DEAN BUSQUAERT – WINE EDUCATOR/PAIRING EXPERT, SEQUOIA GROVE WINERY
Founded in 1979, Sequoia Grove is a small family winery located on Route 29 in the heart of Rutherford, Napa Valley's most prestigious Cabernet Sauvignon appellation. For more than 30 years, Sequoia Grove has been recognized for its commitment to crafting award-winning wines that emphasize finesse and balance from its Estate vineyards as well as through decades-long relationships with top Napa Valley growers. Wines are made from the 22-acre estate vineyard and newly-acquired Tonella vineyard, both located in the heart of Rutherford, as well as other premier Napa Valley growers. Sequoia Grove wines emphasize richness, structure, balance and varietal expression.
Sequoia Grove Winery launches new take on food and wine experiences
in the Napa Valley with "Taste for Cabernet"
Pairing expert Dean Busquaert teaches the foundations of pairing food with Cabernet Sauvignon. Sequoia Grove Winery has launched "A Taste for Cabernet," a private and elevated tasting room experience which presents the winery's limited-production wines in the context of pairing Cabernet with food. The 75-minute seminar, led by Sequoia Grove Wine Educator Dean Busquaert, guides guests through a tasting of Sequoia Grove's single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons, and the top-tier Cabernet blend, Cambium. Instead of matching food and wine by weight and color, Dean demonstrates the elements of pairing flavors with Cabernet by using ingredients that offer the basic components of taste: salt, sweet, sour, bitter and umami. "Guest will find that some popular pairing rules are best broken," he says.
"A Taste for Cabernet" presents a wide spectrum of Napa Valley Cabernet alongside detailed maps, soil samples, and photos designed to illustrate how a vineyard's environment is reflected in the wine. The tasting begins with a sample of four single-vineyard Sequoia Grove Cabernets from sites like Lamoreaux (Oak Knoll District), Stagecoach (Atlas Peak AVA), Morisoli (Rutherford AVA), and Healy (St. Helena AVA), followed by Cambium, Sequoia Grove's iconic Cabernet-based red wine blend.
"A Taste for Cabernet" takes place in Sequoia Grove's private tasting room, located at 8338 St. Helena Highway, Rutherford, CA 94573. The price is $50 per person, which is waived for those who join the Sequoia Grove wine club. The experience is offered daily for groups from two to fourteen at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. Advance reservations are required and can be made by contacting Dean Busquaert at 707-494-0905 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MICHAEL JORDAN – MASTER SOMMELIER, RADIO HOST – YEAR END WRAP-UP
Veteran Restaurateur and “Sommelier for the People” Michael Jordan is Director of Global Key Accounts for Jackson Family Fine Wines. Jordan also chairs the Los Angeles International Wine Competition – now 75 years running and the oldest competition in America. Previously Jordan served three years as vice president of food & beverage for Anaheim’s award winning restaurant and live music venue, THE RANCH Restaurant & Saloon (Zagat 28-29-28). Prior to opening THE RANCH, Jordan was president of The Beachcomber Restaurant Group. Before that he served as Global Manager of wine sales & standards and wine education for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts® Worldwide – and also nine years as general manager of the world famous Napa Rose restaurant at Disneyland Resort® in Anaheim. In his career Jordan has been involved with the opening of seventeen restaurants including Pinot Provence in Costa Mesa and was general manager/sommelier of Pavilion at Four Seasons Hotel Newport Beach when it received AAA’s Five Diamond Award.
Jordan holds a Master Sommelier diploma from the Court of Master Sommeliers as well as a Certified Wine Educator diploma from the Society of Wine Educators and is one of only 15 people in the world to hold both these diplomas. Jordan has taught comprehensive wine and beverage courses to well over a thousand students.
Jordan also hosts a weekly radio show, What’s Cookin’ with Wine on CRN Digital Talk Radio and many AM radio markets across the country since 2002.
Personal recognition & awards:
2012 Food & Beverage Director of the Year – Southern California Restaurant Writers
2008 Sommelier of the Year – Whitefish Wine & Food Summit
2008 General Manager of the Year – Southern California Restaurant Writers
2006 Restaurant Professional of the Year – Orange Coast Magazine
2005 American Sommelier of the Year – Cordon Du Vin World Society
2005 Wine Educator of the Year – STARWINE
2005 General Manager of the Year – Orange Coast Magazine
2002 Sommelier of the Year – Southern California Restaurant Writers
2001 Sommelier of the Year – California Restaurant Writers Assn.
“Michael Jordan is one of just 15 people in the world awarded both Master Sommelier and CWE (Certified Wine Educator) titles. And if there were an equivalent for heirloom tomato expertise, he’d have that, too.” – Priscilla Mayfield’s column “Taste of Orange County” Orange Coast Magazine – August, 2013