Adelsheim Vineyards, Barbara Pitcher, Barnard Griffin, Bethel Heights Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Castle Rock Winery, Chardonnay, Malbec, Pairing to Perfection, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Roots Run Deep Winery, Rutherford Ranch, Schug Winery, Soter Vineyards, St. Innocent Winery, Steele Wines, Sturino Trotta, Terroir, Torrontes, Wine
Last Wednesday, Söntés’ new wine class series launched. It was amazing. Nine people joined Tessa and myself for the first class as we tasted sixteen wines from California, Oregon, and Washington State to launch our New World class block. We tasted and compared varietals in series of twos and threes. Among the wines we tasted were:
Castle Rock Cabernet Sauvignon
Schug Cabernet Sauvignon
Starmont Cabernet Sauvignon
Steele Cabernet Sauvignon
Most of us ordered off the menu to munch as we sipped. Tessa offered great hints on how to recognize wines with unexpected flavors, and one of the group tasted artichoke in one of the wines—which we realized was a clue to recognizing Cabernet Sauvignon, similar to tasting pickles! Did you ever imagine?!
I spoke about terroir and the profoundly distinct characteristics that blossom in the same grape when grown in vastly different places, such as the differences between Sturino Trotta’s and Soter’s outstanding Pinot Noirs, grown in Santa Barbara County and Willamette Valley respectively.
Hopefully this piques your interest! We all had a truly great time, and look forward to the next class. If you’d like to join us, there are still places left! Please go to the Söntés website to register for this Wednesday’s class. We’ll be tasting another twelve to sixteen wines including Torrontes, Carmenere, Malbec and more. Make plans to join us Wednesday, August 1, at 6:00pm!