What's Cookin' on Wine with Michael Horn
What's Cookin' on Wine with Michael HornWhat's Cookin' on Wine with Michael HornWW


December 30, 201452 min
DEAN BUSQUAERT – WINE EDUCATOR/PAIRING EXPERT, SEQUOIA GROVE WINERY About Sequoia Grove Winery  Founded in 1979, Sequoia Grove is a small family winery located on Route 29 in the heart of Rutherford, Napa Valley's most prestigious Cabernet Sauvignon appellation. For more than 30 years, Sequoia Grove has been recognized for its commitment to crafting award-winning wines that emphasize finesse and balance from its Estate vineyards as well as through decades-long relationships with top Napa Valley growers. Wines are made from the 22-acre estate vineyard and newly-acquired Tonella vineyard, both located in the heart of Rutherford, as well as other premier Napa Valley growers. Sequoia Grove wines emphasize richness, structure, balance and varietal expression. Sequoia Grove Winery launches new take on food and wine experiences  in the Napa Valley with "Taste for Cabernet"  Pairing expert Dean Busquaert teaches the foundations of pairing food with Cabernet Sauvignon. Sequoia Grove Winery has launched "A Taste for Cabernet," a private and elevated tasting room experience which presents the winery's limited-production wines in the context of pairing Cabernet with food. The 75-minute seminar, led by Sequoia Grove Wine Educator Dean Busquaert, guides guests through a tasting of Sequoia Grove's single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons, and the top-tier Cabernet blend, Cambium. Instead of matching food and wine by weight and color, Dean demonstrates the elements of pairing flavors with Cabernet by using ingredients that offer the basic components of taste: salt, sweet, sour, bitter and umami. "Guest will find that some popular pairing rules are best broken," he says. "A Taste for Cabernet" presents a wide spectrum of Napa Valley Cabernet alongside detailed maps, soil samples, and photos designed to illustrate how a vineyard's environment is reflected in the wine. The tasting begins with a sample of four single-vineyard Sequoia Grove Cabernets from sites like Lamoreaux (Oak Knoll District), Stagecoach (Atlas Peak AVA), Morisoli (Rutherford AVA), and Healy (St. Helena AVA), followed by Cambium, Sequoia Grove's iconic Cabernet-based red wine blend. "A Taste for Cabernet" takes place in Sequoia Grove's private tasting room, located at 8338 St. Helena Highway, Rutherford, CA 94573. The price is $50 per person, which is waived for those who join the Sequoia Grove wine club. The experience is offered daily for groups from two to fourteen at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. Advance reservations are required and can be made by contacting Dean Busquaert at 707-494-0905 or dbusquaert@sequoiagrove.com. WWW.SEQUOIAGROVE.COM MICHAEL JORDAN – MASTER SOMMELIER, RADIO HOST – YEAR END WRAP-UP  Director of Global Key Accounts, Jackson Family Fine Wines Veteran Restaurateur and “Sommelier for the People” Michael Jordan is Director of Global Key Accounts for Jackson Family Fine Wines.    Jordan also chairs the Los Angeles International Wine Competition – now 75 years running and the oldest competition in America.    Previously Jordan served three years as vice president of food & beverage for Anaheim’s award winning restaurant and live music venue, THE RANCH Restaurant & Saloon (Zagat 28-29-28). Prior to opening THE RANCH, Jordan was president of The Beachcomber Restaurant Group. Before that he served as Global Manager of wine sales & standards and wine education for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts® Worldwide – and also nine years as general manager of the world famous Napa Rose restaurant at Disneyland Resort® in Anaheim. In his career Jordan has been involved with the opening of seventeen restaurants including Pinot Provence in Costa Mesa and was general manager/sommelier of Pavilion at Four Seasons Hotel Newport Beach when it received AAA’s Five Diamond Award. Jordan holds a Master Sommelier diploma from the Court of Master Sommeliers as well as a Certified Wine Educator diploma from the Society of Wine Educat