Freemark Abbey Wine Dinner with the winery's Barry Dodd
Thursday Sep 15 2016
There are 4 seats still available for this event. Please complete the special form below.
An Exceptional Evening Awaits!
Enjoy Chef Ian Winslade's stunning 5-course meal (revealed below) will be paired with some of Napa Valley's finest wines, as you learn from the winery's estate ambassador, Barry Dodds.
Freemark Abbey: A 130-year Old Story
The winery known today as Freemark Abbey began in 1886 when Josephine Tychson built and operated the original redwood cellar on our estate, cultivated the land, and became the first female winemaker on record in Napa Valley.
In 1949, Freemark Abbey opened a “Sampling Room,” as tasting rooms were first called, making it one of the earliest wineries in Napa Valley to offer visitors sips of wine.
In 1976, the wine world was stunned in France where the famous "Judgment of Paris" blind tasting revealed the unthinkable: American wines were judged better than French! Freemark Abbey was the only winery with a red and white wine represented. Napa Valley wines suddenly were desired worldwide.
In 1985, Ted Edwards became winemaker. He is still creating his magic, crafting the wines you will enjoy at Murphy's.
Your Host: Barry Dodd from Freemark Abbey
As the Estate Ambassador for Freemark Abbey, Barry Dodds brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and passion for wine to the team. Dodds serves as a spokesperson for the estate in cities all over the U.S. and abroad, sharing the long and storied history of the winery, its iconic vineyards and world-class wines.
A native of Cape Town, South Africa, Dodds’ interest in wine was piqued at an early age by a childhood neighbor who worked for the country’s top wine cooperative, KWV. He landed his first position in the beverage industry at age 18 at his hometown liquor store. Quickly recognizing the raw talent and desire in Dodds, the liquor store owner encouraged him to attend wine courses in order to advance his knowledge. As a result, Dodds began hosting tastings for local wine clubs and became known as a local expert in the field.
Dodds left the liquor store in 1989 to join the South African Navy, but the passion he developed for wine in Cape Town never faded. Although lacking in wine, the navy provided Dodds an opportunity to hone his photography skills, which would eventually lead him to Napa, California, to pursue a career as a professional photographer.
Surrounded by Napa’s vineyards and the industry he had fallen in love with as a young man, Dodds transitioned from photography and returned to the wine industry.
He has served as an integral team member at some of the region’s most esteemed wineries, including St. Supéry, Cakebread Cellars, Sequoia Grove, the former Niebaum-Coppola, Miner Family Wines and Kendall-Jackson.
It was a landmark moment for Dodds when he was offered the opportunity to join the Freemark Abbey team in 2006. He had long held the winery in high regard, crediting its 1975 Cabernet Bosché, 1979 Chardonnay and 1973 Edelwein Gold Late Harvest Riesling with showing him the outstanding quality of Napa Valley wines.
Since joining the Freemark Abbey team, Dodds has developed a passion for aged vintages, inspired by the estate’s extensive wine library, which dates back to the 1960s. He was named to his current position as Estate Ambassador in 2015. In his spare time, Dodds fronts a local blues trio, Brown Bag Blues Band, and plays open-mic nights while on the road. His other passions include photographing the places and people of Napa Valley, fly fishing, camping and smoking good cigars.
Chef Ian Winslade's Menu
$75 per person
*price does not include tax and gratuity