El Gaucho Seattle’s Signature Event, Legendary SWIRL, Goes Big

“The discovery of a wine is of greater moment than the discovery of a constellation. The universe is too full of stars,” Benjamin Franklin once exclaimed.  We here at El Gaucho agree! Wine lovers and connoisseurs know how a simple sip of wine can completely transform our world.

Happy guests enjoying tastes at last year's Legendary SWIRL

Happy guests enjoying tastes at last year’s Legendary SWIRL

Discover a new shining star in the world of wine at Legendary SWIRL, El Gaucho Seattle’s annual wine event, on Saturday, January 25th. This signature event is going big this year by adding extraordinary wines from around the globe, in addition to the local wine favorites you’ve come to expect from this award-winning event.

“I’m incredibly excited about this year’s SWIRL,” says James Parsons, El Gaucho Seattle’s wine captain. “We’ve completely reimagined this event and what it’s about. While we’re continuing to highlight local producers, we are showcasing some of the best wineries on planet earth. We get to show our guests something they haven’t tried before, and most of the wines are available for retail sale, at very compelling price.”

Of course, there will be a lot of great food for guests to nibble between quaffs.  Executive Chef Matt Brandsey will be providing signature Gaucho bites and new creations, and Taylor Shellfish will be shucking oysters.

Taylor Shellfish will be shucking oysters at this year's SWIRL

Taylor Shellfish will be shucking oysters at this year’s SWIRL

Going big for the event is more than the depth and breadth of wines offered, but also the incredible addition of 3 Winemaker dinners and a distillery dinner following the tasting event. Stag’s Leap, The Grape Killers, the Wines of Agustin Huneeus, and Tatoosh Distillery will be the hosts.  (Click here to view menus)

“While I’m excited about the tasting, the dinners are going to be incredible!” Parsons explained, Quintessa and Faust winemaker Charles Thomas, Stag’s Leap new winemaker Marcus Notaro, (a fun return since his departure from Col Solare), and The Grape Killers, with winemakers from Sparkman Cellars, Baer Winery, and Guardian Cellars, will surely make for an energetic evening. If your palate is ready for something else to try, then plan to attend the Tatoosh Distillery dinner, with founders Troy Turner and Mark Simon.

Join us after SWIRL for Winemaker Dinners, including the wines of Agustin Huneeus.

Join us after SWIRL for Winemaker Dinners, including the wines of Agustin Huneeus.

The dinners show off the culinary team at El Gaucho Seattle and Chef Brandsey, highlighting unexpected dishes executed with traditional Gaucho flair.

You would think getting into an event like this might be exclusive, or “invite only,” but it’s open to anyone. With three levels of participation, guests have the option of joining us for the tasting event ($85/person), winemaker dinner ($160/person), or take advantage of both ($215/person).  Valet is complimentary for all attendees.

When you consider that Quintessa and Ornellia sell for upwards of $300/bottle on a wine list, it’s an incredible value that only comes along once a year.  No extra charge for star-gazing!

For tickets and information, please call 206.728.1337.

Featured Wineries at SWIRL:

SWIRL guests this year can taste over 50 wines from around the world, side-by-side

SWIRL guests this year can taste over 50 local wines and from around the world, side-by-side

Allegrini
Altesino
Amavi Cellars
Alexandria Nicole Wine Cellars
Andrew Will Winery
Marchesi Antinori
Antica
Avennia
Balboa Winery
Baer Winery
Betz Family Winery
Bertaini
Bodega Catena Zapata
Cakebread Cellars
Cadence Winery
Ceretto
Chateau Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
Col Solare
Côte Bonneville
DeLille Cellars
EFESTĒ
Erath Winery
Fall Line Winery
Faust
Flowers Winery
Fontanafredda
Galardi
Guardian Cellars
Hedges Family Estate
Jean-Luc Colombo Jermann
L’Ecole N° 41
Long Shadows Vintners
Luce della Vite
Neyen
Northstar Winery
Owen Roe Winery
Pepper Bridge Winery
The Prisoner Wine Company
Quintessa
Sbragia Family Vineyards
Seven Hills Winery
Silver Oak

Woodward Canyon winemaker Rick Small chats with a guest at the 2013 Legendary SWIRL event

Woodward Canyon winemaker Rick Small chats with a guest at the 2013 Legendary SWIRL event

Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards
Sparkman Cellars
Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars
Taylor Fladgate
Tenuta dell’Ornellaia
Terrabianca
Twomey Cellars
Vall Llach
Va Piano Vineyards
Waters Winery
Woodhouse Wine Estates
Woodward Canyon Winery

And Tatoosh Distillery

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