WAWGG Banquet Explores Washington State Terrior
The multiple appellations of Washington will be tasted in a unique banquet dinner at this years Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers Annual Meeting and Trade Show. Nuances of that regional diversity have been paired with the meal being prepared by Chef Dan Carr.
February 2, 2014
Washington State has seen tremendous advancement in the exploration of terrior across the vast reaches of the central to eastern parts of the state over the last several decades. It now features numerous American Viticultural Areas (AVAs): Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Red Mountain, Columbia Gorge, Horse Heaven Hills, Wahluke Slope, Rattlesnake Hills, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, Lake Chelan and Naches Heights, along with Puget Sound in the west. This amazing progression of regional diversity in Washington has propelled it into national prominence with exciting new wines of place and a rapidly expanding list or producers of note.
Pancetta bacon wrapped Prawns with Aioli
Salumi Misto, Crostini and Cicchetti featuring the salumi from Cured by Visconti's
Washington Prosciutto carving station, Cured by Visconti’s 400 day dry cured Prosciutti and Spallacia with mostarda
2010 Karma Vineyards Champagne Brut
2011 Cavu Cellars Barbera
1st course - Zuppa di Pomodoro
San Marzano tomato sugo, crispy Capicola and Grisini
2012 Cave B Estate Winery Sauvignon Blanc
2nd course - Beet and Arugula Salad
Roasted beets marinated in saba, red onion, Visconti Honey-Thyme vinaigrette, Candied walnuts, Alpine Lakes Goat cheese, and aged balsamic
2012 L’Ecole Semillon
3rd course - Hand Pressed Citrus Sorbetto with Candied Basil
2012 Chateau St Michelle Eroica
4th course - Coppa Cotta alla Milanese
Braised Berkshire Coppa with Saffron Risotto and gremolata
2010 Beresan Carmenére
2009 Fielding Hills Syrah
Dessert - Torre di Crespelle con Semifreddo
Wild Flower Honey Semifreddo Crepes, Crème Anglaise, Toasted Almond Dust
2012 Kiona Chenin Blanc Ice Wine.
Cave B Estate Winery Sauvignon Blanc has been paired with the Zuppo di Pomodoro, a receipe Dan Carr gained from an old Italian cook book he favors. Mineral and grassy notes abound in this Estate wine grown above the Columbia River outside of Quincy in the Columbia Valley AVA. This is another region of Washington he is excited about the prospect of Sauvignon Blanc, where grassiness and acidity come alive.
L’Ecole No. 41 Semillon is paired with Beet and Arugula Salad. While the beets are actually pickled in Riesling and then reduced to sweetness, the rounded and consistent Columbia Valley AVA Semillon provided the appropriate fit with a bit of peppery note to savor.
Refreshing the palate with a citrus Sorbetto, Chateau St. Michelle Eroica, a Riesling vineyard blend, sources from Horse Heaven Hills and Yakima Valley AVA’s with multiple vineyards contributing. Riesling is a fundamental to Washington viticulture and Eroica is a major focus at Chateau St Michelle. Offsetting the Sorbetto that combines both sweet and hard tart, Dan Carr believes Eroica presents a second layer of acidity that compliments.
Other regional associations could do very well taking this lead and approach to their annual meetings or conventions, and some do. It clearly helps frame their own sense of place and the reality of their potential competitive innovation.