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 Winery, Kathryn 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.
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