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
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!