Wine Tasting - Napa Cabernet Sauvignon|
DECEMBER 29TH 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
We will be tasting Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. DNA genetic fingerprinting research at the University of California at Davis has revealed Cabernet Sauvignon to be a cross between the Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc grapes. The variety is California's most widely planted red wine grape, with 75,622 acres reported in 2007. Napa Valley, Sonoma County and the Lodi-Woodbridge area have the most plantings. Production and plantings of the grape in California are similar in quantity to those of Bordeaux. The 1976 Judgement of Paris wine tasting event help to catapult Californian Cabernet Sauvignons onto the international stage when Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 1973 Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon beat out classified Bordeaux estates like Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Chateau Montrose, Chateau Haut-Brion and Chateau Leoville-Las Cases in a blind tasting conducted by French wine experts. In California, the main stylistic difference in Cabernet Sauvignon is between hillside/mountain vineyards and those on flatter terrain like valley floors or some areas of the Central Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon is a tough-skinned, late-maturing variety that is more impervious to rain damage and disease. Cabernet Sauvignons and blends where the variety predominates are some of the most prized wines produced in California. The grape is also the main ingredient in blends for many of the most famous red wines in the world. Cabernet Sauvignons are dry, full flavored and made to be long lived for many labels. The aging potential can be upwards of 10-20 years, though 5 to 9 years is more usual. Fans of Cabernet Sauvignon are familiar with the wine's common descriptors: berry, currant and cassis or herbaceous, bell pepper and toasty oak aromas and flavors. The format will be casual, walk around with Vermont artisian cheese board with breads, and an assortment of grilled vegetables. And passed to go with the wines will be, Braised Pork Cheek over Chrispy Chevre Polenta, Pepper Crusted Beef Tenderloin and Mushroom Skewer with Cabernet dipping sauce and Herb and Garlic Marinated Maitaki Mushroom over Grilled Rosemary Brochette. The format will be casual, walk around with small bites to complement the wines.The wines featured will be:
Groth, Oakville-Napa Valley 2004
Beaulieu Vineyards, "Georges de Latour", Private Reserve, Napa Valley 2004
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, "Cask 23", Estate Napa Valley 2001
Niebaum-Coppola, "Rubicon", Rutherford-Napa Valley 2000
Diamond Creek, "Volcanic Hill", Napa Valley 1998
A sign-up sheet will be available at the front desk (253-5742 or 800-826-7000) and there will be a $90.00 fee per person. There will be a limit of 30 people for the tasting.
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