Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Wine Blending at Millbrook Winery this Saturday

Two years ago I blended wine at Whitecliff Winery. It was a fantastic experience. Just ask for Sky Island, it was blend #5. Was it the first time I did such a thing. No..I did one many years ago with Kendell Jackson at a Winter Dinning Series at the Culinary Institute of America. It's fascinating how just a little wine from a different barrel changes the entire complexity of the wine.

This weekend you will have the opportunity to be winemaker for the evening and blend your own wine. It's quite an experience and I recommend you try it. You won't be disappointed. In fact, you might get hooked!

It all begins at 5pm Saturday August 8th at the Millbrook Winery's 2nd Annual Wine Blending Experience & Dinner. This will be an evening of winemaking and education and lots of fun! Blending is the highest art form in winemaking and you will have this unique opportunity to discover your "inner winemaker."

You will begin the evening tasting the blending componenents. (Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon) as well as some blends John Graziano the winemaker has created. John will lead you in the use of the pipettes and graduated cylinders as you create your own master blend. Once you have created your favorite cuvee, you will bottle and cork it and finish off the packaging with a personalized wine label.

After all that hard work you will be rewarded with a wonderful 3 course dinner prepared by Michel Jean of The Stissing House in Pine Plains, NY. Space is limited and there are a few seats left. Tickets are $125 per person for this terrific experience. Make your reservations by Wednesday, August 5th by 12noon and receive $10 off each ticket by using code BLEND. Reservations can be made by calling 845.677.8383 ext. 17 or click here
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