For those of you that didn't know.....September is California Wine Month. This past Monday I attended the California Road Trip tasting event at Astor Wines. My first event at Astor Wines, there were 70 different wines, divided by regional tables from all over CA.
After laying the "foundation" with tacos catered from Empellón, we made a beeline for the Napa Valley Table. We started with tastes of Groth 2012 Sauvignon Blanc followed by Trefethen 2011 Chardonnay. From there, we made an attempt to avoid the crowds of people wanting to get their "money's worth" and tried to find tables where we could actually chat with the people pouring the wine. We had great luck at the Santa Barbara table, while doing some research for an upcoming trip!
|First stop, Napa Valley for a taste of home....|
But my favorite by far were the lovely people representing the Wine Institute of California (they threw the event). Here we tasted the Kenwood Vineyards 2009 Cab and the 2011 Joel Gott Cab. They insisted we try the Kenwood ($60) to make our $40 ticket worth while, but I have to admit I much preferred the $18 bottle of Gott. I was also a fan of the label, 815 being the birth date of Joel Gott's daughter.
|If only we had a Gott's burger to go with.....|
The Wine Institute is throwing additional events throughout the month of September. If you're in the San Francisco area this weekend I highly suggest checking out the event at the Ferry Building this Saturday. For tickets click here.