Feb 292012
 

California Wine RegionsIn my wines of California class last night we tasted wines from the Sierra Foothills, and Sauvignon Blancs, and dang, those students were impressed.  Among the favorites were a Montevina Barbara for under $10, and a Scott Harvey Barbera for under $15. Both lovely wines and great values.  And in the SB category, we had a real rogues gallery of great wines:  Cakebread, St. Supery, Grgich Hills, Frogs Leap, Ferrari-Carano…superb wines that were elegant, balanced,  and beautiful.  And special kudos also went to Shannon Ridge at on $9.

Here’s the wine list, just in case you are interested…all samples pulled from the inventory of a local retailer:

Wines of California: Sauvignon Blanc

Mason Napa Valley $15

Gainey Vineyard Santa Ynez $13

Serafina Amador County $15

Shannon Ridge Lake County $9

Ferrari-Carano Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County $15

St. Supery Napa Valley $17

Dry Creek Fume Blanc $11

Chateau St. Jean Fume Blanc Sonoma County $9

Frogs Leap Rutherford $14

Mayacamas Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley $24

Cakebread Napa Valley $26

Grgich Hills Napa Valley $27

 

Sierra Foothills

Montevina Barbera  Amador County$8

Scott Harvey Barbera Amador County $15

Sarefina Barbera Amador Country $19

Portalupi Barbera Amador County $32

Fiddletown Zinfandel Sierra Foothills Zinfandel $18

Four Vine Maverick Zinfandel, Amador County $18

Vineyard 1869 (Scott Harvey) Amador County $31

It’s a lot of fun to teach this class, because it gives me the chance to expose the students to a wide range of wine styles and origins.  And they do get excited.  It’s a bit like watching someone learn how to ride a bicycle.  They’re nervous at first, and hesitant to trust their palate.  And I do force them to taste new wines and try new things.  And before you know it they are pedaling away, with big smiles on their faces and the wind blowing in their hair.    Wheeee!

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