The mere name conjures images of meticulously manicured vineyards, vibrant thriving gardens and of course, world class Cabernet Sauvignon. This 30 mile long, 5 mile wide stretch of dusty earth is home to some of the most celebrated Cabernet vineyards in the world. One need but stand in front of the Oakville Grocery and toss a stone in any direction to find a new award winning Cabernet Sauvignon to sample.
However, what if instead of simply tasting a Cabernet, you wanted to understand it? What if you wanted to plumb the depths of it’s complexities? To have its mysteries laid out infront of you like a marauders map. To have the kind of tasting experience that will alter your perception of not just the wine itself, but of why Napa Valley is such a unique and well heeled viticultural area? To answer these questions you need not look further than the iconic Sequoia Grove winery and their ‘A Taste For Cabernet’ experience. A uniquely educational seated tasting led by one of Napa Valley’s most respected wine educators, Dean Busquaert.
Dean is Sequoia Grove’s Senior Wine Educator and received the 2015 Robert Mondavi Hospitality Award for Excellence – one of the most esteemed honors in hospitality. Conceived and led by Dean, the experience focuses on the winery’s vineyard-designate Cabernet Sauvignon program. Recently named “Best Cabernet Tasting In Napa Valley” , this fully interactive pairing showcases the signature winemaking of Sequoia Grove, along with an in-depth exploration of their various vineyard sites and terroir. It is here that one truly begins to understand and appreciate the astonishing range and complexities of Cabernet, and how greatly the finished wine is affected by geography, climate and … wait for it … even food.
Through descriptive slides and pictures, actual soil samples and specifically crafted food components to illustrate the “do’s” and “don’ts” of food and wine pairing, Dean’s unpretentious demeanor and wealth of knowledge on this subject allow you to sit back and relax in Sequoia Grove’s beautiful private room and learn how your taste buds and olfactory senses really work. During the tasting, you’ll find out why the flavors of sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami can either be a wine’s best friend, or its worst enemy. You’ll also come to understand how the differing percentages of cacao interact with the phenolic compounds in a Cabernet when pairing the two (that’s a really fancy way of saying you’ll get to explore wine with chocolate).
I don’t want to give away too much about what’s in store for you, but to say I was impressed is putting it mildly, and that’s coming from someone who used to do these things for a living. Dean’s passion is contagious and nearly impossible not to get swept up in. You will leave the experience with both a newfound appreciation for Cabernet Sauvignon and a confidence you can’t wait to share with friends and family. It’s no wonder why WHERE Magazine voted it as one of “4 of Napa’s Best Food & Wine Pairing Experiences”.
After your tasting, be sure to explore their full collection of award-winning wines in the 110-year-old barn transformed into a rustic chic tasting room nestled is a beautiful circle of towering Sequoias. Whether you’re a long time collector with a cellar that rivals the Vatican’s, or a budding enthusiast looking to further explore this amazing varietal, Sequoia Grove’s Taste for Cabernet experience wows across the board. From Dean’s depth of knowledge, to the picturesque setting and amazing Cabernets, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more informative and convivial experience than this.
‘A Taste For Cabernet’ | $50.00/person | 75 minutes
For reservations, contact Dean Busquaert (707) 494-0905 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Tasting Room Open Daily 10:30am-5:00pm (except designated holidays)
8338 St. Helena Highway
Rutherford, CA 94573
By Louis Calli