Barrel Tasting "My" Wine
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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).
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.
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.
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!) :-)