VOL2 2016

Gastronome is the official publication of the U.S. Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. The magazine provides coverage of local, regional, national and international Chaîne events as well as feature stories about members and member establishments.

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Question" offered blind tastings of identical wines aged in cork or screw tops with insights into how new tech- nologies are influencing wine storage and aging. Other options for attend- ees' edification were "Affordable Bordeaux" and "Cognac: The Glories and Complexities." In addition, Master Sommeliers and wine experts addressed such topics as how to taste like a sommelier, the relationship between wine price and quality, new technologies contributing to the mak- ing of top wines, and the concept of "biodynamic winemaking." So much to learn and so little time! A Mondiale weekend would not be complete without winery visits, and the two for this event were rich with historical signifi- cance. Inglenook Vineyard, now owned by Francis Ford Coppola, was founded in 1879 by Gustave Niebaum, who decided that since he couldn't find his beloved Bordeaux in the area, he would have to create his own. Managing Director/Winemaker Philippe Bascaules detailed Inglenook's history and explained the innovations that have gone into the production of its fine wines, with Rubicon leading the pack. The other historical jewel visited was Buena Vista Winery—the first winery in California—which was recently restored by Jean-Charles Boisset. Of course, the highlight of the weekend was the National Young Sommeliers Competition, organized by Vice Echanson National des Jeunes Sommeliers David Merrill. The judges included such luminaries as Robert Bath, MS, the Culinary Institute of America's lead wine Hilton Sonoma Wine Country Hotel April 30, 2016 TOMALES BAY OYSTER, LEMON Moët & Chandon Rosé Grand Vintage 2008 LEMONGRASS-POACHED TIGER PRAWN Zucchini-Celery Root Pancake, Coconut-Curry-Finger Lime Broth Chalone Vineyard Estate Chenin Blanc Chalone Appellation 2013 (from heritage vines planted in 1919) CORIANDER-MUSTARD SEED SEA BASS Sweet Corn-Fava Bean Succotash, Tangerine Jus Ramey Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2013 Ramey Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard Russian River Valley 2012 BRAISED BEEF CHEEKS Bone Marrow-Infused Risotto, Root Vegetables, Star Anise, Huckleberry-Red Wine Sauce Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2007 Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Annum Napa Valley 2008 RUM RAISIN BREAD PUDDING Point Reyes Cheese Whipped Cream, Chocolate Ganache, Berry Compote, Lemon Sorbet Portalupi Antone M. Dessert Wine 2013 Mondiale officers and inductees. Sommelier Morgan Harris (second place; NE), Sommelier Martin Sheehan-Stross (winner; PNW) and Sommelier Steven Gullo (third place; MA). Vice Echanson National des Jeunes Sommeliers David Merrill, Young Sommeliers Competition winner Martin Sheehan-Stross, Bailli Délégué National Harold Small and Grand Echanson Charles Bennett. Bailli Délégué National Harold Small, Hilton Sonoma Wine Country Hotel team and Grand Echanson Charles Bennett. C/AI Chargée de Presse Provincial/Nassau Bailli Isabella Overend, Myrtle Beach Bailli Allyson Hirsh and SC Bailli Provincial William Hirsh. Bailli Délégué National Harold Small, Great Britain Bailli Délégué Philip Evins, Wessex Bailli Régional Janet Evins and Professionnel du Vin Cushing Donelan. NATIONAL 2 0 1 6 v 2 :: G A S T R O N O M E :: 13

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