Join "The Sorcerer of Scent," Vermont’s own Aaron Wisnewsk, for this fun and educational event! As co-owner of Alice & the Magician, home of flavor elixirs and aromatic mists, Aaron brings you this interactive seminar showing how flavor and scent work together to bring your wine drinking to the next level. An experience not to be missed, this will open your eyes on how your sall of your senses work together.
"Grower Champagnes: What They Are, and Why You Should Search Them Out"
Join winemaker Benoit Velut of Jean Velut and learn (and taste) what separates grower Champagnes from the rest of the competition. Velut’s bubblies come from a tiny, seven-hectare organic farm in Montgueux which offers a unique blend of soils unlike anything else found in Champagne.
Taste and learn with owner/winemaker Monte Pitt of Patton Valley Vineyard in Oregon. Using only sustainable farming, Patton Valley continues to produce some of the finest Pinot Noir out of Oregon. Join Monte and try a selection of single-vineyard Pinot Noirs, along with their incredible Pinot Blanc.
Let Robert Jones, one of only 229 Master sommeliers in the country, take you on a journey through the incredible wines of South Africa. Pinotage and Chenin Blanc ("Steen" to the wine geeks) are just a couple of the grapes being produced, and the results are putting South Africa into the conversation with the best wine regions in the world.
"The Hills Are Alive: Santa Rita Hills, that is..."
Join winemaker Wynne Solomon of Melville Vineyards & Winery, located in the Santa Rita Hills AVA in Santa Barbara County, California. to taste the end result of estate winemaking. Growing and poducing cool climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah, Melville has developed a cult following for their wines and have for years been getting the press to back it up. Wynne will discuss the Santa Rita Hills appellation, the history of Melville and what makes this area such a unique growing region.
Join Martha Mack as she takes you down the road of summer cocktails with a twist. Rum is the traditional spirit for many of the fruit-based summer cocktails...but to heck with tradition! Martha has spent endless hours (oh, the painf!) blending and mixing summer cocktails, and has in fact recently put together an entire Tiki cocktail menu featuring gin and whiskey. Nothing but fun in this education...not to be missed!