Wine Wars: Wine Press NW Interview, Eataly NY & More

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I’ve been on the road quite a bit recently, speaking at the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium in Sacramento, the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers meetings in Eastern Washington and many other places. Andy Perdue of Wine Press Northwest managed to slow me down long enough to do this interview, which I think captures very well my enthusiasm for the opportunity to speak at these events and work with such great people.

World Tour Update: Eataly NYC

The Wine Wars World Tour continues next month (see schedule at the end of this post) with trips to New York, Washington DC and Hawai’i. Most of the scheduled events are for University of Puget Sound alumni, but I’m doing a class on March 13 at Eataly in New York City that is open to the public (for a fee, of course, but read on and you’ll understand why).

I’ll be talking about Wine Wars, Dan Amatuzzi (Eataly’s Wine Director) will lead a tasting of five Italian terroirist wines and Patrick Lacey (Executive Chef of Eataly’s La Scuola) will prepare regional food pairings (tasting notes and adapted recipes will be provided). What fun! Here’s a listing of the wines and foods. Wow!  What great choices!

Wines

Monastero Suore Cistercensi “Coenobium Rusticum” 2009, Lazio
Giacomo Borgogno Barolo Riserva 1999, Piemonte
Antinori Brunello di Montalcino “Pian delle Vigne” 2006, Toscana
Argiolas “Turriga” 2006, Sardinia
Tenute Rubino Aleatico Amabile 2007 (500ml), Puglia

Menu
Puntarelle in Salsa
Due Crostini – Piemontese & Toscani
Malloreddus con Salsiccia

Wine Wars at Raymond Vineyards

We did a Puget Sound alumni event at Raymond Vineyards in Napa Valley during our California trip and I thought you might be interested in Sue’s photos of the event, which try to capture the drama of the Raymond experience.  I did a book signing in the absolutely fabulous Red Room and then an alumni luncheon talk in the Crystal Cellar room. It was quite an feeling to have nearly 100 alumni seated at one long mirrored table with candlelight the only illumination, eating a fabulous meal along with great Raymond Vineyards wines.

Setting up for the luncheon

Lowering the lights

Alumni and guests dining by candelight

Book signing in the Red Room

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Thanks to Patrick Egan and his boss, Jean-Charles Boisset, for their hospitality at Raymond Vineyards and to Svetlana Matt for organizing the event. Thanks to Andy Perdue for the great interview. Thanks to Dan and Cristina at Eataly for making the New York event possible. Thanks to Sue for the photos. Thanks to you for reading The Wine Economist!

Here is the Wine Wars World Tour schedule for next month.

March 2012

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3 responses

  1. Mike, thanks so much for sharing all those valuable insights! I really enjoy reading your blog. Listening to your interview and reflecting on the circumstances of US winemakers some 30 years ago: high inflation and high (domentic) interest rates – I see some similarities to argentine wine makers today. Any advise to them? Warmest regards, Lieke Michieli

  2. Great blog! I’m new to the wine blogosphere but work in the industry. Given the state of the world economy, I think your wine blog will be my favorite going forward. Looking forward to reading Wine Wars. Keep up the great work!

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