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Grand Tasting Stroll


April 28, 2018

Midwest WinefestSM Grand Tasting Stroll is held Saturday, April 28th, 2018 at Century II from 6-9PM. Much like the Old Town Walkabout, attendees stroll through an abundance of wine, food, and vendor spaces. Each area represents a type of wine, country, or region. Whether you already have preferences or you are looking for new favorites, this is the event to attend. You have over 350 wines to enjoy!

The Grand Tasting is a casual, fun event where you can roam through Century II enjoying good wine, great food, and friends all under one roof. Your departure through the wines of multiple countries and regions needs no passport just a $69 ticket gets you into the wine event of the year! Come, taste and see. Where flavor is at the center of it all. Please contact Andrie Krahl with questions at (316) 264-8974 ext. 204 and for ticket information contact WichitaTIX at (316) 303-8100.

Reserve Room Experience

This year, the Reserve Room is honored to feature delicious cuisine from George's French Bistro!

The Reserve Room at the Midwest WinefestSM celebrates the best new wines available in our market. Each year we enjoy eight superlative wines along with great food prepared by a leading chef. Our wines vary each year but generally include Wine Advocate / Spectator 94+ point rated wines from California, Washington, Oregon, Europe, South America and Australia.  With an exclusive early admittance to the Grand Tasting, VIP entrance with parking, and an enclosed VIP seating area where patrons are able to enjoy the great wines and food in private.

Guests of the Reserve Room also have early access to the Grand Tasting with hundreds of other wine options and samplings from the best restaurants in the city. The Live Auction offers a great opportunity to purchase rare and aged wine. The auction lots rival any charity wine auction in the country and benefit a cause near to our hearts.

Sold out each year, tickets are limited and over 85% of the patrons return year after year. Proceeds support Guadalupe Health Foundation which provides grants to Guadalupe Clinic. Guadalupe Clinic provides healthcare services to the working poor and underserved in the Wichita Community.

Please contact Andrie Krahl (316) 264-8974 ext. 204 for details and tickets.

Wines featured in the 2018 Reserve Room:

Gathering wine: Moet et Chandon Imperial Rosé NV.

Made from the classic Champagne varietals of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay the world’s most famous Champagne house continues its tradition of excellence in Champagne making.  This Champagne possesses a glowing color with amber highlights and a bewitching bouquet of delicate red fruits including wild strawberries, raspberries and cherries, along with a floral nuance of rose and a hint of pepper.   The expressive palate combines intensity and suppleness, with the juicy, persistent intensity of the previously mentioned berries along with the fleshiness and firmness of peach and a subtle note of menthol.  This NV version is rated 90 points by wine Spectator.

Paired with components of our custom charcuterie board….The delicious , fresh fruits and creamy, smoky and peppery  artisan cheeses will pair incredibly well with the fruity, juicy  vibe of this champagne

Hourglass Blueline Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014.

One of the most complete Blueline Cabernets we have ever made, balancing the aromatic lift of the 2012 vintage with the brooding intensity of the 2013’s. A cascade of aromas from tea rose oil, to cassis, blackberry toast and crushed stone echoes pure fruit notes on the palate. Rich and lushly textured with nervy mineral lift and brightness, tightly woven tannins hold the core firmly in place through an arching finish.  Robert Parker writes, “This is an outstanding wine from Tony Biagi. Classic blackcurrant notes intermixed with forest floor, underbrush, cedar wood and spice box are present in this full-bodied red wine that is meant to be drunk over the next 10-15 years.”  91 Points WA.

Paired with components of our custom charcuterie board.with its wide variety of hearty, spicy cured meats such as cappicola and sliced chorizo of the board along with the minerality and deep berry tones of Hourglass Blueline, this will delight the senses!

Spottswoode Lyndenhurst  Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2014.

The 2014 Lyndenhurst Cabernet Sauvignon is fruit forward, supple, and demonstrative. Made from grapes grown in our estate vineyard along with those from other exceptional sites, Lyndenhurst is a compelling Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, bright and beautifully balanced with abundant youthful appeal—the perfect wine to drink while your Spottswoode Estate Cabernet ages gracefully in your cellar. Rated 94 by James Suckling and 91.8 by Cellar Tracker members.

Paired with sliced beef tenderloin bruschetta…From the crunchiness of the bruschetta to the basil aioli and the best of sliced beef, this pair will combine beautifully.

Corison Napa Valley Cabernet 2014.

Harmony and unity define this vintage. A warm spring following one of the driest winters on record,  got the ball rolling early with the set of small concentrated berries. Moving into summer, the remainder of the season was moderate, giving us the long cool season I hope for.Leaning more toward the darker end of the Cabernet fruit spectrum this year, this wine exhibits plum, black raspberry and blackberry aromas and flavors while maintaining the red cherry core typical of Corison Napa Valley Cabernet.  Hints of exotic garrigue include savory thyme, rosemary violet and rose scents. Minerality adds verve and top notes of smoke, baking spices, cedar and dark chocolate complete the kaleidoscopic complexity. –Cathy Corison.  Rated 95 by Decanter, 95 by International Wine Report, 93 Wine and Spirits and 93 by James Suckling.

Paired with pulled duck confit over herbed risotto and topped with a fig Armagnac sauce….The classic duck seasonings of thyme, sage and other floral, slightly dark berry notes of this wine will bring out the best of this rich, satisfying duck dish.

Ken Wright Canary Hill Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills Oregon 2014.

Owned by the Wrights, this vineyard delivers smooth, forward, full-bodied flavors of cranberry, raspberry and blue plum. There’s a tart snap to the fruit, and a clear sense that it has the structure and depth to develop nicely over the next decade or longer.  93 Points   P.G. Wine Enthusiast

Supple and velvety, with layered flavors of cherry, blueberry, currant and spice set on an open-weave texture.  The finish hovers with persistence and point.  Drink now through 2024.93 Points Wine Spectator.

Paired with Asian blackened chicken….Pinot Noir tends to be the perfect wine for any cuisine. In this case, The tartness yet velvety smoothness of this wine will calm yet  enhance  the spicy vibe of this dish. 

Canvasback Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain Washington 2014.

One of the newer projects under the Duckhorn umbrella. This fragrant wine begins with alluring aromas of blackberry, plum and mountain huckleberry  intermingle with brighter notes of Bing cherry and ripe wild strawberry. As it evolves in the glass, layers of anise and sarsaparilla are revealed, alongside hints of caramel and espresso from barrel aging. On the palate the entry is supple weighty and rounded, with deliciously ripe tannin and juicy acidity coming together to create a classically structured Cabernet. Underscoring its lush character and fruit intensity is a lovely freshness that carries the wine to a bright lingering finish.  91 Points Jeb Dunnick WA 92 Points Wine Enthusiast S.S.

Paired with thin sliced medium rare prime rib with horseradish cream…Duckhorn vineyards typically spicy and deep  notes will perfectly combine with the richness of the prime with a kick of horseradish 

Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto Toscana IGT 2015

The 2015 vintage promises good things in Tuscany and this wine offers an informal sneak peek at what we can expect from the celebrated Tenuta San Guido vineyards in Bolgheri. The 2015 Guidalberto opens to a darkly saturated garnet hue. It shows similar concentration and power in terms of its aromatic delivery. Aromas are shapely and round with dark fruit nuances followed by leather spice and dark tar. The wine is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with a smaller part Merlot. You feel the lush softness of the second grape as the wine glides smoothly over the palate. It takes on more weight in the glass. This is a solid buy from Bolgheri on the Tuscany Coast. 91 Points  MonicaLarner WA.  93 Points Wine Enthusiast.

Paired with prosciutto, arugula and roasted red pepper beurre blanc on crostini…Italy meets Italy. This spicy  wine will fit like a glove with prosciutto and red pepper.

Canard Vineyards Adam’s Blend Napa Valley Calistoga, CA

This Cabernet Franc dominant blend “bridges” the two main varietals from Bordeaux, the Left Bank which favors Cabernet Sauvignon and the Right Bank which favors Merlot and completes the series of proprietary blends from Canard. This wine is rich and medium bodies with long soft tannins. Perfumed nose with hints of strawberry jam, red plums and violets. A smooth delicate entry yields to great structure and a long finish of ground rose buds, cocoa, rhubarb, sweet cranberries and cherries.  98 Cases produced.  89 Points WA.

Paired with dark chocolate mini tortes….The cocoa and dark berries of this wine selection will highlight the coffee and dark chocolate undertones of this sweet treat,

Staglin Family Chardonnay Rutherford Napa valley 2015

The 2015 Chardonnay has a ripe apricot and guava-scented nose with nuances of brioche, allspice, ginger and toasted almonds. Medium to full-bodied, the palate packs in the stone fruit and spicy flavors. Supported by a lively backbone and silken texture, it finishes with a pleasant chalky edge. 91+Points. Lisa Perrotti-Brown.

Paired with shrimp ceviche….The citrus and seafood of the ceviche will be enhanced by this light, silkiness of this Chardonnay

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