When Ehren Jordan and Anne-Marie Failla were students at Sewickley Academy, they never dreamed that one day they would be married or that Ehren, who went on to major in Art History at George Washington University, would be considered one of the finest winemakers in California. Please join us on Wednesday, December 21 and celebrate the success of this North Hills couple and enjoy the great offerings of the Failla Winery!
Ehren Jordan’s interest in wine began at his part time job as a stock boy at Bell’s Wine Shop in Washington D.C. After graduation he worked for a large wine distributor in Colorado before traveling to Napa and landing a job at Joseph Phelps. At Phelps he was tutored by Bruce Neyers before heading to France to learn winemaking. He returned a few years later and went to work for Helen and Larry Turley and helped Bruce Neyers build his own winery.
Today, in addition to making outstanding small production Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for Failla, he continues to direct winemaking at Neyers and is Viticulturalist at Turley Wine Cellars! In the mid nineties, Erhen reconnected with globe trotting, investment banker Anne-Marie Failla. Anne-Marie is now CFO of a winery that bears her name – thanks to the fact that there was already one Jordan Winery! Failla is a well known name in Western Pennsylvania; Anne- Marie’s dad heads Tri State Orthopaedics and her brother Paul was a two sport star and former quarterback at Notre Dame! We are so happy that Erhen and Anne-Marie are coming home for the holidays and sharing their exclusive wines with our guests. Click here for more information on the event and our special wine selections and menu. Don’t miss out on this exceptional night!
Wente Vineyards is an historic winery – spawning the Chardonnay clone that is used to make over 80% of the Chardonnay’s in California! It is certainly rare that a winery could stay in the family through five generations, but Karl and his sister are firmly at the helm and Karl is responsible for wine that would make all of his predecessors proud – including some 90+ point selections! Karl is only 33, but after earning a chemical engineering degree from Stanford and two master’s degrees in viticulture and food science from UC Davis he was well prepared to take over the families vineyard and winemaking responsibilities. Representing a new breed, Karl is charismatic young winemaker who has been known to survey his vineyards aboard his motorcycle or on horseback and he spends his free time playing in a band called “The Front Porch!” We will be sampling 8 of his selections, including The Nth Degree Cabernet – a rare Cabernet that is derived from vineyards farmed to the Nth Degree! Please join us for this exceptional evening!
“WENTE VINEYARDS” SPECIAL WINE DINNER
With Proprietor & Winemaker Karl Wente
Culinary offerings by Mark Swomley
Monday, June 20, 2011 – 6:30 p.m.
$99 per person – excluding Taxes & Gratuity
WENTE LIVERMORE VALLEY “LOUIS MEL” SAUVIGNON BLANC ’09
CHILLED SESAME SEARED TUNA
With Almond-Napa Slaw, Wasabi Whipped Crème and Mandarin Orange-Agave Vinaigrette
WENTE LIVERMORE VALLEY“MORNING FOG” CHARDONNAY ’08
WENTE ARROYO SECO, MONTEREY “RIVA RANCH” CHARDONNAY’08
BUTTER ROASTED LOBSTER TAIL
With Crab Whipped Potatoes, Smoked Tomato Cream and Shrimp-Mango Chutney
WENTE ARROYO SECO, MONTEREY “RELIZ CREEK” PINOT NOIR ’07
With Braised Fingerling Hash, Tomato-Caramelized Onion Sauté
and grilled Artichoke Butter
KARL WENTE LIVERMORE “THE Nth DEGREE”
CABERNET SAUVIGNON ’06
WENTE LIVERMORE“CHARLES WETMORE”
CABERNET SAUVIGNON ’07
WENTE LIVERMORE VALLEY “SOUTHERN HILLS”
CABERNET SAUVIGNON ’08
With Chevre Risotto Cake, Pickeled Red Onion,
grilled Carrot, Cabernet Demi Glaze & Roast Shallot Butter
WENTE PETITE SIRAH PORT
MOLTON CHOCOLATE CAKE
With Raspberry Drizzle
Looking for a good wine under $20? There are some great value wines available according to Food and Wine. Here are some of the recommendations they gave us for red and white wines.
Chardonnay: 2008 Luli ($20)
Master Sommelier Sara Floyd teamed up with California’s Pisoni family (of Pinot Noir fame) to make this wine, which emphasizes the fruitiness of its Santa Lucia Highlands grapes and de-emphasizes oak flavors. It offers pure peaches-and-cream notes with a lick of citrus and pear.
Sauvignon Blanc: 2008 Hanna Russian River Valley ($19)
Winemaker Jeff Hinchliffe translates the bright fruit character of night-harvested grapes from Sonoma’s cool Russian River Valley into a blossom-scented Sauvignon Blanc with a soft texture and clean pineapple, grapefruit and herbal aromas.
Pinot Noir: 2007 Siduri Sonoma County ($20)
This entry-level bottling from Adam and Dianna Lee’s acclaimed high-end winery showcases the sophisticated side of Pinot. Juicy, creamy and ripe, with a plush texture, it balances its impressive body with vivid aromatics and a delicate acidity.
Zinfandel: 2007 Foxglove ($15)
Bob and Jim Varner of Varner Wine know what’s right with Zinfandel (big flavors) and what’s all-too-often wrong with it (alcohol overload). By sourcing grapes for this second label from Central California’s Paso Robles region and adding in 14 percent Petite Sirah, they have made a tangy red with classic wild berry fruit and a satisfying touch of jamminess.