|Sent on:||Tuesday, November 8, 2011 7:42 PM|
I. Grenache Master Class & Taste Off change
We will NOT be joined by Rich Williams of Stage Left winery as first announced. Rich regrets that his day job requires him to be in Chicago on November 30th, but he will join us early next year as our "instructor" on Petite Sirah.
Instead, we are very fortunate to have in his place one of the original Rhone Rangers, Bayard Fox of Renard Wines, an artisan winery in Napa. Bayard crafts highly regarded Grenache wines from Unti Vineyards in Dry Creek Valley (which uses a clonal selection from the two greatest Old World/New World estates, Beaucastel and Alban).
In addition to discussing his winemaking background and style, Bayard will pour several other wines including a Syrah from Kick Vineyards which is owned by Dick Keenan, a member of the Bay Area Wine Society.
Reminder: the Early Bird ticket price of $15 ends on Nov. 15th.
II. Kosher wine program just scheduled
On Sunday Dec. 3rd, I have planned a program that includes that includes viewing the Harry Houdini exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum followed by a tasting of kosher wines and apps.
As most of you know, kosher no longer means drinking wines like Manischewitz. Nowadays, some of the finest, most award winning, most delicious wines can be kosher. In terms of taste, one cannot tell kosher wines from non kosher wines. The wines will be paired with such appetizers as lox, blintzes and baba ghanouj.
The current show at the CJM has garnered much acclaim:
"Organized by the Jewish Museum, New York, it's a marvelous show that brings together a vast range of material documenting the world of Houdini - archival films, photographs, diaries, vaudeville posters, and the actual handcuffs, steamer trunk, milk can and other everyday objects he used in his acts of transformation. Those objects and ephemera are integrated with works by two dozen contemporary visual artists inspired by him."
Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/11/02/DD8V1LNMFC.DTL#ixzz1crC9SaJG
The cost of the combined museum admission + kosher wine and hors d'oeuvres reception is $25. The event is listed here: http://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-Wine-Society/events/40340462/
Stay tuned for more details.