Wine Tasting with Robert M. Parker Jr.

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ciaParker.jpgST. HELENA, CA - Great news for wine enthusiasts anticipating the tasting of the 2007 Châteauneuf du Pape vintage at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone with Robert M. Parker, Jr. Three more wines have been added to the flight, making a total of 21 wines from this excellent vintage to be tasted. This annual event has generated an endowment in excess of $1 million for Wine Advocate scholarships for the CIA's Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies. This year's tasting is scheduled for Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. at the CIA's Napa Valley campus.

When Parker first reviewed the 2007 Châteauneuf du Pape wines, he awarded them ratings in the mid to high 90s. According to Parker, "the entire vintage will be very long-lived given the extraordinary balance in the wines. (And) given this quality, the high demand and limited supply from these producers makes 2007 one of the most collectible vintages in recent memory."
The 21 spectacular 2007 Châteauneuf du Papes to be tasted are listed in alphabetical order with a brief note from Parker on why they were considered for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

  • Bosquet des Papes Cante le Merle Vieilles Vignes
  • Chateau Beaucastel
  • Chapoutier Barbe Rac
  • Chateau Rayas
  • Clos des Papes
  • Clos du Mont Olivet Cuvee du Papet
  • Domaine de Saint-Prefert Charles Giraud
  • Domaine du Caillou Le Clois du Caillou Reserve
  • Domaine de Cristia Vieilles Vignes
  • Domaine Giraud Les Grenaches de Pierre
  • Domaine Grand Veneur Cuvee Les Origines
  • Domaine de la Janasse Cuvee Vieilles Vignes
  • Domaine Olivier Hillaire Les Petits Pieds d'Armand
  • Domaine de Saint-Prefert Charles Giraud
  • Domaine Gerard Charvin
  • Domaine La Baroche Cuvee Pure
  • Font de Michelle Cuvee Etienne Gonnet
  • Les Cailloux Cuvee Centenaire
  • Pierre Usseglio Cuvee de Mon Aieul
  • Vignobles Brunier Vieux Telegraphe
  • Vignobles Brunier Clos la Roquette L'Acent de Roquette

Parker will also host a BYOB dinner at PRESS restaurant in St. Helena following the afternoon tasting. The dinner is limited to 60 guests who will share wines from their own cellars during dinner as Parker visits each table. Proceeds from this dinner benefit the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. There are a limited number of seats still available for both events.

The price to attend both the Seminar & Tasting and the Dinner at PRESS is $1,500 per person ($1,250 tax-deductible). Attending the Seminar & Tasting only is $750 per person ($500 tax-deductible). The cost of Dinner is $1,000 ($750 tax-deductible). Please contact Reuben Katz at r_katz@culinary.edu or call 707-967-2305 for reservations.

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