Each fall I look forward to a drive up to Kohler for a wine-soaked weekend. It’s called Kohler’s Food & Wine Experience. And you don’t have to trek to Vegas, New York City or California – nope, not even Chicago – for a five-star wine-geek experience. This is where, Michelle Bernstein taught me how to make ceviche, I learned why it’s very important to sip out of crystal glassware, and a member of the Beringer family got me to understand how biodynamic and organic grape-growing differs.
Among the highlights at this year’s Food & Wine Experience (Oct. 17-20), hosted at the American Club Resort, are the following seminars that school in all things vino. Note that this is only a fraction of what is offered.
“Kent Rosenblum: The King of Zin” (Oct. 18, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m., $32)
“Freshwater Fish Pairing” (Oct. 18, 1 p.m.-2 p.m., $32)
“Riedel Vinum Glass Seminar and Tasting” (Oct. 18, 2:15 p.m.-3:15p.m., $75)
“Wine & Cheese Seminar” (Oct. 19, 10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m., $34)
“The Delicious Flavors of Port Wines from the Douro Valley” (Oct. 19, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m., $32)
“Surf and Turf: Innovative Seafood and Wine Pairings” (Oct. 19, 1 p.m.-2 p.m., $32)
“Tuscan Treasure: Exploring Montalcino with Alessandro Bindocci of Il Poggione” (Oct. 19, 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., $32)
“Bacon: Swine, Wine & Sizzle” (Oct. 19, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., $32)
“The Champions Dinner with Rodney Strong Vineyards” (Oct. 19, 7 p.m.-10 p.m., $150)
But the crème de la crème is the annual grand tasting, called Taste of the Vine, on Friday, Oct. 18 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $95 each.
WINE DEAL OF THE WEEK
Been to Cost Plus World Market (http://www.worldmarket.com) lately? If you stroll past the linen napkins and picture frames, to the back of the store, an impressive wine selection awaits. This week the Oakland, Calif.-based retailer announced its “biggest annual red-wine sale.” If you’re wanting to stock up on Dry Creek Valley Zins or Barossa Shiraz, this is your place. In the Milwaukee area, stores are at Brookfield and Germantown.
WINE EVENT OF THE WEEK
In the spring I wrote about visiting Alpana Singh’s brand-new restaurant/wine bar in Chicago, The Boarding House. Last week I learned that her hubby will soon (as in, Oct. 22) publish a novel (http://www.amazon.com/Vintage-Attraction-Novel-Charles-Blackstone/dp/1605984825/ref=sr_1_1) with a sommelier as a main character. He’ll be reading from that book – Vintage Attraction – on Nov. 14 at Boswell Books.
WINE OF THE WEEK
Wisconsin wines really don’t get the attention they deserve. Nowhere is that more true than with Parallel 44 Winery (Kewaunee). Look for more information about this winery in an upcoming Wine Notes, but in the meantime I’m excited to share with you tasting notes on one of its wines. If you’re looking for a Thanksgiving Day dessert wine, or simply a bottle to chill with on the weekend, this is it: “Sailor’s Delight.” Maraschino cherries mix with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg for a holiday-friendly after-dinner wine, although this could also be a porch pounder on a cool autumn night. (parallel44.com)