SEMIAHMOO RESORT PRESENTS THE RODNEY STRONG VINEYARDS VINTNER DINNER

Rodney Strong dinner at Semiahmoo ResortWho: Semiahmoo Resort, Golf and Spa and Rodney Strong Vineyards

What: Rodney Strong Vineyards Vintner Dinner

When: Thursday, September 8, 5:30 to 9 p.m

Where: Semiahmoo Resort, Golf and Spa
9565 Semiahmoo Parkway
Blaine, Wash. 98230-9326

Cost: Dinner: $125 per person
Overnight stay: $439 for two

Details: For 55 years, Rodney Strong Vineyards have been pursuing the passion of winemaking deep within California wine country’s Sonoma County. Today, the winery continues to emphasize the art of winemaking, but with a modern twist.

Three families have contributed to the vineyards’ reputation for critically acclaimed Single Vineyard and Reserve wines, starting with Rod Strong who established the winery in 1961. At the time, it was the 13th winery in the wine industry in Sonoma County. A few years later, Rick Sayre became winemaker in 1979. Then came the Klein Family who purchased the winery in 1989 as fourth generation California farmers.

Today, Rodney Strong Vineyards still stands out as one of the best varietal wines in the area producing 12 wines utilizing the winery’s 14 vineyard estates. Among those varietal wines are Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Malbec, Meritage, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Port, Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and Zinfandel.

Semiahmoo Resort’s Rodney Strong Vintner Dinner begins with Chef Bruno Feldeisen’s warm spot prawn Waldorf Salad with smoked ikura roe, paired with the 2015 Charlotte’s Home sauvignon blanc.

The second course features roasted Neah Bay sablefish with a cauliflower puree and brown butter, paired with the 2014 Chaulk Hill chardonnay.

The third course consists of Sage and Sky Farm lamb and black truffle meatloaf with sweet-onion soubise and fennel confit paired with the 2013 Symmetry Reserve meritage red.

The fourth course includes a carved Wagyu Beef tenderloin with black garlic, Foie Gras and rosemary jus paired with a 2013 Alexander’s Crown Vineyard Reserve cabernet sauvignon.

To finish the meal Chef Feldeisen will serve his homemade tiramisu ice cream with espresso sauce and pistachio meringue for dessert, paired with the 2009 A True Gentleman’s port.

California Wines

Having Fun California Cruisin’ at Vancouver International Wine Festival

When you hear the term “California Cruisin” what do you think?  If you are me, it would be the beach, surf boards, the Beach Boys, and in general having fun.  Having fun is what we did have at the California Cruisin’ event for the Vancouver International Wine Festival last night at Brix Restaurant & Bar in Yaletown.  This was a walk-about event, with wines being poured from at least 12 different California producers (mainly from Sonoma and Napa Valleys), and various nibbles being passed around, made by Brix.

On the white wine side, all were Chardonnay.  But don’t think big, fat, oaky Chardonnay.  These were all leaner, had a stone / tropical fruit, green pea flavour/aroma component, and a light touch of oak, if it was oaked.  Very refreshing.

The red wine side was a bit more varied with Cabernet Sauvignon, of course, but there were a few Pinot Noirs, and some Petite Sirah blends.  I’ve noticed in the past 2 years that more California Petite Sirah is being available here in BC.   If you haven’t tried Petite Sirah before you should give it a try.  It can be hard and tannic, needing aging, but the ones I tried last night were very inviting.  The grape can have flavours of black pepper, blackberries, blueberries, spice and licorice.  Two that I had at this event were the Michael David Winery Petite Petit, 2011, and the Concannon Vineyard Conservancy Crimson & Clover 2010.  They will likely be available for tasting at the Festival tasting room starting this Thursday evening.  Also a shout out to the “big” California winery, Robert Mondavi.  They were pouring a really nice Napa Valley Chardonnay, 2011, and a Napa Valley Pinot Noir, 2012.  And if you want a more serious red wine with some tannic structure try the Chasing Lions Cabernet Sauvignon 2011.

Enjoy the food and wine pictures that I took during the event, and check out my twitter feed @mywinepal to watch my VINE video!

Liberty School Central Coast Chardonnay 2011

Liberty School Central Coast Chardonnay 2011

La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2012

La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2012

LA Style Korean BBQ Beef Tacos

LA Style Korean BBQ Beef Tacos

Michael David Petite Petit 2011

Michael David Petite Petit 2011

Concannon Conservancy Crimson and Clover 2010

Concannon Conservancy Crimson and Clover 2010

Nine North Chasing Lions Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Nine North Chasing Lions Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Win 2 Tickets to Sonoma in the City Contest

Napa Valley in California is very famous.  Most people know about their big Cabernet Sauvignons. But it’s next door neighbour, Sonoma Valley may not be as familiar to you.  In my opinion it is not as flashy as Napa, but produces excellent quality wines.  On Feb 5 an evening tasting at the Terminal City Club will offer wine lovers the chance to taste wines from over 20 Sonoma County wineries. The event will benefit the BC Hospitality Foundation’s fundraising efforts. Give Sonoma a try!  Details about purchasing tickets are below, but you also have a chance to win 2 tickets from MyWinePal.  In order to get an entry you can:

  1. Tweet “I want to win 2 tickets to Sonoma in the City tasting on Feb 5 from @MyWinePal. #sonomawine in support of @BCHospitality”
  2. Post a comment below, naming a winery that is located in Sonoma County.

The contest will close on January 30.  You will be contacted by MyWinePal if you are the winner.  If you are not the winner, you can still buy a ticket and use my promo code below for a $10 discount.

Sonoma in the City

Where, When, How Much?

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

6:30 – 9:00 pm

Terminal City Club, 837 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Tickets $55; available here: https://www.eply.com/sonomainthecity

$10 discount with promotional code SCV14 makes them a great deal at $45

If you would like to learn a bit more about Sonoma County wines, please click on this link to a past article I published on Sonoma wines.

Back to Back Sonoma County Wine Events Next Week

Ferrari Carano Sonoma County Fume Blanc 2010

Ferrari Carano Sonoma County Fume Blanc 2010

Napa Valley in California is very famous.  Most people know about their big Cabernet Sauvignons. But it’s next door neighbour, Sonoma Valley may not be as familiar to you.  In my opinion it is not as flashy as Napa, but produces excellent quality wines.  Next week you can have a few opportunities to try some of the wines from Sonoma, and at the same time helping the Arts Umbrella.  Below is the announcement about the events next week and where you can buy tickets to their events.  Give Sonoma a try!

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November 7, 2012 (Vancouver, BC) – Next week, Vancouverites will have two days to sip and savour the extraordinary wines of Sonoma County in either a ballroom setting or at an intimate winemakers dinner, all to benefit Arts Umbrella.   Back by popular demand, both events will welcome the County’s premier wineries as they come north to promote signature Sonoma wines at these back to back events.

Sonoma Winemakers Dinners

Rodney Strong winery

Rodney Strong winery

On Tuesday, November 13, foodies or oenophiles can first enjoy an intimate dinner in a truly unique setting – participating in simultaneous dinners at Brix Restaurant at Lounge, hosted by Mike & Tara of the Mike and Tara in the Morning show on QM/FM.  Upon arrival, all guests will be welcomed at a reception in funky George Ultra Lounge, then move upstairs to the dinner of their choice in either the garden courtyard setting or the elegant dinner room.  Four esteemed Sonoma County wineries will participate in each dinner, paired with a decadent four-course menu.  Guests will be treated to a compelling musical performance by the inspiring students of Arts Umbrella’s Pre-Professional Theatre Program.  Tickets are $150 each.  Very limited tickets still available. Participating wineries include:

  • Davis Bynum
  • Dry Creek Vineyard
  • Dutcher Crossing Winery
  • Foppiano Vineyards
  • J Vineyards & Winery
  • Kunde Family Estate
  • Laurel Glen Vineyard
  • Rodney Strong
    (My personal motto for this winery is “You can’t go wrong with Rodney Strong”. You can depend on all their wines IMHO.)
  • Siduri Wines

A Taste of Sonoma

If you recover from the night before, you can also enjoy the full bounty of Sonoma wines along with 300 other guests at the elegant Sutton Place Hotel on Wednesday, November 14.  Hosted by CTV News Anchor, Coleen Christie, over 20 wineries will participate, offering guests a chance to meet the vintners, find their new favourite wine and bid on auction packages, all to support Arts Umbrella.   Tickets are $65 each.  Participating wineries include:

  • Benovia Winery
  • Davis Bynum
  • Dry Creek Vineyard
  • Dutcher Crossing Winery
  • Ehret Family Winery
  • Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery (if you ever travel to Sonoma, you must visit this winery.  Beautiful!)
  • Folie a Deux Winery
  • Foppiano Vineyards
  • J Vineyards & Winery
  • Kendall-Jackson
  • Kosta Browne Winery
  • Kunde Family Estate
  • Laurel Glen Vineyard
  • MacRostie Winery and Vineyards (Try their Chardonnay.)
  • Pedroncelli Winery
  • Pezzi King Vineyards
  • Rodney Strong Vineyards
  • Schug Carneros Estate Winery (Try their Pinot Noir.)
  • Seghesio Family Vineyards
  • Siduri Wines / Novy Family Winery

To reserve your tickets to either event, visit www.artsumbrella.com/wine

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TWO Sonoma Winemakers’ Dinners

Tuesday, November 12, 2012
Brix Restaurant & Lounge (courtyard & restaurant)

$150 a ticket

A Taste of Sonoma

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Sutton Place Hotel

$65 a ticket

About Sonoma County Vintners:

Sonoma County Vintners (SCV) is the leading voice of Sonoma County wine, dedicated to raising awareness of Sonoma County as one of the world’s premier wine regions, noted for its heritage of artisan winemaking, distinct growing regions, and extraordinary quality. Founded in 1944, SCV represents more than 175 wineries of all sizes throughout the county.

Learn more about SCV at www.SonomaWine.com.

About Arts Umbrella:

Arts Umbrella is a not-for-profit organization, dedicated to bringing the best in arts education to as many children as possible. Programs in visual and performing arts for children and youth ages 2-19 are delivered free-of-charge to thousands of kids every year. Arts Umbrella is committed to delivering the highest quality arts education experience to young people, regardless of their socio-economic circumstances. Two new locations in Surrey dramatically increase Arts Umbrella’s ability to deliver arts education to children and youth in need.

For more information about Arts Umbrella visit www.artsumbrella.com

Visiting Everything Wine

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I like this store as I can find Specialty “spec” wines, as well as more premium wines. Everything Wine has a special section at the back of the store with their premium wines. If you want to buy a bottle of Sassicaia, you can find it here (for $168.99). You can also find “cheap and cheerful” wine, such as Lindeman’s Bin 65 Chardonnay, which retails for $11.99. They have quite a wide selection of southern hemisphere wines, which is a good place to find good values and high quality.

Also during the weekdays, and maybe weekends, they have free tastings from 2pm to 4pm. These are free tastings. They also have special occasion tastings that you need to pay, but these tend to be more premium wines, and could have a wine maker in attendance talking about his / her wine.

The other nice thing I like about Everything Wine is that if you go to their website, you can query their wine database and see if your favorite drop is in stock. You can order it online, or go to the store to buy it. Their website is www.everythingwine.ca.

When I was there, they were going to have a special tasting of Sonoma wines for free, but I couldn’t stay due to other obligations during the day, but I would have liked to try some. The other thing I noticed today is that they have the “Shuttle” bottles from Hardy‘s winery in Australia. They have Hardy’s Chardonnay / Semillon and their Shiraz / Cabernet Sauvignon Stamp series. For those that don’t know, the Shuttle is a bottle with glass built into the screw top. It is meant for picnics or just when you want a small bottle of wine to enjoy on your own. The picture of the Shuttle is in my blog.

I hope you have a chance to visit Everything Wine. Tell them Karl from MyWinePal sent you! Enjoy.