Learn about the art of pairing wine and cheese while enjoying a tasting of three of Silverado Vineyard’s highly rated Napa Valley wines. Wine.com host Gwendolyn Osborn leads a conversation with Laura Werlin, cheese expert and James Beard award-winning author, and Russ Weis, the President of Silverado Vineyards as they discuss the qualities of each cheese and wine.
- Russ Weis, President, Silverado Vineyards
- Laura Werlin, Cheese Expert, Author, Speaker
- Hosted by: Gwendolyn Osborn, Wine Educator, Wine.com
Tasting Set Includes:
- Silverado Miller Ranch Sauvignon Blanc
This Sauvignon Blanc is a bright and spritzy wine, with light aromatics of grapefruit, pineapple, and kiwi. Passionfruit, mango and lemon curd flavors burst through this well-balanced wine with bright acidity and hints of lime zest and tangerine on the finish.
- Silverado Mt. George Merlot
Aromatics of rhubarb pie and toasted paprika. Bright acidity and medium-bodied. A sweet and savory mix of tart cherries, red berries, clove and black pepper spices, with a long, streamlined finish.
- Silverado Cabernet Sauvignon
This Cabernet Sauvignon opens with aromas of blackberry crisp and flavors of cherry, clove and a hint of dark chocolate. Full-bodied and smooth with a lingering finish.
Laura’s Easy-to-Find Cheese Pairings: Please note that the wine tasting set does not include cheese. You will need to purchase from your local store and we recommend taking the cheeses out 45 minutes before the tasting to bring them to room temperature. For the Sauvignon Blanc, pair with fresh goat cheese or double- or triple-cream brie. For the Merlot, pair with gruyere or goat cheddar. For the Cabernet Sauvignon, pair with extra sharp cheddar or parmesan.
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Nestled in the hills on the North West side of the Stags Leap District, Silverado Vineyards Winery has been a favorite wine country destination and home to some of the Napa Valley’s most-recognized wines for almost forty years. In 1981, Ron and Diane Disney Miller and her mother, Lillian Disney, established Silverado Vineyards to make wines from the historic sites of the estate the family owns. The winery was named in honor of the Silverado Vineyard, one of the first four in Stags Leap District to plant Cabernet in the 1960s. The vineyard pays homage to the abandoned mining town at the top of the Valley which also inspired the name of the famous Silverado Trail where Silverado Vineyards and other iconic wineries of the Stags Leap District are situated. Silverado Vineyards owns five other storied vineyards across Napa Valley’s top AVAs: Miller Ranch, Mt. George, Soda Creek Ranch (Borreo), Firetree, and Vineburg. All of Silverado’s wines are estate-grown, produced and bottled. Winemaker Jon Emmerich is only the second lead winemaker in the history of Silverado Vineyards and celebrated his 30th vintage with the winery in 2020. Jon has grown Silverado’s reputation for quality and consistency along with his colleague Elena Franceschi, who has been Silverado’s associate winemaker for nearly 25 years. When Diane Miller passed away in 2013, Ron Miller became president of the Board of Directors of The Walt Disney Family Museum, and chairman of Silverado Vineyards until his passing in 2019. Diane and Ron’s children and grandchildren proudly continue to carry their family’s legacy forward as the owners of Silverado Vineyards.