I think I’m still riding high from my exciting weekend at the Kohler Food & Wine Experience! This was my first visit to the four-day event and I will certainly be attending in the future. If you aren’t familiar with the event, Kohler hosts a lovely array of wine seminars, tastings and educational demonstrations. In addition to this, you can find a variety of nationally-renowned chefs and the opportunity to mingle with experts from across the nation. It’s pretty impressive!
The first event that I attended was a wine seminar titled, ‘Cabernet Franc – Cabernet Sauvignon = Who’s Your Daddy?’ This was presented by George Foote who is a National Wine Educator with Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. The course gave us the opportunity to compare 3 sets of cabernet wines from California. I was quite familiar with cabernet sauvignon but was not familiar with cabernet franc, so this was a real treat.
The first of the wines that we sampled came out of California. Did you know that California has 600,000 acres of vineyards? Our first comparison was the Conn Creek cabernet sauvignon against the franc. I was more a fan of the sauvignon as it was a bit fruitier with hints of chocolate.
Next up were two wines from the Washington wine region. While this is a smaller region than California with only 50,000 acres of vineyards, Washington is home to over 740 wineries. Here we compared the Spring Valley Cabernet Franc against their Frederick. This winery has an interesting history dating back to the 1800s! The Frederick is a sauvignon named after the son of the original winemaker. My favorite again was the sauvignon. The Frederick offered a fruity taste with a long soft finish and seemed a bit lighter than the franc.
We finished up the seminar by tasting the Northstar Cabernet Franc against their sauvignon. Surprisingly I was more a fan of the franc this time around! It was a bright wine offering scents of cinnamon, clove and green olive. Yes, olive. The finish was fruity with a hint of vanilla.
Overall the seminar was educational and helped open my eyes to tasting techniques and new wines. Join me tomorrow as I discuss the Belgium beer course hosted by a local Milwaukee chef!