The Red Wines of Summer Presented by Alex Ward Tuesday, June 26, 2018 8:00 pm atPoughkeepsie Grand Hotel Dutchess Room (Lobby Level)
The arrival of summer brings an opportunity to address an important category of wine drinker: The warm weather red wine lover. So many of us switch to lighter white and rosé wines as the weather warms, and wonder why some people cling to their dark fruit and tannins.Yet there are many red wines that have as much of a role to play in the summer season as the driest Bandol or freshest Gruner.
In a spirit of inclusiveness, we ask you join us in this exploration of the many shades of summer reds. Along the way we will discuss the ways that red wines can work in any situation – from aperitif to lighter meals, from barbecue harmonizer to nearly a meal in itself when you just want a big red on its own. (We’ll be having one of those!)Topics will include chill-able reds, the undiscovered light reds of Piedmont, and Zinfandel, the great American cookout wine.
Our presenter, Alex Ward of Heights Chateau, Fine Wine and Spirits (highlighted in the NY Times as “A Welcoming Home for Wine Lovers”), will present eight wines including: Olim Baude 2016 Grignolino d’Asti
La Tour Vieille 2015 Collioure Rouge ‘La Pinede’
Dashe Cellars 2014 Zinfandel, Dry Creek
Turley 2015 Zinfandel ‘Duarte’
About the speaker:
Alex Ward grew up in northern California, his family moving there from Texas in 1976, just as the wine scene was really exploding. He previously had a career in law, focusing first on human rights policy before spending a few years working in corporate litigation to pay off student loans.
Alex has worked at Heights Chateau since 2009, and has been the Assistant Manager since 2013.He was mentored by owner and Brooklyn Wine legend Matthew LaSorsa, and another Brooklyn Wine Legend, Judy Rundel, both of whom have presented at IWAGY.We are delighted to welcome him back again this year!