The Spring semester got off to a great start when Toad Hollow Winery agreed to host the first SSU WineSense Club tasting. A total of 46 millennials showed up that evening to learn more about the wines from this Sonoma County winery located in Healdsburg (http://www.toadhollow.com/).
The students tasted and toasted to six Toad Hollow wines along with scrumptious food pairings. The wines included: 2010 Chardonnay – Mendocino County, 2011 Rose of Pinot Noir, Sonoma County, 2009 Pinot Noir – Russian River Valley, 2006 Pinot Noir Reserve – Russian River Valley, 2007 Merlot – Russian River Valley, and NV Risque Sparkling Wine from France.
Two favorites of the evening were the 2010 Toad Hollow Unoaked Chardonnay ($13) from Mendocino County with clean, fresh flavors of ripe apple and lemon and their new Risque Sparkling Wine from France ($16). This is a non-vintage wine made from the Mauzac grape with a low alcohol of only 6%. It is also semi-sweet with crisp and fruity flavors.
To begin, the cooking team prepared Herb Cheese Spread on Crackers to pair with the chardonnay and rose. Next was Sausage Kale Soup w/corn bread which married beautifully with the two pinot noirs and merlot. The semi-sweet sparkling wine was matched with Bourbon Cinnamon Bread Pudding – but this also tasted fine with the reds. All in all, it was a great way to start a new semester.