This week is full of exciting tastings, sales calls, introductions and most of all a beautiful wine dinner hosted by the historic St. James Hotel in Red Wing and Amara Wines to introduce Liz and Frans Roskam of Chateau La Lauzette Declercq.
Please check the St. James Hotel’s blog on their website and Amara Wines’ Facebook Page for more information. There are only 15 places for this amazing dinner prepared by Chef Kyle with wines by Liz and Frans available.
Here is a little information about Liz and Frans ~
Elizabeth (Liz) Roskam is from Illinois and Indiana where she studied Food Sciences. In 2000 she had the opportunity to go to France to work at a Chateau in the Bordeaux region as part of a study abroad program. She credits the time as “an awesome, life-changing experience”; she fell in love with French wine, everything related to wine-making and viticulture, and, of course, her husband Frans! After finishing her BS at U of I, she moved permanently to France in 2002, and started classes for the Diplome National d’Oenologie program in Bordeaux in 2003. She graduated in 2005, the first American woman to become an Enologist from Bordeaux University.
Frans is the grandson of Albert Brunot who in 1937 purchased beautiful Chateau Cantenac in St. Emilion. Frans mother, Nicole Roskam-Brunot, and her sons continue the multi-generational Brunot family pursuit of composing beautiful wines from the magnificent terroir of Cantenac. In Latin “Cantenac” means “an Enchanted Place” and in old French “wooden poles on which the vines grew” indicating this marvelous vineyard is truly an ancient place producing luscious grapes to be made into exquisite St. Emilion Grand Cru wine. Frans is technical engineer for Chateau Cantenac.
Looking forward to seeing you Saturday!