Barrel Tasting "My" Wine

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Welcome to Rail Bridge Cellars

Wow....one of the reasons I had (or wanted I should say) to be in Sacramento before leaving to Taiwan was to go to an event with my wine group I belong to in Sacramento.  A few of us went in to try our hand at making wine and this was going to be the night to barrel taste for the first time!  I was a bit nervous since we had last heard the sugar content was still pretty high and it sounded like we might be headed for more of a late harvest Zin.

Brett and I got into town and stopped by the Old Sugar Mill to see Todd and Gloria Taylor quickly and ended up deciding to go have dinner together after we were done with our wine event.  How fun! I am really going to miss volunteering at the winery but know I will be there every chance I get when I'm back home or out visiting!

We stopped in at Rail Bridge Cellars which is where our wine is being made (John, the owner and winemaker, is a member of our group as well).

Some of the yummy food brought
  Everyone brought something to pair with the wine (sadly, we had to just bring a spinach dip and crackers since I had no access to a kitchen for the couple weeks beforehand). 

The moment of truth........it was actually pretty good! It started off almost like a port but eventually finished off pretty dry, more like you would expect from a Zin.  People were mixed on the results but everyone generally agreed that it was not horrible, certainly was drinkable, and were happy with the results to this point.  John talked about some things we need to consider doing to help the wine along - discussion of adding wood chips to give it some more oak or possibly even blending it with some other wine.  We still have a bit to figure it out and it looks like it is still on track to be ready May 2010.

Todd, me, Brett, and Gloria at L Lounge
  Can't wait! 

Got to say goodbye to a few friends (including Bart who accompanied us for NYE in Amsterdam) which was nice.  We then headed off to the L Wine Lounge to meet up with Todd and Gloria.  They had been there for a bit with Heather who also volunteers from time to time at the winery and they were enjoying a bottle of Pinot.  We decided to go across the street to Aioli for dinner which was incredible.  Tapas and Todd picked out a beautiful 2001 Tempranillo from Spain which he said is made in the same style as his Tempranillo.......can't wait to see his when it gets older then.  Wow! 

After dinner, we headed back across the street to the L Lounge again for dessert and coffee (well, I should clarify...French Press - much better than coffee) and a glass of dessert wine for me, and beers for Todd and Brett.

Carrot cakes...mmmmmm
LOL.  We had the most yummy desserts - Todd and Gloria know the chef there so she came out to talk about what was on the menu, which everything looked heavenly.  We ordered a carrot cake and a pot de creme.  Oh my chocolate heaven.  I am not a huge carrot cake fan but I could've fallen in love with it after that one. 

We said our goodbyes and sadly, Brett and I headed off to check in our room so we could get up early and over to storage to get things packed and figure out how we were going to spend our last day in town.  Figures though, by the time we had reached the hotel, we decided we would do some more wine tasting around the area, especially because he had not tasted anything at Todd and Gloria's since January and so much new stuff was out (not to mention the futures we already bought that haven't been bottled yet!)  :-)   

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Welcome to Rail Bridge Cellars
Welcome to Rail Bridge Cellars
Some of the yummy food brought
Some of the yummy food brought
Todd, me, Brett, and Gloria at L L…
Todd, me, Brett, and Gloria at L …
Carrot cakes...mmmmmm
Carrot cakes...mmmmmm
John @ Railbridges two wines
John @ Railbridge's two wines
Catching Marsh nibbling while tryi…
Catching Marsh nibbling while try…
John dipping into our barrels
John dipping into our barrels
Mary is the first one with her gla…
Mary is the first one with her gl…
A close up of John pouring Marys …
A close up of John pouring Mary's…
Marsh
Marsh
Some of the gang
Some of the gang
A nice shot of the side of my head…
A nice shot of the side of my hea…
Not sure what Tammi was doing in t…
Not sure what Tammi was doing in …
Tammi, Nancy, and Mary
Tammi, Nancy, and Mary
The gang
The gang
Chuck doesnt look too happy
Chuck doesn't look too happy
The group in Johns Cellars
The group in John's Cellars
LOL at Chuck
LOL at Chuck
John discussing our wine
John discussing our wine
Everyone chatting
Everyone chatting
Everyone listening intently to Joh…
Everyone listening intently to Jo…
Tammi, Andrea, and Marsh
Tammi, Andrea, and Marsh
John from Railbridge and Mary in t…
John from Railbridge and Mary in …
Food run
Food run
Love the lighting there!
Love the lighting there!
Serious talk time
Serious talk time
Uuuuh..great shot of me eating (th…
Uuuuh..great shot of me eating (t…
Johns wines
John's wines
This was on his tasting table - th…
This was on his tasting table - t…
Gonna miss these guys!
Gonna miss these guys!
Chuck, Mary, and me
Chuck, Mary, and me
Bart (bcroes) and I
Bart (bcroes) and I
Bart, me, and Brett - Amsterdam bu…
Bart, me, and Brett - Amsterdam b…
Arriving at L Lounge!
Arriving at L Lounge!
Brett and I at L Lounge
Brett and I at L Lounge
Gloria said we needed to sit on ea…
Gloria said we needed to sit on e…
Beet salad
Beet salad
Greek salad
Greek salad
potatoes - soooo good
potatoes - soooo good
Pork dish (cant remember exactly)
Pork dish (can't remember exactly)
Scallop and risotto
Scallop and risotto
grilled vegetables
grilled vegetables
Brett and I at Aioli
Brett and I at Aioli
Gloria and Todd at Aioli
Gloria and Todd at Aioli
My Pot de Creme at L Lounge...OMG!
My Pot de Creme at L Lounge...OMG!
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