tefft Cellars
Fill the Bottle Relay
Gold – Covington Cellars
Silver – Betz Family Winery
Bronze – Two Vintners

The award for the 2011 Best Dressed Team went to Girly Girl Wines who wore matching pink wigs, pink
t-shirts and pink high socks.

Festival attendees enjoyed sampling wines from Betz Family Winery, Brian Carter Cellars, Chateau St. Michelle Winery, Columbia Winery, Covington Cellars, DeLille Cellars, Des Voigne Cellars, DiStefano Winery, EFESTE Wine, Elsom Cellars, Facelli Winery, Flying Dreams Winery, Girly Girl Wines, GooseRidge, JM Cellars, Obelisco Estate, Patterson Cellars, Pomum Cellars, Red Sky Winery, Silver Lake Winery, Stevens Winery, Two Vintners Winery and Woodhouse Family Cellars. Delicious food was provided by Veracci Pizza, Marination Mobile, Skillet Street Food and Custom Kettle Korn.

The money raised by the festival will be given to Heartbeat Serving Wounded Warriors, a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization that provides assistance to wounded service personnel and their families. The goal at Heartbeat is to provide emergency assistance to relieve financial burdens; morale programs; support groups for caregivers and therapeutic services. Programs are for wounded service members and their families of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Heartbeat offers services to all branches of the military in Washington State. Only licensed and trained volunteers provide therapeutic services through Heartbeat. For more information on Heartbeat, visit http://www.heartbeatforwarriors.org.

For more information about The Winemaker Olympic Festival and to check on updates for next year’s
event, visit http://www.winemakerfest.com.

About Barrel Wine Tours:
Barrel Wine Tours is a co-op of local wineries, breweries and distillers working together to create greater awareness of the quality and diversity of the hand crafted wine, beer and spirits made in our community. Barrel Wine Tours hosts regular tours from Seattle and the Eastside that bring enthusiasts to these small businesses, to showcase the talent, entertainment and the passion found within them. The Winemaker Olympics is Barrel Wine Tours’ Signature event of the year. For information about our tours, visit us at www.barrelwinetours.com.

About New Growth Event Solutions:
New Growth Event Solutions, a consulting division of Festivals Inc. and producers of the Bite of Seattle®, Taste of Tacoma® and Oktoberfest Northwest, has been creating prominent events in the Pacific Northwest for 30 years. The company is a leader in the event production industry and sets itself apart from other production companies with non-stop attention to detail, efficient management templates, creativity and unparalleled customer service.