Oct. 25, 2012
Bookwalter Wines Winemaker Dinner - November 16 & 17, 2012
Update: Since the originally planned Winemaker Dinner for Saturday, November 17 sold out in record time, Seabrook and Bookwalter Wines would like to welcome you to a second Winemaker Dinner scheduled for the night before, Friday, November 16. Read on for all the details and click Reserve Your Seat to sign up for the Friday dinner.As the seasons change from Autumn to Winter, storm watching season on the Washington Coast is nearly upon us. While we love the experiences and emotions sunny summer days provide, we also have a special place in our hearts for sitting by the fireside on a stormy winter night with a glass of wine and a delicious meal. To kick off the 2012-2013 storm watching season, we are emphatically pleased to organize and offer a very special Winemaker Dinner featuring J. Bookwalter Wines in the luxurious Coastal Living House on Friday, November 16 at 7:00pm! That's right, delicious food, incredible wine, and a breathtaking view of the ocean in a home that is unlike anything on the Washington Coast! award winning wines. We would also like to specially thank Anthology | Storied Destinations for providing the one-of-a-kind setting for this magical evening, The Coastal Living House. Designed exclusively for the nationally renowned Coastal Living Magazine, celebrated house designers Lew Oliver & Tim Clarke collaborated to create this 3,200 s.f. Pacific NW coastal shingle-style beach escape. Positioned to take full advantage of the stunning Pacific Ocean views from three levels and resting in Seabrook's sought after Northwest Glen neighborhood, the cottage looks out through an open forested bluff down to a wide sandy beach. Thinking about the setting for this amazing evening gets our hearts beating and imagining the tastes and smells of the meal and the wine pairings makes our mouths water. Enjoy the details of the evening below and please don't hesitate to comment if you have any questions on the meal or wine pairings! APPETIZER Quinault River Salmon cooked in the traditional Quinault style then lightly smoked and served chilled with caramelized apples and onions, capers, an apple cider gastrique, Mt. Townsend Creamery's Fromage Blanc, and seasoned, toasted crostini Served "deconstructed" with some assembly required. 2011 Couplet Chardonnay & Viognier Tasting notes from Bookwalter Wines: Our eighth year of producing this outstanding 100% stainless co-fermented blend offers aromas of honeysuckle, jasmine, nutmeg, ripe pears, lemon chiffon and breakfast melons. Flavors of Bartlett pears, ripe lemons, Fuji apples and honeydew melos are wrapped in a veil of subtle minerality and asian spices. The brigh, fresh fruit flavors are enhanced by a touch of sweetness and racy acidity indicative of this colder vintage.
SOUPRoasted sugar pumpkin soup, with fresh grated white truffles 2009 Foreshadow Merlot Tasting notes from Bookwalter Wines: Our Foreshadow Merlot showcases our best Merlot vineyards in the Columbia Valley and Red Mountain appellations. A more classic, refined style of Merlot in that for the first time in 10 years we did not blend in Petit Verdot or Malbec but chose a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon which allowed for more grace and elegance. The wine parades a basket full of red fruits led by raspberries, Maraschino Cherries and cassis, perfume aromas of rose water, sandalwood, sage and cola are followed by very subtle tones of anise, leather and graphite. The wine enters the palate sweet, reveals a medium to full body on the mid palate and stays on course displaying a variety of the red fruits listed above. Slightly less powerful than previous vintages, but none the less intriguing given the secondary and tertiary flavors of figs, spices and bakers chocolate. SALAD Marinated and pan seared Sea Scallops with blood oranges served cold over a bed of field greens and tossed in a lightly herbed vinaigrette 2011 Doubleplot 100% Chardonnay Tasting notes from Bookwalter Wines: Our second production of Doubleplot produced and exceptional wine that truly embodies the variety, the vineyard and the vintage, one might even conclude a near perfect collision of the three in 2011. The name itself helps describe the wine as the dueling fermentation styles produce a variety of flavors and aromatics; most notable are ripe pear, honeydew melons, lemon meringue pie, butterscotch, honeysuckle and marshmallow with hints of lilacs and lavender. ENTREE Beef Tenderloin Medallions with a cabernet/huckleberry sauce, pan fried polenta cakes (with Mt. Towsnsend Creamery's red alder toma cheese), and Chef's choice vegetable 2009 Foreshadow Cabernet Sauvignon Tasting notes from Bookwalter Wines: Our Foreshadow Cabernet Sauvignon showcases our best Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards in the Columbia Valley, Red Mountain and Yakima Valley appellations. Due to the warm growing season in 2009 we were able to maintain a higher percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the final Foreshadow blend as even this late ripening variety fully matured in this wonderful vintage. Both aromatically and on the palate the wine displays a medley of dark fruits led by plums, blackberries, blueberries and figs. Secondary and tertiary notes are more subtle and offer hints of truffles, violets, baking spices and sandalwood followed by a warm cola bath. The wine enters the palate sweet and round and finishes with polished, fine grained tannins. The lush, long finish is complimented by the natural sweetness and acidity of the wine. DESSERT Deconstructed Tiramisu featuring flourless Oregon hazelnut cake, spiced mascarpone sabayon (traditional tiramisu cream filling) and a drizzle of espresso reduction 2009 Protagonist Tasting notes from Bookwalter Wines: The fourth release of this highly sought after blend is a doozy. A blend of cool and warm site vineyards, the wine shows incredible depth and complexity without being overbearing. The darker characteristics of this wine lean toward chocolate, mocha and cola, complemented by a mixed bowl of fruit ranging from black berries and plums to dates and figs. The wines' sweet viscosity leads to a long finish that coats the palate with a delicious loveliness.