The Four Winds

Dear Feastlings,

Wine may be that evidence of sophistication that sets one class apart from others, but the irony of the ridiculous spectacle that comes with the presentation of the bottle, the reciting of the pedigree, the sniffing of the cork and so on, is that, ultimately, we’re talking about the ungainly and inelegant business of farming.  You can’t make good wine without good grapes, and grapes are, put simply, an agricultural product.

Any agricultural product lives its life cycle subject to the elements, and what element is more pervasive than the wind?  This month, we’ll examine four wines (all red) from four different places, each affected by a different wind.  Whether it’s the Mistral or the Cape Doctor, the Sirocco or the nameless wind that blows through the curiously east-west Santa Maria Valley, wind affects vineyards, ergo grapes, ergo wines, in a host of different ways.  Learn at least four of them on Sunday, August, 28th.

At this point, we’re still shuttered on Sundays, so once again, this will be a tasting where we package up the food pairings and talk you through them on the all-too-familiar Zoom screen.  You can call us at (520) 326-9363  and we’ll set aside the tastes and the snacks for you, and for $35 plus tax and tip, you can pick it all up on Saturday the 27th, throw it in the fridge and then sidle up to the screen with your stove fired up and experience it all with your tasting buddies on the 28th.


THE TASTING BEGINS ON ZOOM AT 3:30 PM ON SunDAY, August 28th.  THE ZOOM MEETING NUMBER FOR THE TASTING IS 878 1230 6907 and the passcode is 650774.


The Four Winds


You can find the food pairings and heating instructions here.

You can find the tasting order and the pricing here.


2017 COS Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico DOCG

2020 Kaapzicht Skuinsberg Cinsaut, Stellenbosch

2016 Cambria “Tepusquet Vineyard” Syrah, Santa Maria Valley

2018 Famille Perrin “Les Sinards” Châteauneuf- du- Pape AOC

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