WEDNESDAY WINE TASTING

24
May 2017
Wednesday

Wine + Apps Every Wednesday

Our wines are chosen for their unique practices of organically derived grapes, harvested by family owned estates across the world, ranging from handcrafted European wines to coastal and California varietals! We also offer craft cocktails, and small batch, handcrafted beers all chosen for their unique taste.

Tastings are $15 a person, or $20 a person with an appetizer. Starts at 6 p.m. and lasts as long as there’s wine!

May 24,  2017

CALIFORNIA: THE WHOLE STATE

If less than 85% of a wine is made from grapes sourced from a single country, that wine can only carry the generic “California” label. While less prestigious than single-AVA offerings, these may actually be very good wines at quite affordable prices. In fact, a winemaker may choose to use a combination of grapes from both warm and cool countries, the former for the fruit-forward taste for which New World wines are known and the latter for balancing acidity. When we get to Australian wines later this summer, we’ll see that the Aussies have taken multi-geographical blending to new levels!

Chardonnays, as we’ve seen, can range from a crisp apple taste to round and buttery. It’s possible to strike a balance between the two, as many California winemakers are doing. A part of the wine only sees stainless steel. Another part of the blend goes through a second “malolactic fermentation,” turning tart green apple-like malic acid into lactic acid, which is found in milk. Yet another part of the mixture is aged in oak. The result is a wine with both apple crispness and a full, creamy mouthfeel.

Featured Wine: Michael Sullberg California Chardonnay.

Lodi produces a white Rhône blend which is 98% Viognier.

Featured Wine: The G Spot

California Cabernet sauvignons which are blends from different areas can be exceedingly well-balanced.

Featured Wine: Chasing Lion Cabernet Sauvignon

California’s signature wine is Zinfandel. The one we’re enjoying this evening represents no less than three of the Golden State’s counties.

Featured Wine: Truant Zinfandel

Next week we move north to Oregon, where it’s cooler…like Burgundy and Alsace.