For this coming Labor Day weekend, consider including a new element into any parties that you might host or attend. A vertical wine tasting is tasting one particular varietal (from the same winery) from successive years to experience the nuances that can change from year-to-year. It’s a really interesting way to taste the way that unique weather patterns and soil conditions can slightly alter the resulting grape. A fun way to do it is to place each wine in a bag so that the tasting can be blind. Take notes and share personal favorites. You might go in with some friends to enjoy both a white and a red vertical. A Cabernet would be especially versatile with summer grilling: Try the Cathedral Ridge September Special (the two newest cab releases against the vintage). Cheers!!
Cathedral Ridge Winery offers Vertical Wine Tasting every weekend; this weekend, September 17th & 18th, Cathedral Ridge will be tasting a mini-vertical of Syrah Reserve. Come and try the 2006 and 2007 Syrah Reserve to experience the subtle nuances that differ from year to year. The Syrah is one of Cathedral Ridge Winery’s most prized red wines, and the reserves are luscious. These two in particular have enjoyed a long soak in perfectly aged French oak; they possess an amazing nose and are filled with deep fruit and hints of pepper. Test your wine knowledge to see if you can determine a difference between the two vintages! Winery hours are 11 am-6pm. Cheers!