Vintners Holiday at Yosemite

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Attended the Vintners Holiday last week at The Ahwanee hotel in Yosemite. It was to say the least fantastic. Two days of seminar tastings with Chappellet, Ceja, Far Niente and my favorite, Rockwall. Shauna Rosenblum put on a fantastic presentation while the guest sampled six of her wines, that would make Papa Kent very proud. If you haven't already, you really need to try her perfectly blended version of a Super Tuscan that garnered oooos and ahaaas from the guest. Also her Tannat was one of the best I've ever tasted. On the evening of the second night, there was a full-on candelight five course dinner served in the Ahwanee's historical dining room. About a three hour affair with nonstop pouring of the vintners great juices. If you ever have a chance, make this event a holiday tradition!

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Summer Celebration at the Seghesio Ranch

I want to thank VinVillage for the opportunity to attend the Summer Celebration at the Seghesio Ranch this past Saturday. First I would like to note that this event was top notch from beginning to end. It, unlike other events I’ve attended, was perfectly planned. No wait to check in, no wait for the food and best of all, no wait to taste wine from around 60 different wineries. There was plenty of time to talk to the representatives and winemakers. Speaking of winemakers, I spent around fifteen minutes with Joel Peterson from Ravenswood. No slouching here. Joel was pouring a 1994 Old Vine Zin along with the 2013 vintage. For those of you that say Zin doesn’t age well…you’re wrong! Joel kinda laughed when I took that first taste. It was fantastic. Great structure, balance, fruit and ultra-fine tannins from this 20 year old Zin! I also had some time with Tegan Passalacqua from Turley. He was also pouring great Turley wines such as Juvenile along with Alexander and Sonoma Valley juice. Another vintner that I thought hit it out of the box was Beekeeper. They had two Zins at the event, both 2012’s, one from Napa’s Howell Mountain and one from Sonoma’s Rockpile. While I’ve always been a fan of Rockpile wines from the likes of Valdez and Rosenblum, I must say that the Napa juice was the winner. It was elegant, smooth and just plain happiness in a bottle. There are so many things I could talk about, from the great juice from Mazzocco, The Ridge, Wilson and many others, but unless you were there, or can taste the juice via the internet, what would be the use. Great job ZAP and VinVillage!!!