Twin Farms Recap {Saturday-Part 2}

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On Saturday night, Mal and I got all dressed up and then started our evening with a cocktail at the pub at Twin Farms.

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The pub had a fully-stocked bar (with snacks) as well as a variety of entertainment options, including a pool table, dart board, big screen TV with lots of movies, grand piano, and vintage jukebox. It was really cool inside and a great place to hang out.

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Mal and I put on some tunes.

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And then played pool and darts.

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At 6:30 PM, we headed to the Main House for “The One-Hour Wine Expert” with Kevin Zraly. In 60 minutes, Kevin guided us through a comprehensive tasting that explained some of the fundamental elements and differences in wine varieties.

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I’ve attended quite a few wine classes over the years, but I can honestly say I learned more in Kevin’s hour-long class than any of the others I’ve attended. He’s a great teacher!

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Interesting things I learned:

  • There are 6 major grapes in the world: Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. If you know these six, you’re in really good shape.
  • 90% of white wines in the world are made from Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay.
  • If Riesling is the skim milk of the wine world, Sauvignon Blanc is 2% and Chardonnay is whole milk.
  • White wines gain color as they get older; red wines lose color as they age.
  • Tannins in wine decrease with age; sediment increases.
  • 95% of taste is smell, so Kevin suggested holding each sip of wine in our mouths for 5 seconds before swallowing in order to get the full taste experience.
  • Your sense of smell starts to decline at 32 years old.
  • 90% of wines produced are intended to be consumed in one year. 99% of wines produced are intended to be consumed in 5 years.
  • The U.S. is now the #1 wine consumer in the world. In 19 years, even with the recession, wine consumption has steadily increased.

Something that Kevin (and David) said that I really appreciated was that you don’t need someone (or a rating) to tell you which wines you should like. If you like a specific wine, that’s great! If you don’t, no big deal. Kevin suggested buying a wine, trying it, and then looking at reviews and ratings to see what other people think about it. If someone says you should like a wine, but you don’t, are you truly going to enjoy it? I really loved this advice because it made wine seem so much more accessible and, of course, made me feel better about my love for Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc!

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My favorite wine of the tasting: Dr. Loosen Bernkasteler Lay 2010. It was a Riesling (not all of them are super sweet!), which was fresh, smooth, mineral-y, and lightly sweet. It was delicious, and you could easily drink it alone. I’m definitely on the lookout for this bottle now!

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After the wine tasting, Kevin guided us through the food and wine pairings with dinner.

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Of course, Mal and I practiced what we had just learned.

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Get your nose in there, Mal!

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Dinner was incredible, and the wines that David paired with each course complimented them so well. It honestly made each bite that much more enjoyable.

The menu:

  • Tasmanian Sweet Crab in White Asparagus Broth with Roasted Buttercorn, Chives and Quail Egg Risotto
  • Yuzu Infused Cucumbers with Bulghur Wheat Scallion Salad and Oranges, Citrus Dressing, Chèvre Noir, Parsley, Salted Almonds
  • Grilled Loin of Lamb with Oyster Mushrooms and Spruce Ash Pappardelle, Baby Spinach, Roasted Vidalia Onion, Spruce Needle Jus
  • Compressed Bosc Pear and Pear Sponge on Roasted Prune Purée, Smoked Cocoa Nib Mousse, Peppered Walnut Streusel, Cocoa Tuile

And featured wines:

  • Pascal Jolivet Sancerre (2010)
  • Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet (2010)
  • Liger-Belair Nuits St. George (2004)
  • Chateau Bellevue (2000)
  • Chateau Cantenac Brown (2003)
  • Chateau Lafaurie Peyreguay (1997)

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Obviously, the meal and wine pairings were amazing, but what Mal and I enjoyed most about dinner was dining with Kevin Zraly, who joined us at our table. We spent the entire night chatting with him. It was so cool.

I have to admit, when I realized Kevin would be sitting with us, I was pretty nervous. He’s a famous wine expert, and I know practically nothing about wine, so I wasn’t sure what we’d talk about. But, after just a few minutes of conversation, I realized Kevin and I (and Mal) actually had quite a bit in common. Kevin and I have the same book publisher and editor, so we chatted a bunch about writing. Surprisingly, Kevin and I shared similar struggles with writing, so it was reassuring (and comforting) hearing that he too finds it challenging, and he’s written lots of books. (I struggle with writing so much!)

Kevin also told us that he has a degree in elementary education and coaches high school basketball (his team just made it to the playoffs), so the three of us had plenty to talk about during dinner. Kevin is such a nice guy. I’m so lucky to have met him.

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After dinner, Mal and I returned to our cottage and enjoyed some warm chocolate chip cookies and milk before bed. For real.

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Questions of the Day

Are you a wine drinker?

Red or white?

How much do you know about wine? Have you ever taken a class?

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86 Comments

  1. AHH. Kim Crawford Sauvigon Blanc is my favorite! I love the Pinot Grigio too! Was so happy when you mentioned it 🙂 .. It’s only 930 AM and now you have me wanting a glass…

  2. That place is stunning! And I’ve never been to a wine class, but it sounds so interesting and I’m sure I would learn a ton, did Kevin recommend any Merlot? Did you try any that you liked?

  3. I LOOVE wine 🙂 I’m noticing a trend in my comments. Whites in the warmer months, Rose in the middle of summer, and Reds in the winter months are my typical preferences. I’ve taken a few tasting classes, but prefer to host my own at home with friends!

  4. What a great evening!! The food looked amazing. As did the cookies! (channeling cookie monster right now)

    So which grape would a pinot grigio come from?

  5. I love wine, doesn’t matter if it’s red or white (although lately I’ve been drinking more red). Sadly, I know next to nothing about wine. I took a tour of a winery last summer with some friends, but I was too busy sampling the goods to retain any information. 🙂

  6. What an exciting evening! My husband and I did not know much about wine when we started dating 10 years ago, so we try to attend wine tastings often. My tasted have changed from dry wine wines to more full bodies red wines over the years. I recently heard that Windows on the World wine course is the BEST, I would love the chance to attend a course like this one day. Thanks for the great writeup Tina!

  7. I love red wine & dessert wine. In California, I don’t feel the white wines are very good. But when we went to Oregon this past summer, we did wine tasting for a day & the whites there are amazing!

  8. Your weekend sounds so amazing! What a relaxing and peaceful resort! I love the points you listed about wine. I am a big Kim Crawford fan as well! Interesting fact: my friends and I learned this weekend that Kim Crawford is a guy, which for some reason really surprised me. I’m not sure if I want to believe it…haha

    We went wine tasting this weekend in Napa, Buena Vista has an excellent Chardonnay. I usually prefer Sauvignon Blanc, but this Chardonnay was so smoothe and buttery. I’m not sure if they distribute to the east coast, but give it a try if you see it!

  9. I would love to do a wine tasting like this. It sounds like so much fun. I have a feeling that the U.S. is the #1 wine consumer in the world because of the recession. 🙂

    I do have a question, you wrote that “90% of wines produced are intended to be consumed in one year. 99% of wines produced are intended to be consumed in 5 years.” Is there a distinction between red or white for this statistic?

    1. I think Kevin meant red wines since they tend to age better? He said the 1% that you wouldn’t drink after 5 years would likely be a Bordeaux.

  10. I love my wine! I usually prefer red, but when I drink white I am a Kim Crawford fan, too! Then again, champagne trumps all!

    Thanks for these reviews. I’m working on planning a trip to Vermont this summer and this place sounds incredible. I also want to hit up the King Arthur Flour baking school in Norwich, VT.

  11. I am a big fan of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio. If I am having a glass, it is likely one of those two. However, I really crave a glass of red with a nice rare piece of beef or lamb.

  12. I have that same shirt and I love wearing it when I go out to eat, it hides any belly I may get from eating!

    I’m a wino! I prefer white pinot grigio but in the winter I sometimes crave red and will grab a bottle of Malbec.

    I don’t know much about wine, my sister and I took a wine class at the Boston Wine Expo one year and were more excited about all the wine samples than the actual class..although having someone walk us through each wine was fun.

  13. I’m a huge fan of wine, despite knowing very little about it! I usually drink red, but sometimes white when it’s really hot in the Summer.

    The class sounds amazing. The food looks good, too.

    I love the wine facts. My husband won’t be pleased when I tell him his sense of smell will begin to decline this year 😉

  14. I would love to be able to enjoy a glass or two on occasion but the truth is – I just don’t like wine.

  15. What a romantic weekend you two had! Ya’ll are the cutest couple! I’m sure you missed Murphy but having a nice weekend getaway with your hubby must have been so nice. I can’t wait for Jason and I to getaway soon.

  16. I like red, white and rose – it depends on the occasion and my mood. My favourites are Sancerre and Late Harvest Cabernet. Doing wine tastings has really enhanced my enjoyment of wine. I always have a good sniff now before I drink!

  17. That sounds amazing! I love wine and have always wanted to take a course or do a tasting where I learn a lot more about wine. Thanks for sharing and really hope to make it to this class sometime!

  18. I very much like wine. I was on a pretty solid white wine kick through the last year or so (chardonnay & pinot grigio), but lately I’ve been leaning toward the reds and really enjoying them!

    Though, I like wine a lot, I do not at all consider myself to be knowledgeable on the topic – I just know what tastes good to me 😛

  19. I love wine, both red and white. It’s interesting that Americans are some of the biggest wine drinkers and that consumption has steadily increased over the past years; I wonder if it has anything to do with less money (buying cheap bottles of win) and a greater focus on health (red wine with antioxidants, wine being less calories than mixed drinks and beer). My favorite is sauvignon blanc for sure. I’ve never taken a wine class so I don’t know much but I want to!

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