St. Innocent Wine Dinner at Luci Ancora is a don't-miss event

Amazing wines from a top winery: St. Innocent Wine Dinner with Mark Vlossak
Amazing wines from a top winery: St. Innocent Wine Dinner with Mark Vlossak
Mark Vlossak

Too many wine dinners in the Twin Cities serve below average wine and offer poor value. And though the St. Paul wine dinner at Luci Ancora on Monday night is not cheap, it does offer a chance to drink some amazing wines from Oregon and meet one of America's top winemakers.

Luci Ancora is hosting a wine dinner featuring the wines of St. Innocent Winery on Monday, September 27, starting at 6:30 p.m. Mark Vlossek caters to the wine geeks and will be pouring seven wines paired with a tasting menu created by chefs Stephan Smith and Jim Kohler of Luci Ancora for $85 per person (tax/tip not included). They will be pouring a pinot gris, pinot blanc, and the single-vineyard pinot noirs that made Willamette Valley, Oregon, famous.

Here are more details and the wines they'll be pouring:

Vlossek is a wealth of knowledge, and you will be sure to learn a lot about wine. I have been to this event in the past, and it is a real bargain considering the cost of most of the wines are $40 retail. The wines at the dinner are:

2008 St. Innocent Freedom Hill Vineyard Pinot Blanc A nice, refreshing wine with lemon, chalk, and apple. Medium finish. 90 points

2008 St. Innocent Vitae Springs Pinot Gris One of the best pinot gris wines I have tasted from Oregon, with floral, mineral, orange, and tropical fruit. Medium finish and good acidity. 90 points

2007 St. Innocent Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir Medium purple in color and a nose that features mineral, raspberry, floral, and earth. The palate shows a nice balance between fruit and earth character. A food-friendly wine with a medium finish. 90 points

2007 St. Innocent Zenith Pinot Noir 2008 St. Innocent Freedom Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008 St. Innocent Momtazi Pinot Noir ('07 was a 92)

To make a reservation, call Luci Ancora.

St. Innocent Wine Dinner When: Monday, September 27, 6:30 p.m. Where: Luci Ancora, 2060 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul Reservations: 651.698.6889

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