Guests were welcomed with Sparkling Brut from Gloria Ferrer. After a day of drinking still wines there’s nothing more fabulous than a glass of bubbles!
The fabulous Three Sticks Wines team including Winemaker, Ryan Prichard (read my interview with Ryan on the blog here) and Prema Behan, Sonoma Vintners & Growers Board President & COO of Price Family Vineyards. These two are the best! I’m a huge fan of Three Sticks Wines so know them both well and not only are their wines stunning, they’re both beyond nice, approachable and such great industry friends.
Enjoying a glass of The Three Sticks Wines Pinot Noir from Durell Vineyard. Durell is literally my favorite Carneros Vineyard, also where this event was supposed to be held but sadly due to rain, it was relocated inside.
Me and my Wine Mentor and friend, Christophe Tassen, Wine Director at The Battery San Francisco.
Me and Chef Ari Wasserman of The Glen Ellen Star who was the Chef cooking dinner for this fabulous evening. Chef Ari is the best! His restaurant, The Glen Ellen star is one of my favorites in Glen Ellen (let’s be honest, my favorite) and he and his wife Errin are the best! Truly a family business sharing amazing food and wines. Errin’s family is the Benzinger’s of Benziger Winery, another Glen Ellen must see!
Me and Christopher Sawyer, aka Sawyer Sommelier who was a Sommelier during the dinner.
Sneak peek at the incredible assortment of Ridge Wines being shared during the evening. I wasn’t at the Ridge table, however, the winemakers and sommeliers were extremely generous sharing various wines with guests. See what I was fortunate to taste from Ridge Winery below.
Enjoying the 2011 Ridge Zinfandel which was lovely.
The line up of wines at our table from Monte Rosso Vineyard.
Monte Rosso Vineyard Manager Brenae Royal sharing Louis Martini Wines with me and the other guests at our table. I had the privilege of sitting next to her which was fabulous as we discussed some of the vineyard practices and her background which led to her role as a vineyard manager.
Cheers to this lovely dinner with Brenae Royal. Throughout the dinner, we enjoyed various wines produced from this vineyard which was such a treat as I’d never had grapes from this Sonoma Vineyard.
Views of the spectacular Sonoma Valley Legends Dinner at Viansa. This was such a fabulous evening with amazing wines, incredible people and of course delicious food prepared by my friend, Chef Ari Wasserman of The Glen Ellen Star. Read more about Chef Ari Wasserman on my interview here.
Chris Sawyer sharing the historic 1978 Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon Blanc with me. OMG, I think this is for sure the oldest Sonoma Wines I’ve enjoyed. I’ve had quite old Napa Cabernet Wines from vertical tastings with Chateau Montelena (read about that tasting here) and Cardinale Winery (read about that tasting here)but never this old from Sonoma, what a treat!
Thanks to Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers for hosting me to this incredible weekend and this fabulous evening!