I. Trefethen Estate Dry Riesling 2008
Sweet Peach Wrapped in Carpaccio of Salmon and Grilled w/ Asian spices; sandwiched w/ Apple-Chicken Sausage
Pan-Seared Sablefish w/Fennel Chowder
Maple Brined White Farms Pork Loin Stuffed with Herbs
Beef Filet Medallions w/ Caramelized Shallot & Fig Sauce
Warm Apricot and Stilton Crostada w/Creme Fraiche Ice Cream
Limited Seating So Call Soon!
I’m a history buff and little did I know, how much history is involved in this class.
The class is taught by Paul Wagner. Paul is the principal of a marketing communications agency with a no-nonsense approach to combining the strategies and tactics of marketing, public relations, advertising and graphic design to achieve the marketing goals of our clients. Blah, blah, blah….I think it’s just an excuse for him to write off trips to exotic locations to tour wineries, restaurants and rub elbows with the elite of the world’s wine regions. In all seriousness, Paul is the kind of teacher that keeps his students coming back for more. I think there are two students in this calls that are taking Cultural Appreciation of Wine for the 2nd time. I can’t say as I blame them. It’s a darn good class.
This class is a required class for those in the certificate program for Wine Sales and Marketing in the Viticulture and Winery Technology Department of Napa Valley College. I’m one of those people.
Class started August 18. After a long summer off, I was glad to get back to NVC and the VWT department. The class is Tuesday nights 7-10. From previous experience, those night classes can be tough after a long day at work, but this class in particular is fascinating to me, so I think I’ll be ok.
Paul gave us a very interesting exercise on the first night of class.
The whole class, with Paul as the tour guide, took a trip through time. We stepped outside of the classroom and started out in 2009. For every 5 steps we took, went back in time a decade, and Paul told us what was happening, who was a mover and shaker of the time period and what role wine was playing in history and culture.
“We hear of the conversion of water into wine at the marriage in Cana as of a miracle. But this conversion is, through the goodness of God, made every day before our eyes. Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards, and which incorporates itself with the grapes, to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.”– Benjamin Franklin
I’m not particularly religious, but that is a great quote and it says much for the impact that wine has on humankind.
Anthony Blackburn is a student at Napa Valley College in the Viticulture and Winery Technology Department. He is also the Student Sales and Marketing Intern responsible for selling the wines made by the students in the student winery. www.napavalley.edu/winery
1 liter club soda, chilled
1 orange, zested
2 (750 milliliter) bottles dry red wine, chilled
1/2 cup diet orange soda
1 (12 ounce) can diet lemon-lime soda
What was a 1-3 times a week posting by me has morphed into the Wine 101 Magazine of SCV. When I was in Italy I asked friends, relatives, winemakers and Facebook friends to write guest posts. Then I invited non profits to send their press releases for events with wine. Of course it followed suit that I would run press also for local wine businesses and, for non-profits and businesses further out that had something different to offer readers – with an emphasis on wine.
On the left side of this blog you will notice a row of art with links for different events that I am highlighting. You can learn more about the charity each supports by clicking on any of them. Currently we have Wishes for Children Journey at Pechanga 9-18, Betty Ferguson Foundation’s Woman of Honor Dinner 9-19, Soroptimist of Greater Santa Clarita Valley’s The Wine Affair: Sip Savor and Stroll on 9-27, The 2nd Annual TPC/West Ranch Art & Wine Gala on 10-3, All Corked Up’s International Festival, Wine for Water ongoing events and awareness for KIVA loans.
If you scroll through the SCV Wine Calendar you will also find many events to choose from. If you have an event that you know about and don’t see there please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
So, besides events, some one-time contributors became monthly and then weekly “staff writers”. Now let’s see who they are:
Michael Perlis provides outsourced controller services to businesses that do not need a full-time controller. He balances this with his interest in wine, reading and writing about it and, of course, drinking it. He is still trying to figure out how to combine these two pursuits. Feel free to contact him about either.
Rusty Sly is a Rocket Scientist that has an insatiable love for fine as well as unique wines. Being technical with an engineering and chemical background, he is driven to pursue all aspects about wines. His studies include, but are not limited to, wine production, chemistry, etiquette, cultures and terroir. His motto to everyone is to look for and try wines that are unique and different.
Anthony Blackburn is a student at Napa Valley College in the Viticulture and Winery Technology Department. He is also the Student Sales and Marketing Intern responsible for selling the wines made by the students in the student winery. www.napavalley.edu/winery (His first column will debut 9-7)
SCV Vintners and Growers Association is a well-rounded group of local folk that get together to taste wine and help each other at harvest and bottling. They sometimes send “updates” from their meetings and tasting notes.
Steve Lemley, from the SCV Vintners and Growers Association, sends updates on Pulchella Winery that he owns with Nate Hasper. Slated to be Santa Clarita’s first commercial winery and tasting room…could be excellent news!
Denise Lowe has been collecting and learning about wine for many years, and there is nothing about which she is more passionate. She is a certified Junior Wine Executive through LearnAboutWine (www.LearnAboutWine.com), and is now teaching classes as a Senior Educator at LearnAboutWine. Denise also hosts guided, in-home wine tastings through WineShop at Home, a bonded Napa winery (www.denisemlowe.com).
Stories in Photos Readers send one or two photos and they are highlighted on the top o’ the blog and slowly scroll down the page. If you have 3 or more they are then placed as a blog post. Some are professional photographers; some amateur. All are worthy of a view.
Guest Poster might be a wine bar proprietor, winery owner, or any reader that wants to leave more than a short comment. It’s your blog…tell me what you want or write it yourself: email@example.com
Eve Bushman I love putting non-profit events in the limelight, receiving your press releases, keeping up with the awesome array of tastings and talent. Seeing the wine world through my 101er eyes…well…has been an awesome ride so far. Thanks for taking the trip with us so far!
When I read a wine book, I am usually not looking for scores, ratings and tasting notes. Rather, I am interested in the stories behind the wines and the people in the industry.
American Vintage by Paul Lukacs is a very readable history of wine in the United States.
And in The Great Wines of America, Mr. Lukacs makes his case for the top forty wineries of America. You may not agree with his choices, but he makes excellent arguments to support his picks.
Finally, in The Emperor of Wine, Elin McCory writes about the man who is arguably the most influential wine critic in the world — Robert M. Parker, Jr.
There are a lot more wine books out there; in fact, I have several more at home waiting for me to get to them.
Now, when will Eve be writing her book?
Ahoy, there, mateys! There’s trouble a’brewin’ at the Canyon Theatre Guild’s Gala Fundraiser on Friday, October 2, 2009. Notice has been posted that this evening at Cut Throat Grotto will embrace the golden age of piracy. Invitations have been issued to all pirates, swashbucklers, and privateers from the seven seas to join the brethren of the Guild for an evening of adventure.
Be forewarned that the table servers are scallywags with whom ye will barter for the niceties of the evening. There’ll be tasty vittles and lots of rum punch flowing so join in on the fun and frolicking aboard the HMS Adventure. There’ll be mutinous pirates, cabin boys and wanton wenches aplenty, so plan now to be a part of the fun. Tickets start at $40 each for Buccaneers (who will have to barter with their server for the necessities of dining). The Captain’s Experience tables seat 8 for $500; Commodore’s Experience tables are $750 (for 8 seats) and the Admiral of the Black Experience tables are $1,000 (for 8 seats). All tables feature wine with other accoutrements available by bartering except, of course, at the Admiral’s tables.
Dead men tell no tales, so plan for a lively evening of fun, food and fabulous entertainment. Dress in your best pirate garb for there’ll be season tickets won by the best dressed pirates and wenches! Exciting auction items, including a pirate’s treasure chest filled with treasure, also jewelry, trips and much more! Call now to reserve your berth on the HMS Adventure – leaving port on October 2 at 6:00 PM and returning at midnight. The ticket office number is: (661) 799-2702 and is located in the lobby of the Canyon Theatre Guild at 24242 Main Street, Old Town Newhall. All proceeds benefit the Canyon Theatre Guild, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.