Vintners in the Santa Cruz Mountains have been producing exceptional Cabernet Sauvignons 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 Sauvignons 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 Wines, Burrell School Vineyards, Byington 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, Russian Ridge Vineyards, Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard, Silver Mountain Vineyards and Woodside Vineyards.
Cabernet Technical Session
9:35 to 10:00 History of Mountain Cabernet Winemaking in California Speaker: Charles Sullivan
This session will cover the history of winemaking in the Santa Cruz Mountains with an emphasis on Cabernet. Tasting to follow. 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.
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.
11:15 to 11:45 Vintage Cabernets from the Santa Cruz Mountains
This session will focus on the effects of aging wine, proper cellar conditions, basic service techniques and decanting while tasting vintage wines from the Santa Cruz Mountains from 1985 to 1999.
11:45 to 12:00 Q & A