Westchester Food & Wine Grand Tasting

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This past weekend Westchester Magazine held their annual Food & Wine Festival. A weekend of events that included a Burger Bash, and evening with Westchester’s taste makers, a seminar with Piero Incisa the winemaker at Sassicaia, and a Grand Tasting.

I attended the Grand Tasting on Saturday afternoon. Last year, the event was held indoors at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in White Plains, this year it was held outdoors at the Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla, New York which is a leisurely 40 minute train ride from Grand Central Terminal. The Grand Tasting “Village” was well laid out and spacious with the crowd of people spread throughout the venue without any food and wine booth becoming overly crowded. Mother Nature cooperated with beautiful, if a bit windy weather. There were over 35 local restaurants serving food throughout the village. Many consumer tastings serve a lot of mediocre wines but at this event the wine shop Zachey’s, a well-known Westchester wine and spirit purveyor provided the wines. It was a well-chosen list and there was plenty of good juice to keep me and the rest of the people interested all afternoon. It was a fun day.

Some of the wines I sampled:

NV Veuve Clicquot Rose

NV Ruinart Blanc de Blanc

NV Tattinger Brut La Francaise

NV Pol Roger Brut Reserve

2013 Landhaus Mayer Gruner Veltliner

2013 Masi Rosa dei Masi Rosé

2014 Chateau Miraval Cotes de Provence Rosé

2014 La Spinetta Il Rosé di Casanova

2013 Flowers Chardonnay

2012 Antica Chardonnay

2013 Calera Chardonnay

2012 Acacia Chardonnay

2013 Rodney Strong Chardonnay

2012 Rochioli Russan River Valley Chardonnay

2013 JP Benoit Droin Chablis Vaillons

2013 Pio Cesare Arnais

2013 Antinori Guado Al Tasso Vermintino

2013 Belle Glos Las Alturas Pinot Noir

2013 The Calling Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir

2011 Frescobaldi Chianti Nepozzano

2010 Campo Giovanni Brunello di Montalcino

2010 Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino

2010 Castiglion dei Bosco Brunello di Montalcino

2010 San Felice Chianti Classico Gran Selezione

2010 Concha y Toro Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 Stag’s Leap Cellars Artemis

2013 Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon

2004 La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva

2012 Tenuta San Guido Guidaberto

2011 Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia

2011 Chimney Rock Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 Gaja Ca’ Marcanda Promis

2010 Casa Lapstolle Clos Apalta Red



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