Sipping in Seattle with Cameron Hughes Wines

Have I told you lately how much I love my job? I really do (well except for doing dishes  but hey we can’t have it all right). Part of my job includes traveling. Tough right? Last week we jetted off  to Seattle. Susan and I had big plans for the city, one of which included a swanky soiree we co-hosted Friday night. 

After the sun had set we welcomed a group of gorgeous bloggers and friends to our penthouse (how gorgeous is that view we had?) for an evening of great food, fun and WINE.  Cameron Hughes Wine, of course.

If you know me, you know I like my wine. I cook with wine, I have wine with my meals, I socialize with wine. I prefer whites but when I come across a red that turns my head I’m not going to turn the glass away. I was lucky to have sampled all of the wines at our party and I can tell you that you’d never guess that these gorgeous wines we tasted all cost less than $20 bucks a bottle. Go ahead, try them for yourself and see ; )

Here’s a little more  information on Cameron Hughes Wines:

Cameron Hughes Wine is run by a dynamic hubby-wife duo: Cam and Jess!

  • They are passionate about providing AMAZING wine at affordable prices – and take the wine jargon out of it making it easy to order what you LOVE! They do this by providing an assortment of wine varietals from all over the world: because they don’t actually own a vineyard or winery, they’re not tied to any land! Instead, Cam samples wine from ALL over the world providing the best wines at amazing values “

“As an American negociant (a popular European practice – oooh la la!), Cameron makes, imports and distributes ultra-premium wine (read: HIGH-END!!) under his five wine brands: The Lot Series, The Flying Winemaker, Hughes Wellman, Frunza, and Zin Your Face. We are nationally distributed and carried in chains, grocery, broad market, on-premise and online at our vertically integrated Web store,”

Don’t take our word for it, read more about them in the New York Times Profile that ran last Sunday, June 10, that tells how Cam does what he does by providing high-end wine for less.

We know you’ll want some for yourselfCameron Hughes Wine is available nationwide at: Costco, Sam’s Club, Whole Foods, Cost Plus World Markets, Safeway, Ralphs, Albertsons, HEB, Kroger and more. It’s also available ONLINE. “

Creminelli Salumi & Kerrygold Cheeses

We served up a selection of 3 whites and 3 reds to our guests. You can read  all about the WHITE WINES we sampled on Susan’s blog and I’m going to chat up the rawring reds.

Lot 251 2009 Arroyo Seco Monterey County Syrah Grenache Mourvedre

  • Gold medal wine; wine type generally retails for $20-25 but considerably less under CHW
  • Sweet, red fruit overlayed w/ graphite, espresso, blackberry
  • Fresh, dense, rich, elegant
  • Superb Rhone blending done California-style: sweet, yet playful blend
  • Cam says: complex wine, great with good food, picnics, fun, summer drink

Lot 246 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

  • INCREDIBLE wine: St. Helena/Stags Leap program blend – VERY high-end, 91 score from Wine Enthusiast so for $20, it’s a hell of a deal!
  • Beautiful cassis, toasty oak, dusty, dark fruit on the nose
  • Classic Napa Valley Cabernet: pretty layers of plum, graphite, dust, warm floral on the nose
  • Refined tannins on palate
  • Cam says: it’s a magic carpet ride, purity, freshness to wine, great job to Cameron Hughes Wine winemakers on this one!

Lot 313 2010 California Field Blend – Zinfandel/Petite Sirah/Syrah/Carignane

  • Sophisticated wine! Gorgeous, tremendous value!
  • Note on the term California Field Blend: taken from the central valley where growers would take whatever was successfully growing and propogate it to build additional vines. They’d take the wood from the successful vine and create more. Many were fanciful, old-school Italian varietals but grown in California (this particular blend comes from a grower partner in Lodi): improved quality, blending flexibility
  • Big fruit on the nose: blueberry, raspberry, kirsch and kiss of black pepper in the background
  • Rich, multi-faceted wine

Now who wants some wine?


  • Now thru June 30, 2012 you can get 10% off any order! Use the code DOUGH when checking out.
  • Follow CHWINE on TWITTER & FACEBOOK to be entered to win a $50 GIFT CARD

Until next time, Cheers!


Special thank you to Cameron Hughes  for sponsoring the party and to Creminelli, Kerrygold, Le Creuset, Microsoft Office & Windows, Scharffen Berger, Lindsay Olives, Villeroy & Boch, Dixie Crystals, & Bob’s Red Mill for helping to make it a special night.

Last but NEVER  least, super special thanks go to our friends at KitchenAid who gave away an ah-mazing WINE FRIDGE!


  1. 1

    There’s just nothing quite as satisfying as a good glass of wine and some sharp cheese!

  2. 2

    Paula. Love this! I agree with Sommer! 🙂

  3. 3

    I loved the wine party so much. The wine and food was amazing. You guys are the best!

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