It’s always nice to hear a single instrument being played solo- there’s a clarity and a simplicity to it that allows us to focus on nuance- but if it’s a full, rich, dynamic experience you’re after, chamber music or a full orchestra would be the way to go. So it is with wine: a single varietal can be absolutely lovely, but if you want those high highs and low lows, if you want the strings, the brass and the woodwinds woven together, you need to have more than one item to blend. This week, we’ll taste four blends and talk about what each of the varietals brings to the mix. For twelve and a half bucks plus tax and tip, you’ll taste two reds and two whites that have plenty to bring to the table, because they have multiple varietals in the bottle. The tasting begins at 2:00 pm on Saturday the 30th, and you can pick up your samples from Thursday evening onward.
The tasting begins at 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 30th, and the zoom meeting number is 835 6935 1746. the passcode is 449596.
You can find the tasting order and pricing here.
Blending the rules
2017 Zinke “Besos” White Blend, Santa Barbara County
2019 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Blanc”Cuvee Oumuamua,” Central Coast
2018 Stolpman “La Cuadrilla” Red Blend, Ballard Canyon
2018 Château Musar “Musar Jeune” Red Blend, Bekaa Valley