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Wine Maker's Dinner

Wine Maker's Dinner

at the historic Wells House

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Friday, August 25, 2017

6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

$75 per person; limited seating; reservations required

Wells House

1500 5th Street, Wenatchee, WA

Four Course Dinner

  • Asian Inspired Chicken-Lettuce Cups Soy marinated diced chicken with shredded carrot, cucumber, Maui onion and cilantro and tossed with sesame-soy vinaigrette, served on Bibb lettuce.
  • Kale Salad with Peanut-Ginger Dressing with Grilled shrimp Kale tossed with red bell pepper, shredded carrot, sliced red cabbage, cilantro and sliced almonds and light peanut-ginger dressing.
  • Hoisin Marinated Salmon with Asian Style Slaw * Grilled Salmon dressed in homemade Hoisin sauce topped with sautéed spinach, garlic and shallots and dressed in a fresh miso dressing, served with white rice.
  • Mixed Berry Mousse Topped With Stone Fruit Coulis Served with a fresh baked brown sugar wafer.

* Hoisin Marinated Chicken​ may be substituted. Upon confirmation of purchase of your tickets you will receive an email asking for your choice of salmon or chicken.

Wine Selections

Pairing with seven Milbrandt Vineyard wines

  • 2016 Rose´ – 90 points San Francisco International Wine Competition
  • 2015 The Estates Evergreen Chardonnay (new release)
  • 2014 Ravenscliff Vineyard Single Vineyard Series Malbec (2017 Wenatchee Wine & Food Festival Double Gold)
  • 2014 Katherine Leone Vineyard Single Vineyard Series Syrah (2017 Wenatchee Wine & Food Festival Gold)
  • 2014 Northridge Syrah – 90 points Wine Advocate
  • 2012 The Estates Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2015 Traditions Riesling (Riesling of the Year - Seattle Magazine - publication Aug. 2017)

Butch Milbrandt

Butch Milbrandt

Enjoy an evening with Butch Milbrandt as he talks about his wine and the methodology behind the pairings. In 1997, this fourth-generation farmer took a risk in planting grapes and soon became recognized for helping establish two of the top AVAs in Washington State: Ancient Lakes and Wahluke Slope.

Never forgetting his farming roots, Butch is a true “Renaissance rancher” who loves to ride his motorcycle, fly his plane and cook. In the military, he cooked for his company. It was then he honed a talent for pairing food and wine and seasoned a desire to have a winery of his own.

Now a multi-generational brand with Butch taking the lead, Milbrandt Vineyards remains a symbol of perseverance and reward. Once a potato farm, the brand is now producing 40,000+ cases of wine.

A premium wine tier as well as an introductory wine tier is available nationwide, both delivering uncompromising quality. This bold and innovative farming pioneer also produces recipe videos that can be found on the winery’s website. Using his kitchen as the backdrop, Butch highlights simple recipes that pair perfectly with featured varietals.

Milbrandt Vineyards recently garnered 90-plus scores on several wines including the 2014 Estates Chardonnay, 2014 Estates Viognier, 2015 Sweet Katherine Riesling, 2013 Clifton Hill Syrah, and 2012 Sentinel. The 2012 Estates Cabernet Sauvignon was awarded “double gold” by the San Francisco Chronicle.

Executive Chef Richard Kitos

Richard Kitos

Richard hails from the Midwest of the United States, which is why he refers to his style as Heartland cooking. He spent five years working in Switzerland during the mid 1980's, refining his skills with stints in French, Italian and Swiss restaurants.

He returned to the states and soon found himself in LA running a high profile French restaurant on Rodeo Drive, then a critically acclaimed west L.A. restaurant before settling in as the Executive Chef of a catering/restaurant company where he worked for 15 years before moving to the Pacific Northwest where he and his wife opened Lulu’s restaurant and the IvyWild Catering company.

He continues to travel to L.A. to produce large events with his former employer, and runs his catering business in Wenatchee while raising his three beautiful daughters.

The Historic Wells House

The historic Wells House, built in 1909 by early Wenatchee developer W.T. Clark and sold in 1919 to pioneer hardware and orchard businessman A.Z. Wells, is one of the most beautiful historic buildings in North Central Washington. It was the first home of Wenatchee Valley College, serving as the center of student activity during the 1950s. The house is now owned by the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center and managed by the Wells House Committee, a museum affiliate.

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