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All the World’s Pinot Noir – Delafield

WHEN: THURSDAY, AUGUST 15
TIME: 6:00 PM TO 7:30 PM
WHERE: DELAFIELD

LOCATION: 631 Genesee Street

COST: $30 per person

REGISTRATION: Please call 262-337-9774 or email julieta.acevedo@waterfordwine.com. Credit card required at time of registration.

 

What do Burgundy, California and Oregon share with the Loire Valley, Italy, Germany, Chile and New Zealand?

They all make exemplary Pinot Noir.

While the Pinot Noirs of the Loire Valley, Alto Adige, Baden, Casablanca and Central Otago lack the heredity of Pinot Noirs from Burgundy and the popularity of Pinot Noirs from California and Oregon, they’re all inextricably bound to their cultures, their histories and the cool climate terroirs of their regions. And while you may not yet know about Pinot Noirs from these far-flung corners of the wine world, at this tasting you’ll discover how they display the benefits of perfectly mature Pinot Noir vines, along with generations of Pinot Noir experience in the cellar. The results are Pinot Noirs offering all the beautiful qualities characteristic of the grape, as well as extraordinary qualities distinctive of their regions.

We don’t think think these wines will surprise you. We think they’ll blow you away! They’ll expand your worlds of Pinot Noir.

Explore them with us and taste for yourself.

 

Spain: a Crossroads in Wine – Delafield

WHEN: THURSDAY, AUGUST 22
TIME: 6:00 PM TO 7:30 PM
WHERE: DELAFIELD

Location: 631 Genesee Street, Delafield

Cost: $30 per person

REGISTRATION: Please call 262-337-9774 or email julieta.acevedo@waterfordwine.com. Credit card required at time of registration.

 

Spanish winemaking is at an amazing (and tasty) crossroads: of geographic and climatic diversity, ofrevered winemaking traditions versus modern winemaking practices, and of communal, cooperative production and an infusion of EU subsidies.  Couple all of these factors with the understanding that Spain has more land under vine in the world, and what you have is the building blocks for an utterly fascinating tasting.

We start at the top with Rioja, Spain’s most famous wine appellation with very good reason.  Here we explore the two winemaking styles of Rioja, their history, and how they came to be.  These factors will be related to the tastes and flavors in your glass.  We then freshen up our palates by jumping to Green Spain, for some Albarino.

We then follow the modern style of making wine, asking the question,” Just how far can we go?”  Especially as we move to the warmer climate of Ribera del Duero.  We then return to Green Spain for a look at one of its red varietals, and then cross the peninsula for a sip of Cava.

In the third flight, we head south to explore the powerful density of Jumilla’s wines.  These are contrasted with Priorat, Spain’s first DOQ and certainly one of its most majestic expressions of red wine.  Finally, a taste of Sherry – No, it’s not your British mother-in-law’s cream sherry. This is fantastic drinking wine.

Spain is at an amazing crossroads and it’s time to sample it!

 

Scotch Whisky Series: Scotch from the Highlands – Delafield, September 5

 

WHEN: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
TIME: 6:00 PM TO 7:30 PM
WHERE: DELAFIELD

LOCATION: 631 Genesee Street

COST: $30 per person

REGISTRATION: Please call 262-337-9774 or email julieta.acevedo@waterfordwine.com. Credit card required at time of registration.

 

“Always carry a flagon of whisky in case of snakebite, and furthermore, always carry a small snake.”

— W.C. Fields

The Scotch began making their whisky more than 500 years ago, and yet a dram of Scotch Whisky is as stylish as it is timeless, as sexy as it is smart.

The world of Single Malt Scotch Whisky — whisky made exclusively of malted grain and bottled at a single distillery — is divided into six regions: the Highlands, Speyside, the Islands, Islay, Campbeltown and the Lowlands. The key to knowing about Single Malt Scotch Whisky is knowing about these regions and the kind of whisky they produce. We’d like to invite you to journey with us through all six of these regions and the best of their styles of Scotch Whisky. We’d like to invite you to a series of Scotch Whisky tastings, from the Highlands south to the Lowlands, from Islay north to the Islands, and from Campbeltown west to Speyside.

Our journey begins in the Highlands, the largest of the Scotch Whisky regions, and the region which yields the greatest variety of whisky flavors and styles. Wild seas and rolling moors characterize the region, a diversity of nature which makes for rich, powerful and peaty whiskies, as well as whiskies which are floral, silky and elegant. While whisky from the Northern Highlands are known for their heathery, spicy character, those from the Southern Highlands are recognized for their relatively light and fruity flavors. North and south, east and west, the whiskies of the Highlands are as varied as they are beautiful. For us, they represent the ideal gateway through which to enter the world of Scotch Whisky.

If you love Scotch, or if you’re curious about Whisky, our Scotch Whisky series is a wonderful opportunity to taste and explore, to drink and discover a world as old as it is new, as meaningful to the Scots 500 years ago as it is for us today.

 

Tour de France – Delafield, September 12

 

WHEN: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
TIME: 6:00 PM TO 7:30 PM
WHERE: DELAFIELD

LOCATION: 631 Genesee Street

COST: $30 per person

REGISTRATION: Please call 262-337-9774 or email julieta.acevedo@waterfordwine.com. Credit card required at time of registration.

If you want to know about wine, your quest for enological knowledge invariably leads you through the wine regions of France. Wines from these classic regions and their noble grapes represent the standards against which wines from every other wine region in the world are measured against.

Because France was the first country to institute national wine laws — laws known as the appellation system — the country stands as the classic paradigm for growing grapes and making wine. The appellation system of France codifies the authenticity, typicity and quality of wine from its regions. All of France’s wine regions — Alsace, Beaujolais, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Champagne, Jura, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire Valley, Provence, Rhone Valley and the Southwest — are tied to specified grapes, methods of viticulture, and styles of making wine.

At the heart of the appellation system is the most important ideal in the world of wine, the ideal of terroir — the ideal that says the wine of a place should reflect the nature and culture of the place. Which is why bottles of French wine are known by the places they’re from rather than the grapes comprising them.

Whether you know a little or a lot about the wines of France — its regions as well as their terroirs — we’d love to tour the country with you, region by region, grape by grape, glass by glass. We’ll drink Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from Bordeaux, along with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Burgundy, along with Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley, along with other wines from classic regions and noble grapes from the Dover Strait to the Gulf of Lyon.

If you love French wine already, by the end of our tour, you’ll love French wine even more. And if you don’t love French wine when our journey begins, we know you’ll love French wine by our journey’s end.

 

Napa Cabernet From A to Z – Delafield, September 19

 

WHEN: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
TIME: 6:00 PM TO 7:30 PM
WHERE: DELAFIELD

LOCATION: 631 Genesee Street

COST: $30 per person

REGISTRATION: Please call 262-337-9774 or email julieta.acevedo@waterfordwine.com. Credit card required at time of registration.

 

Napa is truly a great place to grow Cabernet. At this tasting, we will explore Napa’s history, its vastly different terroirs, and its winemaking styles, in an exciting chance to organize your next vacation to Napa via a wine tasting!

Our first flight begins with a time-travel trip through Napa’s historic properties. While most people think of Napa as a young wine region, its roots stretch back almost two centuries in producing high-quality Cabernet. This trip back provides us with the lineaments for a great tasting and the structure of what is to come.

The second flight looks at Napa Valley appellations from north to south and compares them to Napa’s three dominant soil types – alluvial, fluvial and volcanic. We trace the appellations and soil types into the wines’ flavors and palates, highlighting how you, as the end consumer, can understand how a wine will taste even before you purchase that bottle.

Finally, we examine the human factor. Winemakers do make a difference and in Napa, that difference can be huge. From the ultra-ripe to the ultra-lean, Napa’s winemaking traditions are at their most divergent.

For the Napa enthusiast, or the casual imbiber wanting to explore, this is a tasting not to miss.

 

Bordeaux, A Majestic Giant – Delafield, September 21

 

WHEN: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
TIME: 6:00 PM TO 7:30 PM
WHERE: DELAFIELD

LOCATION: 631 Genesee Street

COST: $30 per person

REGISTRATION: Please call 262-337-9774 or email julieta.acevedo@waterfordwine.com. Credit card required at time of registration.

 

The wine growing region of Bordeaux is home to the most famous Chateaux in the world of wine. The long list of names begins with Lafite-Rothschild, Latour, Margaux, Mouton-Rothschild, Haut-Brion and Petrus — names synonymous with the world’s greatest Cabernets and Merlots.

Bordeaux is also famous as the largest wine growing region in all of France. As well as wines from legendary Chateaux — wines which account for just a small fraction of the region’s 120,000 hectares of vines — Bordeaux produces a vast variety of delicious wines in every price category from both its Left and Right Banks. And we’d like you to taste as many of them as you possibly can.

As Left Bank and Right Bank imply, what we think of as Bordeaux is actually two separate wine growing regions. The regions are separated by the Gironde River, into which feed the Dordogne River from the north and the Garonne River from the south. But Left and Right Banks aren’t separated just by geography. The soils of the Left Bank are composed primarily of gravel, which Cabernet vines like. Across the river, Right Bank soils are primarily comprised of clay and limestone, which Merlot vines prefer.

Our tasting of Left Bank Cabs takes us from the district of Medoc in the north to the district of Graves in the south, through the legendary communes of Saint-Estephe, Pauillac, Saint-Julian, Margaux and Pessac-Leognan along the way. On the Right Bank, we taste Merlots from fabled communes like Saint-Emilion and Pomerol, as well as those from less renowned communes like Fronsac, Cotes de Bourg and Cotes de Blaye.

So come along and taste the Cabs and Merlots of the Left and Right Banks of Bordeaux with us. Explore what distinguishes them from Cabs and Merlots from anywhere else. And discover what makes them the world’s best.

 

A New Generation of South African Wines – Delafield, September 26

 

WHEN: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
TIME: 6:00 PM TO 7:30 PM
WHERE: DELAFIELD

LOCATION: 631 Genesee Street

COST: $30 per person

REGISTRATION: Please call 262-337-9774 or email julieta.acevedo@waterfordwine.com. Credit card required at time of registration.

 

Wine has been made in South Africa for more than 350 years, and yet South Africa is regarded as a New World wine country. But while South Africa has been making wine longer than any other New World region, the political history of the country has obstructed its ability to make world class wines.

Change for the people and the wines of South Africa arrived with a codified system of wine laws in 1973, the establishment of five geographical wine regions in 1993, and the end of Apartheid in 1994.

Today, a new generation of South African winemakers are charting an inspiring course for the country’s wines. These are wines of beauty, clarity and grace made from European cultivars like Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay, as well as those made from the country’s native Pinotage — a cross of Pinot Noir and Cinsault. Most importantly, these are wines that show the distinctive qualities of the earth they’re from — the inimitable qualities of South African terroir.

We’d love you to discover the new generation of South African wine with us.

We’ll explore the rich history, ancient soils and the unique microclimates of South Africa’s terroirs. We’ll taste why these wines are better than those of generations before. And we’ll experience what makes South Africa’s wine distinctive from any other in the world.

 

 

Discovering Italy – Delafield, October 17

 

WHEN: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17
TIME: 6:00 PM TO 7:30 PM
WHERE: DELAFIELD

LOCATION: 631 Genesee Street

COST: $30 per person

REGISTRATION: Please call 262-337-9774 or email julieta.acevedo@waterfordwine.com. Credit card required at time of registration.

 

Italy is synonymous with wine.

Italy’s early Greek settlers christened the country Oenotria or Land of the Vine. By its fall in the fifth century, the Western Roman Empire had established every modern European wine growing region except Bordeaux. And the first century Roman naturalist and philosopher Pliny the Elder introduced ideas of site selection and vine husbandry that are still relevant to 21st century growers.

Today, Italian wines marry modern grape growing and winemaking practices with its three millennia of oenological heritage. Italy makes nearly five billion litres of wine annually, the most of any country in the world. Not just the most, but the most diverse. No country can challenge Italy’s amazing variety of delicious wines, its wealth of indigenous local wine grapes and its seemingly endless supply of intriguing wine styles.

So why don’t we drink a greater variety of Italian wines?

We’d like to invite you to an evening where we set aside Nebbiolo and Piedmont, Sangiovese and Tuscany, Amarone and the Veneto.

We’d like to take you on a wine tour of Italy.

We want you to discover Sagrantino di Montefalco, Prié blanc from Valle d’Aosta, Frappato from Sicily and Teroldego and Nosiola from the Dolomites. We want you to taste Italian wines made from grapes of German ancestry — like Kerner — and Greek ancestry — like Aglianico. We want you to experience as many of the wonderful wines as you possibly can from Lombardia in Italy’s north to Campania in the country’s south.

So join us for a night of new discovery. It’s a night Italy has been preparing for you for 3000 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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631 Genesee St.
Delafield, WI 53018
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