Seven Glaciers prepares a wine dinner feast as special guest Charlie Wagner of Mer Soleil Winery makes appearance at upcoming wine dinner on February 26, 2012
February 1, 2012 (Girdwood, Alaska) – Wine dinners in the winter ski season seemingly make for the perfect pairing. Alyeska Resort’s award-winning mountain-top restaurant, Seven Glaciers, has embarked on its third season of winter wine dinners. The first of the series, held on Sunday, January 29, featured Merryvale Winery from Napa Valley, California. The menu featured a five -course evening from the kitchen of Seven Glaciers’ executive chef Jason Porter and finished with a delectable dessert from the resort’s executive pastry chef and chocolatier, Judy Carpetina.
For the month of February, the featured vineyards and wineries includes a meritage of wines from the Wagner family of Napa Valley, California. The Wagner wine family includes world-acclaimed Caymus, Conundrum, Mer Soleil, and Belle Glos. Each winery represents a unique talent and passion amongst members of the Wagner family. The Wagner Wine Dinner is scheduled for Sunday, February 26 and reservations are highly recommended.
For five generations, the Wagner family has lived in Napa Valley originally settling in the area in the 1800s. Caymus Vineyards was established when a mother and father and their son embarked on a family winery in 1972. Charlie, Lorna and their son, Chuck, began work in 1971 by planning the construction of a barn-like structure for the winery while they continued farming the already planted vineyards.
Beginning in November of 1971, Charlie and Chuck along with one other worker pruned their 55 acres of grapes. With this initial effort began a bonded relationship, which would endure until Charlie's death in 2002. Charlie died in his 90th year of his hard working yet illustrious career. Charlie Wagner believed in moderation - yet had consumed about 3,000 gallonss of wine in his life.
Son Chuck Wagner is the winemaker and viticulturist for Caymus. Decisions are made lot-by-lot about maceration times, fermentation temperatures, the type and toast level of French oak barrels, and the length of barrel aging. Selected lots are blended to make wines Chuck Wagner believes best express the vineyards and vintage. As Chuck Wagner says, "Growing grapes and winemaking takes a tenacious will and endless spirit to be successful. I am proud that our family continues this way of life."
Charlie has passed his passion and knowledge onto his three children, Charlie (the second), Joseph and new winemaking apprentice Jenny. The family tradition continues with Charlie making exquisite Chardonnay at Mer Soleil in the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County and Joseph making fine Pinot Noir under the Belle Glos label in the coastal areas of California. Jenny has been learning the ropes at Caymus. Jon Bolta, a longtime (yet unrelated) family friend continues as winemaker for Conundrum, perfecting his craft of making that puzzling, white wine blend.
Charlie Wagner will be joining the staff of Seven Glaciers and guests of the Wagner wine dinner for an evening of family-style story telling. The Wagner Wine Dinner will start at 7:00 P.M. Seatings for the dinner are $165 per person. Reservations for the dinner can be made by calling 907-754-2237 or online at OpenTable.com. Guests must be age 21 or older to participate in this event. As part of the reservation, all dining guests will receive a complimentary scenic tram ride to access Seven Glaciers Restaurant, which is located at 2,300 feet above sea level. For more information about the Wagner family of wine, please visit www.wagnerfamilyofwine.com.
Seven Glaciers is a recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award fifteen years in a row. Seven Glacier’s wine list received a recent acclaim by Wine Spectator Magazine with a Best of Award of Excellence rating. Seven Glaciers is also excited to announce Duckhorn Vineyards on Sunday, March 25th and Grgich Hills Estate Vineyards on Friday, April 20th.
For guests seeking a getaway, there is a wine dinner lodging package for the evening of the event. Lodging packages include accommodations at The Hotel Alyeska in addition to the wine dinner seatings. For more information about the package, please visit www.alyeskaresort.com or call resort reservations at 907-754-2111 or 800-880-3880.
About Alyeska Resort (www.AlyeskaResort.com)
Alyeska Resort is Alaska's premier year-round destination featuring The Hotel Alyeska, an award-winning 304 room full-service property. Located just 40 miles from Anchorage and Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Alyeska Resort is your base camp for summer and winter excursions. Alyeska Resort stands out during ski season with 650” of average snowfall annually and the longest-continuous double black diamond ski run in North America. Learn more about the resort and plan your Alaskan adventure at www.AlyeskaResort.com or 800.880.3880.