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More live blogging from conference!

By Jessica Yadegaran
Friday, October 24th, 2008 at 4:53 pm in Uncategorized.

Up next: James David 2007 Muscat is dry, barrel-fermented and has a nose of pure honey and apricots. What a beautiful wine! It’s also got .17% residual sugar, so naturally it’s not sweet. What a beaut! I would love to have some halibut right now with this wine. It’s like Viognier, but with more acidity. David Cole, the owner and assistant winemaker, makes 105 cases of this and it’s going to come out next month and cost $18. The fruit is from Paso Robles and he’s buds with Bennett at Wine Thieves in Lafayette so you’ll be able to find it there. 

Here comes El Jefe from Twisted Oak Winery. The 2006 Twisted Oak Spaniard is 2/3 Tempranillo and the rest is Graciano and Grenache and hails from Calaveras County. What a wine! Just enough oak to give this blend a kiss of vanilla. Look out for more Spanish varietals from California. They’re gonna make a splash.

Next up: Sonoma Coast’s Small Vines located in Grayton. A husband and wife team, they produce 150 cases of this wine. It will be released in November to mailing list-only customers at $65. I don’t quite understand it, but they farm a high density vineyard, which means that they have 3,000 vines per acre. The average is 1,000 in California, but in Burgundy it’s common to be much higher. All I know is that Pinot is the most yield-sensitive varietal in the world. More on that later.

Last up!!! 2007 Cupcake Vineyards Chardonnay. Makes you feel like a kid again. Not too astute that it intimidates, but complex enough, like a precocious 8-year-old. It’s aged for six to eight months in New American Oak. I  like it, especially for $11.99. Megan, my friend who blogs as Wine Clubbie, says she wants popcorn with this wine. I agree!

The live blogging session is over!!! Phew.

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  • Sean Minor

    Hey Jessica, what a crazy event. First experience ever for us in that format. We were looking for you to taste the 06 Four Bears Napa Cab but everything was moving so fast I couldn’t even tell you if we buzzed through your table or not. Did you get a chance to taste the wine? Thanks again for your connection with Meeker in KS. They are screaming through the wines. Sean

  • Jessica Yadegaran

    Hey Sean,
    Yeah it was fun and insanity. If the 06 Four Bears was anything like the 05, I’m sure it was a hit. Did you taste the Sonoma Cutrer Les Pierres Chardonnay? It was awesome. I’ll be blogging more about the conference tomorrow. I’ve discovered twitter…

  • Sean Minor

    I did sneak a taste of the Les Pierres. Solid and mouthwatering. Nicole and I are somewhat intimidated by these new means on the net but we did dive into twitter over the week-end. Sometimes seems overwhelming… great way to keep track of the Four Bears!!!

  • http://ibabuzz/corkheads Jessica

    Indeed, same here. First time twittering happened for me this weekend.

  • Randy Cunningham

    Hi Jessica,
    Quick email here – was reading your notes on Alice’s book I believe there may be a small typo in the name of her book…. for vs from. Double check. Cheers!

  • Jessica Yadegaran

    Fixed. Thanks Randy!