Soter Vineyard Wine Dinner

April 30, 2019

Brennan's of Houston
3300 Smith Street
Houston, Texas 77006

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Date: April 30, 2019

Time: 6:30 pm reception, 7:00 pm dinner

Cost: $125 plus tax & gratuity

Presented Menu: 

 

Reception
Natchitoches Crawfish Pies
Pickled Green Tomato Chow Chow
Soter, North Valley Rosé
 
1st
Alligator Harbor Oysters
Limoncello & Cucumber Sorbet, Finger Limes with Jalapeno Mignonette
Soter, North Valley Chardonnay
 
 
2nd
From the Boucherie
Hogs Head Cheese, Smoked Boudin and Sheftalia with Farmer Pickled Vegetables
Soter, North Valley Reserve, Pinot Noir
 
 
3rd
Snake River Farm's Wagyu Strip
Charred Carrot Puree, Ramps, Cordyceps, Sauce Perigourdine
Soter, Mineral Springs Ranch Pinot Noir 
VS. 
(surprise, mystery wine)
 
 
4th
Strawberry Creole Cream Cheese Almond Cake
Soter, Mineral Springs Ranch, Brut Rosé
 

 

 

CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY:

These tickets are NON REFUNDABLE  and are ONLY valid for the Soter Wine Dinner. They are, however, TRANSFERABLE. If you cannot attend, feel free to give your tickets to your neighbor. ALL SALES ARE FINAL.


Featured Speakers

Speaker James Cahill, Winemaker
James Cahill left high school (in Connecticut) a year early to enter the prestigious Jazz Studies program at the North Texas State University.  After a couple years of study in Denton, he made a weekend trip down to Austin where it became painfully clear to him that he had been missing …

James Cahill left high school (in Connecticut) a year early to enter the prestigious Jazz Studies program at the North Texas State University.  After a couple years of study in Denton, he made a weekend trip down to Austin where it became painfully clear to him that he had been missing all the fun.  He packed his bags, moved to Austin, enrolled at the University of Texas and never looked back.   It was in Austin that James developed a passion for fine wine and while working at the Austin Wine Merchant (a Burgundy specialist) the owner and generous clientele introduced James to the greatest wines in the world:  Roumier, Claude Dugat, Dujac, Niellon and Raveneau were among the vinous epiphanies.  Over a period of years, he had the opportunity to travel around Europe visiting vineyards with several wine importers including Kermit Lynch and Robert Kacher. 





In fact, it was Bobby Kacher who arranged a harvest position for James at Beaux Freres.  The harvest job turned in to a full time position and owner/winemaker Mike Etzel became his mentor.   First as assistant winemaker and then Director of Operations, James enjoyed years of work in the cellar and vineyard.  This included the development and planting of the Upper Terraces.  He and his wife Marie lived at the Beaux Freres Vineyard for almost 5 years and their two sons, Ehren and Douglas Ryan, were born there.  In 2001 James was appointed Vineyard Manager and Co-winemaker at Elk Cove where he worked on the development of Mount Richmond Vineyard and transitioned some of the winery’s older vineyard sites to organic farming.




The opportunity to work with Tony and Michelle at Beacon Hill would prove irresistible and in 2002 James signed on as Associate Winemaker for Soter Vineyards.  He and Tony crafted lovely Pinot Noir and developed the Sparkling wine program at the Estate.  It is worth mentioning that James’ first interview with Tony was at the Mineral Springs address; the vineyard had not been planted but the site clearly had tremendous potential.  Along with the development of the Mineral Springs Ranch there were also ambitions to explore vineyards beyond the Estate.   These ambitions inspired the creation of the North Valley brand and partnership.


James is a veteran of 20 harvest seasons in Oregon.  He and North Valley partner Brian Sypher are very proud of the diversity and quality of the vineyard sites that they work with and are confident that their best work is ahead of them.




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Organizer

Fern Casio, 713.522.9711


Date and Time

Tue, April 30, 2019

6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
(GMT-0600) US/Central

Location

Brennan's of Houston

3300 Smith Street
Houston, Texas 77006

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Brennan's of Houston

3300 Smith Street
Houston, Texas 77006