When is Merlot a Serious Grape? At Blackbird Vineyards. His blog is always our No. Yesterday he posted a round-up of the many great tasting opportunities and competitions that will take place this summer in the Lone Star State.
The Rockstar Vintage: Tasting 2016 Cabernet at Premiere Napa Valley
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Some people run a marathon once each year. That's not my speed. Instead, I knuckle down and taste Cabernets for breakfast on one particular Saturday morning. Each year, the Napa Valley Vintners Association pulls out all the stops to host its annual fundraising event known as Premiere Napa Valley. Not to be confused with its star-studded charity auction in the spring known as Auction Napa Valley , Premiere Napa Valley is a more focused event. It is a barrel tasting and auction, in which the wines on offer are all unique creations made specifically and only for this event, offering purchasers the opportunity to own an incredibly rare wine that often represents the very pinnacle of the winemaker's efforts in that vintage. All the invited bidders are ostensibly in the wine trade retailers, distributors, etc.
There are very few times during the year when the ordinary public has an opportunity to taste a large cross section of the wines from Napa, and most of those occasions are quite expensive. One of the least expensive, and most pleasant is the Napa Valley Wine Library tasting, which took place this past Sunday on the grounds of the Silverado Resort and Country Club in Napa. The Napa Wine Library is just that: a library about wine, which provides the public, as well as its supporting members, access to a significant collection of books and literature about all things wine.
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