Some of you that read my blog may be asking "Why is he doing a blog post on a Thursday?" For those that don't follow me YET, it's because I normally do these things on Sunday morning in the quiet of my kitchen without any disturbances what so ever. More time to concentrate.
For those that do wonder or those that don't care, the reason is simple. I had one of the most outrageous tasting of wines at the shop yesterday. Let me explain. A few weeks ago, I learned that the winemaker from Cade Estate Winery, Danielle Cyrot, would be visiting the area and doing a wine dinner (Oh those lucky people). I immediately called my rep at Maverick Wine Company, Rob (who I have known for a long time and is a great rep - hope that gains me some points as he said he reads this blog) and I asked that when Danielle comes to town if there is any way to meet with her, even if only for a minute or two, I would really love it. True to form, Rob said he thought he could arrange that and later got back and said she would be in town on the 13th of April and they would stop by.
Now if just the thought of meeting a winemaker isn't good enough, when they arrived, they had with them 6 of the most outstanding wines I could imagine. For those of you not familiar, Cade is one of the wineries owned by the Plumpjack Group. Along with their hotels, restaurants and the like, they also own four wine labels. Plumpjack, Odette and Cade, along with a newer winery named Adaptation. All of which we have in the shop. Why is all that important you ask? Because they brought wines from each. Most representing some of their most prestigious wines made.
It would be good to point out how arduous of a task I have tasting through so many wines each month. Not buying that?? Can't blame you. I have a great job! Continuing...so Rob starts pulling out 6 wines, and immediately I realize that these are not your everyday variety.
Starting with what most of you know is one of my favorite varietals, Sauvignon Blanc, out comes the 2014 Cade Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc. Wonderful, and likely to be on the shelf very soon. Then comes the 2013 Adaptation Chardonnay. again, just the right touch. Already in the shop. Okay, here is where things get to a situation where words are probably not going to be sufficient to describe. 2012 Cade Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain. What a wine! That's about it, no words remember...Wait, it gets better (not necessarily the wine but the lineup). Next is the 2013 Odette Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Stag's Leap District. OMG! (remember no words). Following on its heals, the 2013 Plumpjack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville. This is getting insane. Last up, the 2013 Cade Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain. If I wasn't writing this, you would be looking at my face showing shear delight (again, no words).
Backtrack time...for those readers of past blogs, you know I did a blog on how wines seem to taste better when drinking them, say in the country you're visiting or while visiting the winery itself. I think I may have stumbled onto another. Drinking while having the wines poured by the winemaker! Here I am, having Danielle pour the wine while she talks about each and every one. I felt as though I had been teleported to the winery and was sitting enjoying all these wonderful wines. Did it enhance the experience? You bet. Did it make the wine taste better? As much as I would like to say yes, I'm not sure you can get much better, winemaker around or not. No offense to Danielle but remember, she made 3 of them...
We concluded our tasting by asking Danielle to sign the bottles of Cade I have on the shelf as a reminder of her visit. We also talked about the possibility of sharing a similar tasting with our customers at the shop sometime. I'm really hoping we can arrange that so you too can have this ethereal experience. So stay tuned.
For now, I'm just hoping that teleportation might someday be around and I can give the word: Beam me aboard - to the Cade Winery.