Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Drinking the Regions in the Business of Wine

There is probably no single group that drinks more wine than those who are in the business of wine.  If you don't believe that, then you need to spend a Wednesday on the exhibition floor at the annual Unified Wine & Grape Symposium in Sacramento.  This is the day that one of the favorite events of the whole 3 days is held -- the Regional Tasting.  The price is always right -- pick up a glass, always generously supplied by one of the manifold glass companies who sell to the industry, and walk to the edge of the exhibiton center hall.  What's not to love about that?

No one misses this opportunity for states and regions that are perhaps a bit less well-known to pour for an inquisitive group with usually good palates.  For the region, it's a chance to strut their stuff to the hundreds of visitors to the trade show.  Three Sierra Foothill regions took advantage of the promotional benefits this year.  Great wines!   Better put it on your calendar for next year.

Calaveras Winegrape Alliance
 The Calaveras group poured the following wines:

  • Chatom Vineyards, 2010 Sauvignon Blanc
  • Frog's Tooth Vineyard, 2010 Torrontes
  • Hatcher Winery, 2009 Viognier
  • Renner Winery, 2009 Viognier
  • Tanner Vineyards, 2009 Vermintino Viognier

  • Black Sheep Winery, 2009 Calaveras Zinfandel
  • Frogs's Tooth Vineyard, 2009 Barbera
  • Milliaire Winery, 2009 Ghiradelli Zinfandel
  • Newsome-Harlow Winery, 2009 Calaveras Zinfandel
  • Renner Winery, 2009 Zinfandel
  • Tanner Vineyards, 2008 Syrah
  • Twisted Oak Winery, 2009 Tempranillo

    Amador Vintners Association
The Amador group poured many good wines.  Among the wineries that contributed wines were:
  • Deaver
  • Drytown
  • Helwig
  • J. Foster Mitchell
  • Dobra Zemlya
  • Renwood
  • Feist
  • Vino Noceto
  • Sobon

El Dorado Winery Association
The Eldorado Group also poured many good wines, among which were:

David Girard (Roussane)
Madrona (2010 Dry Riesling)
Mount Aukum (2008 Marsanne El Dorado)
Sierra Oaks...
and ....
and also....

Well, folks, sorry to be less than complete with the list, but the crowds were pressing in, my wine glass was getting tippy (or is that tipsy?), and I decided that it would be in my best interest to taste....

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