Date/Time
Date(s) - 07/25/2017
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Location
Former Train Wreck Saloon

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Our riverfront is under a big transformation starting with the renovation of the Arch Grounds, which is almost complete. Now developers are eyeing The Landing as the new area of the city poised for redevelopment. Join fellow St. Louis City enthusiasts at our July Metropolis Wine Club event in the old Train Wreck Saloon on The Landing. Hear a CityArchRiver representative talk about the changes happening to the Riverfront and see a great example of a vacant building soon to be born anew.

Location Notes:

Laclède’s Landing is a small urban historic district in downtown St. Louis. It marks the northern part of the original settlement founded by the Frenchman Pierre Laclède, whose landing on the riverside the name commemorates. Located on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River and just north of the world-famous Gateway Arch, Laclede’s Landing is downtown St. Louis’ oldest district and only riverfront entertainment and dining destination. The nine-block area of Historic Laclede’s Landing – once the manufacturing, warehousing and shipping hub of St. Louis – is now home to restaurants, clubs, shops and attractions.

Wine Program for the evening:

Argentina Wines: Meat, Malbec and More.Argentina is the largest wine producer in South America, best known for Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and the up-and-comer Bonarda. White wines are best represented by Torrontés.

Argentine wines are New World wines, but have more than 400 years of history. Winemaking practices and vineyards were spread throughout Argentina, like California by Spanish missionaries planting vines to ensure a supply of sacramental wines. The growing conditions around the Andes Mountains are high elevation and dry climate, but the wineries use the melting snow and ice from the Mountain peaks to irrigate the vineyards. This allows the valleys where the vineyards are located to provide ideal conditions for growing vines, thanks to the large diurnal shift of warm, sunny days and chilly nights.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Argentine wine industry was renewed by an influx of Italian and Spanish immigrants who brought new vines and a wealth of winemaking experience to South America. European grape varieties flourished there, and one in particular Malbec, native to southwest France would become Argentina’s signature red grape. They have vines from the 1860s that are Pre-Phyloxera versus grafted vines that were not affected when the root louse infested Europe.

NEW Tasting Class for members only!

We will be holding a focused tasting class at the beginning of the evening for members only interested in learning more about Argentinian wine! ReVitalize members, show up early for a taste exploration of Argentinan wines with Loren Thompson of STL Sips. The class will run from 6:00pm to 6:30pm or until the reserve tasting bottles are gone.

Admission Cost:

Cost to attend is simply a bottle of wine from Argentina or food that pairs with Argentinian wines according to the suggested wine and educational profile for the evening (see notes below).

Get Tickets: HERE

Wine suggestions:

RED: Malbec, the wine Argentina is best known for. But you can also bring any wine of your choice from Argentina, includingbut not limited to; Cabernet Savignon, Merlot, Syrah, Tempranillo, Pinot Noir, or if you can find some of thier more unique wines try a Douce Noir or a Bonarda (known as Charbono in its native Italy and in California).

WHITE: Torronttes, Argentina’s Celebrated white grape, but they also produces some great Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio.

If unable to bring wine, please bring food to taste and pair with the wine to enhance the program.

Food suggestions:

Argentine Malbec’s color, aromas of berry fruit, plums and honey plus its ability to ripen to perfection create wines of a velvety texture and long, lingering flavors. When oak-aged in barrels, the extra dimensions of vanilla, soft tannins and a tobacco or smoky finish give the wines great structure. Malbec is a perfect pairing for grilled beef, mushrooms, roasted vegetables and beans to blue cheese, chocolate and red berry fruit desserts.

Torrontés, Argentina’s celebrated white grape, produces uniquely aromatic floral wines, with flavors of lemon zest and white peach. A great pairing for seafood and spicy dishes from Asian to Indian cuisine. It also pairs well with citrus fruits, grapes and squash to cheeses like gruyere and manchego. Most are produced in a dry style to be refreshing and in contrast to the aromas, but also made in a dessert style.

Great references when determining what to bring for food pairings.

What is Malbec Wine? Plus 4 Amazing Facts

On Finding Great Torrontés Wine

Note: We plan to open only wines that fit into the program. Any wines that are outside of the recommendation will be used for future tastings, classes or events.

Volunteers:

We could use several volunteers to check people in, set up, clean up, and pour wine. It’s a great way to meet everyone at the event. If you would like one of these opportunities, and can get there at 5:30 pm, contact us at wineclub@rvstl.org ASAP.

Parking:

Parking on the landing is plentiful and easy. There are multiple lots to the south and north of the landing and a few coveted spots on the street. Prior to 7pm you will need to pay, so please plan accordingly. Be careful not to drive over the bridge to Illinois taking the Eads Bridge exit will NOT get you to the landing. It is the next street after the Eads Bridge.

Rules:

1. Please reserve a ticket that identifies if you will be bringing a bottle of wine or a plate of food to share.

2. You may only sign up for yourself and one guest max. Other friends need to sign up separately. You will be asked to give you and your guest’s first and last name and e-mail addresses on the sign-up page.

3. We prefer finger foods, but if your food needs need utensils or platters, bring them. Please do not bring “bagged” snacks such as pretzels or potato chips without bringing a vessel to put them in.

4. When in doubt about bringing wine or food, bring food. We generally come up short in this area.

5. Please bring wine pre-chilled and ready to drink.

6. 21 years old and older only.

7. Feel free to come alone. This is a networking event. Meet new people!

8. Please arrive when the event is scheduled to begin, as we need your wine and food for the evening. Please only arrive early if you are a member attending the tasting at 6:00 pm or a volunteer.