Event Reviews and Photos 2011
In last added order... (for 2010, ClickMe)
Holiday Wine Exchange at Portland Prime, December
The Gold Medal Dinner, November
Sauvino Sunset, October 30
Walla Walla Event, October 22
1982 Bordeaux Event, September 24
1997 Cabernet Event at Trader Vic's, September 10
Summer Garden Party, August 13
La Vie en Rosé, July 23, 2011
Bastille Day, July 9, 2011
Wine Crawl, June 25, 2011
Pinot Envy, June 11, 2011
Barolo Dinner, March 12, 2011
WFSO member, Greg Bunnell, hosted this event at Davis Street Tavern.
Greg provided the wine list to Katy Millard, Davis Street Tavern's new chef, to create a menu that would showcase not only the wine, but the food. We started the evening with a couple bottles of the NV Deltetto Extra Brut Rose to go along with a Dungeness Crab and Avocado Salad. We moved on to the second course by first sampling a 2005 Marques de Murrieta Capellania with Artichoke Soup with Aged Gruyere and a Black Truffle Crouton. This dish may have stole the night in terms of a crowd favorite. More than one person requested the recipe as memory has it. The flavor of the soup played so well with the wine as if they were meant only to be shared together. After really wanting seconds (not an option unfortunately), we pressed on to taste, first standing alone, and then with food, a vertical of the 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999 Borgogno Barolo Riserva. All of these wines were very tannic and somewhat dusty. They were just starting to open up when the Duck Confit and Farro Risotto in a Parmesan Broth hit the table. The wines showed much better with the food as one might expect. The third course, a Braised Veal Cheek Bourguignon with Potato Puree, was paired with four Barolo's from the 2004 vintage, an Azeila Barolo Bricco Fiasco, E Pira Barolo Cannubi, Elio Atare Barolo, and a Paolo Scavino Cannubi. These wines, even though much younger than the first flight, were showing extremely well without much tannins at all. They were very approachable and well balanced. We finished the evening with a Monte Faustino Recioto Della Valpolicella to go with a Dark Chocolate Cream dessert. At the end of the dinner, our appetites had been satiated. It was yet another fun evening with friends and exception food and wine.
Thanks again to everyone at Davis Street Tavern for making this such a memorable event!
!Oba Restaurante¡ outdid
themselves for our May 22, 2011
Argentine Wines event, serving a great four-course dinner in their
hacienda-style Havana Room. The Argentine wines went great with the food and
with price-points ranging from only $12 to just under $33 while boasting Wine
Advocate ratings of 90+, they're insanely great values worth purchasing by the
case. Jim and Mara discovered a 2009 Catena Alma Negra Sparkling Rose
Malbec ($17 retail) they enjoyed at an earlier Argentine wine tasting, so they
bought a couple of bottles to share with event guests for a pre-function treat.
For a Rose of Malbec it was surprisingly very light pink in color with a dry,
strawberry and citrus peel taste.
Thanks! Jim Galbraith
ChateauNeuf de Pape Dinner
Waterfalls and Apple Blossoms Gorge Wine Tour
Jacob Williams Winery
CHATEAU MONTELENA DINNER
Saturday, March 26, 2011 Winemaster Ed and Sue Kingzett
hosted a Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon vertical dinner at the
Heathman Hotel assisted by former Membership Chairman Mark Lindau. Our evening
started with hors d'oeuvres and two 2008 Chardonnays, a Newton Red Label and a
Chateau Montelena, the '72 version which famously won a blind tasting in France
against White Burgundy, the story portrayed in the movie "Bottle Shock."
We then tasted arguably the best 8 consecutive vintages of Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon if not in the history of
The meal prepared by Chef Terry Baker of the Heathman was well matched with the wines: roast baby beet salad, Roast Rack of New Zealand Venison (Steelhead with risotto for those not favoring meat) and Chocolate Gourmandise dessert paired beautifully with Chateau La Tour Vielles Banyol Reserve, a nearly perfect match with chocolate. Finally, Dick Stinson treated us with a '74 Chateau Montelena Johannesburg Riesling which was historically interesting but oxidized and unfortunately past its prime.
Valentine’s Live Lobster Dinner
February 19, 2011