L’Ecole No 41 Winemaker Dinner
Date: Thursday - July 20, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
What: Iconic wines, a visit with winemaker Marty Clubb, and special guest winemakers, Joe and Kristina Czarny, graduates of the Walla Walla Valley Community College enology program, representing College Cellars. Learn all about L’Ecole N° 41 by clicking here.
Cost: $100 plus gratuity
We will be tasting eight wines! Yes, that’s right. Eight! Read on…
Greeting: College Cellars Sparkling Riesling – This fun-loving treat was pressed by Joe’s class and disgorged by Kristina’s. This wine is made for fun and is the perfect way to set the mood for a joyful evening..
First Course: L’Ecole N° 41 2015 Semillon. Many top winemakers in the region have developed affection for this grape and have set out to produce world-class wines from the highly respected Bordeaux varietal. The vibrant fruit from this “smoking hot” year is supported with balanced acidity and adorned richness and complexity. Janet had to revisit this wine several times and finally landed on an appetizer of a fresh sardine prepared with a Spanish flair.
Second Course: College Cellars 2013 Summit View Cabernet Sauvignon made by Joe’s class & a 2015 Seven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon that was made by Kristina’s class. This will give us an opportunity to learn how the students and their mentors went about decision-making in crafting these two fine wines. The 2013 vintage benefitted from a non-eventful weather year and Joe’s class set their sights on making a big, bold cab. Under Marty Clubb’s mentorship using L’Ecole’s Seven Hills grapes, Kristina’s class elected to optimize the fruity characteristics attributable to the warm-weather vintage as they worked to soften the big, bold tannins. Janet will be serving a pasta Bolognese to complement these wines.
Third Course: L’Ecole N° 41 2014 Estate Merlot. The winemaker notes for this wine state, “The elegance and old-world structure of Seven Hills Vineyards adds complexity to the earthiness and mineralogy of the basalt soil from Ferguson.” This wine panders to no one and is an excellent example of the sturdy, yet elegant Merlot being produced in the Walla Walla Valley. Janet elected to create a dark, rich ragu of wild mushrooms over creamy polenta to showcase this wine.
Fourth Course: The Big Kahunas! It was not possible for us to choose between the three big-dog, highly acclaimed estate wines that crown L’Ecole’s lineup. In a rare opportunity to compare the best of the best, you will climb your way up the hill with us from the Pepper Bridge Vineyard (850’) featuring the 2014 Apogee, to the 1,000’ elevation of Seven Hills to enjoy the 2014 Estate Perigee and on to 1,500’ to savor the crown-jewel, 2013 Estate Ferguson. Janet has designed three vignette offerings to pair with each of these wines while complimenting all of them. You know, the usual: duck confit, cocoa-rubbed venison, lamb sausage with peppers.
Reserve Your SpotTotal Spaces: 50
Booking cannot be made online at this time for this event. Please call the restaurant at 503.614.0267 to make your reservation.