On Thursday, October 24th at 7pm, please join me in welcoming our always entertaining and ever informative friend Jane Ferrari, traveling winemaker of Yalumba, to l’Alliance Française for a talk and tasting of Yalumba’s wines.
The ever-popular Ms. Ferrari, who is a native of Australia’s Barossa Valley, will talk about where the wines come from and how they are made as well as the history and traditions of both Yalumba and the Barossa Valley. Jane Ferrari is a trained winemaker (educated at Australia’s esteemed Roseworthy College) who gets her hands dirty both in the vineyards and the wineries in Barossa but also travels the world telling the Yalumba story. She is down-to-earth and very entertaining in a way that must be experienced. Jane first visited Houston in October of 2003 and utterly charmed a group of over 60 wine fans. She has been back almost every year since and has wowed us all each time. In addition to information about wine, you may hear about Australian and American culture (or lack thereof), Baseball, Elvis, and other tangentially related topics. All proceeds will benefit the The Rose in honor of Traci Hahn (please see below).
We will taste:
Jansz Brut Rosé, Tasmania, NV
Yalumba Y-Series Chardonnay
Yalumba Y-Series Viognier
Yalumba Samuel’s Garden Eden Valley Viognier
Yalumba Y-Series Shiraz
Yalumba Samuel’s Garden Shiraz
Yalumba Samuel’s Garden Old Bush Vine Grenache
Yalumba Samuel’s Garden The Strapper
Yalumba Samuel’s Garden The Scribbler
Yalumba The Cigar
Yalumba The Signature
Yalumba Aged Tawny 21-Year Old NV
Admission to this talk and tasting is a $40.00 per person (cash or check) or $42.10 regular. The class will meet at 7pm on Thursday, October 24th. To purchase your ticket for this class, please contact Susan Coburn at 713-854-7855 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
L’Alliance Française is the French cultural center in Houston. Located at 427 Lovett Blvd., l’Alliance is on the southeast corner of Lovett and Whitney (one block south of Westheimer and two blocks east of Montrose).
If you buy a ticket and will not be able to attend, please cancel at least 24 hours before the class or you may be charged. Later cancellations will not be charged if we can fill the seat. This is often case as we regularly have waiting lists for these classes.
TRACI HAHN is a friend of the Wine School at l’Alliance Française (and a friend of mine), and inspiration, the spouse of the ever-ebullient Suzan Pickels, a breast cancer survivor, and a supporter of The Rose. If you have attended many of the Wine School classes, you likely have seen Traci rolling her eyes as Suzan asks another question. I love ‘em both.
About THE ROSE ( from TheRose.org):
“Fueled by frustration and driven by passion, the lives of Dorothy Weston Gibbons and Dr. Dixie Melillo have been filled with firsts. Dorothy established the first PR department at Bayshore Medical Center where she first met Dr. Dixie, one of the first female surgeons to graduate from UTMB. With camera in hand, Dorothy began to chronicle the startling number of women with late-stage breast cancer coming to see Dr. Dixie. Frustrated that breast cancer awareness and access to care was sorely lacking, the two women started their quest to educate. Soon they established The Rose, the first nonprofit breast cancer organization based on the insured covering the costs of the uninsured. The Rose has been in operation since 1986.
Long before Pink Ribbons covered the landscape, Dorothy and Dr. Dixie’s passionate advocacy established The Rose as an acclaimed model of breast health care. From mammograms to biopsies to treatment, The Rose excels in advanced digital imaging, mobile mammography, patient navigation, and medical excellence. Other firsts include establishing the Physicians Network, setting up the nationally acclaimed Empower Her® Sponsorship Program offering women navigation to screening, diagnosis, and treatment, and creation of the Breast Health Collaborative of Texas.
The Co-Founders’ determination to ensure that all women are heard and that all women have quality care is rooted in their own humble beginnings and cemented by the numerous encounters with patients through the years. Reminded almost daily that access to care in Texas is still not guaranteed, that women still must make their way through a medical maze that is both confusing and, at times seemingly insurmountable, they have ensured that The Rose is more than a medical facility, and is, in fact, a caring community.
Since the beginning, The Rose has depended upon community support. Civic groups, foundations, corporations and individuals along with the unwavering commitment of employees, physicians and volunteers all helped to create an organization that has changed the lives of countless women and families.
The Rose reduces deaths from breast cancer by providing access to screening, diagnostics and treatment services to any woman regardless of her ability to pay. The Rose addresses any barrier that might keep a woman from caring for her own needs. Studies show women often put personal needs on hold while tending to the needs of others. Many women cite costs and lack of access as reasons they delay preventive services. Yet early detection mammography screenings are the most powerful weapons in the fight against breast cancer—which is 98% curable when detected early.
Every service offered by The Rose is available to the uninsured through one of many sponsorship programs. In fact, the whole purpose of the Empower Her® Sponsorship Program is to ensure any woman has access to breast cancer screening, diagnosis and care. From the initial screening mammogram through diagnostic procedures such as ultrasound and biopsies, as well as access to treatment—all are part of the quality breast health care offered at The Rose.
Same day diagnosis, on-site physicians dedicated to breast health care, advanced digital technology—all this reflects The Rose’s emphasis on quality and excellence. The Rose collaborates with the best medical organizations in Texas and reaches women from Matagorda to Shelby Counties.”