Guardian Cellars Wine Dinner
The Resort at Port Ludlow is delighted to host the co-founders of Guardian Cellars, Jerry Riener and Jennifer Sullivan, for a paired five-course tasting menu featuring ingredients from local farms, fisheries, and producers. Our Executive Chef, Dan Ratigan, and our sommelier, Andrew Wiese, are crafting the menu, which will be added to this listing very soon. Wines will include the 2015 Alibi (now sold out at the winery) and a selection directly from the winery's library of back-vintages.
A limited quantity of the wines served will be available for purchase on the evening at discounted club prices.
The ticket cost for the evening is $132, including the $95 ticket, gratuity, and booking fee.
Reception wine: Guardian Cellars Angel
Course 1: Amuse Bouche
Braised Snake River Farms Pork Belly
Wine: Guardian Cellars Confidential Source
Butter-Poached Neah Bay Halibut with Wilted Dharma Ridge Farm Baby Spinach
Wine: Newsprint Chardonnay
Willapa Hills Blue Cheese with House-Smoked Country Natural Beef Tri-Tip with Charred Red Dog Farm Carrots
Wine: Guardian Cellars Alibi
Rosemary and Truffle Honey Granita
Herb-Crusted Pasture-Raised Bison Tenderloin with Roasted Purple Viking Potatoes with Guardian Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Demi Glace
Wine: Guardian Cellars The Rookie
Pot de Crème featuring Theos Cherry Almond Chocolate
A cop and a reporter meet, fall in love and start a winery...
When Jerry met Jennifer he was known around the Woodinville wine scene as the chemist, turned cop, who was almost always around to help with wine work. Jerry had been volunteering 40-plus hours a week at several wineries, including Mark Ryan Winery and Matthews Cellars, assisting friends with harvest or in the tasting room. When Jerry and Jennifer opened the Guardian tasting room in November 2007, all 350 cases a mix of Gun Metal, Syrah and Cabernet, were gone by the end of the day. When the 2005 vintage was released months later, it was gone within a few days. For harvest 2018, Jerry, Dane and the team produced 16 different wines between the two labels; a total of just over 11,000 cases.
For a guy who grew up just outside San Francisco, agriculture played a big role in Jerrys life. Every summer, Jerry and his three brothers piled into the family station wagon and drove to Kansas and Nebraska where they helped out on their uncles farms. So, when given a chance to drive a forklift while volunteering at a winery at the age of 23, Jerry jumped at the chance. It couldnt be all that different from a tractor, could it? Jerry, a graduate the University of Washington (a degree in organic chemistry) and a graduate of the police academy, soon began helping out at a number of Woodinville wineries- including Matthews, Mark Ryan and Baer. After about four years of volunteering, Jerry decided to start Guardian Cellars with one Bordeaux-style blend, a Cabernet and a Syrah. Though still a cop, and now a father of two sweet girls, Jerry remains our lead winemaker.
When Jennifer met Jerry it was just a few weeks after she started her dream job in her hometown of Seattle. She was a reporter for The Seattle Times, fresh from jobs in South Florida and Baltimore. It was distrust at first sight, as is often the case with cops and reporters. But thanks to a few margaritas and a night debating the finer points of 90s dance music they realized they had a lot in common. Since the start of Guardian Cellars, Jennifer has managed the tasting rooms, events, staff and the wine clubs. Like Jerry shes still has her day job," now as a reporter for KOMO (ABC) News. Jennifer can often be found pouring wine in the tasting room on the weekends, sometimes with she and Jerrys daughters, Josephine and Jillian, in tow.
The Resort at Port Ludlow (View)
1 Heron Road
Port Ludlow, WA 98365
|Minimum Age: 21|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|