Korbel Natural Champagne 2018
Surprise Amuse Bouche on Table
Arugula salad with pineapple, mango, peach vinaigrette
White Wine 1 for Tasting and Score
Seared scallop with jasmine, apple
White Wine 2 for Tasting and Score
Braised wagyu beef short ribs, pomme purée, wilted spinach, hazelnut mole
Red Wine 1 for Tasting and Score
Dark chocolate cake with Oregon cherry ice cream
Red Wine 2 for Tasting and Score
SEATING LIMITED TO 50 PERSONS.
ALL PRICES BELOW INCLUDE WINE, FOOD,GRATUITY, AND TAX.
$110 for member and $110 for one guest.
$115 per person for additional guests or non-members.
Reservations due by Wednesday May 17.
No refunds given after May 17.
Bill Andrews, WSET Board
On May 24, 1976, a selection of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon wines from
California were put up for comparison against their well-established French
counterparts. The expectation was that the French wines would easily win the
competition. The sensation that was made when California’s offerings won the
competition – see the movie Bottle Shock – sent shockwaves throughout the wine
industry. The Winning US wines were Chateau Montelena Chardonnay and
Stag’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon. To be clear – the WSET event is not an honor
to the ancient Greek Judgement of Paris that led to the Trojan War. Our intent
is to celebrate a great moment in American wine, to promote the WSET global
view of wine enjoyment, and to test your culinary and wine tasting skills.
This year celebrates the 47th anniversary of that infamous Paris tasting
and the 50th anniversary of the winning US wine vintage. To commemorate
this, the Wine Society of East Tennessee in conjunction with our members
Northshore Wine and Spirits and The Club at Gettysvue is conducting an informal
reenactment of the tasting. The event will include both US and French inspired
food and California and French wines. Participants will dine on excellent food and
judge wines in a blind tasting. The four competing wines will be judged on a scale of
20 points each. At the end of the event, the wines will be revealed and the winners
recognized. Wines to be served are as follows:
Korbel Natural Champagne 2018 – Sparkling – $17.99
This is an opener and not part of the tribute.
It is our peace offering between France and the US as is it a California Champagne!
Made primarily from Pinot Noir, the remainder 35% Chardonnay, this stainless-steel
fermented sparkler is rich and fruity. Apple, cherry, and peach combine for a rich wine
that will widely appeal. Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California, US.
Chateau Montelena Chardonnay 2019. $60.00, Napa Valley
Bright gold in color and incredibly aromatic, the ripeness
of the vintage is most pronounced initially; melon, perfume, and orange
blossom slowly give way to fresh peach, honeysuckle, and apricot. There’s very
little overt oak influence on the nose, although it comes across subtly in the
background as pie crust and toast.
Stags’ Leap Cabernet 2020. $59.00, Napa Valley
This 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon is fresh and vibrant with layers of
bright red berry fruits, alongside a floral potpourri.
Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars was founded in 1970 and is known for the 1973 Cabernet
that won the award in Paris. The Stags’ Leap Winery has an even older history.
Originally established in 1872, it is also well-known for excellent wines.
Stag’s Leap and Stags’ Leap are both in the Stags Leap district of Napa Valley. They are 2.7 miles apart.
Louis Jadot Mâcon-Villages, 2021. $20.99. Chardonnay from Mâconnais, Burgundy, France
Produced in theMâconnais region of Burgundy, Mâcon-Villages is vinified
with no oak contact to retain the elegant aromas and clean,
fresh character that this region is prized for. The vineyard soils have a high percentage
of chalk and limestone which impart nuanced minerality.
Château Les Granges Bordeaux 2020, $14.99
The wine is young and, with its spice and juicy acidity, it is developing
quickly. Acidity and black currant fruits are already showing strongly against the wine’s light
texture. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon.