Ken Wright Cellars Showcased at Dec. 5 Wine Dinner
Our Sommelier Jackie Eash and Executive Chef Kenny Tufo have partnered with an icon in Oregon winemaking for a special wine dinner to be held on Tuesday, December 5, at 7 p.m. The winemaker is Ken Wright Cellars, known for legendary pinot noirs that put Willamette Valley on the winemaking map in America.
The evening will be co-hosted by Ken Wright Cellars' Ross Mattis, who will provide illuminating knowledge of the wines.
The four-course dinner by Chef Kenny Tufo will be tailored to complement the wines for a full, beautifully-rounded flavor.
Ken Wright began his life's work in California, then moved to Oregon in 1985 in what Steiman called "a dilapidated pickup truck."
The rest, as they say, is history. Wright has become one of Oregon's most respected winemakers and helped establish the Willamette Valley as a premier location for making pinot noir wine.
Each vineyard of the legendary pinot noir is hand-sorted, fermented in small open vat fermenters until dryness, then pressed and aged separately. The wine is aged in 100% French oak barrels for one year. Each single vineyard designated pinot noir is made with the same approach so the consumer can truly taste the place in which it was grown.
A respected wine writer cites Wright as"exerting a huge influence on the state's winemaking" and for being on "the cutting edge of vineyard improvements.''
Wright has been a driving force behind turning sleepy Carlton into a hip wine destination.
He also makes other varietal wines (chardonnay and pinot gris) and sells them with the
Ken Wright Cellars label and also warm weather wines with grapes from Eastern Washington and southern Washington under Tyrus Evan label.