Food & Drink

September 26, 2014

Delray Beach Wine and Seafood Festival Pairings Seminar: Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards & Winery and DaDa Restaurant

In its third year, The Delray Beach Wine and Seafood Festival in partnership with Republic National Distributing Company present a series of  vintner education and food and wine pairing symposiums. In ancient Greece, a symposium was defined as a drinking party. “The Greek symposium was a key Hellenic social institution. It was a forum for men of good family to debate, plot, boast, or simply to revel with others.” – Wikipedia. In modern times, symposium has a more refined connotation; a gathering of specialists and experts on a particular topic discussing and delivering information on the said topic. There are eight vintner symposiums, and one chefs panel discussion at this years festival. Renowned wines from around the world will be presented, discussed, tasted, and paired with food from equally celebrated local chefs and their restaurants.


The Wines presented will be from Plumpjack Winery/Cade, Banfi Vintners, Cakebread Cellars, Tattinger Champagne, Silver Oak Cellars/Twomey, Joseph Drouhin, ZD Wines, and Chalk Hill Estate Winery. Click here to purchase tickets to any of the seminars

Chalk Hill wines will be paired with a tasting menu from Bruce Feingold, executive chef and co-owner of Dada. Bruce attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York and graduated with the class of 1990. In his early professional career, Bruce did an internship with Mark Militello before going on to The Governor’s Club CCA, Jupiter Island Club & Truce Bakery. In 2000 he partnered with Rodney Mayo and Scott Frielich to open DaDa, an eclectic restaurant & lounge set in a house originally built in 1924. Through DaDa, Bruce has been sharing his unique and talented take on new American cuisine with his guests, new and repeat.

Chalk Hill Estate Winery, Healdsburg, California

Chalk Hill Estate Winery, Healdsburg, California

Chalk Hill’s location, between the cool Russian River appellation, and the warm Alexander Valley, places it in the perfect location to take advantage of the benefits afforded both. The diversity of the Chalk Hill topography creates a broad spectrum of different sites across which can be planted both red and white varieties. The lower, cooler sites are perfect for Chardonnay while the steeper, warmer, south-facing slopes are superbly suited to ripen Bordeaux varietals.The terrain at Chalk Hill is intricate and varied. Located at the convergence of a number of naturally defined winegrowing regions, the estate features a range of microclimates, soils and exposures that require well-reasoned, site-specific farming protocols. It’s this unusual complexity of terroir that allows us to create wines that are intense, balanced and distinctive. “In addition to extraordinary terroir, it takes a group of special people working in concert to make great wine. Over the years Chalk Hill has assembled one of the wine industry’s most talented teams of individuals. It is through their hard work and dedication that Chalk Hill has built a legacy of quality.” - Bill Foley, Proprietor

2012 Chalk Hill Sauvignon Blanc, Clone 378
Winemaker Notes - 85% Sauvignon Blanc, 11% Sauvignon Gris, 4% Sauvignon Musque
“The 2012 Sauvignon Blanc captures the exotic, vibrant and complex fruit character of our estate-grown grapes. The vineyards are ideally situated to take advantage of soil changes and exposure to sun and wind. Sauvignon Gris and Sauvignon Musque add layers of flavor and interest to the blend. Quality is excellent across the board. Aromas of nectarine, lime, mango, and lemon blossoms echo its palate, round in texture yet refreshingly crisp.”

2012 Chalk Hill Estate Pinot Noir
Winemaker Notes  - 100% Pinot Noir
“This exciting wine, our second vintage of Pinot Noir, is lush and rich, but with vibrant acidity that carries the finish. Aromas include black cherries, Framboise, tea and rose petals. Ripe cherries and pomegranate dominate the flavors, along with hints of cocoa and warm spices. Chalk Hill Estate is located at the convergence of a number of diverse climates, soils and terrains in the northeastern hills of Sonoma County. The Chalk Hill AVA is a sub-appellation of the Russian River Valley, the epicenter of Pinot Noir growing and winemaking. While the estate is a bit warm for top quality Pinot Noir, our Trenton Road vineyard, located a few miles west of the winery, is ideally situated.”

2010 Chalk Hill Estate Red Blend
Winemaker Notes - 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 15% Malbec, 12% Petit Verdot, 10% Syrah, 1% Carménère
“Our 2010 Estate Red is incredibly rich and luscious. The nose is composed of opulent aromas including black cherry, blackberry, plum jam, Provencal herbs, vanilla, and pipe tobacco. The flavors are equally lush with additional notes of spicy oak, vanilla, blueberry pie, and bittersweet chocolate. Although the wine shows surprisingly well in its youth, the generous, underlying tannins suggest a long and complex future. This 2010 Estate Red is a unique blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Syrah and Carmenere, each in harmony with the others. Our original estate vineyard features a number of blocks with shallow, clay soils that accentuate the structure of Merlot and Malbec. The rest of the fruit came from our 56-acre Estate West vineyard which features that are ideal for Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot.”

2012 Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay
Winemaker Notes -100% Chardonnay
“The Chalk Hill 2012 Estate Chardonnay captures the vibrant, complex and classic character of our estate-grown grapes. We are dedicated to making exceptional Chardonnay, and no detail is overlooked. This Chardonnay exhibits beguiling aromas of limes, orange blossoms, peaches and toasted almonds with a bit of spice from the barrels. Flavors of red apples, pears and cream follow. Our Chardonnay is known for its long, rich and elegant finish, and this vintage is no exception. Often referred to as the “Catch-All Chard,” this style is appreciated by many types of Chardonnay lovers.  For those who prefer the leaner styles, the 2012 Estate Chardonnay caters to their palates exhibiting aromas and flavors of lime, white flowers and stone fruit with a fresh, mouthwatering acidity.  Spending 11 months in oak along with weekly bâttonnage, this wine has the rich, lush mouth-feel and warm spices that a fuller bodied Chardonnay drinker will appreciate.  The 2012 season was considered a dream vintage that provided a rainy spring and warm, even temperatures which were perfect for growing beautiful grapes from which winemaker Lisa Bishop Forbes created a Chardonnay with the perfect balance of ripeness and elegance.”

*seminar wines are subject to change

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