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Bida Manda with Hirsch Vineyards and Round Pond Estate

Hirsch Vineyards

Preparing the land for the planting of new vineyards.Perched on a ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Fort Ross, Hirsch Vineyards is the birth ground of great pinot noir on the extreme Sonoma Coast. David Hirsch founded the vineyard in 1980 to grow fruit and make site-specific wine. From the start all efforts have been on the growing of fruit that makes wines profoundly characteristic of the site vintage after vintage.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_Qhcfj0mFxw/TYZkP5AsQ4I/AAAAAAAABY8/G2Lovjeh9J4/s320/282.JPGThe wines from Hirsch Vineyards give the passionate drinker an experience of the clash of opposites meeting in Nature and Life: the edge of the continent washed by the sea; the eviternal grinding of the North American and Pacific plates along the San Andreas Fault; the wet winters and dry summers caused by the ocean and desert climates; the dripping rainforest and parched pastures; the contact and intermingling of cultures: Native American, Mexican, Russian, European; the change in rural economy from logging and ranching to winegrowing.

In the wines of Hirsch Vineyards you find a natural balance and consistency in the harmonious resolution of these opposites. This complex, unique site produces fruit and wines of unusual acidity and balance with a vintage specific concentration of pinot noir or chardonnay fruit. These are wines to be enjoyed now or laid down for future consumption.

Jasmine Hirsch has been a great friend to the Triangle Wine Experience and the Frankie Lemmon School.  Born-bred in balmy California, she went to school in Philly.  She has many years of wine business experience. She came home to Hirsch Vineyards to shine her light & spirit on sales, customer relations, plus learn the land, the vines, and the wines. In 2013, she was named to Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s 40 Under 40 tastemaker.  She took over the winery as General Manager in 2015.



Round Pond Estate

Round Pond Estate, owned and operated today by the second generation of the MacDonnell family, is a Rutherford farm and winery that specializes in the creation of pure, expressive wines, artisan foods and unforgettable experiences—all from the heart of Napa Valley.

At Round Pond, they believe that excellence is achieved through a seamless blend of Old World traditions and state-of-the-art innovation. They walk the vineyards and orchards daily and carefully tend to our grape vines and olive trees. All of their fruit is sustainably farmed and hand-harvested. And though their mill is equipped with the finest modern technology, they perform all of our blending and bottling by hand in order to ensure the highest levels of quality. By combining the best of the old with the best of the new, Round Pond strives to create modern classics.

For nearly a quarter century, the MacDonnell family has been growing some of the finest wine grapes in the heart of the Napa Valley’s acclaimed Rutherford region. Home to some of the most famous American vineyards, and some of the most coveted Cabernet Sauvignon fruit, Rutherford is widely recognized as one of the great viticultural regions of the world.

Diane Cline has joined Round Pond Estate as national and international sales director.  “Diane brings a wealth of industry knowledge along with her expertise in national and international wine sales,” noted Miles MacDonnell, co-proprietor for Round Pond Estate. “We look forward to working together.”



Bida Manda

http://bidamanda.com/site/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/home2.jpghttp://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/images/map-laos.pngBida Manda, which is the Sanskrit Ceremonial term for father and mother, is a modern Laotian restaurant nestled in the heart of Downtown Raleigh.  Advertised as being a thoughtful gathering place celebrating the diverse food traditions and cultures of Laos, guests are sure to witness a splash of culture whilst enjoying their dining experience. The cuisine reflects Lao’s intimate relationship with nature, its culture of generosity, and its French colonial past. A vast menu selection of flavorful collaborations between Thai, Vietnamese, and Chinese cooking is offered with a twist of French technique.

http://bidamanda.com/site/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Dining4-460x300.jpghttp://b.vimeocdn.com/ps/411/481/4114815_300.jpgVansana and Vanvisa Nolintha, the brother and sister duo, opened Bida Manda knowing that it would be one of the first Laotian restaurants in the United States. Vansana's love for food, family and friends is very evident. Van's chef, Lon Bounsanga, is from Laos as well. Lon can be describes as a big man, also with a soft heart and a huge desire for cooking. You can just tell by the way food is plated, presented and flavored. The two of them seem to have a great vibe and relationship that culminates in a great product. The chef emigrated from Laos with his family as a child, was a banquet chef at Carolina Country Club when he saw the Nolintha’s advertisement on Craigslist for a Laotian chef. Now, cooking with his favorite ingredients such as cilantro, mint, lemongrass, and sticky rice, he feels he has come home.


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