Petite RetreatJose Diaz2017-04-24T13:20:02+00:00
Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: The Vineyard Club – 355 Rockmound Road, Geyserville, CA 95441 – Click here to “Map It”
Registration: PS I Love You Members – $80 / Non Member – $100
8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. – Reception
9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. – The Advantages of Weather Stations – Mark Greenspan, Ph.D., Viticulturist, Advanced Viticulture, Inc.
9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Crafting Award Winning Petite Sirah – Miro Tcholakov, Vice President of Winemaking Operations/Trentadue Winery
10:45 a.m to 11:30 a.m. – Direct Sales Strategies – Susan DeMatei, Wine Glass Marketing
12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Lunch
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Petite Sirah Tasting
More to follow.
For more information for now: Contact Jo Diaz at (707) 857-0014, or via Email: email@example.com
Petite Retreat versus Petite Sirah Symposium
In 2002, Louis Foppiano, at Foppiano Vineyards, asked if I’d organize and produce a Petite Sirah Symposium, at his winery. At the time, there were only 62 growers and producers combined to invite. We also invited a few media people. A little over 30 interested in Petite Sirah professionals came, together ready to learn; and, they were also ready to take a stand for Petite Sirah. As they stated, “Petite Sirah has fallen off the earth. Nobody even knows what it is anymore. We need publicity for this variety.”
By the end of the day, I was ready to take on the challenge. Bam! PS I Love You was born in October of 2002.
For the next five years, Foppiano continued on with the tradition of the symposium doing a lot to advance the variety. Awareness grew, as did membership for this small production variety. Passion was greater than the acres being planted to it. Still, quietly via tasting room and direct to consumer sales sales, along with wine club parties and wine club member wines, case sales quietly slipped out of winery doorways. Media and consumers, unless they had tasted Petite in tasting rooms, were completely unaware of the growth or passion behind Petite.
- Acreage had been on a rise since it’s low in 1995 of 1,738 to 4,741 in 2002
- Six years later in 2008, acreage had a risen from that 2002’s 4, 741 to 2008’s 6,859 acres
- And it continues to climb with today’s acreage being more than 11,000 acres
If these numbers are any indication, and I believe they are, Petite Sirah is a classic Tortoise and Hare story.
The email began: “Could a chance encounter with a taxi lead to one of the biggest new things in wine?”
Locations Wines Got My Attention
It went on:
A strange statement, I know – but true.
Just after the 2010 harvest, Dave Phinney (Orin Swift fame, and the winemaker for Stanton Vineyards, for instance) was at the Charles de Gaulle airport, lamenting with a friend about how existing wine regulations were limiting his ability to make some really nice wine. He joked about possibilities, imagining what he could do if there were no rules. What if you could blend across French appellations? What if you could produce a blend that represented France? What if there were no rules, and how fun would it be to travel this country to find great growers with old vines while experiencing the culture and people of this place?
As he said his final goodbyes, a taxi pulled curbside and he noticed the very distinctive “F” sticker on the license plate. His mind exploded with thought and possibility. What if he could take this idea and do this not only in France, but also in Italy, Spain, and Portugal? Great wine is made all over the world. What if he could produce a range of wines across all of the major wine regions of the world? What if this could be done while having a whole lot of fun, and by creating a team of some of the best people in each of these countries, producing a wine that pays homage to their home land without compromise and without boundaries?
Who would have thought this bumper sticker would be his epiphany, and the vision for Locations Wine?
I was offered the opportunity to taste Dave Phinney’s Locations Wines, which are non-vintage wines from Portugal, Italy, and France. Having them be non-vintage has opened the door to not only great opportunities, but also for wines that are tasty, under $20 (Hello!), and have ingenious packages.
- If the wine is from Portugal, the label simply has a really big “P” on it.
- If the wine is from Italy, the label simply has a really big “I” on it.
- If the wine is from France, the label simply has a really big “F” on it.
Each wine is crafted to represent the as much of the essence of its country or place as possible; yet, they are non-appellation, non-variety and non-vintage. They ARE very tasty, I can tell you that…
This is one for the “Wine for Dummies” book (when a new addition comes out), because it’s so “reduce it to the lowest common denominator.” This is always the route I take, when I’m teaching. Get to the bottom of it and you can build anything upon that with clarity and precision. So, there it is… My choice for Ingenious packaging for 2017. Great job, Dave Phinney!
According to the Locations Website:
In the world of wine there are compelling Locations that exist where soil, climate and vines interact to produce grapes that uniquely express their Location through wine. Our love of wine recognizes the nuances of time and place that combine and interact to represent location. These Locations exist individually within appellations of the new and old world, but are seldom combined across appellation, in the art of blending due to laws and restrictions that make it near impossible to express true winemaking freedom.
Locations, bending the rules of regulated crafting, but not in the integrity, nor the quality departments.
One more minor detail on the labels, y’all.
I noticed that each bottle not only has the letter for stated country of origin, there is also a flag of that country (on the left as we’re looking at them), but also on the right is a red five-point star, 12 point star behind it, surrounded by laurel leaves and a banner with “Surculus Peruro.”
I looked up the Latin:
- Surculus = shoot, sprout, sprig, twig
- Peruro = burn, consume, inflame
There’s passion in the details. Wine details?
F = France
- F5 Rosé – French Rosé Wine
- This is a second release of F5 Rosé, and the variety is Grenache. Anytime there’s a rosé and it’s Grenache, I’m ALL in. I can’t think of a better grape, with soft colors and tannins to hand the rosé process. The vineyard blocks that this wine comes from is sitting on granite… Get ready for a bit of flint, due to it’s solid roots clinging to minerals. Also… think stone fruit.
- Peaches, nectarines, cherries, mangoes are ones you want to think about. The vineyard is also dry farmed. I believe that means more – dry farmed – in California, land of sunshine and depraved from water for an entire season. Let’s remember, France is more like the US’s East Coast,when rain happens from one spring to the next spring. Still, the fact that there’s artificial irrigation says there are some risks involved. And, this one comes off with flying colors… including it’s beautiful pink colors. This is your appetizer wine, ladies and gentlemen. Melon, prosciutto, hummus, while enjoying company and conversations before your meal.
P = Portugal
- P4 – Portuguese Red Wine
- Inaugural release that’s a blend of Touriga Nacional, Trincadeira, and Touriga Franca. This is a traditional Portuguese blend, and this wine was true to form as a solid dry red. The juice mostly came from the Douro, with the remainder coming from Alentejo.
- The alcohol is 15 percent, but the balance is there and is brought me right back to Portugal. I loved the wine, because it did scream to me… P-o-r-t-u-g-a-l! If you’re at all curious about a Portuguese wine, got of it with Locations. You’ll taste terroir… Pair with Pork. The Portuguese are very humane with their Black Pigs, which run wild in oak forests. They dine on oak and truffles… Need I say more?
I = Italy
- I4 – Italian Red Wi
- With over 2,000 indigenous Italian grape varieties to choose from, Negroamaro and Nero d”Avola from southern Puglia and some Barbera from Piedmont (to the north) make up this seamlessly delicious, Italian red wine blend.
- True to its country’s classic varieties, this wine is just searching for some pasta with a cream sauce. This wine has black cherries flavors and spices hint at vanilla. Be prepared for a silky, smooth finish that lingers with fun conversations.
Whatever you’re going to enjoy with one of these wines, you’re in for a fun surprise with a very affordable, delicious treat. Locations Wine won’t disappoint, in my humble opinion. Food and wine = matches made in heaven and in the country with the letter of the Locations on the label. Life just got really uncomplicated.
WINE WOMEN seeks North Bay women working in the wine industry to take their Compensation Survey by May 31, 2017.
Having just held its first Equal Pay Day event at Napa Valley College’s Performing Arts Center, the professional trade organization developed their survey as an outcome of their speakers’ discussion at the event they held on April 4.
The Gender Pay Gap is projected not to [become] close in the U.S. for at least another two to five generations. WINE WOMEN aims to help reduce the gap through its women-focused events, career training, and exposure of pay disparity practices which hinder women from asking for and receiving fair compensation in the workplace.
WINE WOMEN’s two Human Resource forums report that salary inequity is a big issue under regular discussion in their meetings. “Employers and employees often perpetuate the problem of pay inequity without realizing it, unfortunately,” stated Christine L. Mueller, WINE WOMEN president. “By casting light on the issue and outlining what steps can be taken to diminish the inequity, we can begin to close the gap. Our survey is a step in the right direction, as there is no organization or firm that focuses solely on women’s compensation in the wine industry.” Mueller noted that Wine Business Monthly conducts its own annual compensation survey, but its findings are not always available to all employees of wine-related businesses, and it focuses on both men’s and women’s compensation—a good baseline for pay levels by job position.
As research for WINE WOMEN’s Equal Pay Day event, the organization conducted a survey on women’s pay and job discrimination in advance of the event. They received numerous reports from women in the wine industry of job and pay discrimination. “During an interview, the hiring manager (male) indicated that he preferred to hire a man for the job because they were ‘more reliable,’” indicated one respondent. Another stated, “I [was told I] wouldn’t receive a bonus because I had not been an employee for a full year. However, …two new male employees who had been there less time than I, were both receiving bonuses. Of course I raised Holy Hell on this and received a generous bonus.” This pattern of disparity and discrimination was reported numerous times in the survey.
WINE WOMEN’s Compensation Survey is for women only and is completely anonymous. “It took me less than a minute to complete. And we’ve made it available as a pop-up on our home page,” stated Ms. Mueller. “With many companies discouraging employees from discussing compensation or disclosing how compensation is calculated and awarded, women employees have few resources to turn to in order to measure where they stack up against their peers. We hope women working in the wine business will participate in our survey to help build gender-centric data points for future resource.”
ABOUT WINE WOMEN
WINE WOMEN’s mission is “To champion the advancement of women’s careers in the wine industry by building strong relationships, essential business skills and leadership among members.” At the core of the new 501(c)(3) nonprofit professional organization’s activities are programs focused on providing the tools, guidance and creativity for members to attain industry prominence.
For more information about WINE WOMEN, visit: winewomen.net or call 707.996.8740. Visit WINE WOMEN’s Facebook page, WineWomenOrg, or find them on Twitter @WineWomenOrg. For membership information, email Ellen Reich Luchtel, Membership Director, at Ellen@WineWomen.net. For complete details on their events calendar, visit: their event’s list. (Click here)
For about 10 years, I was an active player in spreading the word on Suisun Valley’s presence. The region had been given grants from the town of Fairfield and the Solano Irrigation District. Suisun growers were given 10 years to get themselves onto the wine maps, and they did it…
Today, Diaz Communications has a very minor role, yet we are still connected. We’re all still watching it grow, into what it’s becoming. Suisun Valley is now a favorite place for many people who want to get away from the madding crowds, and who want to buy some excellent value wines in the process. Neighbor to Napa on its southeastern edge, Suisun Valley is very much on its way.
So much so that the inevitable has happened. People who live there, and aren’t part of the agricultural community, could care less about growth. The NIMBYs are all set. And, they’re not looking for, nor do they appreciate, any more growth. The last thing they want are more people clogging up their highways and byways. When they moved in, they had no idea there were going to be grants to expand awareness and help Suisun’s farmers grow, both grapes and agriculture. But… but, this is the progress that’s needed to support the valley to continue to be alive and well.
Change happens. In fact, it’s the only constant, n’est ce pas? Where I come from, I could pedal a bicycle down Franklin Street, in Stoneham Massachusetts; and within 15 to 20 minutes of straight street pedaling, I went through two more towns. (Stoneham to Medford to Malden.) The East Coast is pretty much wall to wall development. Migrations west have been happening, since someone landed on the East Coast. Our First Nation People will attest to that.
There’s a lot of land out here in California, and a lot of it is not anywhere near developed… yet. Yet, is the operative word, regardless of what any of us want. There’s always going to be growth spreading westward; and, with it comes change. That “noise” brings an economy to a town and a planning commission works hard to manage it to the benefit of all, not just a select few.
I just moved from an area that was too busy. That, too, happens all of the time. Life is about change for growth, in any direction.
Compromise is on the horizon for bucolic Suisun Valley, and it looks like, with all of the current disturbances by some of its residents, the growth outcome will be settled by county staff, planning commission members, and its Supervisors.
The following is an assessment from the…
2017 Growing Season Report by Allied Grape Growers
“Due to the entrepreneurial nature of some SV/GV growers over the last few years, many out-of-state markets have been opened up for these premium coastal grapes. There are now bonded wineries in all 50 states of the nation. Many of these wineries look to California for their grape supply due to the inability to reliably grow vinifera grapes in their own regions.
“In addition, home winemaking is still a common practice throughout many ethnic communities. In addition, home winemaking is still a common practice throughout many ethnic communities from the Midwest to the Northeast. The ‘new’ generation of these home winemakers is extremely interested in producing a premium product and seeking the quality differentiation provided by coastal winegrapes from recognized AVAs. As a result of these opportunities, the SV/GV region has become a recognized source for these out-of-state buyers.
“It is safe to say that, without an economic premium to market grapes in this manner, they would be marketed within the state to purchasing crush facilities. Considering this, the true worth and sheer volume of SV/GV grapes would be reported as even higher if these shipments were taken into account.
“A smaller but important issue contributing to the validity of average price data is the increasing amount of niche buyers purchasing small quantities of fruit at premium prices throughout the region. Many times these smaller buyers are unaware of the reporting requirements associated with winegrape purchasing. The omission of these often “higher-priced” transactions contributes to lower-than-realistic average price expressions in the report.
“The SV/GV region has experienced considerably improved marketplace [popularity] over the recent years with advances in viticulture coupled with buyer willingness to purchase grapes. Considering the overall momentum and long term trends evident within the California wine industry, SV/GV region is poised for continued success.”
Poised for continued success…
Progress is inevitable. When it gets to be too much, many people move to higher ground or deeper into the woods. Suisun is well on its way to reward its farmers for their well earned celebrity. This was the objective of the Suisun Valley Vintners and Grape Growers Association being formed and it’s still moving forward in a positive direction.
All work and no play makes Johnny a dull boy… We’ve all heard that one. How about horseback riding, building asadas, singing folk songs, playing guitar… Germán di Cesare also makes wine… I think we’ve found our balanced, well-rounded winemaker. Do you agree?
Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec (SRP $21) from winemaker Germán di Cesare, is a very cool guy, by all accounts. And his wine shows his perfect balance between art and science, in my humble opinion. He’s been known to attend press dinners where he caps things off with a bit of a sing-along. Now, there’s a party I want to attend. Reminds me of wine writer Paul Gregutt… while visiting with him in Waitsburg, Washington, after a smorgasbord dinner at his place; he broke into song, and we humbly sang along. (My singing voice is pretty shot, by my enthusiasm is not!)
…really caught my attention. You, too? Researched for us.
First of all, I love carne asada, but never thought to look up the Spanish word “asada” until right now. It was a hit-myself-on-the-forehead moment, too…
Asada = Roasted
German Builds Asadas… Hum, Sounds delicious and Argentinian
Now Germán di Cesare
“The best measure of a wine’s worth is an empty bottle,” says Trivento winemaker Germán di Cesare.
Though responsible for Trivento’s premium Reserve, high-end Golden Reserve and Amado Sur wines, Di Cesare’s down-to-earth approach is typical of the man. Highly regarded for making award-winning wines at Trivento’s 3,185-acre estate in Mendoza, Argentina, this English-speaker is also known for his warmth, spontaneity, and close-to-professional musicianship. An authority on traditional Argentine culture, Di Cesare is also a talented folk singer, classical guitarist, skilled dancer, and a mean cook, specializing in local cuisine.
2015 Trivento Reserve Malbec – Argentina ~ SRP $11
A great entry Malbec for anyone ready for, “What does a Malbec taste like, anyway?” Swirl, sniff, sip, and a big… “Oh, wow!” Trivento’s wines are true to character and ready for hearty fare. The violet flavors linger.
2014 Trivento Golden Reserve “cru” Malbec – Argentina – SRP $21
A classic Malbec that’s as rich and delicious as a wine that when tasted by wine lovers, just screams… “Malbec!” This is the one for your friends who know quality, love Malbec, are looking for plum, blackberry, black cherry, and some cocoa flavors.
2014 Amado Malbec – Argentina – SRP $15 [Recently reviewed]
I wrote: A composition of 79 percent Malbec, 11 percent Bonarda, and 10 percent Syrah, the 2014 Amado Sur Malbec, is one alluring wine. From the Bodega Trivento estate in Mendoza’s Andean Foothills, this Amado Sur wine proves that Malbec has indeed fallen in love with and found its place in the south (sur) of Argentina. An impressively complex wine, this Amado sur, with rich flavors of stone fruit and cherries up front, and almonds on the finish, will rock your palate. It will also fit into most budgets pretty easily. Need a new world “house Malbec?” Look no further.
Trivento, the way to go… for terroir driven Malbec!
On one of our trips to Oregon, to visit with the Oak Knoll Winery Boys (Greg Lint and Jeff Herinckx), Jose and I were taken to Sokol Blosser Winery, to see what it’s like. We got there just at closing, so we didn’t get to taste. But the winery… Oh, so lovely to see, as we drove into their yard. I didn’t realize I was taking pictures for this very moment, but I was. Now, I’m writing about their wines. I’ll let these images transport you to Sokol Blosser, while we think about their wines.
2015 Sokol Blosser Willamette Valley Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Front label: “Sunshine, Buckets of rain, More sunshine, Morning dew. Delicate aromas of apple blossoms mingling with flavors of fig and citrus and spice. Kindness.”
Kindness for me was the 13 percent alcohol. Being in beautiful balance, this wine really spoke to me of joyful days in Oregon. I was reminded of tasting this wine at the Oregon Pinot Gris Symposiums that I organized for Oak Knoll Winery. This was one of the wine brands that attending winemakers were drawn toward. As I did the S-S-S… (Swirl, Sniff, Sip)… I was completely drawn into its beauty. Oregon Pinot Gris definitely has its own unique terroir.
I highly recommend this wine as a classic example of a stellar Oregon Pinot Gris. It was hard not to just dive into the bottle. Happy I had someone to share, who would enjoy the wine. (It saved me, so tempting.)
STRENGTHS of Oregon Pinot Gris
- Oregon is an perfect appellation, for place of origin
- Pinot Gris a perfect partner for Oregon Pinot Noir lovers
- The hallmarks of this variety are purity of fruit, acidity, and brightness
- It’s an extremely aromatic variety
- Price works well in restaurants for their by-the-glass program
- Pinot Gris is an excellent wine for seafood, fish, and certain cheese
- Oregon Pinot Gris’ palate texture is full and long, versus the Pinot Grigio style
- It’s a perfect entry wine for tasting room customers
2014 Sokol Blosser Dundee Hills, Estate, Pinot Noir
How did it taste? Just smooth and marvelously delicious. Reminded me of a walk in the Blackwoods Campground (forest), Acadia National Park on Maine’s Mount Desert Island. You wake up in the morning, it’s damp, you can smell mushrooms that have cropped up overnight, all wrapped in fog and stillness… plenty of rich earthy aromas. Wild Maine blueberries, earth, and great aromatics; this one will speak to you, too. It’s a classic example of what I really love about Oregon Pinot Noirs.
Sokol Blosser has had nearly 45 years of wine grape growing in Oregon. This Pinot Noir, of the many that they make and offer to fans, is their truest expression of terroir. The wine grapes are grown on the hillside in Jory soil, which is very deep and well-drained. The “something-new-I-just-learned” is that they formed in colluvium. These soils are in the foothills surrounding the Willamette Valley.
So, I wanted to know is “What is colluvium?” What’ve I been missing all of these years? It’s great, if you’ve never come across this piece of geology before now, too.
Wiki: Thick accumulations of colluvium may preserve a rich record of long term paleoclimatic change based on the paleosols and the remains of plants and animals, invertebrate and vertebrates that they often contain. These fossils indicate previous geologic and environmental settings. Thick accumulations of colluvium often contain well-preserved and sometimes deeply buried archaeological deposits as excavated at the Cherokee Sewer Site, Cherokee County, Iowa, and the Koster Site, Greene County, Illinois. Colluvium can also be rocks that have been transported downward from glaciers and so can indicate past stages of cooler and/or wetter weather. Deposits of detrital colluvium can reveal the soil composition and signify processes of chemical weathering. Well, that’s some pretty interesting stuff to wrap roots around, now isn’t it?
The Estate Pinot Noir is dry farmed, yet we have to remember it’s Oregon, so it’s not as risky as a dryer region; although, it could become risky, with the changing weather patterns. Time will tell. The wine grapes for the estate grapes are from Dijon, Pommard, and Wadensvil clones. Great Pedigree, to be sure.
Both wines were truly delightful.
I just read this from another writer. I’m holding off identity. If I get permission, I’m happy to share. (Inquiry has gone out.) Please keep in mind, this is exactly where people have been finding a pothole in the road, when it comes to Petite Sirah. Someone wrote it, ever so long ago, and it’s been perpetuated ever sense. It’s a way of thinking, that’s had me perplexed; because, once I heard about it, my world just began to expand for this heritage variety. Hence, what was written…
I like the grape, but amongst consumers I talk with, it gets confused with Syrah. For some odd reason, it is often overlooked too. I don’t recall the last time one of the wine shops I visit, including [insert retailer here], poured one at the weekend tastings. On the bright side, many shops carry a number of affordable Petite Sirah examples – so not a big investment for something you may thoroughly enjoy.
Yeah, he’s right about the investment part. And he’s right about the enjoy part. He’s right about the value. And, he’s right that so few people know what it is.
And I start to think, Petite ages more beautifully and gracefully (yes, it can be grateful, and elegant, even).
I’m over thinking that Petite Sirah is completely in the shadows anymore… a paradigm shift, a coming out party is slowly emerging. There are only 11,000 acres of it planted in the US, for instance [and the US is the largest grower in the world].
Here’s the scoop… Here’s the first-line thinking… [Here’s the game changer.]
How can it possibly be as exposed as a Chardonnay or Cabernet, for instance? The acres… No comparison. It’s like seeing sparrows in the city, instead of red-tailed hawks above a fog line.
In the crowd, it’s not one of a cluster of gems, it is “the” gem, in a historical kinda way. It’s the real deal, and it’s the one that everyone steals from, to put more glitter in their critter. A percent of this; a piece of that, Oh, but when it’s 100 percent present, it is the present.
Yeah, so now everyone can just steal away to find the real deal. It’s the one that rarely gets sent to wine critics. Why risk it biscuit? They sell it to winery visitors… It becomes “Wine of the Month” in newsletters and private deals. They sell it during special wine events… It slips out the back door, leaving their 400-case slot for Petite empty, very quickly, I hear from my treasured sources.
She’s a vixen, a very confident, humble, brilliant vixen.
Thanks for letting me find my way in thinking, Sir. I’ve been pondering this mysterious and elusive vamp for a long time now… Trying to see the path through the thicket.
It just came to me, and now you. This is how you should treat this tasting… Look at her this way from now on. You’ll really have fun with it. I know I will…
She’s the globe, not the bottle.
I was just invited to the Grand Crus Tasting, May 20, in Bordeaux. This wine tasting reunites 119 Grands Crus Châteaux and their representatives, at the H14. The tasting lasts for the entire day, and offers wine lovers the possibility to taste two Bordeaux vintages (2014 and another one to be determined), in a frame normally reserved for professionals.
I was contacted as a wine blogger and invited to this event. It would have been such an honor, if I were going to be in Bordeaux. Alas, not this time, but I can see a trip to Bordeaux sometime in the future, and this kind of event would be just the draw.
If you’re intending to plan a glorious trip to Bordeaux, this is your golden opportunity to explore the amazing world of Bordeaux Grands Crus. I’m positive this is a trip of a lifetime, for anyone who’s drawn to this region and its superlative wines. What a weekend it will be.
From Their Invitation
For the twelfth year in a row, the Union des Grands Crus is organizing an event bringing together the finest wines of Bordeaux’s Left and Right Banks. Taking place on the 20th & 21st of May 2017, the Week-end des Grands Crus enables lovers of fine wines to taste the great wines of Bordeaux, some 119 Grands Crus, under one roof. This is a unique opportunity to meet and discuss with château owners and enologists, who will be glad to pour the 2014 vintage, as well as another year of their choice.
Other activities are also planned throughout this weekend, including dinners in châteaux with the owners, as well as tours and tasting in the wine country including lunch in a château. We are offering a new option this year: a visit to the Cité du Vin, followed by a Grand Cru lunch on the Garonne opposite the most beautiful buildings in Bordeaux.
Estates as prestigious as Smith Haut Lafitte, Les Carmes Haut-Brion, Chasse Spleen, Marquis de Terme, Beychevelle and Léoville Barton will host dinners in 2017. People who love both wine and golf are welcome to take part in scramble competition including château owners and lovers of grands crus. The competition will end with a dinner including wines from participating châteaux as well as an awards ceremony.
And, if you can’t make it this year, next year’s dates: June 16 and 17, 2018.
Week-end des Grands Crus
List of participating chateaux in 2016
(List subject to modification)
Château de Chantegrive • Château Ferrande • Château Rahoul
PESSAC – LÉOGNAN
Château Bouscaut • Château Carbonnieux • Château Les Carmes Haut – Brion • Domaine de Chevalier • Château de Fieuzal • Château de France • Château Haut – Bailly • Château Larrivet Haut – Brion • Château Latour – Martillac • Château La Louvière • Château Malartic – Lagravière • Château Olivier • Château Pape Clément • Château Picque Caillou • Château Haut – Bergey • Château Smith Haut Lafitte
SAINT – EMILION GRAND CRU
Château Balestard La Tonnelle • Château Beau – Séjour Bécot • Château Berliquet • Château Canon • Château Canon – La – Gaffelière • Château Cap de Mourlin • Château Dassault • Château La Dominique • Château Franc Mayne • Château La Gaffelière • Château Grand Mayne • Château Larcis Ducasse • Château Larmande • Château Pavie Macquin • Château Soutard • Château La Tour Figeac • Château Troplong Mondot • Château TrotteVieille • Château Villemaurine • POMEROL • Château Beauregard • Château Le Bon Pasteur • Château La Cabanne • Château Clinet • Château La Croix de Gay • Château Gazin • Château Petit – Village • Château La Pointe • LISTRAC – MÉDOC • Château Clarke • Château Fonréaud • Château Fourcas Dupré • Château Fourcas Hosten • MOULIS – EN – MÉDOC • Château Chasse – Spleen • Château Maucaillou • Château Poujeaux • HAUT – MÉDOC • Château Beaumont • Château Belgrave • Château de Camensac • Château Cantemerle • Château Citran • Château Coufran • Château La Lagune • Château de Lamarque • Château La Tour Carnet • MÉDOC • Château La Tour de By • MARGAUX • Château Angludet • Château Brane – Cantenac • Château Cantenac Brown • Château Dauzac • Château Desmirail • Château Durfort – Vivens • Château Ferrière • Château Giscours • Château Kirwan • Château Labégorce • Château Lascombes • Château Marquis de Terme • Château Monbrison • Château Prieuré – Lichine • Château Rauzan – Gassies • Château Rauzan – Ségla • Château Siran • Château du Tertre • SAINT – JULIEN • Château Beychevelle • Château Branaire – Ducru • Château Gloria • Château Gruaud Larose • Château Lagrange • Château Langoa Barton • Château Léoville Barton • Château Léoville Poyferré • Château Saint – Pierre • Château Talbot
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I once wrote a story called Wine Country Casual, because people are so concerned, wanting to know the best thing to wear. We’re like that as people, aren’t we? It’s also one of my most clicked onto stories. Everyone wants to know what to wear. But, what about behavior? After we dress to fit in, what else should we consider, as we work to blend into this wine culture thing?
The Wall Street Journal maven Lettie Teague took this one on, because it’s a real issue.
Lettie’s Story: “A Winery Tasting-Room Guide to Sipping and Spitting.”
All of these suggestions apply, if you’re in wine country, doing wine country things.
I have a category called “Wine Etiquette,” and I’ve taken this on before, too, about 50 times on this blog. Why? There’s a culture in all that we do, which includes enjoying wine with family and friends.
I have a school across the street from where I live. I just went out to the mail box and noticed how the 400 kids over there each day, go out to play, the bell rings, and they file back into the school one-by-one. If one child misbehaves in that line, he or she is quickly pulled out of that line. In a civilized society, and even in one that’s non-civilized, there are rules and regulations.
Example: When the Pomo Indians migrated down the Pacific Coastline, they took the valley property to call home, just off the coastline, but over the Sonoma Mountains. When the Miwoks moved down the coastline, next, they took the property just off the shoreline. Everyone respected his or her own homeland. When one Native strayed into another’s property, the action of death was swift, and no fights evolved from the indiscretion.
Wine Etiquette 101
- Wearing women’s perfume or men’s strong after shave lotion is a no-no.
- This is the worst thing you can do, because you throw off everyone in the room’s sensory analysis.
- If a sign reads, “Private Tasting Room,” if you’ve not been invited into it, don’t go there.
- At one of my places of employment, a fellow employee, who was fed up with groups coming in anyway, let a group – that had just poured from the carafe that was a DUMP bucket – enjoy the wines that had just been swirled, sniffed, and tasted, and spit into the container, by an earlier party.
- Of course, this wasn’t proper behavior; but it happened, because that person was so fed up with people not following the rules.
- Allow the server to pour his/her wine in the order of the existing menu.
- It’s been organized in a lighter to heavier wine order.
- Ask a lot of questions.
- Education should be part of your process.
- You’re there to learn about wine, right?
- Spit, if you’re going to be doing a lot of wine “tasting.”
- It’s part of the process, and will keep down your blood alcohol level.
- Turn off your cell phones.
- These kinds of distractions really take away from other’s learning experiences, as well as your own.
- If someone asks you to simmer down, it’s for the enjoyment of everyone in the room.
- If you and your party are there by yourselves, the server will also enjoy your delight.
- When there are others in the room, the sound only escalates, and becomes disruptive if someone else can’t hear over the sounds. Being considerate is just part of the process.
- Don’t expect a full glass pour.
- This is a wine “tasting,” remember, not wine drinking.
- Asking for more also actually tells us that you’ve had MORE than enough.
- Enjoy the winery’s picnic area, but don’t bring your own wine.
- The area needs a staff to maintain the grounds, and it’s there for you to enjoy food and wine… Their wine.
- Don’t EVER pour your own wine.
- Tasting wine in a tasting room or bar is a business, not a party, although it may feel that casual.
- This is also an indication that it’s time to shut you off.
- Being in the wine trade is also not a reason to try to take control. It’s not your wine, even if it is your business.
For now, I think I’ve covered it all. The bottom line is remember what you’ve been taught along the way at home and in school. Just as cleanliness is next to godliness, so it courtesy.
To your health and enjoyment!
When I first met Clementina Biale, I was so drawn to her love of life and natural charm. She had great stories to tell, right from the very beginning. We met in Salsalito, California, for a special tasting of Robert Biale wines. We talked about our lives, her family and mine, like we were long-time girl friends just catching up. It was very sweet to finally meet the matriarch of the Biale family.
Clementina Biale was the matriarch of the Biale family. On April 5, 2017, surrounded by her family, Clementina peacefully passed away in her home and beloved vineyards, in Napa. We’ll miss you, dear one.
In 1953, Clementina, who was born Clementina Calvi, emigrated from Prunetto, Italy. She came to Napa, following her marriage to Aldo Biale, of Biale Vineyards. She raised four children with Aldo, and she became instrumental in operating the family farm in Napa. This ranch became famous for producing walnuts, prunes, produce, chickens, eggs, and acres of Zinfandel – much of which is now old vines that were planted in 1937. The family vineyard, which lies within the Oak Knoll District of Napa, is the oldest vineyard in the district, and remains an icon of early Napa Valley grape growing.
Dave Pramuk, partner and marketing guru, shared her story with me last evening. The rest is from his press release. We’ve lost a true treasure.
Aldo predeceased Clementina Biale, in 2009
Thanks to her constant devotion and support, Clementina helped Aldo, her son Robert, and their partners, to realize a dream of founding a winery dedicated to Zinfandel, in 1991. Today, the Robert Biale Vineyards winery is now renowned for producing some of California’s finest examples of heritage vineyard Zinfandel.
Clementina and Aldo took great joy in sharing their artisan wines. They both appreciated telling their old stories with friends and the winery’s legion of devoted customers; all of whom they treated as extended family. In retirement, Clementina spent Sunday afternoons greeting customers at the Napa winery, and thoroughly enjoyed restocking the supply of her custom-designed and hand-sewn aprons and totes.
The rosary will be held on Monday, April 10, 2017; 7:00 p.m., at Claffey and Rota Funeral Home, in Napa. A devotional Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Tuesday, April 11; 10:00 a.m., at St. Apollinaris Catholic Church in Napa.
For more information contact:
Dave Pramuk, firstname.lastname@example.org