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Old World vs. New World French Bordeaux (Andrew) vs. Washington (Kristin)

  • Mar 29, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Welcome to Round Five of the Old World and New World Wines. Andrew Tokas will be pitting his French Bordeaux selections against Kristin Howlett’s Washington State wines. Here is your chance to taste the Old World/New World difference….and be a wine judge! The winning wines will face off against one another in the Championship Rounds.

Bordeaux has been referred to as “the largest fine wine district on earth”. Red Bordeaux (or "Claret" as the British have always known it) can be the epitome of fine wine. The best wines exhibit a wonderful complexity of aromas and flavors, great elegance and refinement and an ability to age gracefully - some for a hundred years…. The Gironde River separates the Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards from those of Merlot. To the west of the river, the vineyards of the Médoc and Graves are based on gravelly soil and are planted mainly with Cabernet Sauvignon vines. To the east lie Pomerol and St-Emilion, two smaller areas of predominantly clay soil, planted with a higher proportion of Merlot. Hence we have "left bank" and "right bank" wines.

Washington is often described as combining New World fruit with Old World style. The state produces wonderful wines and ranks second nationally for premium wine production with over 740 wineries. Almost all vineyards are located in the dry eastern half of the state. The three major American Viticultural areas are Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley and Walla Walla….Washington's first wine grapes were planted at Fort Vancouver in 1825 with wine grapes growing in many areas of the state by 1910. The first commercial-scale plantings began in the 1960s. The resulting rapid expansion of the industry in the mid 70s is now rivaled by today's breakneck pace, where a new winery opens nearly every 15 days.

The Old World New World Challenge began with a face-off between California vs. Italy in Round One, France vs. Oregon in Round Two, Spain vs. Chile in Round Three, and the French Burgundy Region vs. New Zealand in Round Four. Now you have a chance to taste the Old World wines of Bordeaux vs. the New World wines of Washington State, i.e. Andrew vs. Kristin. These first four rounds were highly rated by the participants. This one should be just as much fun with Andrew and Kristin sparring off.

With over 25 years experience as a French chef specializing in food and wine pairing, Chef Andrew Tokas is known for his expertise in French wines. Having lived in France for two years while apprenticing as a chef, Chef Andrew had the opportunity to visit numerous appellations and learn about the various wines as well as what varietals are used and what characteristics should be present in them. Additionally, Chef Andrew is co-owner of Domaine Wine Distributors along with Ted Field formerly of VGV Imports.

Kristin Howlett, CSW, has been a wine enthusiast for much of her adult life and became a more serious student of wine about thirteen years ago. She successfully completed the Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) program four years ago. During her studies she discovered how climate, terroir and the winemaker can all affect outcome. New World vs. Old World, what does it mean? She has travelled to most of the largest U.S. wine countries, including Washington State, developing a passion for Washington wines. Interestingly, the eastern portion of the state has a similar climate to Napa, with big reds equally as fascinating yet up to 40% less! Kristin encourages you to “Come taste how passionate Washington is about their wines.”

Our tasting will be treated to a selection of delectable artisan cheeses, breads, and crackers.

Pay $25.00 in advance at the following website or pay $30.00 at the door on the day of the event:

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=F2Q4J52BTKYUN

Keep in mind that this event will be wait-listed, so only pre-payment will guarantee your reservation.

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  • Cheryl

    This was a lot of fun and also very informative. Kristin and Andrew and also Orson know quite a lot about wine and wine production. The food assortment was very good. I would have considered buying one or two of the wines that we tasted however I have plenty of wine at home right now. I like that these tastings are for people with both minimal and plenty of knowlege about wine.

    March 31, 2013

  • Quin G.

    Grilled Pineapple is a great dessert with a nice sauce and ice cream! That is how we thought you had burnt your mouth!

    March 30, 2013

  • Lisa B.

    Delightful

    March 30, 2013

  • Orson H.

    Kristin and Andrew did a wonderful job in presenting the delicious wines of Washington and BordeauX! I learned quite a bit about the different wine styles. The winning wines that will be featured in the semi-finals are: #1: 2010 Claar Cellars Cabernet-Merlot Blend
    #2: 2010 Alexandria Nicole Quarry Butte

    Congratulations to Kristin and her Washington wine selections!

    March 30, 2013

  • Orson H.

    Vegas is even! Who will have the ringer tonight, Kristin or Andrew?

    March 29, 2013

  • Orson H.

    Just checked with Vegas ...Andrew by only a Liter ...getting tighter. I just caught a glimpse of the wines that are being served on Friday and they look delicious! Looking forward to this event…

    March 26, 2013

  • patty

    Unfortunately, I am not going to be able to make it to this on Friday.

    March 26, 2013

  • Reiko

    I was going to pay when I get back to US.....:(

    March 19, 2013

    • Katherine M.

      Hi, Reiko, so sorry! The people on the list paid quickly and we are now full!

      March 19, 2013

  • Susan C.

    Why did I just get removed from the waiting list? I didn't get an email saying there was a spot available. You don't need to pay in advance when you're on the waiting list do you?

    March 19, 2013

    • Katherine M.

      Hi, Susan....you should have seen an email when Meetup automatically moved you to the YES list...however, we maxed out on the number of people before you were able to pay....hopefully you can make the next one!

      March 19, 2013

  • Reiko

    Kat. I am sorry but ....:( Soo mean!!!!!
    I am out of country until night of 20 or 21 st....:(

    March 19, 2013

  • Katherine M.

    This event is sold out. I will be removing all unpaid RSVPs....you should receive an email when you are removed.

    March 19, 2013

  • Katherine M.

    One seat left at 12:14pm on March 19th. Payments made after this seat is taken will be refunded.

    March 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It looks as though I may be out of town, so I'll go ahead and clear a spot for someone else. Cheers.

    March 18, 2013

  • Orson H.

    For those of you on the Round 5 attending list who have not submitted your payment, we encourage you to make your payment to secure your seat at this popular event. I hope to see all of you there which will feature delicious Washington and Bordeaux wines. if your plans have changed, please make the appropriate change to your status since we have 10 members on the wait list who would like to attend. See you on the 29th!

    Cheers,
    Orson

    March 18, 2013

  • Jim K.

    +1

    March 18, 2013

  • Orson H.

    You are so right ...Washington wines are the sleepers; We may have another “Judgment of Paris” (1976 & 2006) where in this case, Washington wines might give the French wines a run for their money. “The Judgment of Dunwoody”.

    It will be good to see you again.

    March 6, 2013

  • Reiko

    Washinghton and Oregon make very good wines.I am looking forward to see all of you again.....:))

    March 6, 2013

    • Katherine M.

      I know, Reiko! I was really impressed at the last Washington tasting I attended! They make beautiful wines!

      March 6, 2013

  • Angela

    This time I'm gonna make it!

    March 5, 2013

    • Orson H.

      I hope that you are feeling better.

      March 6, 2013

  • Orson H.

    This one is too close to call although Vegas currently has Andrew by 2 liters.

    March 5, 2013

  • Charlie A.

    Thanks for the invite but cannot come. Schedule conflict.

    March 5, 2013

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