Mix and mingle with fellow wine lovers as you are led through a journey around the world! Expand your knowledge of cabernet sauvignon wine with connoisseur, Chris Freudenreich, from Gary’s Wine and Marketplace, who will provide an overview and description of each of the wines you will sample. It is sure to be a night to remember.
The connoisseurs of Gary's Wine have selected 5 cabernet sauvignon wines from around the world. There will be samples for every palate’s pleasure. And what would a wine tasting be without great food pairings? Assorted antipasto, salad, cheese, breads, and more will be served along with the wines.
Set on the seventh story of University Hall, the Conference Center has a million-dollar panoramic view of the Manhattan skyline that will leave you breathless.
Date: Thursday, December 6
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: University Hall, Conference Center, 7th floor
Registration Fee: $25 for alumni, $20 for students
(Must be 21 or older to attend)
If you plan on attending, please register online by December 1. You may also register by calling 973-655-4141. Please have your credit card available when registering over the phone. Registration is required. If you do not pre-register, walk-in registration is $40 and will be based on available seating.
About the Wines
The tasting will include five cabernet sauvignon varietals:
- Sparking Cabernet
- Coburnio – Italy
Cabernet based blend from Tuscany
- Innisfree Josephe Phelps – United States
Napa Valley Cabernet
- Chateau du Retout Bordeaux – France
Cabernet based Bordeaux
- Mitolo Cabernet Sauvignon Jester – Australia
McClaren Vale Cabernet
About Cabernet Sauvignon
Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon is the principle grape of the Medoc. It plays a supporting role in the blends of the right bank in regions such as St-Emillion and Pomerol. It also found a very successful home in California - particularly the Napa Valley - where it crafts the classic and cult wines of the region. However, Cabernet is a hearty grape, and has taken well to many regions: South America, Australia, South Africa, Washington State and Italy's Tuscan coast.
The Cabernet Sauvignon grape is a small berry with a thick skin and a high pip to pulp ratio. This in turn creates a wine high in color, tannin and extract. Typical Cabernet Sauvignon descriptors include blackberry, cassis, cedar and currant. Because the grape adapts to many different soils and climates, its characteristics truly reflect a sense of place. In Bordeaux you'll find the more earthy, tannic side of Cabernet, where it's typically blended to soften tannins and add complexity. In warmer regions like California and Australia, you'll frequently find ripe fruit flavors upfront. Cabernet Sauvignon crafts wines as a single varietal and as a blending partner, where it can add structure and tannins.
About the Wine connoisseur - Chris Freudenreich
After twenty-five years with a major German bank Chris decided it was time for a career change. Being fortunate to have spent time in great wine producing regions (Bacharach in the Rheingau in Germany, Sicily, Provence, Vienna, Austria, Monterey, and Sonoma) wine seemed an obvious choice. He prepared by completing the Intermediate and Advanced WSET wine courses, as well as the Intensive Wine Program at the French Culinary School Institute in NYC. These experiences have enhanced his appreciation for wine and motivated him even more. Chris is grateful to Gary's for allowing him to put his education and wine experience to use and hopes to continue to learn more to share his knowledge. His favorite wines include the Cremants of Alsace and Burgundy, German Rieslings, the Austrian Blaufrankish and Gruner Veltiner wines, and the volcanic Sicilian Cerasuolo di Vittoria. Chris is currently preparing to take the CSW exam and hopes to start the WSET Diploma Program in January.
Must be 21 or older to attend. Registration includes food, beverages, and a $5 contribution to the Annual Fund. Thank you for your support of Montclair State University!
It's sure to be a great evening so join us! All visitors are directed to park in the Red Hawk Parking Deck for a nominal fee. For questions, call the Office of Alumni Relations at 973-655-4141.