Saturday, October 14, 2006

Blending party!!!

Two things I've learned in winemaking: 1) The right blend of grape varietals can almost always improve a wine; and 2) The right blend of people can almost always improve an afternoon.

So it was finally time to "thief" a bit of the '05 vintages from Lodi, Napa and Sonoma, and see what we'd gotten.

Many thanks to Linda and Karen, who fashioned extraordinary edible delicacies, and to Rob, Griff, and Eric who helped me with the "hard work" of doing all the wine tasting and nailing down these blends. It was great fun and a wonderful afternoon. More for the company than the wine, I would add. But isn't that always true with the best wine, and the best companions?

Blending party results are here.

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