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This Total Wine & More wine class features stellar wines from California, Oregon and Washington state. The discussion centers around the American Viticultural Areas and wine making history in those ...

This Total Wine & More wine class features stellar wines from California, Oregon and Washington state. The discussion centers around the American Viticultural Areas and wine making history in those states. Attendees also get to taste white and red wines from Pinot Gris, Riesling, Chardonnay to Pinot Noir, Syrah and red blends including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.

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  • Chardonnay 99K acresCabernet Sauv 76K
  • Chardonnay 99K acresCabernet Sauv 76K
  • Chardonnay 99K acresCabernet Sauv 76K
  • Sonoma CountyMore than twice the size as neighboring Napa, Sonoma County overflows with wineries and grape varieties. Within this appellation’s one million total acres, over 190 wineries make their home. Practically every variety of grape grown in California can be found somewhere in Sonoma County. Winemaking here is steeped in history, going back to the 1820s, when Franciscan monks first planted vineyards with the Mission variety -- a grape which unfortunately yielded disappointing table wines. The real progress began with Hungarian immigrant, AgostonHaraszthy, today considered the ‘Father of California Wine’. As early as the 1850s Haraszthy had the foresight to recognize the region’s tremendous viticultural potential, founding the original Buena Vista Winery here in 1857. Traveling to Europe in 1861, Haraszthy brought back more than 100,000 grape cuttings of over 300 different varieties from France, Germany, Spain and Italy. Most of these he planted in Sonoma, leaving a mark that is evident in the county’s thriving wine industry today. Diverse in its climate, soils, geography and grapes, the patchwork quilt that is Sonoma County contains AVAs on top of AVAs, and sub-AVAs within them. Today, Sonoma County as a wine region is as varied as any could possibly be, with something for just about everyone. Sonoma County is America's viticultural cornucopia!
  • Sonoma CountyAppellations are an amalgam of soil, slope and sunshine. In order to produce wines distinctive in personality, soils must be loose enough so that water does not accumulate in the ground, thus retarding clear flavor development in the fruit. The lay of the land must be such that vine leaves are exposed to enough sunlight to create a healthy plant, one capable of maturing its grape crop. Within the framework of “sunshine” we include all weather related factors. Beyond sunlight, we look also for sufficient rainfall or irrigation to promote natural sugar development and to the temperature moderating effects of some body of water–ocean, bay or river–so that flavor-boosting grape acidity is not lost in ripening. Sonoma County is blessed with a bevy of the best of those factors, presented in such a variety of combinations as to create a welcome, wholesome diversity of growing regions where, curiously, north is “hot” and south is “cool.” Not only is Sonoma County revered for foodstuffs ranging from goat cheese to Muscovy duck, from Pacific oysters to flavorful, farm fresh produce that restaurants clamor for, nearly every type of wine grape can be splendidly grown in one or more of Sonoma County’s regions, from the cool weather loving Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to the warm weather Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. TOTAL ACRES VINEYARD ACRES NO. OF WINERIES NO. OF GROWERS 1,050,000 58,665 191 1,100
  • Our founders – John (d. 2010) and Helen WalkerThe winery opened its doors to the public in February, 1999. What owners John and Helen Walker wanted was very simple: to craft superior wines at reasonable prices that would rival the best Washington wineries. To achieve this goal they selected an outstanding staff and encouraged them to be creative.As a result of staff creativity and commitment to quality and customer service, the winery quickly grew. Kestrel Vintners crafted wines to suit wine lovers with palates for dark, rich, red wines. They wasted no time in establishing a reputation for producing outstanding, unique wines. These elegant, distinctive wines include a Signature Edition Series Old Vine Merlot, Cabernet, and Raptor Red, their flagship meritage blend. The Winemaker Select Series includes interesting varietals such as Malbec, Mourvedre, Co-ferment Syrah, Cabernet Franc and our Two Ton Cabernet Sauvignon. The Falcon Series includes handcrafted Viognier, Sangiovese, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Rose. The Collector Series includes Pure Platinum and Lady in Red.Obsession with absolute quality is carried throughout every aspect of the Kestrel experience. From the carefully tended Kestrel View Estate Vineyard to the perfectly aged wines, one need only sample Kestrel wines to understand that quality is poured into every glass.
  • On a quiet hilltop overlooking pastures, trees and the Olympic Mountains, owner-winemakers Tim and Erica Blue produce Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet blends, 1000 cases each year.All our fruit is hand-picked into shallow bins.  The grapes are destemmed, but left uncrushed, and the whole berries fermented in small, open top stainless steel fermentation tanks, with twice daily punch-downs.  Selected yeasts augment indigenous yeasts which come along from the vineyard. We press to taste, using an upright stainless steel hydraulic basket press. Young wine is handled respectfully. It is aged in 100%  French Oak, mostly new. We bottle our wine without filtration. Our thanks and appreciation to winemaker Chris Camarda (Andrew Will Winery) who consulted with us in the beginning.
  • Hestia Cellars is dedicated to producing extraordinary wines of individual character, richness, balance, and longevity. Our wines are hand crafted on a small private estate nestled atop the Snoqualmie River Valley in Washington State.  Hestia Cellars is a family owned and operated winery devoted to the belief that great wine isn’t explained, it’s uncorked.Remaining a small family winery allows us to be intimate with each and every barrel of wine in our cellar. All of our red wines are gently moved by gravity flow, and are bottled unfined and unfiltered. Cellar techniques are continually fine-tuned as we identify opportunities to enhance our wines. We have a passionate and uncompromised focus on quality at every step in the life of our wines.Hestia’s carefully cultivated wine program is based on fruit from specific vineyard sites in several of the smaller sub-appellations located in the Columbia Valley AVA in Washington State. We have vigilantly selected each vineyard site to ensure that it allows us to deliver wines that express the best Washington State has to offer. Hestia Cellars has secured acreage from Andrews Ranch vineyard atop the northern slope of the Horse Heaven Hills, StoneTree vineyard located  off the Columbia River in the early ripening Wahluke Slope, Boushey vineyard in the Yakima Valley, Washington States’ oldest growing region, and Ambassador Vineyard in the prestigious Red Mountain AVA. Grapes from these vineyards are blended to create balanced and complex wines with unique layers of flavors and aromas.With that in mind, we hope that you embrace our wines with the same fervor and joy as we experience in bringing them to your table.
  • Washington's consistently exceptional climate and regional  grape-growing diversity presents opportunity for beautiful complexity and balance. We source fruit from seven vineyards located across the expanse of Eastern Washington's Columbia Valley (Artz and Shaw Vineyards, Red Mountain; Red Willow and Two Blondes Vineyards, Yakima Valley; Double Canyon and Mays Discovery Vineyards, Horse Heaven Hills;  and Stillwater Creek Vineyard, Frenchman Hills, Northern Columbia Valley). We are focused on very low yields, and the timing of harvest. We choose it carefully, primarily by taste, supported by laboratory analysis.
  • On a quiet hilltop overlooking pastures, trees and the Olympic Mountains, owner-winemakers Tim and Erica Blue produce Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet blends, 1000 cases each year.All our fruit is hand-picked into shallow bins.  The grapes are destemmed, but left uncrushed, and the whole berries fermented in small, open top stainless steel fermentation tanks, with twice daily punch-downs.  Selected yeasts augment indigenous yeasts which come along from the vineyard. We press to taste, using an upright stainless steel hydraulic basket press. Young wine is handled respectfully. It is aged in 100%  French Oak, mostly new. We bottle our wine without filtration. Our thanks and appreciation to winemaker Chris Camarda (Andrew Will Winery) who consulted with us in the beginning.

Drink American Wines from California, Oregon & Washington Drink American Wines from California, Oregon & Washington Presentation Transcript

  • Welcome to Show Your Pride ... Drink American Wine Featuring stellar wines from California, Oregon and Washington State
  • Don’t Miss out on our upcoming Wine Events …. June – America’s Love Affair with Malbec - This fun and educational tasting seminar focuses on Malbec, which is quickly becoming one of America’s most popular red wines. Five stunning Malbec or Malbec blends will be tasted along with a few surprisingly delicious whites and reds from Chile and Uruguay. Discover why the world is now looking to South America for more than just value wines! July – Vive la France - Experience the Most Famous Appellations throughout France from the stunning and food-friendly wines of Alsace, to the marvelous wine crafted in the Loire Valley, to the elegant and refined Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in Burgundy. This seminar and tasting will take you on an unforgettable tour of France’s most famous wine growing areas. Discover why Chateauneuf-du-Pape is the reigning king of the Southern Rhone Valley and why Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot thrive in Bordeaux.
  • New opportunity for our 2013 Wine Class Participants 3 Free Months for an online membership or have the Wine Spectator magazine delivered to your home. Order online or fill in your form and mail it in. View slide
  • America Ranks 4th in the World in wine production Within the United States, the rankings by state are as follows: 1. California 2. Washington State 3. Oregon 4. New York View slide
  • WhatAmerica is an AVA? American Viticultural Areas is a system implemented in 1983 The requirement for wines utilizing an AVA on the label is that 85 percent of the grapes must be grown in that viticultural area. Think: Location, Location, Location!
  • Washington State
  • Washington Winemaking History Washington's first wine grapes were planted at Fort Vancouver by the Hudson's Bay Company in 1825 By 1910, wine grapes were growing in many areas of the state and by 1915 important vineyards sprung up in the Yakima Valley – most notably W.B. Bridgman of Sunnyside. By 1938 there were 42 wineries located throughout the state
  • Washington Winemaking History First commercial-scale plantings began in the 1960’s. These efforts attracted wine historian, Leon Adams who contacted pioneering winemaker, Andre Tchelistcheff It was Tchelistcheff who guided Chateau St Michelle’s early efforts and mentored modern winemaking throughout the state
  • Washington Winemaking History Today .. A new winery opens nearly every 15 days. There are currently 750+ wineries and 350+ grape growers Washington wines are available in all 50 states and in more than 40 countries globally There are currently 43,000 acres planted to vinifera grapes – second in production in the US With ideal soils and climates, Washington’s wine future is limitless!
  • 13 AVAs are now recognized: • Yakima Valley - 1983 • Walla Walla Valley - 1984 • Columbia Valley - 1984 • Puget Sound - 1995 • Red Mountain – 2001 • Columbia Gorge - 2004 • Horse Heaven Hills - 2005 • Wahluke Slope - 2006 • Rattlesnake Hills - 2006 • Snipes Mountain - 2009 • Lake Chalen - 2009 • Naches Heights – 2011 • Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley - 2012
  • Washington State Washington State offers the perfect climate for wine! With long days of sunshine, a long growing season and volcanic soils … the wines are all about BALANCE! There are over 30 wine grape varietals grown within Washington … of which, most are grown on their own root stocks
  • Columbia Valley • • • • Established in 1984 11,363,744 total acres approximately one-third of the state’s total land mass 40,050 acres planted to vineyards which is 99% of the state’s total planted acreage Of that, 7,469 acres fall outside of the Columbia Valley
  • Let's Taste! Wildhaven Columbia Valley Pinot Gris • An approachable and delicious Pinot Gris that's perfect for all occasions • Made by Precept who has an exceptional track record for delivering wines which offer an exception value • Pinot Gris from Washington offers a slightly rounder profile on the palate than those from Italy
  • Oregon
  • 17 AVAs as of 2013 • Willamette Valley • Chehalem Mountains • Yamhill-Carlton District • Ribbon Ridge • Dundee Hills • McMinnville • Eola-Amity Hills • Umpqua Valley • Red Hills Douglas County • Rogue Valley • Applegate Valley • Southern Oregon • Columbia Gorge • Columbia Valley • Walla Walla Valley • Snake River Valley • Elkton Ridge
  • Oregon History 1933: John Wood and Ron Honeyman of Salem were among a group of early Oregon entrepreneurs who received bonded winery status. 1961: After a long dry spell following Prohibition, Richard Sommer launches Oregon's modern era of winegrowing when he plants Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot noir and Zinfandel at his HillCrest Vineyard
  • Oregon History 1965: The Pinot noir era dates from February 1965. David Lett first rooted Pinot Noir cuttings near Corvallis, while researching a permanent vineyard site, the first plantings in the Willamette Valley. 1967: Richard Sommer harvests his "first crop of any consequence” for the first ever Pinot Noir vintage Late 60’s/Early 70’s: The pioneers we all know and love today arrive: Dick Erath, Dick Ponzi, Susan Sokol Blosser & David Adelsheim
  • Oregon History 1985: At a tasting at the International Wine Center in New York, a group of oeno-experts cannot distinguish Oregon Pinot noirs from Burgundies costing more than twice as much. They choose Oregon wines as their top three favorites. 1990’s until now: Oregon gains reputation for producing the best Pinot Noirs in the world Now: Home to more than 400 wineries with huge emphasis on organic/sustainable farming
  • Oregon Key Facts Located on approximately the same latitude as Burgundy Over 400 wineries with over 14,000 acres of vineyards planted Cool climate Elegant style 17 AVA’s focusing on Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris
  • Oregon The Pinot Gris produced in Oregon is slightly rounder and less acidic than most Italian Pinot Grigio The soils and climate of Oregon produce Pinot Noir which is bit more fruit driven than Pinot Noir from Burgundy, yet they still obtain the natural acidity and elegance for which Pinot Noir is known.
  • Willamette Valley The Willamette Valley is 150 miles long and up to 60 miles wide making it Oregon's largest AVA. Named for the river that flows through it, the Willamette Valley has the largest concentration of wineries and vineyards in Oregon and includes six sub-appellations.
  • Willamette Valley Predominant grapes are Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay & Riesling While most of the region's vineyards reside a few hundred feet above sea level, parts of the Willamette Valley do reach much higher. The Chehalem Mountains are the highest mountains in the Valley with their tallest point, Bald Peak, rising 1,633 feet above sea level.
  • Kudos Vineyards and state of the art facility
  • Kudos: Laurent Montalieu
  • Let’s Taste! Kudos Willamette Riesling • Crafted by winemaker Laurent Montalieu, who is also the owner and winemaker of the celebrated estate of Solena Vineyards • This Riesling is fermented dry and is sourced from premium vineyards within the Willamette Valley • Exceptional white wine which pairs beautifully with an array of dishes from spicy Thai to shellfish
  • California
  • California Winegrowing History Dates back to more than 200 years ago. 1760’s – Spanish missionaries planted first grapes in California 1850’s Vitis vinifera (the botanical name for the grape-bearing vine that is responsible for most of the world 's quality wines) wine grape varieties are brought in by a number of growers from Europe. Zinfandel comes to California. 1870’s Growers search for the optimum vineyard sites and growing regions in which to plant Vitis vinifera. 1870-1880’s Phylloxera (an aphid that kills grapevines by attacking their roots) in France destroys vineyards in California
  • Harvest in California (1872)
  • California Winegrowing History 1900-1920’s Rootstocks (the root system of a grapevine to which the fruiting variety is grafted; primarily used to combat pests and diseases) are introduced and California vineyards are replanted. 1929-1933 Prohibition: the market for the commercial production of wine is eliminated. However, California wine grape acreage doubles as demand from home winemakers increases sharply. 1970’s Modern wine boom begins. Winegrape acreage doubles. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon become more common. New growing regions are discovered and planted.
  • California Winegrowing History 1976 The 1976 Paris Tasting: two California wines, a Chardonnay and a Cabernet Sauvignon, definitively outrank their French counterparts in a blind tasting that shocks wine connoisseurs and changes opinions about California’s wine all over the world. 1990’s Wine grape acreage expands statewide with state-of-the-art vineyards planted on sites selected specifically for optimum quality. Today California wine regions and wine business is thriving and booming!
  • California Wine Regions The are currently over 150 AVA’s in the state of California If California were a country it would be the fourth largest wine producer in the world behind Spain, France and Italy. There are 485,120 acres of planted vineyards. There are over 1,200 wineries in the state of California
  • California Wine Regions Facts California offers incredible diversity of wine styles The state produces over 90 percent of the nation’s wines Leading varietals are Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Sonoma County More than twice the size of Napa Valley Practically every grape grown in California is planted with this winegrowing area Over 1 million acres with nearly 60,000 under vine
  • Sonoma County Includes the following Sub- AVA’s: • • • • • • Sonoma Valley AVA Russian River Valley AVA Green Valley AVA Dry Creek Valley AVA Alexander Valley AVA Chalk Hill AVA
  • Sonoma Principal White Grapes Chardonnay (cool) Sauvignon Blanc (warm) Principal Red Grapes Cabernet Sauvignon (hot) Petite Sirah (hot) Pinot Noir (cool) Zinfandel (hot)
  • Phillip Titus, winemaker for Sonoma-Loeb
  • Let’s Taste! Sonoma Loeb Chardonnay Sonoma County • Handcrafted by famed winemaker Phillip Titus (Chappellet,Titus) • Chardonnay is from prime vineyards in various Sonoma County AVAs including the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast • 100% French oak is used (50% new) to enhance the flavors
  • Kestrel Alouette Wines Joseph Wagner is a fifth generation winemaker who comes from a family with a Napa Valley winemaking legacy that can be traced back to the late 1800s He is well known for his award winning wines, which are Belle Glos Meiomi Pinot Noirs and Belle Glos Single Vineyards Alouette is 100% Sonoma County Pinot Noir fruit; handcrafted specifically for TWM by Joseph Wagner Alouette is the French name for lark, a songbird that has long been known to symbolize daybreak
  • Let’s Taste! Alouette Sonoma County Pinot Noir • Made by Joseph Wagner who is well known for his award-winning wines; Belle Glos and Meiomi Pinot Noirs • Sourced from the most distinctive sub-appellations in Sonoma County • Alouette is the French name for lark, a songbird that has long been known to symbolize daybreak
  • Domaine Serene Owners, Ken and Grace Evenstad purchased 42 acres of vineyards in Dundee Hills in 1989 Release first wine under the Domaine Serene label in 1990 In 1998, purchased first 80 acres of the eventual 180-acre Evenstad Estate where the winery would eventually be built in 2001 In 2004, Domaine Serene shocked the world when beating Domaine Romanee Conti in a blind tasting.
  • Ken and Grace Evenstad, owners
  • Let’s Taste! Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Willamette Valley • Domaine Serene remains one of the most prestigious estates in all of Oregon • The Willamette Valley Select is crafted by winemaker Erik Kramer from Serene’s estate vineyard sites • This elegant Pinot Noir is meant for immediate consumption upon release and pairs beautifully with salmon and pork
  • Cardwell Hills Estate Bottled – It all starts in the vineyard Vineyards Salmon Safe and LIVE certified. Dry Farmed Hand-picked and processed within 2 hours of harvesting Cool site results in a wine with brighter acids Owned and operated by Dan and Nancy Chapel who are also the winemakers
  • Cardwell Hills Cellars, Willamette Valley
  • Let’s Taste! Cardwell Hills Pinot Noir Willamette Valley • Family-owned and operated estate within the famed Willamette Valley • Handcrafted by owners and winemakers Dan and Nancy Chapel • Estate grown and bottled from their 38-acres of vineyards on Cardwell Hill. 19 acres are also planted to Pinot Gris
  • Kestrel Wines Kestrel Cellars Kestrel was founded by John Helen Walker in 1999 with an objective of crafting superior wines at reasonable prices that would rival the best Washington wineries. Kestel’s estate vineyards (160 acres) are home to some of the oldest Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec in the state with plantings dating back to 1972. Kestrel’s winemaker, Flint Nelson joined Kestrel in May of 2004 after leaving Apex and working with Brian Carter. He also worked with Paul Thomas and Hogue.
  • Kestrel Vintners
  • Let's Taste! Kestrel Yakima Syrah • Kestrel’s estate vineyards (160 acres) are home to some of the oldest Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Syrah in the state with plantings dating back to 1972 • Handcrafted by winemaker, Flint Nelson who joined Kestrel in 2004
  • Hestia Cellars This tiny winery is a one man show, Shannon Jones. He is the owner and winemaker. Wine Spectator named Hestia as one of the top 5 new wineries to watch in 2012! Shannon has worked diligently to secure some of the best vineyard sources in all of Washington including Boushey (Yakima), Ambassador (Red Mountain) and Andrews Ranch (Horse Heaven Hills)
  • Let's Taste! Hestia Cellars Columbia Valley Red • This tiny winery is a one man show, Shannon Jones. He is the owner and winemaker. • Syrah, Cabernet, Petit Verdot, and Malbec • Vineyards sources of this delicious red blend are Andrews Ranch and StoneTree • Less than 1,000 cases produced
  • Adam’s Bench Tiny estate, Tim and Erica Blue only produce a total of 1,000 cases of wine a year Low yields Grapes are sourced from seven single vineyards across Eastern Washington’s Columbia Valley 1,000 cases of wine produced per year
  • Founded in 2005 by owners and co-winemakers Tim and Erica Blue Helen Turley
  • Adams Bench Winery
  • Let's Taste! Adams Bench Reckoning • Tiny estate, Tim and Erica Blue only produce a total of 1,000 cases of wine a year • 48% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Cabernet Franc • 2008/2009 – Wine Advocate – 92 points • 100% French Oak, no filtration
  • Napa Valley • 5 miles wide • 30 miles long • 43,000 acres (about 1/8 the size of Bordeaux) • 4% of California’s total production • Temperatures fluctuate as much as 15 degrees from north to south
  • Piña Cellars There is old Napa families and then there are the Piñas. Their greatgreat-great grandfather settled in Rutherford around 1856 and their great grandfather was one of the first generation winemakers in the Napa Valley The Piña family is not only one of the most respected vineyards managing families, they also own and produce 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from several estate vineyards they have acquired throughout the years.
  • Helen Turley The Piña Brothers: Larry, John, Davie and Ranndy
  • Let's Taste! Piña Cabernet D’Adamo Napa Valley • The Piñas are one of the most respected vineyard management families in all of Napa. • Family has been in the Napa Valley since 1856. • Crafted by Anna Monticelli , from their single vineyard, D’Adamo located in the foothills of Atlas Peak