Events

 

Amarone, the Supreme Wine of Italy

 

WHEN: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13
TIME: 6:00 PM TO 7:30 PM
WHERE: DELAFIELD

ADDRESS: 631 Genesee Street

COST: $30 per person per tasting

REGISTRATION: Please call 262-337-9774 or email julieta.acevedo@waterfordwine.com. Credit card required at time of registration. On the night of the tasting, please check in at the front desk to confirm your attendance.

 

Amarone is Italy’s superstar. And has been for 2000 years.

Famous for a method known as appassimento—”drying of the grapes”—Amarone delivers wines of extraordinary body, complexity, and concentration. Bottles of great Amarone are like the greatest loves. You remember them all your life.

In the nineteenth century, powerful red wines from the Veneto made from the juice of half-dried grapes were referred to by a Paris auction catalogue as the “Supreme Wines of Italy” and “better than any Bordeaux or Hermitage.” Records of these kinds of wines trace back through the ship manifests of Sixteenth-century Venice, all the way to the Latin poet Catullus, who wrote about “the wine called Acinaticum,” which was made by drying grapes “until their juices turned delicately sweet.”

More than 2,000 years later, this expensive and painstaking way to make wine is how Amarone is made. Grapes are selected and transported to the winery in single layers, dried and monitored to prevent rot (producing half the juice they have the capacity to render), and aged for years before release.

We’d love to show you what Amarone is all about! Join us, and we’ll explore the Valpolicella region and the specific kinds of grapes that make Amarone, as well as the stylistic variations on how the wine is made. And because we’re Waterford, we’ll taste great bottles of Amarone. The supreme wines of Italy. The kinds of wines you’ll remember all your life.

Wines to be tasted:

2017 Ettore Valpolicella Classico $22.99

2013 Masi Campofiorin $19.99

2014 Allegrini Amarone $79.99

2015 Speri Valpolicella Classico “Sant Urbano” $34.99

2014 Mazzi Vapolicella Classico “Poiega” $36.99

2012 Dal Forno Valpolicella Classico Superiore $129.99

2012 Pra Amarone $69.99

2012 Masi Costasera Amarone $69.99

2012 Dal Forno Amarone $429.99

& a bonus wine for those who arrive early!

 

Amarone, the Supreme Wine of Italy

 

WHEN: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13
TIME: 6:00 PM TO 7:30 PM
WHERE: MILWAUKEE

ADDRESS: Bacchus Restaurant, 925 Wells St.

COST: $30 per person per tasting

REGISTRATION: Please call 414-765-1166 or email PatrickErdman@bartolottas.com. Credit card required at time of registration. On the night of the tasting, please check in at the restaurant front desk to confirm your attendance.

 

Amarone is Italy’s superstar. And has been for 2000 years.

 

Famous for a method known as appassimento—”drying of the grapes”—Amarone delivers wines of extraordinary body, complexity, and concentration. Bottles of great Amarone are like the greatest loves. You remember them all your life.

 

In the nineteenth century, powerful red wines from the Veneto made from the juice of half-dried grapes were referred to by a Paris auction catalogue as the “Supreme Wines of Italy” and “better than any Bordeaux or Hermitage.” Records of these kinds of wines trace back through the ship manifests of Sixteenth-century Venice, all the way to the Latin poet Catullus, who wrote about “the wine called Acinaticum,” which was made by drying grapes “until their juices turned delicately sweet.”

More than 2,000 years later, this expensive and painstaking way to make wine is how Amarone is made. Grapes are selected and transported to the winery in single layers, dried and monitored to prevent rot (producing half the juice they have the capacity to render), and aged for years before release.

We’d love to show you what Amarone is all about! Join us, and we’ll explore the Valpolicella region and the specific kinds of grapes that make Amarone, as well as the stylistic variations on how the wine is made. And because we’re Waterford, we’ll taste great bottles of Amarone. The supreme wines of Italy. The kinds of wines you’ll remember all your life.

Wines to be tasted:

2017 Ettore Valpolicella Classico $22.99

2013 Masi Campofiorin $19.99

2014 Allegrini Amarone $79.99

2015 Speri Valpolicella Classico “Sant Urbano” $34.99

2014 Mazzi Vapolicella Classico “Poiega” $36.99

2012 Dal Forno Valpolicella Classico Superiore $129.99

2012 Pra Amarone $69.99

2012 Masi Costasera Amarone $69.99

2012 Dal Forno Amarone $429.99

& a bonus wine for those who arrive early!

The History and Culture of Sparkling Wines

WHEN: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21
TIME: 6:00 PM TO 7:30 PM
WHERE:DELAFIELD

ADDRESS: 631 Genesee Street

COST: $30 per person per tasting

REGISTRATION: Please call 262-337-9774 or email julieta.acevedo@waterfordwine.com. Credit card required at time of registration. On the night of the tasting, please check in at the front desk to confirm your attendance.

The creation of Sparkling Wine goes hand in hand with the folklore of Champagne. Legend would have us believe that sparkling Champagne was invented by Dom Perignon, a monk who became a cellar master at Hautvillers, France in 1668. But six years earlier, English coopers were adding sugar to still wines to make them sparkle. Consequently, in the mid-1660s, there was a strong demand in London for “brisk and sparkling wines.” Simultaneously, the French refugee Marquis de Saint Evermont made the still wines of Champagne popular at the English court. Fashion dictated that the two should come together, and it was only in London that the necessities for the sale of sparkling wine—heavy glass bottles and cork stoppers—were available.

Almost any wine can be made to sparkle. (During the nineteenth century, you could find such products as Clos de Vougeot Mousseux and sparkling Sauternes.) Today there are three basic ways of producing bubbles in a wine: a secondary fermentation in a bottle; a second fermentation in a tank; and carbonation.

At the Waterford Wine Company Holiday Sparkling Wine Tasting, we’ll cover a panoply of appellations and styles of sparkling wine. From the Charmat method which produces Prosecco, to the Ancestral method which produces Pétillant Naturel, to the Traditional method which produces Cava and the sparkling wines of the Loire Valley, Alsace, and Champagne. And we’ll discover a variety of sparkling wines of various dosages—from Brut Nature, Extra Brut, and Brut to Extra Dry, Dry, Semi-Dry, and Sweet.

Our Holiday Sparkling Wine Tasting is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the rich and glorious culture of Sparkling Wine—and a perfect way to shop for the holidays! (It also makes for a perfect holiday gift!)

Featured Sparkling Wines:

2008 Veuve Clicquot Vintage Blanc de Blancs Champagne $89.99

Billecart Salmon Sous Bois Champagne $89.99

Labruyere Prologue Grand Cru Brut Champagne $69.99

Berlucci Cuvee 61 Sparkling Rose $21.99

2012 Contratto “For England” Metodo Classico Sparkling Rose $49.99

Buglioni Sparkling Italian Brut $39.99

Monica Cava $15.99

2016 Mas de Daumas Gassac Rose Frizant $24.99

Roderer Anderson Valley Estate Sparkling $24.99

& a bonus wine for those who arrive early!

Gundlach Bundschu Dinner at Eddie Martini’s

WHEN: FRIDAY, JANUARY 25
TIME: 6:30 PM TO 8:00 PM
WHERE:MILWAUKEE

ADDRESS: 8612 Watertown Plank Road Wauwatosa, WI.

COST: $95 plus tax & gratuity plus.

REGISTRATION: Please call 414-771-6680 or email General Manager Chris Murphy at cmurphy@eddiemartininis.com. Credit card required at time of registration. On the night of the tasting, please check in with the host to confirm your attendance.

Menu and Wines:

Seared then Sliced Ahi Tuna on Crispy Wontons with Sriracha Aioli

2017 Gewürztraminer, GUNDLACH BUNDSCHU

Fresh Sea Scallop with Tamarind and Apricot Reduction

2016 CHARDONNAY, CARNEROS, GUNDLACH BUNDSCHU

Burrata Mozzarella with Toasted Sourdough and Citrus

2014 MERLOT, GUNDLACH BUNDSCHU

Braised Short Rib of Beef with Root Vegetable Puree, Natural Reduction

2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON GUNDLACH BUNDSCHU

Chocolate Mousse in Phyllo Cup with Raspberry Coulis

2016 MOUTAIN CUVEE GUNDLACH BUNDSCHU