Jody Elsom receives PSBJ 40 Award for Elsom Cellars!

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

The Puget Sound Business Journal has named its 2011 40 Under 40 honorees, including Woodinville native Jody Elsom for her local winery, Elsom Cellars. Of the 40 honorees, Jody Elsom is the only winemaker on the list, making this award even more special for the local Woodinville Wine Country.

"I was thrilled and honored to receive the Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2011 40 Under 40 Award," said Jody in a recent interview. "Elsom Cellars has been a lifelong dream of mine, brought to life through many years of hard work, dedication, and a never-ending passion and love for creating great wine."

Winners of this award are those who are center stage in our business community, working hard to drive the economy and demonstrating dynamic leadership.

"The region’s business community is globally renowned for its innovation and creativity, and based on the accomplishments of this year’s prestigious 40 Under 40 roster, whose reputation will continue for years to come," said Gordon Prouty, publisher of the Business Journal.

Featured Sip - Michael Florentino Cellars

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Michael Florentino Cellars

19501 144th Ave NE #D500

Woodinville, WA 98072

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Hours: noon - 5pm Saturday and Sunday,

Michael Florentino Cellars is a boutique winery, focusing on small lots using unique grape varietals from around the world. The unique micro climates found in Washington’s different AVA’s allows Washington to grow a very diverse number of grape varietals. Our wines focus on the Italian and Spanish varietals like Sangiovese, Primitivo, Tempranillo and Granache. We have also experimented with Monastrell aka Mourvedre, Counoise, Malbec and the standard Bordeaux and Rhone varietals.

Featured Sip - Open Road Wine Company

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23212 10th Ave SE

Bothell, WA 98021



Tasting Hours:

Saturdays 12-5 or by appointment

Open Road Wine Company is a family-owned winery located in Bothell. The husband and wife team of George and Sara Papanikolaou has recently finished releasing their 2009 vintage to great acclaim, including a Double Gold at the Seattle Wine Awards and rating of "Outstanding!" in Wine Press Northwest.

Mission Hill Family Estate: An Elegant Escape

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West Kelowna, British Columbia

"Mission Hill is dedicated to the art of fine winemaking, culinary excellence and support of the performing and visual arts," said Anthony von Mandl, proprietor at Mission Hill Family Estate. "This summer we continue this tradition with a revitalized culinary program at the newly updated Terrace restaurant, the return of our open air concert series and the Canadian debut of the magnificent works of Parisian sculpturist Nathalie Decoster. Together, with our award-winning wines and the winery’s contemporary architecture, we invite guests to join us for an elegant escape from everyday life as we celebrate art in all of its forms."

Re-discover the Terrace Restaurant

Offering a panoramic view of the winery courtyard, lush vineyards and Lake Okanagan, the Terrace Restaurant provides the perfect setting to savour light, seasonal local food paired with Mission Hill wines. With the recent addition of a covered outdoor dining area the "open air" space offers guests a seamless outdoor dining experience to enjoy lunch and an extended dinner service. Chef Matthew Batey is at the forefront of the Cuisine de Terroir movement, utilizing only the abundant fresh and local ingredients. The new dinner service includes: Sloping Hill Farm Pork; Wild Pacific Halibut; Fraser Valley Duck; West Coast Dungeness Crab; and Okanagan Lamb, alongside Okanagan seasonal vegetables and the winery’s own affinities garden selections. Pair dishes with award-winning Mission Hill wines for a dining experience unlike any other.

Art at Mission Hill: The Canadian Debut of Parisian Sculpturist Nathalie Decoster

Mission Hill is proud to host the Canadian debut of Parisian sculpturist Nathalie Decoster. Direct from her most recent exhibition in Sao Paulo, Brazil, more than 50 of her large-scale sculptures will be on display throughout the winery grounds from June to October. The exhibition is the first public installation of work by the French sculptor in Canada and follows recent installations in Paris, France at Avenue des Champs-Elysées, Luxembourg Gardens, and the renowned Chateau Lafite Rothschild winery in Bordeaux. In honour of the exhibition, the winery is producing a limited run of ‘The Decoster Series’ — a fine rosé wine which will be available to guests visiting the winery retail store or dining at the Terrace Restaurant. The permanent installation of one of the sculptures will ensure a lasting legacy.

Summer Concerts: The Canadian Tenors and Chris Isaak

The Mission Hill Summer Concert Series returns with two captivating live music events this summer: The Canadian Tenors, August 13; and international recording artist, Chris Isaak, August 21. With majestic mountains and scenic lakes creating the perfect backdrop to the Mission Hill Amphitheatre, guests enjoy a summer evening of music, wine and cuisine at one of Canada’s premiere concert locations. Back by popular demand for their second consecutive year, The Canadian Tenors will entertain guests as one of only a few 2011 Canadian performances, while Chris Isaak will make his first-ever appearance in the Okanagan Valley with his performance at Mission Hill. For more info, okanagansymphonymid

— This summer, experience the finer things life has to offer at Mission Hill Family Estate. The Okanagan Valley winery hosts a dynamic line-up of culinary offerings, wine festival events, headline concert performances and the first North American solo sculpture exhibition by the esteemed Parisian artist Nathalie Decoster.

Woodinville Piccola Cellars: First Washington State winery to specialize solely in wine on tap.

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WOODINVILLE — Hosting a dinner party next week? Taking a road trip in your new RV? Wish you could just chill and serve a keg of fresh, delicious wine? Now you can. La Botte Piccola Wine Company, specializing in Wine-on-Tap, has opened a new winery, Piccola Cellars. Based in Woodinville, Piccola Cellars will focus exclusively on offering wine in keg in new consumer-friendly mini-kegs. Piccola, which has been working with several restaurants and bars in the Seattle area, is branching out so that they can work directly with the public. Their new mini-kegs have a sophisticated built-in gas module and tap system and come in both 5 and 11 liter sizes. The keg keeps wine fresh for up to 3 months and is completely re-usable —simply bring it back to the winery for a re-fill.

Sound a bit too modern for your taste? Actually, Piccola Cellar’s theory is that serving Wine-on-Tap is a return to our roots – for years serving wine direct from the barrel was the traditional means of providing local wine to the community. With the benefit of new technology, they preserve that tradition while still delivering a high quality, local product. Piccola Celler’s founder and co-owner, Diana Kaspic said "Many people think that serving wine from a keg is new idea. It’s actually a really old idea. We’ve just put a new twist on it."