Olive Oil's wine dinners

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Steve Seltzer at Olive Oil's Wine Dinner #2

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Olive Oil's Wine Dinner #2 a great success!

Much fun was had by everyone last night at the second Olive Oil's wine dinner.  Shrimp bruschetta was accompanied by the Northwest  Wines Pinot Gris 2006, a favorite from the last dinner.  Then came antipasto, and then a lovely butternut squash and apple soup.  For the main course, a choice of Pumpkin Gnocchi, Long Island Duckling or a salad with gorgonzola, walnuts and steak.  And for dessert, a puff pastry stuffed with gooey chocolate sauce.

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Mirassou Pinot Noir California

Here are winemaking and tasting notes from the Mirassou web site on the pinot noir:


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Olive Oil's Wine Dinner #2, 11-19-08: Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is grown in many wine regions of the world.  From Southern New Zealand to the Pacific Northwest, this grape flourishes under ideal conditions.

Pinot Noir prefers slightly less heat than Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot.  It also prefers cooler nightime temperatures, and a little more humidity.  Pinot noir tends to do well in maritime climates, closer to either large or small bodies of water, such as rivers or lakes.  These regions include:

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Wine Seminars Objectives and Typical Seminar Structure

Wine seminar attendees' objectives

  • learn about wine in a non-threatening environment
  • expand their knowledge of wine
  • be able to express what type of wines they like and dislike
  • Pair wine with food
  • order wine from a restaurant wine list
  • pick out wines in a retail wine store
  • have fun with friends

Wine Seminar Objectives

  • "Teach" about wine in a non-pedantic way
  • make each session fun, informative and inspirational
  • utilize feedback f
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Olive Oil Wine Dinners

Olive Oil's Objectives
  • create a recurring audience for wine dinners
  • educate and inform patrons to create a more knowledgeable guest
  • Give customers another reason to come to Olive Oil's
  • Offer an on-going wine course the last Wednesday of each month for $25 that will cover as much material as the WOW wine course
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