Exotic Wines Festival

The 3rd annual Exotic Wines Festival took place at Teatro ZinZanni, Tuesday, February 21st, 2012.  As this evening was also Mardi Gras, there were attendees in costume and many of the wine reps were wearing masks, hats, beads…all which made it very festive!  And the location at Teatro ZinZanni was perfect! 25 Washington wineries poured some of their more unique wines using these exotic grapes.  These include Tempranillo, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Viognier, Mourvedre, and more.  I had the opportunity to try a number of these and my favorites came from Brian Carter Cellars, Five Star Cellars, Kerloo, and Pleasant Hill Cellars.  A special performance by the beautiful and fabulous Vita Radionova, with the use of hula hoops, was a special treat!  Also, the guests enjoyed getting their pictures taken with the sexy Manuela Horn.  So much fun!  Proceeds benefited the ZinZanni Institute for Circus Arts (ZICA).  http://dreams.zinzanni.org/

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Teatro ZinZanni Seattle

Wow!  If you haven’t seen Teatro ZinZanni in Seattle, get there at some point!  It is an investment, but well worth the experience.  This particular run, Hearts on Fire, showing until January 23, 2011, is REALLY fun!   The event is three-hours…dine on a five-course meal and enjoy the all-out sensory experience of the international cast specializing in cirque, comedy, and cabaret.  I especially liked the audience participation portions and the sensual performance of Vita Radionova.  I really can’t say enough about the entire cast…I could list them all here but I’ll let you check out the website  http://dreams.zinzanni.org/ to view the talented crew.  To get the most out of this enjoyable evening …share a table with a couple you don’t know or go with a group of friends.  The food was generally good, however, the  salmon was a bit dry which is to be expected at the larger dinner events, so I would recommend the filet mignon or other entrée options.  The add-on’s are not necessary.  Due to the length of dinner, I would recommend bringing a bottle of wine (corkage fee is $20) or ordering a bottle to carry you through the show.  The atmosphere is vibrant, visually intoxicating and the dress/costume of those that work there really brings the experience together.  You will definitely leave the show with a smile on your face.  🙂