An Intimate Tasting with Schweiger and Bouchaine Estate Wineries

The most recent tasting of the SSU WineSense Club was intimate and relaxed.  Schweiger and Bouchaine wineries both presented and poured six of their beautiful estate wines.  The group of 18 Millennials in attendance really opened up and felt more comfortable asking questions in the more intimate setting.

Favorite Wines of the Evening

The favorite wine of the evening from Schweiger Vineyards  was the 2007 Schweiger Vineyards  Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, Estate Bottled ($58).  This was a rich, full-bodied Cabernet with dark berries, chocolate, and toasty oak.  It has a very velvety mouth feel with a long and pleasing finish.  A truly elegant cab!  Schweiger Vineyards is located on the very top of Spring Mountain with a beautiful tasting room and 35 acres of vineyard.  They produce 5000 cases of estate wine annually.  For more information see:   http://www.schweigervineyards.com/

The favorite wine of the evening from Bouchaine Vineyards was the 2008 Bouchaine Pinot Noir, Napa Valley-Carneros, Estate Vineyard ($50). This was a complex rich garnet colored pinot with bright cherry and blue berry fruit.  It also had a subtle smokey note, hints of cocoa and a very long finish.  Bouchaine Vineyards is located in the Carneros AVA and is the oldest continually operated winery in that region, having been established in 1928 by Italian immigrant Johnny Garetto.  For more information on Bouchaine, please see:  http://www.bouchaine.com/

Warm and Cozy Food/Wine Pairing

New Wine/Food Pairing Chefs, Alexa Dallas and Jenna Tallyn, did a great job with our food pairing as well!   The main course was Boeuf Bourguignon with Mashed Potatoes. This was complemented by Goat cheese with Fig and Apple Compote, and Almond Roca Brownies for dessert.

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