2017 Int'l Alsace Varietals Festival Educational Session - SOLD OUT

Date: Saturday - February 25, 2017
Time: 8:30 am - 12:30
Price: $60.00   Sold Out!

Educational Session: Listen to and interact with winemakers from around the globe as they discuss winemaking and grape growing specifically for Alsace varietals. Continental breakfast will be served. 

Educational Session Program:

8:30am          Welcome and introduction – AVWA President Michael Green, Black Kite Cellars

Educational Session Program Moderator: Michael Green    

8:45am          The morning kicks off with an exploration of "Cremant d'Alsace" sparkling wines, sponsored by Wines of Alsace, presented by PLANET GRAPE WINE REVIEW tasting panel, moderated by Catherine Fallis, MS, with panelists Dr. Liz Thach MW, Fred Swan DipWSET, and Deborah Parker Wong DipWSET, presenting the following wines: Albert Mann Crémant d’Alsace Extra Brut 2013, Charles Baur Crémant d’Alsace Brut Emotion, Willm Crémant d’Alsace Blanc de Noirs, and Pierre Sparr Crémant d’Alsace Rosé 

10:00am    Up next, attendees will enjoy "Food and Wine Pairings"  presented by Christie Dufault, in cooperation with David Strada and New Zealand Wines. Culinary Institute of America instructor Christie Dufault will present food bites specifically created to pair with Villa Maria Cellar Selection Dry Riesling 2011 (Marlborough), Ostler Lakeside Pinot Gris 2012 (Waitaki Valley), and Lawson’s Dry Hills Gewürztraminer 2014 (Marlborough) from New Zealand Wines, in a New World wine meets food tasting experience, where the result is both revelatory and a celebration of the senses.

11:15am   The third and final session, “Michigan’s Dry Rieslings—Truly Cool” will explore examples from 2010, 2012, 2016. Moderated by journalist/author David Furer, we will feature wines of and presentations by Bonobo Winery's Carter Oosterhouse (https://www.bonobowinery.com/), Brengman Bros.’ Robert Brengman (http://brengmanbrothers.com/), and Bel Lago Winery's Charles Edson (http://bellago.com/). Each panelist will provide varying perspectives on recent developments that have made NW Michigan a beacon for quality cool climate vinifera in the Midwest that have drawn comparisons to other climates in N. America, and to some in Europe, known for great Rieslings.

Wines featured:
Brengman Brothers 2010 Riesling Dry
2016 Bel Lago Leelanau Peninsula Dry Riesling
Bonobo Old Mission Peninsula AVA 2012


                                                                 Location:  Mendocino County Fairgrounds in "downtown" Boonville

 14400 Highway 128, Boonville CA 95415

 No children, no pets, thank you!

All Ticket Sales Are Final - tickets are non-refundable.