Celebrating its 14th
year in 2023, Westchester Magazine's Wine
& Food Festival was a true
celebration of amazing wine and spirits, as well as delectable food,
chef demos, and a wine seminar by wine expert
Kevin Zraly, author of
the Windows On The World Complete Wine Course. When we heard that
Kevin Zraly was slated to give two wine seminars on June 10, 2023, we made time
in our festival schedule to attend, as we always learn something new and
interesting about wine from Kevin, and there are always special wines to
Westchester Magazine's Wine and Food Festival 2023
Magazine's Wine and Food Festival held on
June 10, 2023, at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla, New York offered attendees two
types of tickets, a Grand Tasting Village Ticket, or a Party
Line Connoisseur Ticket, which provided access to the Grand Tasting Village
and Chef Demos, as well as the opportunity to experience rare and high-end
wine, spirits, food, and two wine seminars given by the acclaimed wine expert
Kevin Zraly in the Party Line Connoisseurs Tent.
Windows On The World Complete Wine Course
As we had
Party Line Connoisseur Tickets, we attended one of the Wine Seminars by Kevin
Zraly. We had previously attended a wine seminar by Kevin Zraly at another wine
festival, so we knew the following would hold true for this seminar: Kevin
would make learning fun, he would keep things lively and entertaining, and we
would taste exquisite wines; all of which we did.
Trimbach Riesling Frédéric Emile, 2014
first seminar of the afternoon, there were two wines to taste, a white wine,
and a red wine. The white wine was a Riesling, Trimbach Riesling Frédéric
Emile, 2014, from Alsace, France, with a retail price of $100,
available through Independence Wine and Spirits. Interesting to note about this
winery is that they have been producing wines since 1626. Hailing from the
Alsace region, this wine has an AOC (Appellation d'Origine Controleé: controlled
origin in France) denomination and has 13.5% alcohol. This wine was lovingly
crafted by Winemaker Pierre Trimbach, who continues the tradition as the thirteenth
generation to produce these exceptional wines. This wine continues to be ranked
in the high 90s.
explained that one way to judge if a white wine has aged is by sight. Pour the
wine into a glass and look at the color of the wine, as white wine gains color
as it ages. The darker the color of the wine, the older the wine. Even though
the Trimbach Riesling Frédéric Emile, 2014 was nine years old, it was still
looking young, with its pale lemony, straw color.
of Kevin's tips is that when you swirl the glass to release the wine's aromas
into the air, you should cover the glass with the palm of your hand to
concentrate the aromas. When you remove your palm, you will be able to smell
more of the wine's aromas than by merely swirling the glass. This tip worked
surprisingly well even when the tasting glass at the festival seminar was
plastic. Done at home, this tip helps bring out the essence of the wine. Once
we removed our palms over the glasses, there were aromas of green apple, stony,
and mineral notes, which followed through on the palate. This was a dry wine
with a tart finish and was delicious.
Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino, 2020
For the red
wine, Kevin had selected a Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino, 2020, from
Mendoza, Argentina. This was another high-end wine made in limited
quantities, with a retail price of $100. Made with 100% Malbec grapes, this
wine spent 24 months in 100% new French oak barrels before bottling, then spent
between 12-18 months of bottle aging before being released. Catena Zapata has
been making excellent wines since 1902. Owned by Nicolás Catena, the Winemaker
is Alejandro Vigil.
Kevin Zraly and Debra C. Argen
interesting tip from Kevin regarding judging a red wine's age by sight is that
unlike white wines, which gain color as they age, red wines lose color as they
age. Technically, if you cannot see through a red wine, it is not ready to
drink (although we often do, and did, for this class). This wine had medium to
full body with currents, cassis, cedar, and black cherry aromas that continued
through on the palate. With this wine you can feel the tannins (which are what make
your mouth dry after you drink a red wine), that begs for a delicious cheese
accompaniment which helps cut through the tannins.
the time spent with Kevin Zraly, was time well spent indeed. Until next time,
information on the next Westchester Magazine's Wine & Food Festival or
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information on Kevin Zraly and his Zoom Wine Classes, please visit the
about our experiences at the Westchester Magazine's Wine & Food Festival
2023 in Luxury Experience's Gastronomy section and also in
Luxury Experience's Chefs' Recipes section.
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