MOHAI - the Museum of History and Industry, the Museum of Seattle's founding families, of Seattle's early capitalists, fun for children and grownups alike. It must be more than fifty years since Seattle's elite gave up the society Blue Book. When was the last Debutante Ball? Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 6:30 p.m.! Some forty odd Washington wineries came out to the music of Two Buck Chuck and Slim Pickins. Debuts and Discoveries was organized by wine impresario Daivid LeClaire of Wine Events and Promotions. It was a gas, a kick, totally retro among all the displays of old Seattle, but not the wines, not the food. Eight caterers provided great food to go with the newbie wines. This was truly a chance to discover new wines before they become popular. You could get on any one's mailing list before it closed. For example, Mark Wysling's wine hadn't all been labelled, so you could get in on the ground floor with his excellent and well priced Riesling, Rose, Cinsaut and Syrah. You could taste the great wines from Palouse on Vashon Island or Trust from Walla Walla, or Legoe on Lummi Island. Not all the new wineries in the state came out at this ball, but those that did were not shy. No wallflowers here. Their average quality level was way above what it might have been one or two decades ago. All beauties at this ball. Many of the debutantes presented their cards, but some hadn't gotten around to printed materials yet. To heck with etiquette, the ball was a blast. Check out the blog in future days for posts on individual wineries and wines. BTW, we will just have work backwards to the Willamette Valley, Paso Robles and Santa Barbara.