Many years ago my husband and I had the good fortune of celebrating an important anniversary in wine country, Calistoga, to be more specific. Driving around Sonoma, wine tasting, breathing in the atmosphere was memorable. But that was then, and now without travel being a part of our lives, we were looking for a different approach.
Unexpectedly, my husband and I had the extraordinary delight of an evening with Emily Wines on Zoom as she launched her new wine, Camille Proud, one delicious wine. The evening was a treat and even more special because it was also a memorable celebration of our anniversary. What could be better? Fabulous wine and elegant food to set it off.
When we received our invitation, we weren’t sure what to expect. Partially prepared food was to be picked up along with the wine that was being launched. Food preparations needed to be completed in time for the Zoom dinner. How would this play out?
Given the Covid-19 concerns, we did not want to eat out and we didn’t want the same old take out, plus we were ready for a new experience. Let me share with you how this took place.
We learned about Master Sommelier Emily Wines who’s new wine was being celebrated on August 19th. There was a 3-course dinner for two designed to highlight the wine, Camille PROUD, a 2017 North Coast blend that celebrates women, diversity and those who have strength in their convictions. PROUD and its predecessor, Camille BRAVE, was paired with a first course of Lyonnaise salad, and a main course of short rib crusted filet and a dessert that was a trio of truffles.
Enhancing the evening was the fun of having the heating direction presented on video where the food looked beautiful and irresistible. See video below.
We loved being able to join Emily Wines, Tim McEnery, and Matt McMillin as to celebrate the highly anticipated release of Camille Proud, the second wine in the Camille series. Chef Matt McMillin crafted this 3 course pairing menu for us to enjoy at home, while we had dinner and a Zoom call with Emily and Tim, as Emily Guided us through her newest release.
Pickup was available August 19th and 20th, Curbside or in our Tasting Rooms.
Look at this:
Three Course Meal for Two: $79.98 ($39.99 per person)
- Includes (cold-prepped)*:
- 1 – Lyonnaise Salad (serves 2)
- 2 – Short Rib-Crusted Filets
- 1 – Truffle Trio dessert (includes 2 of each)
- Optional Add on: Camille Proud Truffle Trio Box $15
- Includes two of each: Camille Proud, Fleur de Sel, Grand Marnier
- One Bottle: Camille Proud: $56.99
- Two Bottles: Camille Brave and Camille Proud: $99.99
*Dinner pairing will be cold-prepped. Re-heating instructions are below in the video prepared by Chef Matt.
As we enjoyed our salad accompanied by Brave, we heard Emily Wines describe how it was that she became a Master Sommelier. She shared how she became interested in wine, the studying she needed to do over many years and finally the story of the Camille wines. And then we switched to Proud with the main course. And don’t ask about the dessert.
Emily said that she was honored to be asked to create a wine that speaks of strong women. She said her wife helped with the selection of Camille as the name for the wines and the exquisite bottle decorations with both artwork and significant quotes. The experiences was memorable and we would be delighted to have future opportunities to experience food and wine at home on Zoom.
The wines are outstanding, with a beautiful color, a wonderful aroma and a velvety taste that was perfect for the food.
Camille Proud was inspired by the wines of St. Emilion, in Bordeaux. The 2017 vintage of Camille Proud is a blend of 79% Merlot, 12% Cabernet France and 9% Malbec sourced from both Napa and Sonoma. The wine is loaded with blueberry, blackberry and violet flavors along with complex spices, leather and green herbs. It finished with intese carmel, vanilla and coconut flavors from extended oak aging.
For me, Camille really is a tribute to strong women. While there are several strong women in history, Joan of Arc inspires people to this day. This young woman was driven by the pride of her convictions to fight for her country. On the back of Camille Proud is the Joan of Arc quote: “I am not afraid, I was born to do this.” It gives me so much hope for the future and I am Proud to live in a time where those with steadfast convictions, pride and motivation to live authentically with courage have a voice.
For future events and how to join the wine club
Camille wines (both PROUD snd BRAVE) are limited production and are available online and from the retail tasting rooms at all Cooper’s Hawk locations. The price is $56.99.
Photos are courtesy of Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants unless otherwise noted.