Journey to the Edge of Pinot Noir: Winemaker Visit from Escarpment in Martinborough, New Zealand, Oct. 26

When: Friday, October 26
Time: 4:30 pm TO 7:00 pm
Where: Delafield

ADDRESS: Waterford Wine & Spirits, 631 Genesee St.

COST: Free!



Twenty-seven hours by plane and almost 8,400 miles away — completely in every which way on the other side of the globe — exists an outstanding wine region for growing Pinot Noir: Martinborough, New Zealand.

While New Zealand may be famous for its Sauvignon Blancs, its cool climates produce Pinots of enchanting composition, texture, structure, fruit and delectability. But rarely do we ever get a chance to meet, talk and taste with a winemaker from New Zealand. It’s simply too far away.

On Friday night, October 26, we’re changing that. Join us as we welcome to Wisconsin the founding winemaker and vineyard director of Escarpment, Larry McKenna. Referred to by wine writers and authorities as everything from the “Prince of Pinot Noir” to its “Godfather,” as well as a Pinot Noir “legend” and “maestro,” Larry has built a reputation for understanding and getting the best out of this famously stubborn and capricious grape. And since Larry will have traveled so far to see us, he’ll be pouring us the best his vineyards have to offer — and all for free!

Wines to be tasted:

2015 Escarpment Single Vineyard Pinot Noir Kupe $70, 96 points Wine Spectator

2015 Escarpment Single Vineyard Pinot Noir Te Rehua, $60, 93 points Wine Spectator

2015 Escarpment Pinot Noir, $45, 93 points Wine Spectator

2017 Escarpment Rose “Nina”, $25

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