DETAILS: California has a rich wine history dating back to the mid-1800's. Ridge and Mondavi, Beaulieu and Heitz all flourished in the 1960's and '70's. Then there was the Judgement of Paris in 1976, a competition in which American wines were blind tasted against their French counterparts in Bordeaux and brought home top honors. The 1990's brought cult California wines from Napa that started to define the style most of us think of when we think of California - ripe, full, and oaky - bold, and very American.
Today, alongside that classic style, California wine is evolving in a lot of different directions and there is so much amazing wine being made from Mendocino to Santa Barbara and beyond. There's a new style emerging - a more tempered one. One might say the wines are even delicate. It's no longer just about Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, but beautiful Valdigué, Cinsault, Malvasia, and Chenin Blanc. And different approaches to working with classic varietals like Zinfandel.
Join certified sommelier Stella Hernandez to taste a bunch of these gorgeous 'new Cali' wines. We'll have some really limited production wines including one from Martha Stoumen in Mendocino that will change your mind about Zinfandel. (And, with only 1540 cases made, super hard to get your hands on!) Or Birichino's Cinsault from 128 year old ungrafted vines in the iconic Bechtold Vineyard in the Central Coast. Sparkling Malvasia, check! We're building a line up of some fun wines to taste and compare. (And, maybe some classics, too.)
COST: $55 (includes wine, food, tax, and service)
RESERVE: Get Tickets! Limited to 12 people.