Wine Tasting

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I had the pleasure of attending a private wine tasting at the beautiful Vista home of Lynne Clarke and her husband John Katopodis.  Both of whom are in the industry.  Lynne is a level one sommelier and national sales director in the hotel channel for Jackson Family Fine Wines.  John is a Regional Manager for Justin & Landmark Vineyards

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The evening started with John serving a Solletico Prosecco from Italy aperitif on the veranda while we enjoyed the stunning views of Vista


We then moved inside for the tasting of 6 lovely wines

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Lynne’s presentation was interactive, informational and fun.

We tasted each wine on its own and then with various proteins, sauces, fruit, cheese, nuts and chocolate. Each of us learning, while enjoying the interactions of wine and food , how our palates (and Lynne) guided us through the best pairing combinations.

Here are some of my notes: bear with me, as they got shorter as I moved on to each glass of vino

The Whites…..

Kendall- Jackson Riesling 2011 Great with salads because of the viscosity. Deep gold color with great acidity. Always a citrus and apple notes. Good for cleansing the palette

Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Light in color, clean herbaceous notes (think fresh cut hay), and flavors of grapefruit and granny smith apple. High acidity. Pairs well with shrimp, oysters, fresh fish, calamari, olives and feta cheese.  Comes from the beautiful Matanzas Creek Winery surrounded by acres of spa & culinary grade lavender fields.

Kendall -Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2010 A most versatile wine with long finish. Balanced oak, butterscotch and caramel notes present in this Chardonnay.  This wine is wonderful with lobster, capresse’ salad, parmesan cheese, and even brown gravies with caramelized onions.


On to the reds….

Cambria Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 a nice light red burgundy, garnet color. Good earthy smell. This is a good food wine and goes with many dishes, lamb, veal, and salmon. Don’t skimp pay good money for Pinot Noir; the grapes grow good on the coast.

Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 dark color, notes of cherry and clove. This is a perfect match with a rib eye steak, burgers or meat pizza.  Also, pairs really well with marinara sauce touched with parmesan cheese, and dark chocolate.

Murphy-Goode Liars Dice Zinfandel 2009 blueberry and blackberry under notes. Pairs well with turkey, barbeque, raspberry chipotle sauce, brown sauces, raspberries and chocolate.

table of friends21Tannin = the pucker, dry sensation you feel after a taste

The perfect temperature for storing red wine is 56 – 58 degrees

A good time was had by all, if you ever have the chance, I highly recommend a tasting event with friends.

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