Geology and Wine of Argentina
Friday, April 26, 2019
Petroleum Club of Shreveport
6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
An educational evening of rocks and wine with dinner thrown in for good measure.
Presented by Kevin Hill and Marvin Markley.
Six wines considered to be “the soul of Argentina in a bottle” will be served along with regional culinary delights from Chef Douglas’ Guacho grill goodies of meat and vegetables. Classic Argentinian dessert will conclude the evening.
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$85 per person.
A $2 processing fee has been added for online reservations.
Limited to 76 people.
The evening will start with a reception with Crios Torrontés wine served with Gaucho gobbles. Then we will move into the dining room for a discussion of the Geology of the wine regions of Argentina. The talk this year will be by Marvin Markley who has lived for more than 6 years in South America and has done extensive Argentinian wine tastings to absorb data from the rocks and the wines. Kevin Hill will lead the tour of vineyards and wines during dinner.
Argentina is the fifth largest wine producer in the world. In the “New World”, it is second only to the United States. Mendoza has historically been the area responsible for the finest wines produced in Argentina. The region has a semi-desert climate, soils are alluvial and the elevations are generally above 3000 feet. Mendoza is one of the principal areas in Argentina for the cultivation not only of grape vine, but for fruits and vegetables in general. The terroirs are particularly well suited for the Malbec varietal.
The first course will be salmon with grilled vegetables selected to pair with Domain Bousquest Unoaked Chardonnay from the Gualtallary, Tupungato, area of Mendoza. Contrasting with this will be Bodega Familia Sewell’s Estado Natural Unoaked Chardonnay also from Mendoza.
The red wines of the evening are from the La Posta collection of Argentina’s best small-family growers who express their individual style with single-grower, single-vineyard wines from the Mendoza region. Each wine demonstrates its unique terroir (geology) as well as the pride and care taken in the vineyard. The family name is presented with pride on the bottle.
This evening’s offering features a unique Malbec-based blend and two single-vineyard Malbecs. All of these wines are full-bodied in style with loads of depth and character galore.
La Posta Tinto will be paired with Fugazetta an Argentinian stuffed pizza. Then the classic Argentinian grilled steak with exotic vegetables and sauces will be served with La Posta Malbec Paulucci and La Posta Malbec Pizzella. This is sure to be a pairing of power and finesse.
A test about the Geology and Wine of Argentina will be followed by an extraordinary Dulce de leche desert by Chef Douglas and his crew. This is guaranteed to fill in for those that gave up sweets for Lent.
The cost for the evening (talk, food, wine, tax and tip) is only $85 per person. Don’t miss the 11th annual Geology and Wine Dinner of the Shreveport Geological Society.
Marvin Markley is a Petrophysical Advisor and Consultant.
After graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1968, and serving seven years in the US Army, Marvin completed a Masters in Economics at the University of Oklahoma in 1976. He joined Schlumberger in 1977 and has worked as field engineer, sales engineer, log analyst, account manager, computing center manager, and senior advising petrophysicist in various regions of the world including the US Gulf of Mexico and Interior salt basin, Indonesia, Thailand, Nigeria, London, Paris, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. His areas of work interest include open hole petrophysics, cased hole petrophysics, and LWD interpretation. He has published many papers on petrophysical interpretation and holds a patent on measuring formation density through casing.
Kevin Hill is a consulting geophysicist with a degree in Geology from LSU. He has been in the oil business for over 40 years, and president of Hill Geophysical Consulting for more than 30 years.
Kevin’s hobby is studying geology around the globe. He explores how the subsurface influences everyday life through agricultural systems that produce food and wine.
He has shared the fruit of his research with the Shreveport Geological Society in an annual dinner meeting for ten years. The first of these presentations was “How Geology Influences Burgundy Wines.” Kevin has also presented talks on the geology and wine of Oregon, Israel, Paso Robles, Spain, Northern Italy, France, Australia and Texas.