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Guigal Wines from the Rhone Valley France

 “The Star” of the March 6th, dinner at the Seven Seas Restaurant!

Almost 50 hotel guests and outside guests joined us for a very special evening recently, proving that despite some difficult economical uncertainties, one still wants to treat oneself to great food combined with great wines, especially when being hosted in a spectacular signature restaurant setting such as the Seven Seas.

The firm of E. Guigal, located at Ampuis, a village of the Cote Rotie vineyards region, was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal, who in 1924 started as an apprentice at the old firm of Vidal Fleury.  Etienne's son, Marcel, has been the wine maker and director since 1962. Marcel has carried on the tradition of the Rhone region, modernizing it, improving it, but without changing its traditional style. In the northern Rhone, traditional wines are vinified with a long maceration of the skins and stems and, after pressing, are aged in oak casks, large and small, for several years. Traditionally, the wines are racked, but they are neither fined nor filtered. The maturation and clarification are slow. Guigal's red wines are aged 3 or 4 years in oak before bottling, and hence are for sale 1 to 3 years older than most Rhone wines sold today. They tend to be deep in color, strong in flavor, and often rich in alcohol. 5 wines paired with great food were served on that night, with the Gigondas 2003 scoring the highest marks from all the attendees! More events of this sort are planned for the future thus enabling our guests to experience the ultimate in fine dining! Next event; Chateau Mouton Rothschild – May  14th, 2010.

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