What a run! Our Wine Education & Events Center has been abuzz all weekend with back to back events!
Friday we were honored to host a Volcanic Wines Masterclass for members of the trade with John Szabo, MS, author of 'Volcanic Wines: Salt, Grit and Power'. We explored 13 wines from volcanic regions of Hungary, Germany, Italy, & the US and made some remarkable discoveries.
John Szabo, MS, leading our Volcanic Wines Masterclass
Tasting Our Way Through an Amazing Line-up of Wines
Finding a Common Thread Amongst the Wines
Friday through Sunday marked another successful California Wine Appellation Specialist 3-Day Intensive Weekend lead by Master Sommelier David Glancy. Special Guest Speakers included Stephen Collum, Vineyard Consultant and Manager of over a dozen Calaveras County Wineries, Randy Caparoso, Award Winning Wine Journalist and Consultant for the Lodi Winegrape Commission, and *Surprise Guest* Matt Hughes, Winemaker from Brassfield Estate Winery in Lake County, who just happened to be leaving the Volcanic Wines Seminar as we were beginning the discussion of his region. We covered a tremendous amount of ground and tasted 83 wines from across the state!
Matt Hughes, Winemaker from Brassfield Estate Winery in Lake County
Stephen Collum of Calaveras County
Some of The Team for the Weekend: Work Hard, Play Hard!
Saturday night we had a blast Wining and Dining our way through our Foods and Wines of California four course dinner prepared by Chef Danae McLaughlin with 9 amazing wine pairings by David Glancy.
David Decants Something Special with Our Riedel Cobra Decanter...
Four Course Meal by Resident Chef Danae McLaughlin - see the menu!
Cheers to Delicious Food and California Wine!
On Monday, our space was home to another fabulous Riedel Wine Glass Seminar lead by Georg Riedel, 10th Generation and Owner of Riedel Crystal. This tasting proved to be an eye-opening experience for 80 press, students and members of the trade as Georg unveiled his latest seminar featuring Sparkling Wine and the Veritas Collection, 001 Glass, and Spey Tumbler, demonstrating how glassware dramatically affects our perception of wine.
Georg Riedel, Wine Glass Expert, 10th Generation and Owner of Riedel Crystal, Masterful Speaker
The Right Wine, the Right Glass, Delicious Chocolate... Perfection!
Plus a Set of Beautiful Glasses for Everyone to Take Home!