Katy Rutland
August 20, 2015 | Katy Rutland

Light Up the Night with Cuisine de Vin

Washington wine is pretty special, special enough to have two Washington Wine Months in a year. In March, this jubilee of everything Washington wine leads up to the huge annual event called Taste Washington. In August, Terra Blanca has its own culminating event, where we celebrate more than just wine.


The 8th annual Cuisine de Vin is being held this Friday, Aug. 21st. This event is the highlight of Washington Wine Month at Terra Blanca and will bring together our favorite things: wine, food, friends, and family. Join us at 7 p.m. in the Tasting Room to celebrate the successes of the Children’s Developmental Center (CDC).  


For 8 years, Keith and ReNae Pilgrim have hosted Cuisine de Vin to help raise funds for the CDC, and over those years, many others have rallied with them. Joining Terra Blanca in pouring wines at this wonderful event will be Hedges Family Estates, Cooper Wine Company, Tapteil Vineyards Winery, and Kiona Vineyard, all representing the world-famous Red Mountain AVA.


What’s wine without food? Several restaurants and caterers will be on hand,  including Twigs Martini Bar & Bistro, Monterosso’s Italian Restaurant, and Baum’s House of Chocolates (for the sweet tooths).


The Children’s Developmental Center is a local organization that provides aid to young children and families to help overcome early developmental delays. Since 1999, the Center has provided education, awareness, empowerment, and mental, physical, and occupational therapies for children and families in the Benton-Franklin Counties who need extra help reaching their full potentials.


“I am so excited to partner with Keith and ReNae [Pilgrim],” said Diane Turney, the Center’s Development Director and the woman responsible for the Center’s marketing, community awareness, and fundraising. After last year’s smashing success, the CDC kept her on for a second run, so this isn’t her first rodeo.


“Thank goodness there’s a really good committee,” Diane still said. “People like Connie, Jan, and Jan have been doing this for years and have made it really easy for me to come in and make a difference.”


Connie Ostrander, Jan Hansens, and Jan Fraley have helped organize the Cuisine de Vin in past years, and each have their favorite aspects of the event.


“The atmosphere is always so electric,” Connie explained. “It’s casual but classy and a great way to meet new people.”


“It’s an amazing place to get to talk to the chefs and a neat way to try new foods,” Jan H. agreed.


With 14 restaurants and caterers providing sustenance to pair with the various Red Mountain wines poured during the night, there will be plenty of food on hand for every palate.


New this year will be Atomic Ale Brewpub and Eatery serving their World Famous Potato Soup with their Atomic Amber Ale and our 2010 Signature Series Counoise Syrah (a brand new release for this event). Yes, that’s right. There will be wine AND beer. Not to be left out, Ice Harbor Brewing Company will pair their IPA and Nut Brown Ale with jalepeño poppers and house-made beef and pork sausage.


One of the biggest fundraisers during the event is a silent auction. Everything from gift baskets and wine (of course) to spa days, authenticated autographed memorabilia, and even vacations will be up for auction, and every item was donated.


“All proceeds stay in the community, helping the children in Benton City, the Tri-Cities, and surrounding area,” Diane said.


“How much support people are giving is amazing,” said Cathryn Tames, Executive Director of the CDC. “Everything adds up to make a difference in the lives of the children and their families.”


And that’s an important point when the Center helps over 700 children and their families in the area. Some families who have used the Center in the past or are currently using the Center will be joining us Friday evening, as well.


“Many people hear about an event at Terra Blanca and are interested in going,” Cathryn said. “But they might not have heard of the Center. This way they have a fun night and learn about us.”


“And [the Center] fills a need in the community,” Jan F. added.


“Ultimately it’s about the people, about the children,” Jan H. agreed. “Whatever we do here helps improve their lives.”


By participating in the variety of activities during Cuisine de Vin or just by attending, you will help support a much-needed service that provides help to hundreds of families. The donations for these activities have come from the community and those wanting to support the Center.


A Cuisine de Vin favorite, the Mystery Wine Grab, returns this year with several cases of wine, each bottle wrapped to disguise what’s inside. For $25, you can pull a bottle at random and get anything from a $25 bottle to $100+. Rumor has it, there’s a wine worth over $200 among the mystery bottles. Are you lucky enough to find it?


What’s a party without music? A DJ from Platinum Entertainment will be on hand to keep the beat moving, and, once it gets dark enough, there will be a light show as well!


If those aren’t enough reasons to attend Cuisine de Vin, we think Connie has put it best.


“What better way to spend a Friday night?”


Veni, Vidi, Vinum!

Terra Blanca and the Children's Developmental Center


P.S. Tickets for the event are $70. To pre-order yours, call 509.735.1063 x 281 or visit the CDC website. Tickets are also available at the door.












(Top Row, left to right: Jan Fraley, Crazy Connie Ostrander, Cathryn Tames; Front Row, left to right: Jan Hansens, Diane Turney)


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