Saturday, April 04, 2009

April / May 2009 Calendar of Events

Hi
My apologies for being a few days behind on this email – I have been extremely busy this month and am just a tad behind. In any event I have quite a few events coming up between now and the end of June. I have detailed these events below. I have also reorganized the way I list the events in order to make it easier to review and find a style of event that suites your needs.

As always please feel free to contact me with any questions on these events or for planning an additional tasting or seminar.

Brian Mitchell
VintageVino.net
860-794-6907

April, May 2009 Calendar of Events

Vintage Wine School
Spring 2009
This is my Wine Education Series that I have created to bring a more complete and balanced approach to wine education. I have partnered with Max Downtown for this series, but it really is my baby. Come have fun and learn to better taste and evaluate wine for yourself.

Tuesdays April 21 & 28, May 12 & 19 – classes begin promptly at 6:30

Tuesday April 21st, 2009 – The Art of Perception: the how’s and why’s of Taste; the art & technique of wine-tasting; Tasting of Old World / New World Wines putting your new skills to the test

Tuesday April 28th, 2009 – Where it All Began - The Wines of Europe (Spain, France, Italy Portugal and Greece)

Tuesday May 12th, 2009 – Below the Equator – Wines of the Southern Hemisphere (Australia, NZ, S. Africa, Chile, Argentina)

Tuesday May 19th, 2009 – In Your Own Backyard – Wines of North America (from Coast to Coast)

Please reserve your seat through Max Downtown – 860-522-2530
$39 per class ($150 when booking all four)

Wine Dinners
April 8th – Noah Webster House Benefit with Chehalem Winery Winemaker John House
Flemings Prime Steakhouse, West Hartford - $35
This is more of a charitable event with John House of Chehalem, one of Oregon’s leading Pinot producers. Great assortment of appetizers with a tasting of Chehalem wines and a discussion of Northwest wines by John. All proceeds go to the Noah Webster House.
Please contact Flemings for full details
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
44 South Main Street, West Hartford - (860) 676-9463
http://www.flemingssteakhouse.com/

April 20th – Seafood and Wines of Italy
Max’s Oyster Bar, West Hartford
Join myself and executive Chef Scott Miller for a wine dinner featuring the wines and seafood of Italy’s coastal regions. Seating will be family style and the menu looks great (only $50 per person! – this is a steal for what we are putting out).
6:30 seating - $50++ per person
Max’s Oyster Bar - (860) 236-629-9964
Farmington Ave West Hartford, CT 06107
40 reviews, directions, menu, and more »
www.maxrestaurantgroup.com

April 20th – Wine & Oysters
Max Fish, Glastonbury
Join Howard Asadow of Worldwide WInes and the folks at Max’s for their monthly pairing seminar of Oysters and Wines – this month: Classic French Oyster Wines
Three Seatings, each limited to 12pp – call Max Fish for details
Max Fish – (860) 652-3474
110 Glastonbury Blvd Glastonbury, CT 06033 -
9 reviews, directions, menu, and more »
www.maxrestaurantgroup.com

April 27th – Cakebread Wine Cellars Dinner
Max Downtown, Hartford
Join Lars Guy of Kobrand as he presents the wines of Cakebread along with the cuisine of Executive Chef Hunter Morton. Max’s will be pouring older Cakebread wines from their cellar collection.
6:30 reception for 7:00 seating - $125++ per person
Max Downtown – 860-522-2530
185 Asylum St Hartford, CT 06103
37 reviews, directions, menu, and more »
www.maxrestaurantgroup.com

May 5th – Melville (and Brewer-Clifton) Wine Dinner with Winemaker Greg Brewer
Max Downtown, Hartford
Join winemaker Greg Brewer as he presents the wines of Melville and Brewer-Clifton Wines along with the cuisine of Executive Chef Hunter Morton. Greg Brewer is considered one of the leading winemakers in the Santa Rita Hills appellation of Santa Barbara – taste the highly acclaimed wines from Melville Winery along with a few treats from Brewer-Clifton, Greg’s own wine project.
6:30 reception for 7:00 seating - $99++ per person
Max Downtown – 860-522-2530
185 Asylum St Hartford, CT 06103
37 reviews, directions, menu, and more »
www.maxrestaurantgroup.com

May 7th – Sake and Sushi Pairing Dinner
Toshi Japanese Restaurant, Avon
Join me as I lead this fabulous tasting with the Sake of Vine Connections Imports, the leading Sake importer for the US, and the top rated cuisine of Toshi Japanese Restaurant, CT’s leading sushi restaurant for over 10 years.
7:00 seating - $65++ per person
Toshi - 860.677.8242
Riverdale Farms, Bldg. #4, 136 Simsbury Road (Rt. 10), Avon, CT 06001
Location and Hours

May 18th – Steak and Wine – featuring the Wines of Los Vascos, Chile
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Newington
Join wine educator Jordan Ross as he leads this food and wine pairing dinner with the wines of acclaimed Chilean wine Los Vascos and the cuisine of Ruth’s Chris.
6:30 reception for 7:00 seating - $60++ per person
Ruth's Chris Steak House (860) 666-2202
2513 Berlin Tpke, Newington, CT 06111
www.ruthschris.com

Educational Seminars
April 6th - Mendoza and the Wines of Dona Paula with Carlos Trad
Westside Wines, West Hartford
Carlos is the North American Export Manager for this great estate and he will be leading a discussion on the Mendoza region with a tasting of wines from Dona Paula Estate.
Seating is limited – Contact Westside for details and a spot
10 Raymond Rd West Hartford, CT 06107 - (860) 233-1241
Directions and more »
www.westsidewines.com

April 15th – Blue Heron Wine Class: Terroir and Varietals - G.S.M. – the Holy Trinity of Wines
Blue Heron Wines, Glastonbury
I will be leading this seminar and tasting which focuses on the classic three varietals of Grenache, Shiraz, Mouvedre and the influence of terroir on each.
Seating is limited – contact Blue Heron for details
Blue Heron Wines (860) 659-1300
124 Hebron Ave Glastonbury, CT 06033
Directions and more »
www.blueheronfinewine.com

April 23rd – The Wines of South America
Sonoma Wines, Glastonbury
This seminar will focus the wine regions of Chile and Argentina, where I will draw upon my recent travel experiences to present a comprehensive discussion about the history and wine culture of each country.
6:00 – contact Sonoma for details
Sonoma Wines (860) 633-225430 Welles Street in Glastonbury
Mon.-Tues. 9-8, Wed.-Sat. 9-9
sonomawinect@yahoo.com

April 29th – Blue Heron Wine Class: Terroir and Varietals – Bordeaux: Left Bank vrs Right Bank
Blue Heron Wines, Glastonbury
I will be leading this seminar and tasting which focuses on the classic varietals of Bordeaux, wines from each “side” of the region and the influence of terroir.
Seating is limited – contact Blue Heron for details
Blue Heron Wines (860) 659-1300
124 Hebron Ave Glastonbury, CT 06033
Directions and more »
www.blueheronfinewine.com

May 6th – Blue Heron Wine Class: Terroir and Varietals – GREECE
Blue Heron Wines, Glastonbury
I will be leading this seminar and tasting which focuses on the classic and modern wines of GREECE. Taste wines from Nemea, Santorini and beyond. These wines are fabulous and this is a not to be missed class (if I do says so myself).
Seating is limited – contact Blue Heron for details
Blue Heron Wines (860) 659-1300
124 Hebron Ave Glastonbury, CT 06033
Directions and more »
www.blueheronfinewine.com

Store Tastings
April 10th – Easter Wines
Sonoma Wines, Glastonbury
I’ll be pouring a selection of wines to pair with your holiday spread.
4:00 – 7:00 – Free to the Public
Sonoma Wines (860) 633-225430
Welles Street in Glastonbury
Mon.-Tues. 9-8, Wed.-Sat. 9-9
sonomawinect@yahoo.com

April 11th – Easter Wines and More
Manchester Wine & Liquors, Manchester
I will be pouring wines featured for MWL’s April newsletter. MWL has one of Greater Hartford’s leading selections of wines and beers.
2:00 – 6:00, Free to the Public
Manchester Wine and Liquors – 860-649-4750
1010 Tolland Turnpike in Manchester CT (in the new BJ's Wholesalers Plaza)
http://www.manchesterwineandliquors.com/

April 13th – Explore the Wines of Southern Italy with Martin Sinkoff
Manchester Wine & Liquors, Manchester
Martin Sinkoff is the Fine Wine Director for Frederick Wildman Imports, one of the leading fine wine Import companies in the US. Martin will be leading a discussion and tasting of wines from Puglia, Basilicata and Sicily – with graphic presentation.
6:30 – Adam’s Mill, Manchester, contact MWL for details
Manchester Wine and Liquors – 860-649-4750
1010 Tolland Turnpike in Manchester CT (in the new BJ's Wholesalers Plaza)
http://www.manchesterwineandliquors.com/

May 1st – May-Day Tasting of Rosé
Blue Heron Wines, Glastonbury
I will be leading this tasting which focuses on both traditional and non-traditional Rosé wines from around the world.
5:30 – 8:00 – Free to the public
Blue Heron Wines (860) 659-1300
124 Hebron Ave Glastonbury, CT 06033
Directions and more »
www.blueheronfinewine.com

May 12th – Understanding Wines and their Components with Master Sommelier Robert Jones
Manchester Wine & Liquors, Manchester
Robert Jones, Master Sommelier and National Sales Manager for Kysela Per & Fils Wine Imports, makes a return trip to MWL to lead a discussion and tasting on the components of fine wines with a focus on the fresh, balanced wines for the Spring/Summer season.
6:30 – Adam’s Mill, Manchester, contact MWL for details
Manchester Wine and Liquors – 860-649-4750
1010 Tolland Turnpike in Manchester CT (in the new BJ's Wholesalers Plaza)
http://www.manchesterwineandliquors.com/

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