Event Recaps

Spanish Wine Event: Inigo Eschavarri from Baron de Ley Vineyards in Rioja

On Wednesday May 18th, we hosted Inigo Eschavarri from Baron de Ley Vineyards in Rioja, Spain for a Spanish Wine Event. He charmed our guests with his stories of Rioja. We tasted four of the Baron de Ley wines and learned about it’s history. We finished the evening with Kyle Beasmore, the wine broker who imports Inigo’s wines as well as many others. He presented Santa Carolina Winery’s VSC Red Blend, a Chilian wine from the Chachapoal Valley.

Wines of Burgundy France Event with Linda Hazelbaker

This event took place on Wednesday, June 3rd 2015 where we welcome Linda Hazelbaker to present, educate and entertain you with her in-depth knowledge of the wines of Burgundy.  We poured six wines plus you’ll enjoy a plated appetizer specially matched to these wines.

Comparing big, extracted, oaky California wines to the subtle nuance of many French wines is like comparing a Sylvester Stallone movie to a Woody Allen picture.  Both have their place – it’s just that sometimes you want Rocky . . and other times you want Annie Hall!

Wines of Burgundy France Event with Linda Hazelbaker winesFor our Wines of Burgundy France Event with Linda Hazelbaker we focused on the distinct, refined and subtle wines of Burgundy France.  Some of the most sought after wines in the world come from this region – and it’s all based on the two grapes grown there:  Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Small Plate Menu Tasting Plate

  • Wines of Burgundy France Event Tasting Plate June 3 2015 at Cork and BarrelDuck on Potato Blueberry Compote
  • Walnut Greens Dijon Smear
  • White Peach Pickled Pearl Onion Cornichon
  • Kouign-Amann Lavender Walnut Butter

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William Fevre • 2013 Chablis • France > Burgundy > Chablis

Combining lovely fruitiness with an attractive freshness and characteristic minerality, Chablis is a wine region with global renown. Domaine William Fèvre’s vineyards sit on Kimmeridgian subsoil and enjoy ideal exposures for the production of a very fine wine. Very elegant bouquet, developing citrus, white-fleshed fruit and floral notes. Fresh and supple, the wine is marked by mineral notes that are typical of the appellation.

Closure: Cork • Alcohol: 12.5%

Bouchard Pere & Fils • 2013 Pouilly-Fuisse • France > Burgundy > Mâcon

The star of the Mâcon appellations lies at the foot of the Solutré and Vergisson crags that rise into the sky like two immense bows of a ship. Pouilly-Fuissé should not be confused with Pouilly Fumé – which is a wine from the Loire region. Connoisseurs like Pouilly-Fuissé for its elegance and lively, silky texture. Enticing aromas and flavors of peach apple, lemon and mineral enhance this harmonious white.

Closure: Cork • Alcohol: 13.0%

Villa Ponciago • 2012 Fleurie • France > Burgundy >Beaujolais

Even though Beaujolais is technically part of Burgundy, its climate, soil, grape varieties and winemaking methods make it completely separate in character. The grape in this wine is 100% Gamay and developes pronounced notes of cherry and blueberry along with violets and peonies. On the palate, the wine is evokes mineral tones balanced by a pleasing fruit ripeness. The finish is enhanced by delicate spicy touches with remarkable length.

Closure: Cork • Alcohol: 12.5%

Bouchard Pere & Fils • 2013 Bourgogne Reserve (Pinot Noir) • France > Burgundy

This wine exhibits the characteristics of the great red Burgundies. Traditional fermentation is in open vats and aged for 10 -12 months in stainless steel. The 2013 has a bright ruby color. The nose reveals notes of cassis, licorice and raspberries. The mouth is round with cherry aromas and mellow tannins.

Closure: Cork • Alcohol: 12.5%

Louis Latour • 2011 Marsanny Rouge (Pinot Noir) • France >Burgundy> Cote D’Or

Marsannay is the village which marks the northern gateway to the Côte d’Or. Wines from Marsannay are generally lively and robust; characteristics that come from the rich iron soil. Marsannay received its Appellation Contrôlée as recently as 1987 in recognition of the consistently high quality of its wine. The nose is floral with notes of peony, iris and clove. This wine reveals blackcurrant and spicy aromas with elegant tannins on the finish. Aged 10 to 12 months in stainless steel vats. 100% Pinot Noir.

Closure: Cork • Alcohol: 13.0%

Bouchard Pere & Fils  • 2010 Beaune du Chateau Premier Cru Pinot Noir • France > Burgundy > Cote d’Or

Light red, clear color. Nose with ripe strawberries and some cherries including a hint of candied cherries, spice and flowery notes, hints of mineral and soil, and a bit of well integrated oak. Medium bodied with strawberries, cherries, and cranberries, good acidity, some mineral and spice notes. Shows mild tannins, and a balanced finish with berries and mineral.

Closure: Cork • Alcohol: 13.5% 

Levendi Winery wine event May 2015 recap

bd477cf4-c811-40b7-8e1a-2199602fdcd6Levendi is a family owned, boutique winery located in Napa Valley, California. The Gianulias family has a strong Greek tradition of private winemaking dating back for centuries. Since 1926, on American and Napa Valley soil, they have propagated, refined and developed special handcrafted vintages of Chardonnay, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon to share with family and friends.

Winemaker Alison Green Doran has brought vitality and excitement to the development of each vintage. The result of her labors is embodied in the exquisite taste and velvety feel their wines deliver glass after glass. A testament to Alison’s dedication to the vineyards, to the fruit and to her passion for the perfect pour.

This event was held Thursday, May 7th. Christi Moon with Levendi Winery presented a selection of their fine wines. 

Levendi Winery wine event photos:

Small Plate Menu Tasting Plate

The tasting plate created for the Levendi Wine Event by our caterer; Sue Knopp. It included:

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  • Greek green beans and roasted tomatoes
  • Creamy feta cheese with pita bread
  • and grilled scallops on southern grits with Beurre Noisette.