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Maison Louis Latour is a major wine producer in the Burgundy area of France. PHOTO
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Louis Latour wine pairing dinner, pig roast coming to Sourwood

By Wayne Tidwell, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lora Engles, who is working on a master sommelier degree, is the fine wine manager for restaurants for Empire Distributors, and Ambassador for winemaker Maison Louis Latour in Georgia. She was in the Burgandy, wine producing area of France recently talking with winemakers about coming to Atlanta.

“One of the winemakers said, ‘I don’t want to go to Atlanta and do this froufrou dinner like we always do, I want to do barbecue,’ so they thought of me,” Rick Stack of Sourwood Café, told Smoke Signals.

So, Stack is taking advantage of the offer by hosting a wine pairing dinner at Sourwood on Sept. 28 and a pig roast on the site Sept. 30. The pig roasting starts on Thursday, Sept. 29 and he is inviting the public to come by and enjoy moonshine and beer.

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Wines from Burgandy will be featured at a dinner event at Sourwood Café. PHOTO COURTESY
MAISON LOUIS LATOUR

“On Thursday, Sept. 28 we are doing a dinner for 40 or 50 people,” Stack said. “It will include a tasting of all of the top-end wines for 2015, considered one of the best vintages in three decades. So I bought a bunch of different wines.”

The reputation and quality of the top wines from Burgundy, together with the fact that they are often produced in small quantities, has led to high demand and high prices, with some Burgundies ranking among the most expensive wines in the world, according to Wikipedia.

Charles Drucker, national sales manager for Maison Louis Latour is also bringing wines for tasting, according to Stack.

“That’s a high-end dinner,” Stack said. “It will be $110 per person. It will be a four-course dinner. Drucker is bringing six whites and six reds in addition to what we will pair at the dinner. So there will be a big tasting before the food is served.”

Maison Louis Latour is an important producer of red and white wines in Burgundy, about two hours south of Paris. Currently run by the seventh Louis Latour, Louis-Fabrice Latour, the company has remained family-run since its foundation in 1797 and has built a reputation for tradition and innovation, according to Wikipedia.

The Thursday dinner will be the start of a big weekend at Sourwood.

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A ‘pig-picking’ barbecue event scheduled at Sourwood Sept. 30. PHOTO FROM NOBLEPIG.COM

“Friday night we are going to dedicate the pig and put him out on the roaster in the parking lot and drink moonshine and beer and everyone is invited to bring their own musical instruments to play along,” Stack said

“On Saturday there will be a band from noon to five with wine and ‘pig-picking’ with a beer distributor on the site at 25 bucks a head,” Stack said. “We will block off a section of the parking lot with tents.”

Stack has years of experience in the wine business, having owned Wine Maverick, seller of hard-to-get craft wines, and as wine purchaser for the popular Peasant Restaurants in Atlanta.

Thursday, Sept. 28, Wine Pairing dinner, $110 per person. Friday, Sept 29, pig roasting with moonshine and beer available, no cover charge. Saturday, Sept 30, pig picking, live music and wine, $25.

Sourwood Café, 60 N Gate Station, Marble Hill, GA 30148.

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