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Silver Oak Cellars to be featured at Villa Gigli

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Justin Meyer, president and winemaster of Silver Oak Cellars, will fly into Markleeville on Saturday, Sept. 25, to pour his wines for dinner guests assembled at the Villa Gigli Trattoria.

Ranked the number one cabernet for the fifth year in a row by “Wine and Spirits” annual survey of restaurants, Silver Oak’s score of 285 was highest among all red wines.

When chef Ruggero Gigli prepares a gala dinner, he always has two rags in his back pockets; therefore, this event has been dubbed the “Silver Oak Two-Rag Dinner.”

Gigli says, “Pairing Italian-style pasta and meat courses with the renowned Silver Oak cabernets from the Alexander and Napa Valleys and dessert with the Meyer Family port is an extremely pleasant challenge.”

At the American Society for Enology and Viticulture annual meeting in Reno this summer, the 1999 merit award was formally presented to Meyer in recognition for his many contributions to the wine industry, particularly through his important role with the American Vineyard Foundation.

Meyer started out his adult life as a teacher-coach member of the Christian Brothers religious order. He was “drafted” from teaching high school to the Christian Brothers Winery. Along the way, he added bachelor’s and master’s degrees in viticulture and enology from U.C. Davis and then, after 15 years, he left the order, married Bonny, joined in partnership with Raymond Duncan to form Silver Oak Cellars, and the rest is making history.

Adding to the ambience of the Silver Oak Two-Rag Dinner will be Carson Valley’s own composer-musician Alexandra Kingzett.

As seating for this special dinner will be limited, those who are interested in attending should call Ruggero or Gina Gigli at (530) 694-2253 to secure reservations.