Drink Syrah to Help Restaurants
SEATTLE, August 11, 2020 —The team at Sleight of Hand Cellars has bottled a special wine called Restaurant Relief in an effort to help support restaurants in Washington State.
“COVID-19 had turned the world upside down, and the restaurant community has been hit especially hard,” said Trey Busch, winemaker and co-founder at Sleight of Hand Cellars. “We really wanted to find a way to help our longtime partners and friends and do our part to ensure that we see them on the other side of this pandemic.”
After putting the final touches on their highly acclaimed Levitation Syrah, a Reserve blend, the Sleight of Hand team decided to use the excess Syrah to create 300 cases of Restaurant Relief wine.
The 2019 Restaurant Relief wine is 100% Syrah from Lewis Vineyards in Yakima Valley. One of Washington’s premier Syrah sites, a single vineyard bottling of Lewis Syrah usually goes for $60 to $75.
Cases of the wine are being sold at cost (it’s illegal to donate wine – darn!) and delivered to restaurant partners in Walla Walla, Seattle, and surrounding areas. The restaurants are being encouraged to sell the wine as a glass pour—and use the money made to help employees and the restaurant weather the storm.
Participating restaurant in Seattle include: RockCreek, FlintCreek, Ray’s Boathouse, Joule, The Butcher’s Table, The Metropolitan Grill, and Jak’s Grill in Laurelhurst.
Restaurants outside Seattle include: Russell’s Restaurant & Loft in Bothell, El Gaucho and Japonessa Sushi Cocina in Bellevue, Jak’s Grill and Flat Iron Grill in Issaquah, Vino at the Landing in Renton, and Barking Frog and Purple Café and Wine Bar in Woodinville.
Restaurants in Walla Walla include: Brasserie Four, Hattaway’s on Alder, Walla Walla Steak Co., TMACS, and Tap & Barrel in Richland.
The wine deliveries are continuing to happen, and the restaurant list is growing. Stay updated on participating restaurants at https://www.sofhcellars.com/blog/2020/8/10/restaurant-relief
“August is Washington Wine Month, and restaurants are an essential part of the wine industry,” add Busch. “It’s a great time to get out there and drink Washington wine at your favorite spots!”
Sleight of Hand Cellars was founded in 2007 by Trey Busch and Jerry and Sandy Solomon. A Washington favorite, Sleight of Hand continues to receive praise and accolades for their family of wines and is revered for throwing the best release parties. Period. Sleight of Hand has tasting rooms in Walla Walla and Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood. For more information, visit https://www.sofhcellars.com.