ANTICA TERRA PREVIEWS ITS NEW SPARKLING WINE
PROJECT WITH A SPECIAL CHAMPAGNE LUNCHEON THIS MAY
And Exciting New Tasting Format Starting in June
WILLAMETTE VALLEY, April 30, 2012 – Antica Terra, one of Oregon’s most innovative wineries guided by the aesthetically oriented, former Sine Qua Non apprentice Maggie Harrison, is pleased to host an exclusive lunch and tasting of inspirational Champagne on Saturday, May 19th . Chef Jason Barikowski from The Woodsman Tavern in Portland will prepare five exquisite courses to accompany the five grower Champagnes that inspired the creation of Antica Terra’s new wines. A barrel tasting of base wine from the 2010 and 2011 vintages will precede the lunch. Featured Champagnes will include Cedric Bouchard Inflorescence La Parcelle Cote de Bechalin, Jerome Prevost La Closerie, Jacques Selosse Cuvée Initial, Vilmart 2003 Coeur de Cuvée and Egly Ouriet Blanc de Noirs Les Crayeres V.V. Cost is $175 per person. Space is limited; reservations should be made as soon as possible.
The onsite tasting experience will also be taken to a new level starting this June. Curated by Antica Terra Director and Master Sommelier Nate Ready, visitors will now not only be able to taste Antica Terra’s current releases, but also a rotating selection of wines from around the world that have inspired and sustained the Antica Terra creative process, ranging from grower Champagnes and Grand Cru Burgundies to esoteric bottlings from rare, indigenous grapes and featuring innovative winemaking techniques.
Tastings will be offered three times a day by appointment only from Tuesday through Saturday. The introductory flight is $70 per person and includes 1.5 oz. pours of the following eight wines with a selection of provisions thoughtfully sourced and crafted by six notable Portland chefs.
- Raphael Bereche M.V. “Reflet d’Antan”, Champagne
- Grange des Peres 2008 Blanc, Aniane
- Clos Cibonne 2010 Tibournen Rosé “Cuvée des Vignettes”, Cotes de Provence
- Antica Terra 2010 Rosé “Erratica”
- Antica Terra 2010 Pinot Noir
- Antica Terra 2010 Pinot Noir “Botanica”
- Anne Gros 2009 Clos Vougeot, Burgundy Grand Cru
- Moric 2007 Blaufrankisch “Lutzmannsburg Alte Reben”, Burgenland
All wines will be served from a state-of-the-art Enomatic wine system where they are preserved under surgical-grade argon. Each wine being poured is extremely limited and flights are anticipated to change every four to six weeks based on availability. All wines will also be available for purchase in limited quantities.
“We’re very passionate about wines that open the doors of perception and introduce us to nuances and intensities of flavor that we did not know existed – wines that on the surface seem classic, even deeply traditional, but whose flavors and character transcend the ordinary,” says Harrison. “Since the inception of Antica Terra, we have been searching for a way to access this realm with our own wines, a way to present the flavors that are possible in the Pacific Northwest from an unexpected and immediate angle.”
About Antica Terra
Antica Terra is an 11 acre vineyard located on a rocky hillside in the Eola-Amity Hills of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Vines were first planted here in 1989 in a clearing within the oak savannah, a place carefully prepared amid the fractured mixture of sandstone and alluvium sown with fossilized oyster shells. Antica Terra’s recent history started with the arrival of co-owner and winemaker Maggie Harrison, who moved to Oregon in 2005 from Ventura County where she had spent the previous eight years (1998-2005) making syrah at the iconic Sine Qua Non winery.