Lissy Walker's first CD was Life is Sweet
which won rave reviews from the jazz/folk world.
She's started a Kickstarter campaign to
record a second CD called Wonderland.
All the wines are from my forthcoming app Organic Wine Uncorked: 200 Wines for $20 or Less (coming fall 2011).
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Concert Wine Tasting Menu
• 2010 McFadden Sparkling Brut
Since Rack and Riddle's come to town (in Hopland), Mendo's inland wineries have been making sparkling wines that compete (and sometime surpass) the bubbly created by French-owned, Champagne-country giant Roederer (at least they beat or tie Roederer Brut's in public competitions).
McFadden's current vintage is not to be missed and will definitely sell out. Try a bit before and after the concert to celebrate Lissy's concert (and hopefully her second CD).
• Terra Savia Reserve Chardonnay
• Bonterra Riesling
Terra Savia's Reserve Chardonnay is made by a fourth-generation Mendocino vigneron. Jim Milone grows his own grapes (on family held in his family since around 1900) and makes some great certified organically grown Chardonnays. (You can often find them in Whole Foods wine departments).
Bonterra's Riesling, made from Lake County certified organic grapes, won Double Gold in the 2010 Mendocino Wine Competition which is a pretty big honor. (They're pretty stingy with the Double Golds).
Rieslings from California aren't exactly common and the best ones from the state come from Mendocino and Lake counties. See what a great California riesling tastes like.
• Barra Sangiovese
• Barra Zinfandel
Who else grows an organic Sangiovese in California? The answer is hardly anyone except for Charlie Barra, a legend in his time, now on his 65th harvest. Yes, you read that right - 65th harvest. A long time Mendo grower who started a winery in recent decades, Charlie's Italian roots run deep, deep, deep. Sample this one to see what a California-grown Sangiovese from an old time Italian is like.
Charlie's also famous for his Zin and we will be pouring that as well.
Masa's Chef Gregory Short (formerly of the French Laundry) featured Barra's Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir and planned the meal around the wines.
Perhaps these two wines on our tasting menu will inspire you to plan meals around them, too! (Pizza, spaghetti, hamburgers...and much more...)
Tickets to the concert are $15.
The event will be held at Piedmont Piano on San Pablo in Oakland.
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Showtime is 8 pm. Come early for a little bit of tasting. After the 75 minute performance, join us for more wine tasting.
To hear some of Lissy's music from her first CD, visit www.lissywalker.com.
Enjoy her Wonderland video promo here:
Lissy Walker - Life is Sweet from Lissy Walker on Vimeo.
Hope to see you at the concert!