Melissa Stackhouse, J Vineyards Winemaker, Joins Us in The Cooking School


Melissa Stackhouse, noted winemaker and a knowledgeable expert on the Russian River Valley terroir, is our host at the Dallas Lovers and Houston Cooking School for a pairing of a chef-driven menu prepared by our expert instructors.

Founded by Judy Jordan in 1986, J Vineyards & Winery began as a producer of critically-acclaimed sparkling wines. Judy soon came to the realization that her vineyards would also be ideal for producing site-specific, cool-climate Russian River Valley varietal wines like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. Accompanying Judy on this exploration of wine excellence is Winemaker, Melissa Stackhouse.

So winelovers gather round, for an evening with  Melissa and our Central Market Cooking School team for an exlusive dinner with J Vineyards wine pairing. The menu was designed by the J Vineyards Chef to perfectly complement each selection from the vineyards.

  • Ahi Tuna Ceviche paired with J Brut Rose NV and J Vin Gris 2012
  • Mozzarella Croquettes with Apricot Chutney paired with 2011 J Vineyards Chardonnay, Russian River Valley and J Cuvee 20
  • Butternut Squash Soup with Mascarpone, Apple & Pumpkin Seed Garnish paired with 2011 J Vineyards Chardonnay Russian River Valley
  • Chilled Pea Soup with Trout served with J Vineyards Pinot Gris California
  • Tri-tip with Black Olive & Romesco served with 2011 J Vineyards Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
Class Schedule:
Dallas Lovers: Wednesday, May 22nd,  6:30-9:00 PM  Register >
Houston: Thursday, May 23rd, 6:30-9:00 PM  Register >

There are still a few seats left, so make a date-night of it in Dallas and Houston this week. We hope you'll join us.
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