Bay Oaks Country Club will host a golf tournament, silent auction, dinner, “Mystery Wine Grab” and wine pairing event Monday, April 13th, in Clear Lake to benefit Bay Area Communities in Schools. Now in its fourth year, the annual event has tapped local wine writers and consultants Joe Power and Amy Corron Power, of our own Another Wine Blog, to act as event sommeliers for the “Raise Your Class” Wine Pairing Event this year.
What is Communities in Schools?
Since 1989, Communities In Schools – Bay Area has served more than 21,000 at-risk youth in the Clear Creek and Dickinson Independent School Districts. Nationally, CIS is the number one educational dropout prevention program. CIS keeps kids on the path of success through graduation and beyond. Imagine the world of difference that those students have been able to experience because Communities In Schools-Bay Area has touched their lives!
Communities In Schools-Bay Area does whatever it takes to ensure that our youth are nurtured, cared for, and supported by one of our compassionate Campus Coordinators. Whether it is providing weekend meals, mentoring, or giving a gentle nudge; the CIS-Bay Area program is 98% successful at keeping kids in school. A better education means a stronger workforce for our future generations! Currently, CIS-Bay Area operates in 13 schools between the two districts it serves.
Come Raise a Glass to CIS!
Not your typical, Red, White and Blush event, ticket holders will be treated to some wines selected specifically to introduce guests to an Around the World Tour of grape varieties and pairings. Friday, April 17th, is World Malbec Day, and CIS Guests will get a head start on Monday. The day starts with sparkling and a lovely Spanish Cava, then turns to Greece for Assyrtiko. Riesling, Malbec and Syrah will follow.
The ever-popular Mystery Wine Grab returns for another year. Guests are invited to purchase a blind “grab” which entitles them to one bottle of wine with a value of $20 or more. This year, wine sponsors include French Country Wines of Houston who are donating a case of lovely Sancerre Rouge from Domaine Franck Millet, and Cornerstone Cellars who have gifted a case of their 2011 Cornerstone Oregon Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, White Label.
Wine Grab Sponsor: French Country Wines
French Country Wines imports a selection of artisanal wines, hand-crafted and estate-bottled from small family owned vineyards in specially selected areas of France. The wines are traditionally crafted by the owners of these vineyards using agricultural and winemaking methods handed down from generations of tradition. No herbicides, pesticides or synthetic fertilizers are used in the process. Many of these vineyards are certified organic and others farm bio-dynamically. The Domaine Frank Millet Sancerre Rouge comes to us from the Loire Valley. 100% Pinot Noir, this barrel-aged red, offers scents of cherries and violets on the nose. The fruit is complemented by nuanced tannins adding balance. French Country Wines is located at 2433 Barlett Street in the Rice University area, and hosts complimentary tastings Wednesday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m.
Wine Grab Sponsor: Cornerstone Cellars
Cornerstone Cellars has properties in both Napa Valley, California and Willamette Valley, Oregon. Founder and Proprietor Dr. Michael Dragutsky grew up in Houston, and earned his undergraduate education at Texas A&M University. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas A&M College of Medicine. He currently practices medicine full-time as a gastroenterologist in Memphis, TN. Dr. Dragutsky is one of the founding members of Gastro One, currently the 12th largest Gastroenterology group in the United States.
Cornerstone Cellars Managing Partner Craig Camp is a veteran fine wine professional with more than three decades of experience in every facet of the industry including importing, exporting, distribution, marketing, sales and production. He joined Cornerstone Cellars in 2009 to run day-to-day operations, and open its Yountville Tasting Room. Famed for producing Cabernet Sauvignon since 1991, Cornerstone Cellars launched its Cornerstone Oregon operations under Craig’s tutelage in cooperation with Tony Rynders, the premier winemaker in the Pacific Northwest. Its first vintage, a 2008 Oregon Pinot Noir sold out quickly, and each vintage has been met with rave reviews. The 2011 follows that tradition. Bottled after 14 months, its depth of flavor and harmonious oak highlights are a testament to Cornerstone Cellars’ patience. While this velvety wine can be enjoyed now, with three for four years in bottle it will evolve into a truly majestic wine. This is a Pinot Noir for the ages.
A magnum of Cornerstone Cellars Black Label Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon will be part of the Silent Auction event as well.
Wine Pairing Event
Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava – The number one imported sparkling wine in the world, Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava comes to us from the Catalan village of Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, west of Barcelona. Guests will enjoy this dry, yet refreshing, crisp blend of 35% Macabeo, 25% Xarel·lo, 40% Parellada, made in the traditional method, as they enter the room.
Gaia Estate “Thalassitis” Assyrtiko – This distinctive bone dry white wine comes from the native grape of the Greek Island of Santorini. From Assyrtiko vines nearly 80 years old, produced in steel tanks at Gaia’s winery by the sea. This wine will be paired with a feta/olive/pita bite.
Chateau Ste Michelle Eroica – Eroica wines combine Old World philosophy and technique with New World attitude and Washington State Riesling grapes. This wine is a collaboration between Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Bob Bertheau and famed Mosel winemaker Ernst Loosen from vineyard to bottle. Guests will enjoy this wine with smoked meat.
Bodegas Caro ‘Aruma’ Malbec – Bodegas Caro is a joint venture between Domaine Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) and the Catena family whose partnership formed in 1999 with the idea of producing a single wine that would combine French and Argentine cultures and the two signature grapes of each producer, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Bodegas Caro winery has been producing the wines since the 2003 vintage, and guests will taste their 2013 release, paired with Manchego cheese.
Tercero 2009 Syrah – Larner Vineyard – A special find from the southern most vineyard in Ballard Canyon in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County. This vineyard was created when the late Stevan Larner, a Hollywood cinematographer whose credits included “Roots” and “Winds of War,” and wife Christine bought their 133-acre ranch in 1997, fulfilling a dream of owning a vineyard with their children. Winemaker Larry Schaffer was named “Winemaker to Watch,” having four wines rated at 90+ points by Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast magazines as well as having a wine on the “Top 100 Wines of 2009” list. He’s one of the Rhône Rangers, and guests are getting a special treat, since his wines are not yet available in Houston. The Larner Vineyard Syrah will be paired with triple cream toast.
As word of the event has spread, tickets are selling out quick.
How Can You Attend?
Bay Oaks Country Club is located at 14545 Bay Oaks Blvd Houston, TX 77059, in the Clear Lake Area, just 10 minutes from NASA. The Bermuda plantation-style clubhouse of the Club sits among moss-draped oaks and natural woodlands, creating a tranquil environment. The 18-hole Arthur Hills championship course provides challenging play and an unforgettable trek into the native Texas landscape.
Join us as we toast the 2014-2015 School Year on Monday, April 13, beginning at 2:30 p.m. The event includes a Reception and Designer Purse Silent Auction, the Wine Pairing Event, a Martini Mixer and Fresh Off the Grill Steak Dinner and Live Auction, all for just $75 per person. For more information visit the Communities in Schools – Bay Area website, or call CIS at 281-486-6698.