The American Institute of Wine & Food Wichita Chapter, Inc. Presents - Tax Season is TAXING!

April 20, 2021
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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Marriott Wichita
9100 Corporate Hills Dr
Wichita, KS 67207

The American Institute of Wine & Food Wichita Chapter, INC., Presents


Tax Season is TAXING!!

Reward yourself with these 90+ wines and take a break

Tuesday, April 20

6:30 – 8 p.m.

Wichita Marriott - 9100 Corporate Hills Drive


Join us for this classroom-style tasting of 6 stellar wines — all rated 90 and above — that will be led by Nelson Escalante, CSW, Sommelier and LDF Sales and Distributing Wine & Spirits Rep. What better way to celebrate the end of Tax Season than with wine, friends and fun — and learn a little as well!

Nelson will talk a little about the winery that makes each wine and about the wine itself and then will lead us in the tasting. Nelson has a long history in Wichita’s food & beverage industry from his time in restaurants to working as bartender at Chester’s Chophouse and has logged more than 22 years in F&B before becoming a Wine & Spirits Rep for LDF Sales and Distributing. And now he’s sharing his love of wine with AIWF!

To start, everyone will have a glass of bubbly handed to them at the door and a plate of food will be at each seat to ensure your palate is prepped for these delightful wines. If you are still hungry after join us in the Grand Room for more fun and relaxation.


NV Castel de Sant Pau Cava Brut Nature NV, Penedes, Spain — Wine & Spirits 92

This lovely, crisp and refreshing bubbly is made in the trendy style of the most sought-after grower champagnes: with no dosage, or added sugar. This is yet another example of why cava is a favorite sparkling wine for budget-conscious wine lovers. Goes well with seafood, tuna, barbecued chicken.

2016 Alexana Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, Oregon — WE 91 

Aromas of fig, bubblegum and red apple. Rich and rounded on the palate with melon and citrus notes.

From Wine Enthusiast, “This well-made wine is concise and focused, with pinpoint flavors of cut pear holding the core. Hints of thin red berry and a whiff of tea-tree oil animate the nose. It's unusual and well made.” Enjoy with Manchego cheese, mussels and oysters.

2019 Cade Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, CA — Jeb Dunnuck 91

This Sauvignon Blanc has aromas of orange blossom, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, lime, yellow apple, and stone fruits. On the palate are notes of tangerine, white peach, lychee, citrus, banana, lemon zest, and grapefruit. The wine has a vibrant acidity, minerality, and a touch of creaminess on the finish. Good with cheese, shellfish and tapas.

2018 Mount Eden “Wolf Vineyard” Chardonnay, Edna Valley, CA — WA 94

The 2018 Chardonnay Wolff Vineyard from Edna Valley is pure, energetic and fresh this vintage. The nose is lovely, loaded with floral perfume and ripe citrus fruits. The palate is silky and expansive with a shimmering mineral character and a long, pure finish. It improved over the two to three days it was open and will benefit from a long decant.

2018 Sean Minor Pinot Noir, Sonoma, CA — WS 90

Our Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is medium-bodied with cherry, strawberry and plum nuances; surrounded by light toast flavors. On entry, the wine displays bright cherry and berry flavors with earthy and sweet oak notes throughout the mid-palate. The spicy finish lingers on the palate framed by fresh fruit and silky round tannins. Just like a little black dress, Pinot Noir is a classic choice for any occasion and goes with almost everything 

2018 Valravn “Old Vine” Zinfandel, Sonoma, CA — Vinous 90

The 2018 Zinfandel is racy and exuberant, with tons of varietal character. This stylish, budget-friendly red hits all the right notes. Succulent red fruit, mint, cedar and sweet floral notes flesh out in a delicious, affordable wine that over-delivers—big time. Enjoy with roasted lamb, slow-cooked dark meat chicken and hearty pasta dishes.

2018 Dusted Valley “Boomtown” Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, WA — James Suckling 93

This is a really delicious cabernet with lots of blackcurrants, dark chocolate and hazelnuts with some wet earth, too. Fresh and vivid. Full-bodied, tight and focused. Extremely long and flavorful. This wine brings aromas and flavors of black fruit, black tea, and savory spices to the fore. Pair it with a well-spiced, slow-cooked pot roast.


All tables will be set up for social distancing and room for your wine and food.  

 Ticket Cost: $45 Members/$55 for non-members


Cuttoff for reservations is noon, April 28.  No cancellations, substitutions accepted. Call 682-5502 for information only.


Upcoming events as permitted

May 14 — "Raise A Glass for Raise My Head” wine dinner and Silent Auction to benefit Raise My Head 

June — Spirits Tasting, Top of the Roof, Downtown Wichita

July — Brown Bag event

Riedel Tasting to come




$45.00 Member Price

$55.00 Non-Member Price