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We Were There: Gabbiano at Blackbird

You've heard of pairing wine with food? Blackbird paired it with menswear.

By Kirby Ellis April 23, 2013

On Tuesday, April 16 Italian winemaker Federico Cerelli of Gabbiano paid Ballard’s Blackbird a visit. Traveling from Tuscany, Italy, Cerelli was here to discuss his fermented creations and share what it’s like to work on the vineyards of the Gabbiano estate. Castello di Gabbiano encompasses 250 acres where visitors can stay, eat, and drink in style at the castle while experiencing a centuries-old way of life. 

The burning of an aged moss scented trudon candle from the apothecary next door really set the mood for the evening. Stylish clients and local bloggers quietly anticiped the unique pairings of grape and textile.

Alongside Cerelli's sumptuous wine were three different looks for various occasions picked by shop owner Nicole Miller. In-store stylists modeled outfits fit for an outside barbeque, a wine and cigar bar, and a formal event.

If you're wondering what Gabbiano wine and Blackbird’s darkly crafted clothing have in common, well, one tastes good and the other requires good taste. Just like a a fresh pair of quality constructed Blackbird denim jeans or a Robert Geller button-up shirt, good wine has a place in our day-to-day existence.

This seemed to be the lesson of the evening, one easily learned and assimilated in Seattle life. 

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