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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.
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