Saturday, March 17, 2012

Pinot Noir Seminar by Miura Winemaker Emmanuel Kemiji at UNWINED – March 21

UNWINED Wine Bar and Wine Shop in Almaden Valley will host a special Pinot Noir Seminar by Master Sommelier and Miura Winemaker Emmanuel Kemiji.  This is an excellent opportunity to not only learn more about the differences in appellations in California, but also to visit with one of the premier winemaker in California.  The seminar will start at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21 at UNWINED at 6946 Almaden Expressway (the corner of Almaden Expressway and Via Valente).  Reservations are recommended and can be made at UNWINED at 408-323-9463.

Emmanuel will walk guests through a tasting of Pinot Noir from three great Pinot Noir appellations in California.  
  • Miura 2007 Williams Ranch PinotNoir from Anderson Valley
  • Miura 2008 Garys' Vineyards Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey County
  • Miura 2009 Pisoni Vineyards Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey County
  • Miura 2008 Talley Rincon Pinot Noir from Arroyo Grande Valley near Pismo Beach 

Before and after the seminar Emmanuel will be open for questions from the guests to talk about Miura, Pinot Noir and wine in general. 

Miura focuses on single vineyards throughout California with a wide selection of Pinot Noir but also other varietals as well.  The name Miura is derived from Don Edwardo Miura, a famous bullfighter and breeder of fighting bulls in Spain.  Miura wines and their many brands, Candela, ALMVS, ANTIQV and ACVS are loved by UNWINED customers and wine lovers all around.

About Emmanuel Kemigi

Born in the United States and raised in Spain and England, Kemiji is a graduate of the University of California at Davis. In addition to his Economics and Spanish Literature degrees, he studied Viticulture and Oenology, expanding his interest in wine and eventually leading to the formation of Miura Vineyards in 1995. Soon to follow were Candela in 1998, ALMVS in 2000, ANTIQV2S in 2001, ACVS in 2003, and two projects in Spain – Arrels in 2003 and Clos Pissarra in 2005.

Kemiji acted as Ritz-Carlton Director of Wine & Spirits from 1988 to 1999, first at Laguna Niguel and then at the renowned Dining Room in San Francisco. In 1989 Kemiji became the thirteenth American to pass the Master Sommelier exam in London, England and one of only nine to date to pass on his first attempt. In the same year, he received the “Sommelier of the Year” award by the California Restaurant Writers Association. Kemiji was also chosen “Wine Director of the Year” in the Critics’ Choice Awards, and was honored in the August 1999 issue of San Francisco Magazine. The San Francisco Chronicle named Kemiji as one of the “10 Winemakers to Watch for 2000.”

In 2006, Kemiji received the Wine Industry Achievement Award from the Anti -Defamation League for exemplary commitment to community and charity. He has also been a regular wine judge at the Los Angeles County Fair and the San Francisco International Wine Competition.

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