Wine Enthusiast #1 American Winery of the Year Wente Vineyards Wine Party 2/8

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What: Wine Party with Wine Enthusiast Magazine Winery of the Year: Wente Vineyards:  We'll be tasting wines from the Wente Portfolio of Vineyards

Special Guest:  Regional Sales Manager John Verdeal

Winery Link: http://www.wentevineyards.com

 

Founded more than 125 years ago, Wente Vineyards is the country’s oldest, continuously operated family-owned winery. Today, the winery maintains its leadership role in California winegrowing under ownership and management by the Fourth and Fifth Generations of the Wente family.  Blending traditional and innovative winemaking practices, the winery draws from approximately 3,000 acres of sustainably farmed Estate vineyards to create an outstanding portfolio of fine wines. Located just east of San Francisco in the historic Livermore Valley, Wente Vineyards is recognized as one of California’s premier wine country destinations, featuring wine tasting, fine dining and championship golf.

Wente Vineyards received the 2011 American Winery of the Year award from Wine Enthusiast magazine. Wente Family Estates is comprised of Wente Vineyards, Murrieta’s Well and TaMAS Estates wineries, as well as entwine, the partnership between Wente Vineyards and the Food Network. Known as the Wine Star Awards for the last 11 years, the magazine honors international wine personalities who have had great influence on the world of wine.

Crowd: Mostly GenX Young/Mid Professionals mid/late 20's through 40's/early 50's

When:  Wednesday February 8, 2012 at 6:00 PM  Please be prompt as we will be serving each wine and appetizer paired followed by dinner for members who stay for dinner.

Where: Le Grand Bistro (historic) Restaurant 1512 Curtis St. Denver, CO  We'll be in the spacious private room in the back of the restaurant.   Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar selected as one of Denver's ten best new restaurants of 2011

 

Cost: $ 27.99 includes tax and tip (Wine Party Only) Payment Link: http://uncorked-wente.eventbrite.com

Dress: Business/Dressy Casual to Business/Dress to Impress

Wines and Food Pairing Menu and Tasting Notes:

  • Wente Vineyards Riva Ranch Chardonnay with Provencal Vegetable Bruschetta on Grilled Ciabatta

Riva Ranch is a medium-bodied Chardonnay has a rich, golden color and aromas and flavors of tropical fruit, honey, cinnamon and light floral notes, balanced by subtle oak, butter and vanilla from barrel aging.Reserve Class Champion, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Competition, January 2012 Silver Medal, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, January 2012, Silver Medal, Northwest Food & Wine Festival, November 2011

  • Murrieta’s Well The Whip with Smoked Colorado Trout eclair, Pink Pepperorn buerre blanc, balsamic redux

The Whip is a blend of 31% Sauvignon Blanc, 27% Viognier, 15% Semillon, 11% Pinot Blanc, 8% Orange Muscat, 8% Muscat Canelli http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuZtjQOeK_Q The Whip won the PLATIMUM medal which is in the top of the wines entered in the Northwest Food and Wine Festival in Portland in November 2011 http://nwwinefestival.com/medalwinners.html 94 Points, Gold, Best of California, Best of Class (Greater Bay Appellations) California State Fair, June 2011, 91 Points, Enobytes, September, 2011, Gold Medal, Columbus Food and Wine Affair, September 2011, 87 Points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, October 2011, Silver, Best of Class, International Wine and Spirits Competition, May 2011, Silver, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, January 2011

  • Wente Reliz Creek Pinot Noir 2006 with Roasted Pork, Butternut Squash Puree, Pear Chip, Pomegranite Jus

Wine Enthusiast 90 Points Gold Medal, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Competition, January 2012 Gold Medal, Northwest Food & Wine Festival, November 2011 Silver Medal/90 points, California State Fair Wine Competition, June 2011 Bronze Medal, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, January 2012

  • Entwine Merlot  with Braised Lamb w/ candied Cippoliinis on Toast point

Entwine is the new Food Network Branded Wine from Wente SF Chronicle Wine Competition Gold Medal Great article about Food Network and Entwine: http://www.entwine-wines.com/sites/default/files/august_tasting_panel.pdf

  • Murrieta’s Well The Spur with Duck a L'orange, Seared duck, burnt orange, orane supremes, chestnut puree, brussel sprouts

The Spur is a red blend of 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Malbec, 21% Petit Verdot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petite Sirah, 4% Merlot 2008 94 Points, Gold, Best of California, Best of Class (Greater Bay Appellations) California State Fair, June[masked] Points, Enobytes, September, 2011 Gold Medal, Columbus Food and Wine Affair, September[masked] Points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, October 2011 Silver, Best of Class, International Wine and Spirits Competition, May 2011 Silver, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, January 2011

  • Tamas Estates Double Decker Red with Cake Opera Bites Valhrona chocolate, pistachios, hazelnut coffee mousse

Double Decker is a red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Barbera 2008 Double Decker Red 85 Points, is a Wine Enthusiast Best Buy!

Sign Up for Dinner after our event! Our group will have a preview sit down dinner for 5280 Restaurant Week a few weeks before the rush and the crowds (you'll have the full attention of the staff.  The deal is a 3 course menu for $26.40 per person plus tax/gratuity in addition to the wine party.   You may also join us and just have an item or dessert off the menu....we encourage you to stay and detox before hitting the road.
http://www.denver.org/denverrestaurant/menu?id=1085&Le+Grand+Bistro+%26+Oyster+Bar
Please Note: NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR/NO WALK UPS!....sorry but we will have to turn away anyone who doesn't have an advance ticket as wine and food has been allotted based on the ticketed attendees and we do not handle money at the door for wine and food pairing events We expect 80-90 attendees with a wine manager flying in and it's difficult to check folks in and handle money. Our events sell out quick! Please see the Denver Wine Meetup for the refund policy.

Parking: Light Rail to the convention center and walk two blocks  There is a garage next to Rialto that is $5.00 if you don't take the light rail.  http://maps.google.com/maps?q=1512+Curtis+St%2C+Denver%2C+CO+80202.   ;

There is a parking garage directly across the street from Rialto Café which is next door to Le Grand Bistro. The entrance to the 16th Center Parking garage is located on Champa street between 16th and 17th on the right hand side. The price is $6.00

Wente is giving away a trip to their winery! It would be really cool if someone from our group wins.  Please go to http://www.wentevineyards.com/discover/signup/ and also at https://www.facebook.com/WenteVineyards?v=app_121121694568521

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    I thoroughly enjoyed my evening.

    February 10, 2012

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    Great Evening all the way around!

    February 9, 2012

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