California’s Russian River Valley came to Hyannis’s Main Street recently when Longboard Vineyards and Alberto’s Ristorante paired a selection of fine wines with classic Northern Italian cuisine for a spring wine tasting dinner.
Winemaker Oded Shakked made his first trip to Cape Cod to share a lifelong passion for great wine with a few dozen happy guests who gathered to soak in the warm ambiance of Alberto’s, given a special sparkle with exquisite wines from California. Oded immediately set the diners at ease with his humor and his obvious love for superb wines.
A native of Tel Aviv, Oded is passionate about the craft he has refined over several decades after studying winemaking at the University of California in Davis. Longboard was established in 1998, with a handsomely furnished tasting room opening in 2005 at the vineyard’s headquarters in Healdsburg, California. Oded is all about creating superior wine, but he puts the winemaking industry into rare perspective for his guests.
“Relax, and enjoy these wines,” he says. “Enjoy the wines with food you like, and trust nothing but your own palate.” The winemaker explains that his mission is to discover wines with unique, distinctive characteristics, working with Russian River Valley farmers who care about the depth and individuality of their wines, allowing for the production of vineyard-specific vintages.
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