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November 8, 2015 @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

- $45.00 - $65

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This event is not to be missed!  Join us at The Mountain Winery for a 3 part technical tasting session. The technical session will explore the History of Mountain Cabernet Winemaking in California followed by a session on Regional Identity: Cabernet Appreciation, and Vintage Cabernet Tasting from the Santa Cruz Mountains. The tech session will wrap up with a discussion on Proper Cellaring techniques. Attendees can look forward to ending the day with a strolling lunch.
Vintners in the Santa Cruz Mountains have been producing exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon since as early as the mid 1800’s. The Cabernets produced from the Santa Cruz Mountains have a distinct character and style that is original to this Mountainous region. In 1976 the Judgment of Paris wine tasting event helped to catapult Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon onto the international stage when Monte Bello also known as Ridge Vineyards beat out classified Bordeaux estates like Château Mouton Rothschild, Château Montrose, Château Haut-Brion and Château Léoville-Las Cases in a blind tasting conducted by French wine experts.

List of participating wineries include: Bottle Jack Winery, Burrell School Vineyards, Byington Vineyard and Winery, Clos Tita Winery, Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards, Domaine Eden, House Family WineryKathryn Kennedy, La Rusticana de’Orsa, Left Bend, Lexington, McCarthy Family Estates Vineyard, Mount Eden Vineyards, Ridge Vineyards, Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard, Silver Mountain Vineyards and Woodside Vineyards.

Cabernet Technical Session

9:30 to 10:00       History of Mountain Cabernet Winemaking in California

This session will cover the history of winemaking in the Santa Cruz Mountains with an emphasis on Cabernet.

 Speaker: Charles Sullivan, Wine Historian

Charles L. Sullivan is the premier wine historian of the Santa Cruz Mountains.  He has published a number of books on California wine, grapes and history. Tasting will conclude the session with a 2005 “La Questa” Woodside Vineyard Cabernet. The vines were planted in 1884 above Canada Road in the hills near the town of Woodside. In the late 1880s and early 1900s, they produced some of the world’s most prized Cabernet Sauvignon wines.

 10:00 to 10:45     Regional Identity: Cabernet Appreciation

In this session you will learn to celebrate regional differences and the diversity of styles that are created from three different wine regions. Wines reviewed in this session will include Santa Cruz Mountains and Napa Cabernet’s with Bordeaux.

Tasting will include 2005 vintages from Chateau Montrose; Chateau Leoville Poyferre – Bordeaux,

Mount Eden Vineyards; Ridge Montebello; Kathryn Kennedy Winery; Thomas Fogarty Lexington – Santa Cruz Mountains

Heitz Cellars “Martha’s Vineyard”; Stags Leap “Cask 23” – Napa Valley.

Panel Speakers:

Mozy Tehrani, Exclusive Imports of Beverly Hills, CA, Bordeaux Expert

Jim Rollston, Sommelier, Manresa Restaurant

Eric Entrikin, Master Sommelier, International Culinary Center, Campbell, CA

11:15 to 11:45     Proper Cellaring

This session will focus on the effects of aging wine, proper cellar conditions, basic service techniques and decanting while tasting two vintage Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernets, a 1989 “Bates Ranch” Cabernet Sauvignon from Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard and a 1988 Estate Cabernet from Kathryn Kennedy Winery.

Speaker: Eric Entrikin is a Master Sommelier and adjunct instructor for the International Culinary Center in Campbell, CA.

 11:45 to 12:00     Q & A


November 8, 2015
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
$45.00 - $65
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Santa Cruz Mountain Winegrowers Association
(831) 685-8463


The Mountain Winery
14831 Pierce Rd
Saratoga, CA 95070 United States
(408) 741-2822
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