Tim Hanni MW to speak at WSU fundraiser in Richland

By on March 28, 2019
Tim Hanni, a Master of Wine, judges at the 2017 Oregon Wine Competition in Jacksonville. (Photo courtesy of the Oregon Wine Experience)

RICHLAND, Wash. – Tim Hanni, a Master of Wine and one of the wine world’s most likeable iconoclasts, will be the keynote speaker at the third annual Point to Success Brunch on Saturday, March 30 in Richland.

Point to Success serves as a fundraiser for the Carson College Business at Washington State University Tri-Cities. This event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and returns to Anthony’s Restaurant at Columbia Point.

Hanni, who earned his MW in 1990, will outline portions of his book, Why You Like the Wines you Like. The longtime chef is recognized for introducing the concept of the umami taste profile to the wine and food community. A member of the Sonoma State University faculty, Hanni has lectured on the topics of flavor balancing, sensory sciences, wine and culinary history in more than 25 countries. He recently moved from the Napa Valley to Central Oregon and also is an instructor for WSU.

Auction items include vineyard tour with Boushey, Hoppes

Charlie Hoppes and Dick Boushey at Fidelitas vineyard on Red Mountain.
Charlie Hoppes, left, and Dick Boushey teamed up to plant the Fidelitas estate vineyard on Sunset Road. With last week’s planting, Hoppes will have 12 acres of vineyards – mostly Cabernet Sauvignon. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

There will be a live auction for packages and a $25 wine grab. Auction items include a private vineyard-to-bottle tour featuring Charlie Hoppes and Dick Boushey; a weeklong stay at a penthouse condo at Punta Mita near Puerta Vallarta; a stay for four on a Seattle houseboat; a private tasting for 12 at a local distillery; a condo stay for eight at Eagle Crest resort near Bend; two-night stays at the Columbia Gorge Hotel and the Lodge at Cannon Beach; a summer pool barbecue overlooking the Snake River; a family photo session; a private tour of a submarine conning tower with dinner for eight; and a dinner for eight at a local waterfront home prepared by Jamie Callison, the executive chef of the WSU School of Hospitality and Business Management.

Hanni and Callison will also be signing copies of their books during the brunch. The wine grab will include many bottles of wine with retail values greater than $60. Tracci Dial, a news anchor for KNDU-TV in Kennewick, will serve as the master of ceremonies.

Fundraising efforts for Carson College of Business through the Point to Success Brunch are boosted by Anthony’s donating the space, food and sparkling wine. A snowstorm that struck the Columbia Basin in early February prompted the Point to Success rescheduling from Feb. 9.

About Eric Degerman

Eric Degerman is the President and CEO of Great Northwest Wine. He is a journalist with more than 30 years of daily newspaper experience and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Andy Perdue and served as its managing editor for a decade. He is a frequent wine judge at international wine competitions throughout North America and orchestrates 10 Northwest competitions each year.

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