11:30am - 12:30pm | “Spanish Hams, Cheeses, and the Wines that Love Them! ” | Indoor Dining Room
Led by Evan Goldstein MS
Who doesn’t love Spanish wines, jamón, and cheeses? This session will explore that love affair as you enjoy some delicious pairings. Attendees can look forward to experiencing four Spanish cheeses, Jamon Serrano, and Jamon Ibérico coupled with six curated wine pairings– and exponential epicurean pleasure. Perfection!
• Roger Goulart Organic 2019, DO Cava – sparkling with Mahón
• Marqués de Riscal Verdejo 2021, DO Rueda - white with Murcia al vino
• Bodegas Alto Moncayo Garnacha 2019, DO Campo de Borja - red with Idiazábal
• Urbina Selección 2000, DOCa Rioja - red with Manchego
• Alvaredos-Hobbs Godello 2020, DO Ribeira Sacra - white with Jamón Serrano
• Bodega Bela 2019 'Arano' 2019 D.O. Ribera del Duero- red with Jamón Ibérico
1:30pm - 2:30pm | “The Many Faces of Tempranillo” | Indoor Dining Room
Led by Chris Gaither MS
Spain’s leading red grape is well deserving of her stature, offering a range of wines and styles from across the country. Master Sommelier Chris Gaither will lead us through a kaleidoscopic tasting of bottlings through the lens of interpretations, philosophies, and styles ranging from classic to neo-modern and you’ll learn firsthand as to why this variety is so perfectly suited to the country’s terroir.
• Viña Bujanda Crianza 2018, DOCa Rioja
• Familia Torres Altos Ibéricos Reserva 2015, DOCa Rioja
• Marqués de Riscal Gran Reserva 2016, DOCa Rioja
• Dominio de Punctum Lobetia Single Vineyard Tempranillo/Petit Verdot 2021, VT Castilla y Leon
• Viña Mayor Reserva 2018, DO Ribera del Duero DO
• Bodegas Mauro 2019, VT Castilla y León
• Bodega Numanthia 2017, Toro DO
Sommelier Deep-dives | Wooden Alcove
Speed dating has never been more fun! Throughout the afternoon, a duo of wine experts will take it in turns to conduct 20-minute tastings, each focused on introducing you to a signature Spanish grape variety. Whether it remains just a quick sip or turns into a lasting love affair, don’t miss this opportunity to become acquainted with some of Spain’s finest! Timing is everything -- these sessions are first-come, first-served.
1:00pm & 3:30pm | Mini Varietal Dive: Radical Reds, led by Eduardo Bolaño
• Bodegas Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha 2019, DO Campo de Borja
• Alvaredos-Hobbs Mencía 2020, DO Ribeira Sacra
• Familia Torres Purgatori 2020, DO Costers del Segre
• Bodegas Legado de Horniz Cindus Tinta de Toro 2019, DO Toro
3:00pm & 4:00 pm | Mini Varietal Dive: Wondrous Whites, led by Chris Gaither MS
• Bodegas Cuatro Rayas Cuarenta Vendimias Verdejo 2021, DO Rueda
• Parés Baltà Blanca Cusiné Brut Nature 2012, DO Cava
• CVNE Monopole Viura 2021, DOCa Rioja
• Pagos de Galir Virgen del Galir Godello 2020, DO Valdeorra
EVAN GOLDSTEIN MS
PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EDUCATION OFFICER, FULL CIRCLE WINE SOLUTIONS
Evan Goldstein, MS, is one of the nation’s most prolific food and wine industry veterans.. In 1987, he became the eighth American and youngest ever at the time to pass the prestigious Master Sommelier examination. Goldstein has authored four books, co-authored several more, and is a contributing editor to The Oxford Companion to Wine. Count the San Francisco Giants baseball team among his fans. In September 2022, Goldstein was recruited by his hometown team, becoming the first ever Master Sommelier for a professional sports organization. In his role as Chief Education Officer for Full Circle Wine Solutions, Evan is responsible for all content development and oversees all execution, either directly or via one of the select educators the company works with regularly.
CHRIS GAITHER, MS
OWNER, UNGRATED SF & ADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR, SAN FRANCISCO WINE SCHOOL
With a career in hospitality spanning 20 years, Chris’s first restaurant job was a means to an end—a way to pay his bills while attending Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. He immediately loved the challenge of serving tables—the fast pace, the attention to detail, and the demand to continue to learn about food and wine. His passion and curiosity for wine led him to apply for—and receive—a coveted wine internship at The French Laundry. Here, Chris went from having a mere interest in wine to being devoted to wine. He moved to San Francisco to work as a Sommelier at Spruce and from there went on to be the Wine Director at Restaurant Gary Danko. After stints at Sociale, Michael Mina and Octavia, Chris got the opportunity to open Ungrafted with his wife, Master Sommelier Rebecca Fineman.
Despite the long days at work and a wife who wanted his attention (Rebecca), he continued to set aside time for his studies. He recently passed the rigorous Master Sommelier Exam as of August, 2022. Now, Chris and Rebecca are the only Master Sommelier couple with their own restaurant in the world.
Chris’s accolades are numerous and include: 2012 Best New Sommeliers (Wine and Spirits Magazine); 2013 Top New Somm Competition Winner (Guild of Sommeliers); 2013 Zagat 30 Under 30. Chris is also an adjunct instructor at the San Francisco Wine School.
When he is not at work, Chris enjoys dancing, running, and making silly faces with his two daughters.daughters.
SPANISH, PORTUGUESE, AND SOUTH AMERICAN WINE BUYER, THE WINE HOUSE & MS CANDIDATE
Eduardo Bolaños began his wine career in Beverly Hills, CA under the tutelage of the Spago Beverly Hills Wine Director, Chris Miller. Working at Spago, Eduardo assisted in building the wine cellar that won the Wine Spectator “Grand Award” in 2010. He went on to work for top restaurants in Los Angeles: Pizzeria Mozza and Chi Spacca. In 2012 he spent time abroad working the wine harvest in Spain, while working as a sommelier at three-star Michelin restaurants Arzak and Akelare. In 2014 he became an Advanced Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers. Eduardo currently works as a sommelier at Antico Nuovo in Los Angeles as well as the Spanish wine buyer for The Wine House LA, one of the largest and well-curated wine, spirits, and beer retail shops in the country. With an exceptional palate, Eduardo is well on track to receive his Master Sommelier diploma in the very near future.
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