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Dutton-Goldfield Wine Dinner May 21, 2005

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

Dutton-Goldfield Wine Dinner
Featuring Dan Goldfield – Owner & Winemaker

Chef Zollinger’s Menu

Katchemak Bay Oyster Bisque
Paired with Dutton Ranch Chardonnay

Sliced Vine Ripened Tomato
Timboon Brie & Red Pepper Tapenade
Paired with Rued Vineyard Chardonnay

Assiette De Grison
Paired with Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir

Grapefruit & Tangerine Sorbet

Grilled Coldwater Lobster Tail
Chipotle & Cilantro Salsa
Springtime Vegetable Medley
Paired with Freestone Hill Vineyards Pinot Noir

Chilled Hazelnut Bavarian Cream
Vhalrona Chocolate Mousse
Paired with Dutton-Goldfield Zinfandel

Call 1-888-959-9590 for Reservations
Eighty Nine Dollars per Person Inclusive
Special Room Rates Available

About Dutton-Goldfield

Steve and Theresa Dutton and Dan and Loie Goldfield launched Dutton-Goldfield Winery in 1998 with Russian River Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the famed Dutton Ranch. After working loosely together as a winemaker and grape grower wince 1990, Dan and Steve decided to merge their talents in this new venture, with a mission to produce superb quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (along with a touch of Zinfandel and Syrah) from their home in the western Russian River Valley.

The Partners

Steve's father Warren Dutton first planted grapes in 1964 and Steve now manages many of the finest vineyards in the Russian Rvier Valley. The Duttons were pioneers in planting grapes in the coldest parts of our appellation and continue to push the limits with spectacular new vineyards in the Freestone and Occidental areas. They were also among the first to champion Pinot Noir in a region where less than a decade ago, mostof the fruit went exclusively to sparkling wine. Comprising more than sixty small, unique vineyard sites throughout the area, the Dutton Ranch Chardonnay and Pinot Noir blends, and then select some special vineyards to showcase for their extremely limited release vineyard-designate wines.

Anyone who has met Dan Goldfield professionall has seen his passion for wine in general, and the Russian River Valley appellation in particular. Dan grew up in Philadelphia, studied chemistry at Brandeis Unicversity, and started a career in research chemistry. Great bottles of Burgundy provided by his older brother kindled a passion for wine, especially Pinot Noir. After receiving his Master's degree in Enology from the University of California Davis, Dan worked at Robert Mondavi Winery and Schramsberg Vineyards. He joined La Crema Winery as winemaker in 1990. In 1994, due primarily to fabulous single vineyard lots of Pinot Noir, Hartford Court Winery was founded under his direction. Dan's great interest as a winemaker is in the unique pieces of land from which wine is created. His venture with the Dutton family is the perfect extension of this outlook.

The Wines

Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are the mainstays of the Dutton Goldfield Production. Using fruit from carefully chosen vineyards, Dan produces wine that reflects the natural tendencies of the area; crisp, well-structure wines that display the complexity, balance, and intensity that the partners believe are key to world-class wines. Dutton-Goldfield Winery's first releases were a Dutton Ranch Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the 1998 vintage. Today Dan and Steve continue to produce Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Dutton Ranch plantings, numerous vineyard-designated wines, as well as small lots of old vine Zinfandel and hillside Syrah. The Dutton-Goldfield wines are crafted using traditional techniques such as barrel and malolactic fermentation for the Chardonnay, and open top fermentaion for the Pinot Noir. The winery is a partnership of friends, collegues, neighbors and families. The wines reflect this spectacular part of Nortern California where the grapes are grown, the superb quality of fruit from carefully chosen vineyards, and the work of an appreciative winemaker.

Steve Dutton- Partner/ Grapegrower

Steve Dutton was born in 1967, the same year his father planted the famil'ys first Chardonnay vineyard on his ranch in western Russina River valley. There has never been a moment in Steve's life wher he wasn't absolutely sure that he would always farm that vineyard. Today, Steve is responsible for farming not only that origianl Chardonnay vineyard, but also over sixty additional plots of some of the finest and most coveted Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Zinfandel in the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast appellations.

Dan Goldfield- Parner/ Winemaker

After being raised in Philadelphia, studying Chemistry and Philosophy at Boston's California in 1980 to do chemistry research at UC Berkeley. His passion for wine was well developed by this point, having too long been introduced to the 1969 Burgundies by his brother. Interest in chemistry on one hand and an outdoor enthusiast on the other, Dan's eventual decision to enter the University of Californai Davis to study winemaking made perfect sense. It would allow him to exercise his scientific leanings and be connected to the land, while indulging his increasingly curious palate. Dan graduated with an M.S. in Enology from Davis in 1987 whil working at Robert Mondavi Winery. Soon after graduation Dan joined Schramsberg, the renowned Napa sparkling wine producer, an associate winemaker. In 1990, Dan was recruited to be Winemaker at La Crema Winery, a Gurgundian-focused winery in Russian River where Pinot Noir and Chardonnay were the main focus, a perfect fit given Dan's own immense enthusiasm for the two varietals.

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