NOTE: This month’s post is submitted by a special guest blogger, customer, and friend of Rosie’s with our endorsement.   A special thanks to Rich Casamento for providing us these entertaining thoughts on wine education and the Duckhorn vinyards!

Hi everyone.   I guess I wanted to start by saying that learning about wine is not an easy thing to do…

Personally, I started with Boone’s Farm Apple wine when I was 16, which I drank with a delicate and subtle Lays potato chip while hiding in the woods at the end of my street…   A not so delicate bouquet of apple, mixed with apple, and a hint of apple floated up to my nose as my friends and I nervously gulped down the bottle in a team drink.

Fast forward a few decades and I, like many of you, have mostly put the alternate fruit wines behind me and settled on the wines of only one fruit, the amazing grape.   And also like many of you, I do not consider myself a wine connoisseur, wine expert, or holder of encyclopedic wine knowledge of any kind. Still, I would say I’ve come a ways from my Boones Farm days, and have at least a basic understanding of red varietals, white varietals, and know enough not to pour a delicate Savingnon blanc as I serve my guests a hunk of blood dripping sirloin steak.

One of the chief ways I’ve managed to educate myself somewhat over the years is by attending events where people who actually understand wine and food, do all the hard work of choosing for me.   These “Wine Pairing” events give us an opportunity to experience the subtle and often exquisite taste experiences that arise out of the mixture of great wine and great food in totally unique ways.   Over the years, I have found these experiences to be amazing, delightful, unexpected, and always educational:  furthering my knowledge and giving me a nice list of my personal favorites that have made me look like a star when I do my own entertaining…

The Duckhorn Vinyards have been around since 1978, and have a solid reputation as an “exclusive” winemaking operation.   Based in Napa Valley California, the vineyard blends grapes from seven different vineyards where it grows a number of different varietals at different altitudes and in different soil conditions.   Master Winemaker Bill Nancarrow applies an artisan’s approach to winemaking, blending from almost 200 distinctive lots using taste and instinct, not formula. Wines are barrel-aged separately by vineyard lot, utilizing an extensive barrel program that sources 25 different types of oak for barrel construction.

And if you are reading this you are already familiar with the quality of the food at Rosie’s so we don’t have to tell you how perfectly these two marry up.  Working directly with the folks at Duckhorn,  Rosie’s has choosen  5 distinct courses including appetizers, entrée’s and desert to be complimented exquisitely by 5 separate wines of this amazing grower.   Whether you already know the great wines of Duckhorn, or you’re excited to come eat and learn, we hope you will join us on Sunday April 29th at 4:30 PM,  where you’ll get happy, and get educated too.

And I’m sorry, but I’m told that no Boones Farm Apple Wine will be served….