Thursday, July 31, 2008

VINO LAS VEGAS visits Smith and Wolensksy for a winemaker dinner with Lancaster Estates

Smith & Wollensky is a landmark restaurant in Las Vegas and many other cities in the country. This fine establishment offers the opportunity for wine and food lovers to partake in several wine dinners and events throughout the year. We had the great fortune to enjoy a culinary and wine experience featuring Lancaster Estate Wines from the Alexander Valley. The dinner featured five courses paired with the Lancaster Estate wines which the National Sales Director, Chris Venello, took us through with each perfectly prepared dish.

One of the outstanding dishes was the first course of endive salad with a creamy Ceasar dressing with bruschetta paired with the 2006 Samatha

Savingnon Blanc. This wine held wonderful citrus and melon notes and a nice full complexity. This unfined and unfiltered wine was aged 7 months in 90% stainless steel barrels and 10% in new french oak barrels. As the evening continued we were in for more culinary sensations. Our taste buds where satisfied and our palettes enriched with the sumptuous food and wine that Smith & Wollensky along with Lancaster Estates wines provided for our enjoyment.

Lancaster Estates is estate grown, bottled and produced wines that honor and reflect their origins. The Estate is located at the southernmost tip of Alexander Valley, and includes 53 hillside acres of vineyard surrounding the winery. Situated near the confluence of the Knights Valley and Chalk Hill appellations, this location offers a great diversity of soils and micro-climates and the optimum growing conditions for Bordeaux varieties.

The Estate has warm days and cool nights, and a longer growing season than other Cabernet-driven appellations. As a result, these wines express their rich, ripe flavors with bright vibrancy and balance.

The property consists of 24 vineyard blocks that are sub-divided into 27 distinct sub-blocks. The vineyard is planted exclusively to the classic Bordeaux varieties—Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

Join Elaine and Scott of VINO LAS VEGAS as we take you into this wonder full event

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Elaine and Scott

Elaine and Scott
Elaine and Scott