Gettin' your Hands Dirty- a look at Soil


I had a super cool experience to meet the wine maker and the idea behind the Copper Cain Portfolio, Mr. Joe Wagner. His wine making style is real, his approach is appealing, his portfolio is lovely. The knowledge that was shared and the stoke that was spread was very electric.

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The wines are all very affordable and approachable which is one of their goals. In my opinion,

these wines are all “everyday wines” and trustworthy “go-to’s” for entertaining.

The Copper Cain team along with Rhode Island Distributing tasted each of his wines in a beautiful setting. Hearing Mr. Joe Wagner share his story on each was truly spectacular.

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Here was the line up:

•Steorra: delightful NV Sparkling Wine. It means “Star” and is truly a star of the domestic sparkling wines! Chardonnay & Pinot Noir: this is Mr. Wagner’s first sparkling style wine and it is a treat. Hints of cream, lush, lemon sherbet, toast and crisp and fresh.

Suggested food pairing: Pan Seared Halibut over mixed field greens with toasted hazelnuts and a citrus vinaigrette.

•Elouan Rosé was the next treat. The grapes cone from Willamette, Umpqua, and Rogue Valley In Oregon. Tasting notes of rasperrry, strawberrry mixed in with beautiful clementine citrus notes adding to the crispness and acidity.


Suggested food pairing: Seared Salmon over quinoa salad with strawberries and feta cheese.

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•Boën Chardonnay was a wonderful expression of Chardonnay: Aromas of Vanilla, hints of tropical papaya, Creme bruleé, and butter.

Suggested food pairing: Shrimp Sautéed in butter, garlic, white wine and capers over linguini.

We moved onto his Pinot Noirs and each Pinot had its own characters.


•Elouan: notes of cranberry, cherry, rhubarb, blueberry pie, smoked bacon, fresh tilled earth, with rich tannins throughout.

Suggested food pairing: Grilled Swordfish over Arugula Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Blue Cheese Crumbles.

•Boën RRV: notes of ripe raspberry, blackberry jam, boysenberry, warming spices, medium acidity & bold tannins.
Suggested food pairing: Roasted Chicken over Mushroom Risotto.


•Boën Santa Lucia Highlands (Monterey County): notes of dark currents, blueberry pie, toasted

barrel, ripe plums, bright acidity, soft tannins with a long finish.

Suggested food pairing: grilled sirloin steak with parsnips and sweet potatoes finished with a red wine reduction.
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Speaking about terroir and how important soil is in grape growing, I will be getting soil samples to design a class at the Center for Wine and Culinary Arts to show guests the different soils and how important terroir is with the Belle Glos vineyard designates.

The soil kit is going to bring that tasting one more dimension as we bring our guests a tangible aspect from California to show them partially what creates the subtle nuisances in these spectacular wines.

I had the opportunity to taste some experimental sparking pet nats and I geeked out on

upcoming Riesling (maybe 2020 vintage) grown on three acres of alkaline soil. I cannot wait to start incorporating these soils into classes. Come check it out!


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