Dewey Markham Guides SSU Millennials in a Bordeaux Wine Tasting

Dewey Markum with Bordeaux Wines

Dewey Markum with Bordeaux Wines

Contributed by Erica Schreckenghaust – This past Thursday, the Wine Sense club had the honor of being lead through a wine tasting of many famous Bordeaux wines by author and wine scholar, Dewey Markham. Dewey is a man of many passions and exemplifies the idea of chasing your dreams, as his dreams have led him in ventures all over the world.

Dewey Markham’s Wine Journey

Dewey was born and raised in New York, and later attended New York University.  He discovered a love for cooking and enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America. In 1986, Dewey moved to Paris and became director of the cooking school L’Ecole de Cuisine La Carenne, starting a wine studies program.

After realizing he had a great passion for wine he attended the School of Oenology at Bordeaux University earning a degree in wine tasting.  Dewey has also written many popular wine books, such as Wine Basics and 1855: A History of the Bordeaux Classification. Dewey currently lives in Bordeaux where he hosts private wine tours and serves as an ambassador for many of the amazing Bordeaux wines at seminars all over the world.

Tasting of Five Bordeaux Wines

Dewey presented five different red blends for the 37 attendees to taste:

  • 2011 Château Bournac
  • 2009 Château Liversan
  • 2009 Château Mongravey
  • 2008 Château Lagrange
  • 2008 Château Ormes de Pez

Favorite Wines of the Evening

pt7871Interestingly the wines that were most appreciated by the Millennials were the two 2008 vintages — Château Lagrange and Château Ormes de Pez.

The 2008 Château Lagrange is a blend consisting of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 7% Petite Verdot, from the Saint-Julien appellation. The Château Ormes de Pez was a 60 Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc blend from the Saint-Estêphe appellation.

We cannot thank Dewey enough for his excellent presentation, selection of wines and once in a lifetime tasting experience!

 

SSU Students Agree that Gloria Ferrer 2006 Royal Cuvee is Fit for Royalty

GloriaContributed by Erica Schreckenghaust –  The SSU WineSense Club was honored to have Gloria Ferrer Winery host the tasting this past week.  A total of 47 students came to taste seven of their fantastic wines. Ryan, hospitality rep for the winery, described the history of the estate and the winemaking process.

We began with four sparkling wines including the Sonoma Brut, Blanc de Noir, Royal Cuvee and Extra Brut. The favorite sparkling wine of the night was the 2006 Royal Cuvee, which is a blend of 66% Pinot Noir and 34% Chardonnay, from the Carneros region. It received 93 points in the San Francisco International Wine Competition this year and its first vintage was served to the King and Queen of Spain during their visit in 1987.

7578_737256172995534_2270633394072147621_nWe then tasted the 2012 Carneros Chardonnay and finished with the 2011 Pinot Noir and 2010 Gravel Knob Pinot Noir. The favorite of the still wines was the 2011 Pinot Noir from the Carneros region that received 92 points from Wine & Spirits in 2013.