Woodinville winemakers battle for ‘ultimate’ Iron Vintner title in culinary competition to benefit Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Willows Lodge announces details for the fifth and final Iron Vintner Challenge, its annual, month-long charitable event in which acclaimed Woodinville winemakers compete for the coveted title of Iron Vintner, while raising funds for Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center.

This June, the past four IVC winners will compete in an all-star battle for the title of “ultimate” Iron Vintner. This will be the final year of the competition, in which Willows Lodge and 16 of Woodinville’s top winemakers have raised more than $116,000 for Little Bit, whose mission is to improve the bodies, minds and spirits of children and adults with disabilities through equine-assisted therapy and activities.

Iron Vintner Challenge – The finale will take place on four consecutive Wednesdays in June, concluding with The After Party & Live Auction. With Chef Bobby Moore leading the charge as emcee, the following winemakers will put their cooking skills to the test in front of a panel of celebrity foodie and wine judges:
June 4: Darby English, Darby Winery – 2010 vs. Lisa Baer, Baer Winery – 2013
June 11: Chris Gorman, Gorman Winery – 2011 vs. Morgan Lee, Covington Cellars – 2012
June 18: Championship Round – Ultimate Iron Vintner Crowned
June 25: The After Party & Live Auction

Tickets for Iron Vintner Challenge are $75 per person for each competition round, which includes a tasting from each winery competing that evening, as well as a commemorative IVC 2014 wine glass. Tickets to The After Party & Live Auction are also $75 and includes passed appetizers and one dish from each of the four food stations, as well as a welcome glass of sparkling wine and pours from each of the four winemakers. For additional information and to buy tickets, please visit

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