Moment of Truth – Bordeaux Dinner

Authored by Christina

Tonight is the annual Fete du Bordeaux dinner and tasting in Seattle.  This is the sixth time we’ve attended the dinner – but the first time I’ve had to go alone!  I remember the first one we went to, actually, Bob had to talk me into going for some reason…but never again.  It’s a great dinner and a great opportunity to try some very nice wines.

Alas, they moved the standing date this year, and Bob is out of town in Tucson for his annual gem show which is a bummer for both of us (diamonds or wine, diamonds or wine – such a dilemma!). I suspect he’d rather be at the dinner though.  Frankly, I’d rather have him here!

While I certainly have my opinions about what wine I like, the reason we can write up such detailed reviews on this blog is all Bob – the most you’ll likely get from me is a vote about my wine of the night (and perhaps an amusing story or two).  I guess we’ll see!

The amount of glassware is crazy - see?  It's not just me - how do I socialize ANDtake notes on all of this!
The amount of glassware is crazy – see? It’s not just me – how do I take notes on all of this?

In the meantime – here are links to the line-ups from years past:

Fete du Bordeaux 2009

Fete du Bordeaux 2010

Fete du Bordeaux 2011

Fete du Bordeaux 2012

Fete du Bordeaux 2013

Tonight we’ll taste the 2011’s.  It’ll be interesting to see how they compare to the 09 and 10’s that have gotten so much acclaim.  Must’ve been a hard act to follow for the winemakers – though my guess is, the wine will be more than just fine.

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Blast from the past: Christina Watt and Nicolas Glumineau at the dinner in 2012. Nicolas was the former technical director of Chateau Montrose, and is now the head of Roederer’s Bordeaux properties, including Chateau Pichon Lalande. I believe that tonight we’ll taste the 2011’s made from just before he left.

More soon!  Well, some pictures maybe – we’ll see what I can come up with…!

Seattle Seahawks Superbowl Sunday!

Authored by Christina

It’s off-topic for a wine blog, but the Superbowl is very top of mind here in Seattle as the Seahawks prepare to play the big game.

We decided it couldn’t hurt to ask for a little extra help this morning – thanks to Father Glen at St. Joseph’s church for being on our team!

Father Glen Butterworth with Bobby, Christina and Sophia Watt.  Praying for a Hawks win!
Father Glen with Bobby, Christina and Sophia Watt. Praying for a Hawks win!

The city is pumped – there are 12th man signs everywhere, fans are decked out in blue and green and the city is deserted – everyone is hunkering down to watch the game.

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Unfortunately, Bob is in Tucson for his annual gem show this week, but he’s still sporting his team spirit – and apparently trying to recruit more 12th men…

Bob Watt with Rex Putnam in Arizona.
Bob Watt with Rex Putnam in Arizona.  Recruiting new fans…can’t start too young!

Cheers to a great game!  GO HAWKS!

Where Did the Name Exact Wines Come From?

Authored by Christina Watt

If you know me, you know I love a good story, and a good joke – the more ironic, the better.

So you’ll understand why I found this recent discovery to be so funny.

Our son was looking for a famous person to “be” in his third grade wax museum project.  Our daughter decided he should be Arthur A. Denny, the settler who founded Seattle, and who also happens to be the great, great, great, great grandfather of our kids.

He was intrigued by the idea, and wanted to see pictures to understand what this would really be all about.  Naturally, we Googled images of Arthur A., and checked him out on Wikipedia.

Arthur Armstrong Denny.
Arthur Armstrong Denny.

Now, here’s where I give you a little more background to pay off the punchline – and so that you’ll understand why this story is included on this particular blog.

In his day job, Bob, or should I say, Robert Denny Watt, III, is a diamond importer, and his business is called Exact Gems.  The name “Exact” comes from the schooner that the Denny Party sailed into Seattle on in 1851, landing on the beach at Alki Point.  Bob’s sister actually came up with the name for his business years ago, and it stuck.

The Exact.
The Exact.

So when we went to name this blog, I thought, why not keep the name?  Thus, Exact Wines was born.

Imagine our surprise last night when, upon reading more about Arthur A. Denny’s history, we learned that he was an extreme teetotaler.  Indeed, according to sources on Wikipedia, he disdained and abstained from alcohol to the point that he had the customers of his store buy their liquor direct from visiting ship captains so that he would not be involved in the transactions.

True?  Who knows for sure.  But to me, it sure was funny.

Fete de Bordeaux 2009 – Year One

In 2008, one of the members of my wine tasting group, Bill Schallert, a fine wine importer/distributor with Youngs Marketplace, alerted me to a new Bordeaux dinner that he was helping to host in Seattle.  It didn’t take much arm twisting for us to join the dinner.

In the first year, January 19, 2009, the dinner was held at Seattle’s Columbia Tower Club, and the guests of honor were Jean Charles Cazes of Chateau Lynch Bages, and Lillian Barton of Chateau Leoville Barton and Langoa Barton.

The focus that year was the new release of the 2006 vintage.  Unfortunately, my memory doesn’t serve well enough to recall my wine of the night or any specifics about the wines, but for the record, these were the wines that were served:

  • 2006 Blanc de Lynch Bages
  • 2006 Chateau Ormes de Pez
  • 2006 Chateau Langoa Barton
  • 2006 Lynch Bages
  • 2006 Chateau Leoville Barton
  • 2006 Chateau Cos d’Estournel
  • 2003 Chateau Lynch Bages
  • 2000 Chateau Cos d’Estournel
  • 1999 Chateau Langoa Barton
  • 1998 Chateau Cos d’Estournel
  • 1996 Chateau Lynch Bages
  • 1995 Chateau Leoville Barton
  • 2002 Suduiraut Sauternes

What I do very specifically remember about that dinner is that as soon as it was over, I was very much ready to do it all over again the next year!