Tuscany / 7:00
Tuscany. It is the vacation spot of most peoples dreams. This area of Italy is spoiled for riches: history, dairy lands, vineyards, culinary specialties galore and views that make women swoon.
Tuscany is also know for producing some of the greatest sheep’s milk cheeses in all of the world, cheeses of truly wonderful flavors and character that have centuries of passed down knowledge that go into there production . We will be bringing in some of these marvelous little beauties and pairing them with wines from Chris Noyes of Winebow, wines such as Brunello, Chianti and Vin Santo. Tuscany is truly one of the greatest places to eat and drink in all of Europe. $35
Raptor Ridge Winery / 7:00
Raptor Ridge produces about 7,500 cases of wine each vintage. Approximately nine different cuvées comprise this case quantity, including Pinot Gris, Grüner Veltliner, Rosé, Tempranillo, several distinct vineyard designates, and consistent blends of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and Reserve Pinot Noir. The winemaking team regularly tastes through and segregates every barrel into these select cuvées. Uncompromised quality is the focus, not quantity. We will have Raptor Ridge’s winemaker Kevin Wiles in town to discuss with us the wines he produces, it will be an honor to pair our cheeses with Kevin’s wines. This is a chance to meet a great American winemaker and have some of the wonderful wines coming out of Oregon today. $35
La Maison Albert Bichot / 7:00
This is a very special tasting indeed. The winemaker for the Burgundian producer Albert Bichot will be visiting us, Alain Serveau. Burgundy runs in Serveau’s blood. His parents are growers in Morey-St-Denis, with 10 hectares (ha). He also toiled on the family estate for five years, but left to study at Bordeaux University (already an indication of his broad-mindedness). Serveau then worked for Edouard Delaunay, where he created the Les Jamelles wines from the Vin de Pays d’Oc. The Bichot job was very different. Serveau says: “Bichot was caught between the big houses and the little growers. They really had to improve to survive.” As far as the merchant side of business went, that meant insisting on quality. And a higher proportion of wine than ever before is now made by Bichot. Instead of buying wine, they are buying grapes for all their single vineyard wines, and for 80% of their village wines. “You need low yields to make wines of quality”, he asserts. Coming along with him will be the head of American sales Nicolas Coullenot. They will be pouring 8 wines and there is rumor of a few special things that will be brought along. Just a few of the wine names that are a possiblity for the night are, Pouilly-Fuisse, Mercurey, Chablis 1er Cru, Savigny-le-Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet, Meursault and Pinot Fin. We will have cheeses from Burgundy and the surrounding regions to go along with the wines but these very high quality wines will be the focus of the night and it won’t be a cheese and wine pairing as such. This is a very special opportunity to meet one of the great names in french wine making, a night not to be missed. $45.
Greece / 7:00
Greece has one of the oldest traditions of cheese and wine making in the world, not to mention olive oil. We will be preparing for Greek Fest here at Saint James by celebrating all things Greek! They are famous for there goat and sheeps milk cheeses and this tasting never fails to delight. Liz Dowty of Vino Wholesale will be bringing in her favorite wines from Greece. From the islands to the mountains all the regions of Greece will be represented, as well as a few immigrant populations. A little taste of the Mediterranean in New Orleans. $30
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