Raptor Ridge Winemaker Kevin Wiles

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

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on the menu All of our food is prepared fresh to order.

SMOKEY BLUE SANDWICH

House smoked Mycella blue cheese, top quality roast beef, Worcestershire mayo, tomatoes and lettuce on toasted Wild Flour multigrain bread.

$8.95

MANCHEGO SALAD

Manchego cheese, arugula, sliced pears and almonds with housemade quince vinaigrette.

$9.50
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Locations

We're located in beautiful Uptown, New Orleans. We have a new location opening in the Warehouse District in the Spring of 2015!

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Uptown

5004 Prytania Street.
New Orleans, LA.
(504) 899-4737
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Warehouse Dist

637 Tchoupitoulas St.
New Orleans, LA.
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