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Napa Valley comes to Winter Park

Ed Raegner
Valley Food & WIne
Vic Bourassa in the tasting room.
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Vic Bourassa, Vintner

Bourassa Vineyards

190 Camino Oruga, Napa CA

“Create something special, something you would be proud to share with your friends.” This is the wine making philosophy of Vico Bourassa. Vic got a late start as a winemaker after having lunch with none other than the godfather of California wine Robert Mondavi. Robert told Vic 50 isn’t too late to start.

Vic’s focus in winemaking are the five Bordeaux varietals Cab Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Vic is based out of Napa Valley but will be bringing his knowledge and enthusiasm here to Winter Park on Jan. 28 at Fontenots.

Wine dinners are fun and designed for beginners and wine aficionados alike. For the beginner, you get a meal perfectly paired with wines taking away what can be a stressful decision. I know what I want to eat but WHAT SHOULD I DRINK? You will get information and education from a true wine expert in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere.

For the aficionados, a wine dinner also takes the pressure off, all decisions are made, sit back, relax and enjoy a great meal and wine pairing. Then chat about wine with a true expert.

Vic’s specialty is wine blending. He will bring barrel samples and his vast knowledge of wine blending. Wine blending mechanically is simple, there’s not much to it. You take one wine and mix it with another wine and it tastes a little bit like both. But wine blending is much more art than science; blending wind takes a pallet with finesse. Combining two wines makes each one better, it’s like making one plus one actually equal three.

For generations Fontenots has provided Winter Park with great Cajun food. Since the 90s under the guidance of Chefs Chris Moore and Sean Moynihan, they have taken the menu of Cajun Classics and added modern cuisine entrees, with a focus on fresh seafood and quality meats.

The more support these events get, the more we will have in Grand County. Mark your calendar; another wine event, though far away, is Winter Park UnCorked in Hideaway Park in August. Dozens of wineries will be on hand and it is a perfect opportunity to meet with like-minded people and wine experts. Food is provided by many local restaurants. WP UnCorked is topped off with the Cork Off. This is a unique contest to see who can launch a champagne cork farthest; a real crowd pleaser.

Ed Raegner has lived in Grand County for over 20 years. He has been a restaurateur and is now a spirits, wine and beer wholesaler in Grand County.


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