Charter Oak, homegrown here in Napa Valley, and EIEIO, from the Willamette Valley, OR, are co-hosting a sensational dinner to:
- Show off their respective wines (six will be poured at dinner) and
- Celebrate the cooking of one of my favorite Napa Valley chefs, Nash Cognetti.
The seasonal Italian dinner will be served in the restaurant’s private dining salon, Cantinetta, and there will only be 36 seats for this rare event. (We prefer our winemaker events as we prefer our steaks – rare.)
EIEIO is a fun label, but a serious wine, produced by a colleague and friend, Jay McDonald, who actually lives on a farm in the Willamette Valley.
Jay borrowed from the childhood nursery rhyme, figuring that since he lives on a farm, where he grows grapes, he might as well name his wines on this basis: “Old McDonald had a farm, EIEIO.”
Jay also owns and operates one of Oregon’s foremost retail wine stores, a sweet, small, focused operation called The Tasting Room in Carlton.
Essentially, Jay took over what used to be the community bank, converting it into a wine store. The treasured wines are kept in what used to be the bank’s vault.
If you’d like some background on Jay and The Tasting Room in Carlton, check out an earlier story I wrote:
The dinner and wines
For the dual winemaker dinner at Tra Vigne, Jay will be on hand to pour three wines:
2009 EIEIO Chardonnay Yates-Conwill Vineyard. Produced from Dijon 76+96 Clones, aged in predominately neutral French Oak. $25.
2008 EIEIO Cuvee E Pinot noir Willamette Valley. $35.
2009 EIEIO Cuvee I Pinot noir Willamette Valley. Predominately old Pommard vines planted in 1974. $45.
And from Charter Oak….
Rob Fanucci, Charter Oak winemaker, who asked me to become his winery partner four years ago, and I will be on hand to pour three of our favorite wines:
2009 Charter Oak David Fulton Vineyard, Old-Vine Petite Sirah, from 80-year-old vines planted in St. Helena. $48.
2007 Charter Oak Mt. Veeder Hillside Cabernet, from a vineyard high above Napa Valley. $75.
2009 Charter Oak Monte Rosso Zinfandel, from the oldest block of Zinfandel planted in the United States – 128 year-old vines in Sonoma County. $48.
If you like what you taste, you can order any of the six wines from the respective producers at dinner.
The price of a meal ticket is $100, subsidized by the winemakers in order to keep the cost down. The price includes a four-course meal, six wines, taxes, and even gratuities!
Here’s the full menu:
EIEIO & Charter Oak Winemaker Dinner
Tra Vigne, Thursday April 19
Olive Oil Poached Santa Barbara White Seabass ‑ spring pea
and watercress puree, shellfish nage
2009 EIEIO Chardonnay, Yates Conwill Vineyard
Hand-made Maccheroni alla Chitarra ‑ slow cooked sonoma duck
with wild mushroom sugo
2008 EIEIO Cuvee E Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
2009 EIEIO Cuvee I Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
Bistecca alla Fiorentina ‑ garlic spinach, rosemary roasted potatoes
2009 Charter Oak David Fulton Vineyard, Old-Vine Petite Sirah,
2007 Charter Oak Mt. Veeder Hillside Cabernet Sauvignon
Cave-Aged Fiscalini Farmstead Cheddar ‑ Modesto California
Black Market Colston Basset Baby Stilton ‑ Nottingham, England
2009 Charter Oak Monte Rosso Vineyard, Zinfandel, Sonoma County
If you like what you see, call 707-963-4444 and ask the Tra Vigne receptionist to reserve a seat, or two. Seats will be held with a credit card. Reservations can be cancelled by phone up to one week in advance of the event.
See you there!