Both featured an all star lineup of Rhone winemakers from California.
|The first seminar was on rosés, the second on ageworthy Rhones|
|Bob Lindquist's Marsannes - featured on the left - dramatically|
illustrate the effects of aging Marsanne
|The 2013 (left) and 2005 Marsanne (right)|
from Qupé (Santa Ynez Valley AVA) -
a world of difference in appearance and
taste; you might want to start buying more
Marsanne for aging, Lindquist suggested.
|Neil Collins from Tablas Creek (left) described the|
original vision for Tablas Creek (planted in 1992)t
that he observe now coming to fruition after 20+ years.
On the right is David Gates from Ridge Vineyards.
|The two middle wines are the Esprit de Beaucastel (2003)|
in the back; the front middle is the Esprit de Tablas (2012);
both are blends of Mourvedre, Syrah, Grenache, and Counoise.
On the right are the 2002 and 2012 Ridge Vineyards'
|The 2003 Esprit|
|After tasting the 2022 Ridge Petite Sirah, I|
finally see what all the fuss was about...
Petite rocks! And isn't that what a great tasting
should do - open your eyes? Mission accomplished.