The Napa Valley may well be one of the most well-known wine regions in the United States, but its neighbor to the west, Sonoma County, is a close second.
Recently, 24 Sonoma wineries came together to promote their products via special events in the Alamo City under the umbrella label of “Uncork Sonoma.”
Hosted at the Chart House restaurant at the top of the Tower of the Americas, a four-course, wine-pairing Tour of Sonoma media dinner was held June 3, courtesy of the Sonoma County Winegrowers.
On the heels of that event, a “Wine Fest and Taste” event followed two days later in the shadow of the tower on the grounds of Hemisfair Park.
Coincidentally, a totally unrelated wine event also under the title of “Uncork” is scheduled for June 10. This one, “Uncork to Support” benefitting San Antonio families affected by cancer, is a virtual wine auction presented by the Texas Oncology Foundation.
More information can be found at the bottom of this blog.
Wine is a convivial and effective way to gather people, with or without food.
The Sonoma wine pairing dinner featured a pre-dinner reception with three different passed hors d’oeuvres: a scallop ceviche with micro cilantro and dried citrus salt, followed by warm Brie crostini served with strawberry basil salsa and candied hazelnuts; and coconut crunchy shrimp in a tangy orange marmalade.
They were paired with Iron Horse Classic Vintage Brut from Green Valley.
The salad course featured a composed melon salad with Meyer lemon gastrique and whipped feta cheese, served with Rodney Strong Charlotte’s Home Sauvignon Blanc 2019 and Dutton Ranch Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2018.
Winery owner and fifth-generation farmer Steve Dutton presented his wine and discussed his family’s commitment to provide fair wages and adequate housing for the seasonal migrant workers on temporary work visas in the vineyards.
For the main course, a savory duck leg confit (sous vide) was served with vanilla bean white sweet potato purée and a roasted cherry and thyme chutney.
This was paired with Land of Promise Deo Favente Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast and with Kenwood Vineyards Jack London Cabernet Sauvignon from the Sonoma Mountain AVA or American Viticultural Area.
This was followed by a plate of assorted cheeses, fruit jams and rustic bread served with Geyserville Ridge Zinfandel blend from Alexander Valley.
Meanwhile, here’s the scoop on the other event I mentioned:
“Uncork to Support”
When: 7-9 p.m. June 10, Thursday
Price: Sponsorships from $500 to $7,500. Individual tickets, $225
For more: http://www.UncorktoSupportTXOF.com
Wine educator Shelly Wilfong, host of the podcast “This is Texas Wine,” will present four Texas wines with suggested pairings of favorite Texas foods. All proceeds from the event will aid efforts to fight cancer in the San Antonio community.
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