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Rock Out with Your Cork Out

A surprising number of local winemakers also happen to be in a band. This is their night to jam.

By Julie H. Case July 6, 2012

Courtesy Wine Rocks Seattle

Can music save your mortal soul? Next week’s Wine Rocks Seattle hopes so. The annual event, which pairs live music from bands fronted by wine industry people with pours from more than 30 Washington wineries, also benefits local charities that provide financial assistance to service industry peeps who have to take time off work due to injury or illness. It makes good, good sense. Good sense.

For those into wine and live music, or just wishing for a chance to see how too many Washington winemakers spend their free time, Elliott Hall, at Pier 66, is the place to spend next Wednesday.

Headliners for this year’s event include The Fox and the Raven, with Vinyl Wines winemaker Chip McLaughlin, The Turbo Grape Mashers, with winemaker Gordy Rawson of Chatter Creek Winery, and professional bands Soul Jelly and Shelley and the Curves. Wine writer Paul Gregutt’s The Whicker Chair Rhinos will perform various classic blues songs, some Dylan and a couple of Gregutt originals, while Shelley, of Shelley and the Curves, is preparing to belt out some Adele and Amy Winehouse. Clearly, Rehab has to be on that set list.

In addition to the wineries, two breweries will be pouring, as will two distilleries, which means there will likely be lots of them good old boys drinking whiskey and rye. Look to sample from some well-known—Long Shadows, Gorman, Waters—as well as a handful of up-and-comers. Tickets for Wednesday cost $35 apiece (in advance; $45 cash at the door) and include wine, beer, and spirits tasting as well as some food samples. So, $70 gets you two tickets to paradise.

Oh, yeah, and we’re gonna rock the night away.

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