Tag Archives: Wine Tasting

Tough Job – Staff Meetings: First Taste of our 2011 Vintage

Prior to our April 1 Release, the entire tasting room staff sat down with me to taste through the newly bottled wines. Sashi and John usually join us for these mandatory – tough job – staff meetings, but they were both in France on a research trip – yes, even tougher jobs. 2012 Rose: The Grenache (60%) portion of this wine was peachy in color Read More →

Bandol, Barolo, and a Piemontese white revalation: Vigneti Massa

With our odyssey through the Rhone completed, and with Christen and Francesco’s Portofino wedding still a week away, we made a beeline for the coast to enjoy a long weekend before heading to Italia. Lyle from Kermit Lynch raved about the raw natural beauty of Cassis, and once we figured out it was 10 minutes from Bandol, the decision became a no brainer. On the Read More →

Pilgrimmage to Syrah’s Motherland: Cote Rotie: Domaine Rostaing and Stephane Ogier

A quick five minute drive Up-River from Condrieu and we were welcomed into the town of Ampuis by E. Guigal signs towering above the cliff-like vineyards. The diagonal, pointed stakes and head pruned vines would have been a dead giveaway even without the signs, finally I caught a glimpse of the inspiration behind Ruben’s Block! Two quick right turns later and we walked into Renee Rostaing’s Cellar Read More →

Sashi Tasting of 2010s: Stolpman Zing Factor

Tasting wine with Sashi almost always imparts a whiplash “wow” factor. Head bent forward spitting, and then UP with a cocked head: “what did you just say?” He has a way of speaking about wine with obscure references that opens new worlds of thought. Depending on the day, Sashi might be in the mood for tangents on cooking, classical music, travel, yeast reproduction, or dry-farming. Read More →