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Wine Dinners at Coho Restaurant

Orcas Project Wine Dinner – October 12, 2018

Join sommelier Cole Sisson, founder of the ‘The Orcas Project” for a  wine dinner featuring their special production wines. Cole, a native of Orcas Island, and his wife Stephanie collaborate with acclaimed winemakers and vineyards in the Pacific Northwest to produce small private projects of 50-150 cases. These food-friendly wines feature labels designed by Orcas Island Artist Carlin Hayworth. Each animal on the label corresponds to a different winemaker in the project.

Stephanie and Cole first met in May 2016 at the Philadelphia Food & Wine Festival. In December 2016 Stephanie took a spontaneous weekend trip to Oaxaca, Mexico to rendezvous with Cole. Four unforgettable days later they were engaged. Stephanie relocated to Seattle in January. They quit their jobs in May 2017 and moved to Orcas Island in June, were married in July and opened Doe Bay Wine Company in August 2017. They believe in magic, mezcal and merry-making!

Cole worked as a Sommelier at restaurants including RN74 Seattle and Michael Mina at the Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas. Stephanie worked in importing and distribution with a focus on wine training and education. Stephanie is enrolled in the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Diploma program and Cole recently sat for the Master Sommelier Exam. As a couple they share the view that wine should be accessible and fun for all!

If you have joined us for dinner, you may have enjoyed their Pinot Grigio which is one of Coho Restaurant’s featured glass pours. This evening you will have the opportunity to taste their 2017 Albarino, 2016 Graciano, Chardonnay, 2016 Cabernet Franc, 2016 Merlot and 2016 Syrah. Chef Lockhart will prepare a 5 course harvest dinner paired with their wines. Chef’s working menu includes a tapas starter with mushrooms, cheese and olives, followed by a vegetable pho, a macadamia encrusted fish, creamy grits and oxtail, venison and a chocolate galette.  We will post the menu here shortly. These evenings are always memorable and sell out. Dinner is $55/person and $35 for the optional wine pairing. There is one seating at 6 p.m.

Chef’s Working Menu

Shared Amuse

Selection of Olives, Cured Tomatoes, Peppers, Mushrooms, House Breads

Paired with Albariño



Smoked Wild Mushrooms, Chilies, Rice Vermicelli Noodles

Paired with Graciano



Honey Roasted Game Bird and Heirloom Rice with Hazelnuts, Currents

Paired with Chardonnay



Braised Oxtail, Winter Greens, and Grits

Paired with Cabernet Franc



Grilled Venison Steak, Crispy Pine Nuts, Parsnips

Paired with Merlot




Paired with GSM (Syrah)


Why stop with a fantastic dinner when you can enjoy a sumptuous gourmet-style breakfast as well? When you dine at Coho Restaurant for one of our special events, stay at the Tucker House Inn for only $129 per night. The Inn is just a block and a half away making it the perfect home-away-from-home.

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