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Wesley Ashley Wines winemaker dinner Oct. 17

By Jessica Yadegaran
Monday, September 27th, 2010 at 5:25 pm in Corkheads.

If you like rustic Southern Rhone wines with a fruity California edge, you may want to check out this upcoming winemakers dinner at Vesu in Walnut Creek.

Wesley Ashley Wines is the brainchild of James Sloate, an Alamo resident whose love for hearty blends and philosophical bent led him to create two cuvees, Intelligent Design, and Intelligent Design Blanc. Winemaker Jason Welch brings his vision to life.

The grapes for the red wine hail from Clos La Chance’s estate vineyards in San Martin. The red is a blend of six varietals: carignan, grenache, cinsault, petite sirah, and pinot noir. The 2007 is dark ruby in color with aromas and flavors of rich berry pie.

The white blend – viognier, roussane, and grenache blanc – were harvested in Santa Barbara County. Intelligent Design Blanc has a tropical and creamy characteristic, with just slightly too much French oak for me on the finish.

Chef Robert Sapirman of Vesu has planned a four course dinner for these two wines, and it includes halibut ceviche and citrus braised pork. In addition to the two wines, you’ll have an opportunity to taste upcoming blends out of barrel as well as a sweet treat paired with Sapirman’s decadent Point Reyes Blue Cheese Beignets: Intelligent Design Syrup.

Need I say more? Tickets are $70 for wine club members; $80 for everyone else. To reserve your spot, contact Vesu at 925-280-8378.

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