Cidermaking vs. Winemaking Class with Roman Roth of Wölffer Estate 2/6/19Wednesday, February 06 2019 6:30 PM Doors / 6:30 PM Start / Ends 8:00 PM
Cidermaking vs. Winemaking Class with Roman Roth of Wölffer Estate 2/6/19
at City Winery Chicago
- 6:30 PM
- 6:30 PM
- 8:00 PM
Join us for an educational event on the process of cider from one of the industry's foremost experts. Located in our intimate barrel room with views of City Winery's fully functioning winery, taste and experience 5 different expressions of cider paired with a selection of small bites. Compare and contrast the intricacies of cider and winemaking with one of the authorties on both subjects. Come get educated, beverage friends!
About Roman Roth:
A gifted winemaker, Roman Roth can often be heard singing in an enviable tenor voice amid the barrels in the winery. But most of all, he gives "voice" to his wines, produced by experience that covers three continents and stems from the dream of a 16-year-old boy in Rottweil in Germany's Black Forest. In 1992, Roman became the first winemaker at Wölffer Estate Vineyard. He established the estate’s distinctive character —European elegance combined with the typicity of Long Island terroir. He has dedicated himself to promoting not only the wines of Wölffer Estate but of Long Island, where he has consulted with numerous vineyards and is currently the President of the Long Island Wine Council. Roman makes Wölffer wine and cider using traditional techniques, but always with an eye toward innovation. His goals are to make wines that are food-friendly, elegant and built for longevity. All our wines are made using estate-grown or locally-sourced fruit, and our Dry White and Rosé ciders are made from New York state apples, sourced from the Halsey Apple Orchard and other growers that meet the Halseys' high standards. Roman's contribution to quality winemaking on Long Island was recognized at the 2003 East End Food & Wine Awards (judged by the American Sommelier Society), where he was named Winemaker of the Year. Recent honors include Wine Enthusiast rating the Descencia Botrytis Riesling-Chardonnay 2015 with a spot on its "Top 100 Wines of 2016" list; the 2013 White Horse Red collection all receiving 90 points and higher by the Wine Advocate (including a 94+ for Christian's Cuvee, making it the highest-rated wine in Long Island history); Wine Spectator selecting The Grapes of Roth Merlot 2010 for its "Top 100 Wines of 2015" list; Perle Chardonnay 2012 being served at The White House for President Barack Obama and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany; and Diosa and Descencia 2012 dessert wines each earning 94 points in Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate. Roman’s eye for innovation is a crucial part of who he is as a Winemaker, Cidermaker, and, most recently, a Distiller. In 2013 he created the first No. 139 Dry Ciders at the Estate using apples hand-picked from the Halsey Farm in Bridgehampton, NY. Crafted in a wine style, the Dry Rosé Cider was the first of its kind, playing a part in the rise of popularity in Ciders as a beer and wine alternative. In 2016, he led the wave of pink spirits, distilling our Pink Gin from Rosé in a small copper pot still in our Cellar. He continues to innovate, releasing a Red Cider and limited-edition Brandy, distilled from our premium Chardonnay grapes, in 2018. All of Roman’s projects are rooted in wine and highlight his passion to always create quality, food-friendly, and elegant wines, ciders, and spirits.
About Wölffer Estate:
For 30 years, Wölffer Estate Vineyard has been known as one of the finest producers on the East Coast and a center for innovation and hospitality. We are committed to producing premium, distinctive wines, ciders and spirits through a dedication to quality, penchant for style and celebration of place.