Willamette Valley Wine Dinner – Sandestin Wine Festival
Join us for an exclusive wine dinner on Thursday, April 16 as we explore the wines of Willamette Valley, Oregon paired with dishes from Slick Lips Seafood & Oyster House. Special guest Laura Standley, Southeast Regional Manager of A to Z Wine Works will present several wines from A to Z Wineworks and Rex Hill.
Dinner to include:
Snapper Ceviche with avocado, jalapeno, grape tomato, red onion cilantro, mint with lime and honey.
Spicy Lamb Meatballs with chimichurri sauce
Panned Triple tail with corn maux choux and cherry tomato salsa, turmeric broth and cilantro cream
Blood Orange Cream Brulee
Featured A to Z Wineworks & Rex Hill wines:
A to Z “Bubbles” Sparkling Rose
A to Z Pinot Gris
A to Z Chardonnay
“The Essence of Oregon” Pinot Noir
Rex Hill Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
About A to Z Wine Works:
A to Z Wineworks was started in 2002 by Oregon wine industry veterans: Deb Hatcher (Eyrie), Bill Hatcher (Domaine Drouhin Oregon), Sam Tannahill (Archery Summit) and Cheryl Francis (Chehalem). The two couples worked in the Hatcher’s kitchen to build the original blend honored by Food & Wine magazine as the Best American Pinot Noir under $20. Recognition for A to Z wines as offering dependable quality for great value continues today making A to Z the top-selling Oregon wine brand. In 2006, the group welcomed another Oregon wine veteran, Michael Davies, as winemaker, and partnered with Gregg Popovich (Coach of the NBA San Antonio Spurs) to buy REX HILL Vineyards and Winery (established in 1982). A to Z has more collective Oregon winemaking experience than any other winery, experience that can make a difference in difficult vintages to stay true to the Essence of Oregon®.
A to Z Oregon Pinot Noir has twice been named to Wine Spectator’s Top 100 wines of the year; A to Z Oregon Pinot Gris is a perennial Best Buy; and A to Z Oregon Chardonnay is America’s best-selling Oregon Chardonnay. Rose, Rose Bubbles, Riesling and a small selection of the best of the vintage, The Essence of Oregon Pinot Noir, round out the portfolio. In May 2014, A to Z Wineworks certified as a B Corp subsequently being named as a Best for the World B Corp five years in a row.
About Rex Hill:
REX HILL, a legacy winery in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, has been making elegant Pinot Noir for over 35 years. In 2007, the founders sold REX HILL to the two families behind A to Z Wineworks. Case production was quickly reduced by almost 80% to refine REX HILL wines to be of the utmost quality and distinction. A to Z provided the resources to refocus REX HILL as a luxury boutique brand offering special wines made with only the most careful attention to detail. The commitment to superior quality means year-round responsiveness to site, vintage and climate, farming with organic and Biodynamic principles, and careful hand-selection of only the best clusters at harvest.
In a gratifying recognition of this decade-long commitment, REX HILL was one of eight wineries honored at the October 2017 inaugural Wine Advocate Extraordinary Winery Awards in New York City. Receiving the only non-regional award for the Americas, REX HILL was named the Extraordinary Winery “Under the Radar” for both continents, “poised to become the next great thing.” This award continues the long tradition of Robert Parker’s discovery and acknowledgement of new and renewed wineries around the world worthy of note. Producing REX HILL wines is truly a labor of love. These are now not wines we have to make, but rather wines we have the privilege to make, and are therefore wines made exceptionally. We are dedicated to continue refining REX HILL wines in the coming years offering the only the best for the REX HILL brand.