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A wine of a time at ‘Ground to Glass’ event

Movie premiere at TPC Oaks Grille features gourmet dinner and wine pairing

Posted: July 22, 2009 10:32 p.m.
Updated: July 22, 2009 10:30 p.m.

Poster for the "From Ground to Glass" wine event held at Tournament Player's Club - The Oaks Grille on July 18. The event featured guest winemakers and a gourmet multicourse dinner from Oaks Grille chef Daniel Otto, as well as a preview of the film "From Ground to Glass" by Rob Dafoe, who spoke to the guests after the movie aired.

World Wine Source and Education honored the independent film, “From Ground to Glass,” at Tournament Players Club (TPC) in Valencia on July 18, 2009.

World Wine Source and Education’s Sommelier, DiMaggio Washington, and Event Coordinator, Alisha Maines, hosted the event bringing together the producer and guest Winemasters with local wine enthusiasts.

The evening of insights was accented with culinary delights and excellent wine pairing. “From Ground to Glass” is a film about the passion, for the passion of making wine, said special guest and Winemaster Wes Hagen.

Amateur wine-maker and producer of the film, Rob DeFoe, takes his audience on a journey of making wine for the first time while going through all of the ups and downs; the triumphs and losses; and the undying passion for every moment of it along the way.

Special guests, Rob Dofoe and two Winemasters from the film spoke to the guests. Chuck Ortman, the Winemaster of Ortman Family Vineyards in San Luis Obispo, has nearly 40 years of winemaking experience and is recognized as one of California’s most accomplished winemakers.

Also speaking, Wes Hagen, of Clos Pepe Vineyards in Lompoc, Calif., has run the show as Vineyard Manager and Winemaker at Clos Pepe since 1998.

Chef Daniel Otto of TPC created an exquisite four course feast to pair with the featured wines of the evening. Herb crusted salmon and roasted pork medallions were some of the tantalizing flavors presented to complement the wines: Grenche Blanc (Curran) 2007, Chardonnay (Ortman Vineyards) 2007, Pinot Noir (Clos Pepe) 2005, Port (Heitz Cellars) or Desiree Dessert Wine (Rosenblum Cellars).

Rob Dofoe, the producer, spoke of his passionate desire to make wine — but how? Making a film about it might induce people to help. And help they did.

He shared some thoughts and moments about the film as the first course was served. Ortman introduced his Chardonnay as it was served with the second course and briefly spoke about the wines of the San Luis Obispo region.

Finally, Hagen charmed the guests when introducing his Pinot Noir with the main course. Comparing an ideal Pinot Noir to really great Jazz music sparked smiles around the room. He stressed that it should enhance the cuisine not overwhelm it.

At the close of the evening, the three honorary guests signed posters and DVDs as requested by many of the local wine loving guests. World Wine Source and Education is an educational company about the world of wine.

The company’s Sommelier, DiMaggio Washington and Event Coordinator, Alisha Maines, facilitate anything from events to world recognized certification courses, such as, Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET),

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