What a Blast!!! The 2013 Westchester Amateur Winemakers Spring Wine Tasting Dinner
This was another dinner to remember. The Wine, the Food, and the Camaraderie. Needless to say Master Chef Paul Caputo of Restorante Chianti out did himself again with dish after dish of gastronomical delights. It seemed never to end. And it was just as well as we had the most diverse selection of the most elegant wines Amateurs produced anywhere. From mature ones that have had good time bottle aging to barrel samples and even some still in stainless.
When it comes to tasting these wines I hope it is a learning experience for attendees. It is for me. Having the opportunity to taste wines in various stages of development gives you a unique perspective on the development of wines in your cellar. This experience was wide and deep. For example my barrel samples of particular vintages have been bottled by others already. Who used what kind of barrel is just another variable to take note of. Individual acid adjustments, etc. are other considerations when tasting. This was a night for this and on that account it delivered exactly what every Amateur Winemaker needs to experience.
No Club dinner is ever complete without the presence of Ron Lanza.
Ron Lanza of Lanza Wooden Valley Vineyards provides the audience with not only his great personality but he brings so much knowledge to share. This dinner was no different Ron spent a good deal of time educating members on grape growing and vineyard management and these are the grapes we have been working with since 2007. Presented of course in his laid back style, nevertheless the information shared enabled members to gain a new appreciation of what it takes to deliver the highest quality grapes the Lanza Family is known for. Great reputations are built on hard work and there is no doubt that the Lanza Family and the Musto Family WestchesterWinemakers.com are doing exactly that. And it is Amateurs like us who reap the benefit of fantastic results.
We had the pleasure for this dinner to have as a guest Lee Baldieri. Lee is a well known Amateur Winemaker in Connecticut hand has in the past promoted amateur winemaking with his efforts. Lee has challenged us to a competition for the Fall. We all agreed to participate. No details on that as they are developed.
I would like to thank Joe Guarino of Grapes N’ Barrels Inc. www.grapesnbarrels.com for attending. Joe is establishing a new Wine School in the Sayreville, NJ. Joe is committed to making elegant wines and using the best grapes from the M&M Grape Company . If you are in New Jersey give him a call at 732.851.5819. We wish Joe the best of luck in his endeavor and hope he brings some of his students to our next dinner.
About the representation of club members from Connecticut, Carmine (Minooch) is no stranger to our dinners. However this time he was accompanied by his Brother Claudio and many of you know from the forums his brother Rocco.
The Frattaroli Powerhouse all in attendance, this will have to become a regular thing. It was a pleasure meeting Rocco and I want to personally thank him for his kind comments.
Ron, Proud Puppy a regular was also in attendance had me try so many of his wines my head was spinning
But as an Amateur who works in the most trying conditions ( Making wine in an apartment in Manhattan) the results were extraordinary, Not to be missed was Paul Gatti, Assistant Winemaker at the Millbrook Vineyards and Winery joined by Carmine Fardella and Paul Campo.
Al The Brush Battista out Club Artist presented specially hand painted bottles to Ron and Frank.
Thank you to all who attended and we look forward to the Fall and Christmas Dinners for more fun. I can dream but maybe Zac Brown (Bzac) and Steve Gower (Crazy Run Ranch) could attend the next party. That would be really special.