Updates from Houston Sommelier Association

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THIS WEEK @ HSA…

Hey y’all!

Super exciting stuff this week. Matt Dees will be taking us on the journey of the winemaker. This will be a really in-depth look at the relationship of winemaking and the vineyard. Matt’s idea is to show how winemaking can make “wines of style” “wines of the estate” and also show “site specific wines from single vineyards.”
A self proclaimed plant geek, and he’s psyched to do this tasting and show how winemaking and vineyard specificity and stylistically can be bottled.
Matt Dees is what you’d call a natural winemaker.

Armed with a degree in Soil Science from the University of Vermont and Vintages at Staglin in Napa, California and Craggy Range in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, Matt has an intrinsic feel for wine, from dirt to glass. curious, earthy and experimental by nature, Matt’s approach to winemaking is grounded in the vineyard (pun intentional) first and foremost: attuned to the vines, the weather, the soil, Matt seems almost to be a part of the vineyard itself.

Not being bound by the conventions of the enological world of academia (no degree in winemaking here) has allowed Matt to come to an untethered philosophy of wine.

See y’all Wednesday at The Art of Cellaring located at 2301 Portsmouth St. Street parking is available as well as in the lot across the street. Please plan to be on time as the doors here will lock at 10:30AM to reduce interruption and distraction out of respect for our speakers. Remember, EARLY IS ON TIME!! Professional attire is encouraged… please.

Also… please keep in mind that we are all doing this on a volunteer basis (no one is being paid for this) Please stick around to help clean up… Polishing glasses and resetting the space. It takes a village.. 😄

UPCOMING HSA …

MARCH 27, 2019
Bizaiko Txakolina DO with Bingden Mendizabel of Bodegas Itsasmendi

APRIL 10, 2019
Texas Two Sip: Blind Tasting Texas vs. the World

APRIL 24, 2019
WOSA Master Class with Jim Clarke ** start time will be 10:00AM

UPCOMING NON – HSA …

APRIL 24, 2019
WOSA Master Class/Competition ** start time will be 10:00AM
Jim Clarke leads a masterclass on South Africa followed by an optional one-hour quiz. This would be part of round one for the triennial Sommelier Cup. The top five scorers around the country will get flown to NY for the semifinals, the national winner going on to South Africa in September.

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A Napa Experience hosted by James Barlow, Feb. 27

Event Name: A Napa Experience hosted by James Barlow

Event Link: http://thewineepicure.com

Date: February 27, 2019

Time: 6:30-8:00PM

Location/Venue – please use Google map info: Prohibition Texas Bar in Old Town Spring: 26420 Preston Ave, Spring, TX 77373

Cost: $45.00 Per Person

Event Description: Please Join me, James Barlow, CWE in A Napa Experience. In this class I will dive into the AVA’s within Napa Valley, showing wines from different areas from the valley floor to the mountain sides. We will walk through the sub American Viticultural Areas within Napa Valley learning about soil structure, grapes, vintages, wine-making techniques and much more. We will taste wines from the regions to understand the unique differences of the areas.

Wines to be poured:

1.Illumination Sauvignon Blanc – Rutherford/Napa Valley AVA
2.Matthiason Ribolla Gialla – Oak Knoll AVA
3.Jayson by Pahlmeyer Chardonnay – St. Helena/Carneros AVA’s
4.Snowden Petit Verdot – Napa Valley AVA
5.Napanook Red Blend – Yountville AVA
6.Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon – Stags’ Leap AVA
7.Nickel and Nickel ‘John C. Sullenger’ Cabernet Sauvignon – Oakville AVA
8.Vagabond Syrah – Carneros AVA

Registration Telephone: 832-643-7505

Registration Email: Jamesbarlow25@hotmail.com

Event: All About Alentejo, February 6

Event Name: All About Alentejo on February 6 in Houston

Event Link: http://www.vinhosdoalentejo.pt/index.php?lang=en

Date: February 6, 2019

Time: 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Location/Venue – please use Google map info: Mastro’s Steakhouse Houston – 1650 W Loop S, Houston, TX 77027

Cost: Complimentary for qualified wine trade and media

Event Description: Encompassing approximately 30% of Portugal’s landmass, the Alentejo is divided into the three administrative districts – Beja, Évora and Portalegre – that collectively define the natural boundaries of Vinho Regional Alentejano. With over 3,000 sunshine hours annually, Alentejo’s eight subregions are spread across a distinctive and relatively flat terrain. Wines of Alentejo is pleased to be representing this unique wine region combining historical significance and modern thinking.

We would like to invite you to join us for All About Alentejo on Wednesday, February 6th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Mastro’s Steakhouse Houston. This master class, hosted by Evan Goldstein MS, will provide an overview of the beautiful Alentejo region, exploring subzones, leading varietals, and wines from classic producers.

RSVP to sommelier@fullcirclewinesolutions.com
*Program is complimentary for members of the wine industry by invitation only; a valid business card will be required. Space is limited and advance registration is mandatory. Complimentary valet parking will be offered.*

Registration Telephone: 4156830696

Registration Email: sommelier@fullcirclewinesolutions.com

TexSom 2019 dates announced: August 18-20

From the TexSom eblast:

SAVE THE DATES!

Sunday, August 18th – Tuesday, August 20th
Host Venue Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas

Please note the new days. The conference opens on Sunday evening and continues with seminar days on Monday and Tuesday.

Additional information such as the schedule, registration opening date, pre-conference education and certification opportunities, volunteer opportunites and the TEXSOM Best Sommelier Competition application will be announced in the future.

The Four Seasons Resort and Club room block will be released upon opening of TEXSOM registration.

All participants at the TEXSOM Sommelier Conference must be 21 years of age or older.

The TEXSOM Sommelier Conference is a professional educational event for wine, food & beverage service, and hospitality professionals.

Burgundy ‘IN FOCUS’ Master Class: Cote Chalonnaise 4/12

Event Name: Burgundy ‘IN FOCUS’ Master Class: Cote Chalonnaise

Event Link: http://thewineepicure.com

Date: December 4, 2018

Time: 6:30-8:00PM

Location/Venue: Prohibition Texas Bar
26420 Preston Avenue, Spring TX 77373
https://goo.gl/maps/v3oEy4SJgb22

Cost: $45.00 Per Person

Event Description.: Please join me, James C. Barlow, Bourgogne Wine Ambassador and Certified Wine Educator, for the 2nd installation of my Burgundy ‘In Focus’ Master Classes. This class will focus on the Cote Chalonnaise. Often overlooked, this quaint region just south of the Cote D’Or is quietly building a great reputation for quality wines that are still quite affordable.

Wines:
1.Louis Jadot Aligote 2015, Bouzeron
2.Vincent Girardin Premier Cru ‘Les Cloux’ Chardonnay 2015, Rully
3.Albert Bichot Premier Cru Chardonnay 2015, Montagny
4.Domaine Thenard Premier Cru ‘Les Bois Chevaux’ Pinot Noir 2011, Givry
5.Famille Masse ‘Vieilles Vignes’ Pinot Noir 2015, Givry
6.Albert Bichot Pinot Noir 2015, Mercurey

Native Grapes of Italy author Ian D’Agata coming to Houston next month…

Indegina World Tour
Ian D’Agata
Houston, Texas
December 11 & 12, 2018

Please come experience one of the greatest speakers on Italian wine in the world: Mr. Ian D’Agata. Ian is one of the world’s foremost experts on native grapes of Italy and his most recent book Native Grapes of Italy has become a defacto tome for wine lovers across the globe. In addition to being an author Ian has established the Indegina Center for Food & Wine studies in Barolo, Piemonte. Indegina has been created to teach and explore the world’s native foodstuffs and wine grapes from all angles: science, economics, history, culinary and sociologically.

Indegina World Tour is a glimpse into what Ian is doing and offers the chance to taste wines and learn with Ian. We are extremely excited to end our 2018 journey in Houston, Texas and hope you will come along for the experience as we explore Barbera and other native grapes of Piemonte and the Marche in this two-day seminar. Each day lunch will be provided and it is FREE. So do not miss this opportunity to learn from a legend and get on the ground floor to what is happening today in Italy. You are welcome to attend just one day or both days and again the event is FREE and includes lunch both days.

Please RSVP to Jeffrey Porter: learningthevines@gmail.com

Tuesday December 11, 2018
9:00 AM: Coffee & Pastries
9:30 AM – 9:40 AM: Welcome and Introduction
9:40 AM – 12:00 PM: Session 1: Nizza – An exploration of Barbera
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM: Lunch
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Session 2: Asti

Wednesday December 12, 2018
9:00 AM: Coffee & Pastries
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Introduction into Day 2
9:40 AM – 12:00 PM: Session 1: Marche – Verdicchio
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM: Lunch
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Session 2: Marche – the Reds

Location
The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa
11 N. Post Oak Ln
Houston, TX 77024
713.680.2626

Event: Camerata Holiday Retail Sale

Event Link: http://www.pauliesrestaurant.com/camerata/calendar-2/

Date: November 18, 2018

Time: 2 pm- 6 pm

Location/Venue – please use Google map info: Camerata at Paulie’s
1834 Westheimer Road
Houston, Texas

Cost: Free Admission

Event Description: With the holidays rapidly approaching, Camerata is excited to announce its fourth annual retail sale. Taking place on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, this walk-around tasting is a chance for you to purchase small-production wines at big-box prices. Camerata’s favorite wine distributors & importers will be on hand to discuss and pour samples to try before you buy. As always, case discounts will be offered, so stock up for the holidays! Give the gift that your friends and family really want this holiday season!

Registration Telephone: 713-522-8466

Registration Email: ciao@pauliesrestaurant.com