Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Winemakers Randall Grahm and Elizabeth Clark Set To Visit Toledo Area

Mark your calendars. The Toledo area will be hosting a pair of top-flight winemakers in August including a stellar California wine personality and a maker of premium wines from Willamette Valley, Oregon.

Randall Grahm of Boony Doon Vineyards

clip_image002On Sunday, August 5, from 12:00 noon until 3:00 PM, Walt Churchill’s Market, 3320 Briarfield. Maumee, (419) 794-4000, will host an Afternoon with Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyards. This will be a wine tasting on the patio and no reservation is needed.

“Randall Grahm is the most important California wine personality to ever visit Northwest Ohio,” said WCM Wine Manager Austin Beeman. He urges wine lovers not to miss the opportunity to meet this iconic winemaker.

Bonny Doon is a winery based in the city of Santa Cruz in the central coast of California. It was started by Grahm in 1983. Bonny Doon was among the first Californian wineries to embrace Rhone varietals, giving Randall Grahm the nickname "The Rhone Ranger.”

Grahm has an impressive array of awards including the James Beard Award as wine professional of the year and Cooks Magazine lifetime achievement award. He is a leader in biodynamic winemaking and in the screw cap movement to use twist closures to ensure quality wine.

Elizabeth Clark of Airlie Winery

On Wednesday August 8, 6:00 – 8:00 PM, winemaker Elizabeth Clark of Airlie Winery, Monmouth, Oregon, will be presenting a selection of her wines at The Oliver House Market, 27 Broadway in Toledo. Airlie Winery, established in 1986, is dedicated to vintage dated Oregon premium wines. The winery overlooks Dunn Forest Vineyard and produces estate varieties well suited to the coastal edge of Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

Thirty-two acres of estate vineyards consist of eight varieties: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling, Müller Thurgau, Gewürztraminer, Maréchal Foch, and Muscat Ottonel.Their wines also benefit from grapes selected from top Willamette Valley vineyards.

The cost is $15 per person and will include elegant appetizers, great wines, and a chance to purchase autographed bottles of your favorite selections. For further information, call Matt Snyder at (419) 351-3335.

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