What's Cookin' on Wine with Michael Horn


November 25, 201552 min
SEQUOIA GROVE’S SENIOR WINE EDUCATOR DEAN BUSQUAERT OFFERS SOME THANKSGIVING WINE PAIRING TIPS  According to a recent Nielsen study 50% of Americans over 21 are likely to drink wine for Thanksgiving, yet it’s hard to a meal more challenging for wine pairings due to the diversity of flavors as well as the sugar content in many of the dishes. Dean currently works at Napa Valley’s Sequoia Grove, where he teaches guests how to pair Cabernet to food in an educational experience called “A Taste for Cabernet.” Some of the pairing tips Dean can discuss include: • Have red and white wines on hand for a variety of different dishes • Pair acid-driven white wines with sweeter dishes due to the wine’s lower tannin level and naturally smoother profile • If you’re drinking a full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon, add acidity and salt to foods to soften Cabernet Sauvignon’s robust texture Dean is extremely personable, eloquent, and great for radio. He has over 20 years’ experience in Napa Valley food and wine education, is a Certified Specialist of Wine, and has worked with wineries such as Sequoia Grove, Robert Mondavi Winery, Grgich Hills Estate, and Beringer Vineyards. ABOUT SEQUOIA GROVE: Sequoia Grove is a family-owned winery founded in 1979 in a 110-year old barn beneath a grove of Sequoia trees in Rutherford, Napa Valley. It is here where we’ve honed our craft of creating world-class Cabernet Sauvignon and other Napa Valley wines that emphasize elegance, finesse, structure and balance.  Our consistent philosophy of making wines with varietal character that are reflective of the land helped establish Sequoia Grove as one of the premier Cabernet Sauvignon producers in Napa Valley.  Our 24-acre Estate Vineyard and 50-acre Tonella Ranch Vineyard are both located in the heart of Rutherford, where the superb climate and gravelly-loam soils impart distinct flavor in the Bordeaux varieties. WWW.SEQUOIAGROVE.COM ROBIN KELLEY O'CONNOR - WINE SPECIALIST, BLOGGER AND SOMMELIER – HOLIDAY WINE TREND A leading wine educator, international wine judge, wine writer, and sommelier, Robin Kelley O’Connor is a leading wine expert. His thirty years of experience, authority and passion enable  captivating  seminars, dinner events and wine education and allows him to offer an unparalleled suite of services to corporations and individuals from around the world. Robin serves as a guest wine instructor and examiner for the Intensive Sommelier Training program at the International Culinary Center. ICC is one of the leading culinary educational institutions in the U.S., with campuses in New York and Napa Valley. It is a world class institution dedicated to the culinary arts and vinous education. Mr. O’Connor was previously Lead Specialist & Head of Wine, Americas for Christie’s Auction House. He is a Christie’s trained charity auctioneer. Prior to Christie’s, he was Director of Sales and Education for Manhattan wine and spirits retailer Sherry-Lehmann, winner of Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s 2010 Wine Retailer of the Year Award. Preceding Sherry-Lehmann, he was Trade Liaison and director of trade and consumer education in the Americas for the Bordeaux Wine Bureau (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux) for 20 years. He remains intimately involved with the Bordeaux wine community and was the first American to be certified as an International Bordeaux Wine Educator. Robin also has worked with Italian Wine Merchants (IWM), where he was the Director of Education, resident Bordeaux expert, weekly contributor to the IWM blog and "Expert Picks," as well as a member of the editorial team for the daily IWM e-Newsletter. Robin holds Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) and Certified Wine Educator (CWE) certifications from the Society of Wine Educators and passed the Court of Master Sommeliers Certified Sommelier exam. O'Connor served as president of the Society of Wine Educators from 2003-2007, is on the board of directors of the New York Chapter of


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