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Spann to talk red wine at SIR #53


Oakmont East Recreation Center

Wednesday May 23rd 2018 - 11:00am to

“Red Wine Blends: the Fastest Growing Category of Wine Started Several Millennia Ago” is the topic of a talk at the May 23 luncheon of Sons in Retirement #53 at Oakmont’s East Recreation Center.

The speaker is Peter Spann, owner with his wife, Betsy, of a vineyard in Glen Ellen near the top of the Mayacamas Mountains. They bought the vineyard in 2000 to start Spann Vineyards, which makes what they describe as “richly flavored, incredibly smooth Bordeaux and Rhone-style blends.”

While attending college in New Orleans in the early 1970s, Spann waited tables in a French restaurant and became infatuated with classic French wines and food. His preference was for the wines of Bordeaux and the Rhone Valley. He moved to a career in wine marketing, sales and importing before meeting Betsy, an experienced winemaker who had lived in Bordeaux and made wine in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley and in South Africa.

SIR Branch #53 meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at Oakmont’s East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Dr. A social hour starts at 11 a.m. with luncheon at noon catered by A La Heart Catering. Any Oakmont man interested in attending this presentation and/or membership should contact Dave McCuan at 539-3028. Ladies are welcome at 1 p.m. to hear the speaker.


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