Raptor Ridge Winemaker Kevin Wiles / 7:00
It is rare that we can actually get a winemaker in for our tastings because of their busy schedule and distance of most vineyards from New Orleans but we have the winemaker of Raptor Ridge, Kevin Wiles, coming to present his wines. Founded in 1995 by winemaker Scott Shull, Raptor Ridge Winery gets its name from the many families of raptors—red-tailed hawks, kestrels, sharp-shinned hawks and owls—that share the winery’s 27-acre estate. Tuscowallame Vineyard is nestled along a foggy ridge on the northeast side of the Chehalem Mountains, ten miles north of Newberg, Oregon. There are 18 acres of property under vine, including blocks dedicated to Pinot Noir clones 115, Wadenswil, 677, 777, Pommard and 114. A small amount of Grüner Veltliner is also planted in the site’s Loess-based Laurelwood soil. Each Tuscowallame Vineyard block is named to honor the foreman who planted it: Adalfo, Macario and Dustin. 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 wine making team regularly tastes through and segregates every barrel into these select cuvées. Uncompromised quality is the focus, not quantity. We at St. James will be paring Oregon and Burgundian style cheeses with Kevin’s wines with Bellegarde Bakery providing bread and Cleaver & Co providing some charcuterie. It is very rare to have someone of Kevin’s caliber from such an important American winery to tell us about his very own wine, this is an event not to be missed and a chance to meet one of Americas great winemakers. $40
Jerez y Queso (¡Viva España!) / 7:00
Anyone who has been to St. James knows we are great lovers of all things Spanish. The foods we often serve from this fine country are like a whose who of great and lovely things: Serrano/Bellota, Marconas, Boquerones al Vinagre, some of the finest goat, sheep, and cow milk cheeses that Europe has to offer. It is no longer a secret that Spanish cheese is more than just Manchego, with each region of the country producing its own unique and wonderful dairy items. Not to mention the wine, and if you mention wine you must mention sherry. Sherry ranges from dry aperitifs to sweet desserts and all forms between and pairs magically with the savory, salty foods of Spain. P.J. Rosenburg of Uncorked Wines will be bringing one of his national sherry distributors Holly Wing who is visiting from De Maison Selections. Holly began exploring the culinary world early on, and knew that her love for food would inspire her life’s work. Holly discovered that wine could change the experience of food, and even make it better, thus concluding, the two are inseparable! Holly has worked in all facets of the wine business, from winery to restaurant, retail, and finally distribution for the past seven years at Domaine Selections in Portland, OR, where she sold De Maison Selections wines. Holly is thrilled to be representing De Maison Selections in the western U.S. markets. Holly will be speaking about the wines she imports for us. Bellegarde Bakery will be baking bread and Cleaver & Co will be making Spanish themed charcuterie as well as Crescent City Cigars having the option to enjoy a cigar with your sherry. If you have a love of all things Spanish then you will not want to miss this event, wonderful cheese and sherry! ¡Viva España! $35
Sunday Pasta (on Wednesday) with Edwin Garrubbo / 7:00
We are extremely honored to have Edwin Garrubbo (author of the new cookbook Sunday Pasta) coming to our shop not only to talk about his new book but to serve four pasta dishes from it! Ed Garrubbo has been studying, cooking, searching for, and thinking about La Cucina Italiana for as long as he can remember. He cooks a wide range of Italian dishes, but loves his pasta most of all. He visits restaurants, cooking schools, markets, and food artisans across Italy, and wherever Italians practice their craft. He is a citizen of both the United States and Italy. He runs the web site Garrubo Guide and in Edwin’s own words this is his mission:
“To be the authoritative guide to Italian cooking, food, and restaurants around the world. Our goal is to educate and entertain with the history, context, information, resources, and contacts necessary to learn about and promote authentic Italian food. We are a community of people who share a passion and understand the importance of Italian gastronomy. In a world of fusion cooking, we strive to preserve authenticity. While we realize that Italian cooking, like any art, will evolve with time and tastes, we believe that it is crucially important to preserve its history and traditions. There are two adages that I believe with all my heart. First: All Roads lead to Rome. Second: The way to the heart is through the stomach. From here, the logic is simple: The way to the heart is through Italian food. My grandmother, Virginia Garrubbo, understood this more than anyone. She knew it consciously, and she knew it instinctively. She lived to cook. Cooking was her art. She is loved and remembered for her culinary expertise.”
With such passion for Italian cuisine this will be a truly fantastic night not to be missed! We will be serving all Italian wines provided by Chris Noyes of Winebow paired to Edwin’s dishes , breads by Bellegarde Bakery, charcuterie by Cleaver & Co, and of course the cheeses used in his recipes by St. James. Copies of Edwin’s book will be available. $45.
about our events
CHEESE SCHOOL POLICIES
YOU MUST HAVE A PRE-PAID RESERVATION TO ATTEND CHEESE CLASS!!!
We cannot accommodate last minute additions and walk-ins as we plan seating and food and beverage amounts according to our reservation numbers.
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