By Guest Author Jenna Riggan – SSU Wine Sense welcomed Shone Farm and B.R. Cohn for the latest Food & Wine Pairing event. A total of 36 students enjoyed learning about both wineries, and a few attentive tasters walked away with a bottle of B.R. Cohn Estate Grown Olive Oil, and a bottle of B.R. Cohn California Golden Balsamic Vinegar thanks to a raffle hosted by B.R. Cohn’s Stephen Winston!
Shone Farm Winery, located in the heart of the Russian River Valley AVA, is where the Santa Rosa Junior College wine students have the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of the winemaking process. Their presence provided the unique occasion for SSU Wine Business Students to gain insight and knowledge on what the SRJC students are producing. The favorite wine from Shone Farm was the 2009 Estate Chardonnay ($28) from Russian River Valley with rich tropical fruit flavors. 80 cases produced. For more information on the winery: http://www.shonefarm.com/winery/index.shtml
Located in Sonoma Valley, B.R. Cohn produces not only excellent wines, but also quality olive oil. B.R Cohn prides itself on their Olive Hill Estate Vineyard, which was named for the winery’s Picholine olive tree grove. The favorite wine was the 2008 B.R. Cohn Olive Hill Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley ($55). This wine was an instant favorite, with its intense plum, berry and cherry flavors. 3600 cases produced. For more information on the winery: http://www.brcohn.com/
Our chefs provided a delicious traditional Italian-American food menu including baked pasta, Caesar salad, garlic bread, and tiramisu trifle.
By Guest Author: Jenna Riggan – The latest SSU Wine Sense club meeting was full of conversation and member participation. Quivira Vineyards and Winery shared three of their lovely biodynamic wines with 23 students, who were both intrigued and impressed with the elements involved in biodynamic winemaking. Our chefs prepared a hearty meal of Lamb Shepherd’s Pie, a mixed green salad with fig vinaigrette, and an insanely delicious rum cake to be paired with the Quivira wines. For a fun twist, SSU Wine Sense officers also organized a blind tasting competition, where SSU Wine Sense members (and Quivira guest Nicholas Amtower!) were randomly assigned to teams and faced the challenge of deducing the varietal and price range of five different wines.
Favorite wine of the evening
The favorite wine of the evening from Quivira Vineyards and Winery was the 2010 Quivira Vineyards and Winery Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Creek Valley ($32). However, this wine is not your typical Sauvignon Blanc, it was actually 50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% Viognier. The nose on this wine was typical of a Viognier, with aromatics such as orange blossom, melon and white peach, as well as a body that stayed true to the refreshing, acidic and juicy characteristics of a Sauvignon Blanc. Quivira Vineyards and Winery is located in Dry Creek Valley, with a beautiful biodynamic estate and a total of 93 acres of vines. For more information, see http://www.quivirawine.com/index.html
Let the blind tasting battle begin!
Our members enthusiastically dove into discussions of what their wine could possibly be. Officers could hear questions and comments such as “Isn’t that too dark to be a Pinot Noir?” and “I think this is a Chardonnay because it feels buttery and creamy…but it’s definitely an affordable one.” The blind tasting allowed SSU Wine Sense members to open up and put the knowledge they accumulated from wine club meetings to the test. After tallying the scores, we can say that while our members were less adept at accurately guessing the price ranges, they were certainly more accurate in determining the varietals. And…they had fun while doing it!
The most recent tasting of the SSU WineSense Club was intimate and relaxed. Schweiger and Bouchaine wineries both presented and poured six of their beautiful estate wines. The group of 18 Millennials in attendance really opened up and felt more comfortable asking questions in the more intimate setting.
Favorite Wines of the Evening
The favorite wine of the evening from Schweiger Vineyards was the 2007 Schweiger Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, Estate Bottled ($58). This was a rich, full-bodied Cabernet with dark berries, chocolate, and toasty oak. It has a very velvety mouth feel with a long and pleasing finish. A truly elegant cab! Schweiger Vineyards is located on the very top of Spring Mountain with a beautiful tasting room and 35 acres of vineyard. They produce 5000 cases of estate wine annually. For more information see: http://www.schweigervineyards.com/
The favorite wine of the evening from Bouchaine Vineyards was the 2008 Bouchaine Pinot Noir, Napa Valley-Carneros, Estate Vineyard ($50). This was a complex rich garnet colored pinot with bright cherry and blue berry fruit. It also had a subtle smokey note, hints of cocoa and a very long finish. Bouchaine Vineyards is located in the Carneros AVA and is the oldest continually operated winery in that region, having been established in 1928 by Italian immigrant Johnny Garetto. For more information on Bouchaine, please see: http://www.bouchaine.com/
Warm and Cozy Food/Wine Pairing
New Wine/Food Pairing Chefs, Alexa Dallas and Jenna Tallyn, did a great job with our food pairing as well! The main course was Boeuf Bourguignon with Mashed Potatoes. This was complemented by Goat cheese with Fig and Apple Compote, and Almond Roca Brownies for dessert.