Sonoma Unseen


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It’s basic human nature that we often want things we can’t have, or things which are rare. With wine it’s no different. Maybe it’s that bottle you had in Tuscany, made by a producer who does not import to the U.S., or a wine you read about, made by a small group of nuns in Campania, but they only produce 80 cases a year. I get it, I’m no different, it’s human nature to covet and wonder about such bottles. Thing is, rarity alone doesn’t make something good. It just means there isn’t much of it. But it’s also true that some of the most intriguing wines are those which are made in small lots, crafted with care, by hand, and with love. (sooo cheesy, but I couldn’t come up with another word) 

Those are the wines we’ll taste in this ‘one night only’ affair. Ok, it’s actually a 1pm class, on a Saturday, but this will be a one-off class, as I can only bring back but so much wine on the plane. I’m in Sonoma County now, making wine for my new project, and when I’m not picking, crushing, or pressing, I’ll be scouring the tasting rooms, shops, and friends’ cellars for bottles that never make it to New York. Most will be small lots of limited-production wines, yes, but they must also be delicious, and provide a window into what makes Sonoma County so special.

We’ll try whites, rosés, and reds. And while some will be big and bold (California’s forte), others will be delicate and pretty, lithe and supple. On other words, something for everyone, but far from ordinary.  As always, an array of beautiful breads and cheeses will be on offer, and paired with the wines.


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