Join us for an evening of delicious Chardonnay from around the world as our "wine Guru" Kelly Johnston teaches us everything you ever wanted to know about the most widely known grape varietal in the world that is often over-looked and misunderstood. Along with California Chardonnay we will explore Burgundy, where the varietal was founded and where some of the most beautiful and delicate wines are made. Try something new along with cheese pairings that will blow your mind. Live, love and learn about wine with us!
Kelly, our wine guide, is Phoenix's cafe manager. Her not so meager beginnings here in Vermont landed her in beautiful San Francisco in 1990 where she fell into an amazing serving position at a restaurant called Fleur De Lys. It was there that she learned about and tasted some of the finest wines produced in the world. Three years later, she moved to sunny Los Angeles and became the first female server at Patina and Melisse, two of the top French restaurants in the city. She waited on movie stars, wrote wine lists, and finally became a wine distributor calling on A-list restaurants, fine shops, and even the Playboy Mansion! She traveled back and forth to wine country in Napa, Sonoma, and Santa Maria and even got the chance to fly over Napa in a cessna with Tim Mondavi while sipping his Cabernet! It was a fun ride.... Kelly returned to Vermont in the fall of 2004, wanting to raise her children in the beautiful setting where she grew up. Wine is still her passion, and, now that her kids are both in school, she has time to reflect back on the last 20 years of food and wine. She looks forward to sharing her discoveries with you!
The cost for this event is $30 plus tax, and registration is required. You can register here via the link below or in person at Phoenix Books Essex. This event is for adults aged 21 or older only, and all attendees MUST present an acceptable photo ID with their ticket receipt when they arrive for the event.