Saturday, July 31, 2010

Edna Valley Vineyards teams up with The Central Coast Wine Classic and provides a winemaker dinner " Around the Word "

The Central Coast Wine Classic is not just about wine but great food as well.

Celebrity Chefs and local Chefs alike spread out all over California's Central coast from The Hearst Castle , Private homes , San Luis Opispo and the Edna Valley to provide a wonderful culinary experience to the guests with some very picturesque settings.

We were picked up in our Chauffer driven coach and transported to the Edna Valley as the sun was setting over the vineyards . Our winery dinner was at the famous Edna Valley Vineyards.

Edna Valley was approved as an American Viticultural Area (AVA) in May 1982 because of its unique topographical setting and grape growing characteristics. This unique geographical location, cool climate and soil content all have an influence over the grapes grown in the valley and the wines made from those grapes.

The convergence of maritime climate, the marine sediment in the soil, and the volcanic influences of granite and tufa give Edna Valley wines a distinctive flavor. These are big, concentrated wines that maintain their balance. Edna Valley Vineyard sits in the heart of this appellation and benefits from these traits that combine to make this appellation unrivaled in may respects.

Edna Valley's Director of Winemakeing Harry Hansen met the guests as we sampled his Viognier , White Rhone " V " , Pinot Noir and Syrah and we enjoyed Pissaladiere , Grujeres of Compte cheese and Confit of Duck with Roasted Garlic.

Harry explained at the heart of his wine making is the idea that wine should be as pure an expression of the place and the grape as possible.They handle the fruit gently and treat the wine with respect, minimizing pumping, fining, and filtration.

His wines are aged mainly in French oak barrels selected for their complementary qualities. In short, he uses an artisan's approach to New World wine making. Edna Valley Vineyards focuses on estate-grown Chardonnay and produce Pinot Noir, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon using new varietal clones. They craft a variety of limited production wines that are sold exclusively in their tasting room.

Paragon vineyard is planted to the following mix of varietals that thrive in this microclimate:

Chardonnay 63%
Pinot Noir 18%
Syrah 9%
Sauvignon Blanc 5%
Pinot Gris 3%
Miscellaneous 1%

After enjoying some French starters and taking in the view, it was time to move into the dinning room overlooking the vineyard. Harry Hansen delighted us when he explained that he will be taking us to France , Italy , Spain , Croatia and Germany all featuring wines from right outside our window !

Italian First Course
Black mussels , cockels & spot prawns with white wine tomato herb broth

2008 Pinot Gris

Spanish Second Course
Handmade sausages with Bloomsdale spinach & garlic cream finished with Bacon , date and chutney

Barrel Sample 2009 Grenache

Croatia Entree
Pork involtini stuffed with greens & wild mushrooms on a bed of white bean puree

2007 Zinfandel

German Dessert :
Chocolate & Vietnamese coffee tart with lemon whipped cream

2009 Sweet Edna

We could not help but reflect on our moonlit drive out of the Edna valley on the meal we had just had and the wonderful diversity of the Edna Valley and Edna Valley Vineyards. For more information on Edna Valley Vineyards or for a visit please visit
Tell them VINO LAS VEGAS sent you and have fun .

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