The tasting room where we enjoyed our tasting during my visit to The Spire Collection Estate. The tasting room looks out to stunning Calistoga vineyard views, which makes for the most picturesque tasting and relaxing Wine Country experience.
I love the open air experience this tasting room offers guests. It also has a very upscale and sophisticated, yet modern and cool vibe with the vintage record player, the guitar, and many other little details that make this such a memorable and unique experience.
Some of the various different wines that are showcased at The Spire Collection Tasting Room. I had tasted a few of these brands in the past, either at the respective wineries or at other wine tasting events, but it was incredible to see them all together in one space. They have such a variety of California, Oregon, and even South African wines.
Views from my seat as we began our tasting.
The fabulous Ryan, who hosted us for our tasting. He was extremely knowledgeable, passionate, and truly helped to make the experience wonderful. After visiting a ton of wineries, I really appreciate when you have someone like Ryan who can gauge the guest’s interest, knowledge, and how involved they want him to be in the experience. We did not stop engaging and asking Ryan questions, which he pleasantly welcomed and encouraged.
The line up of the wines that we enjoyed during the visit. I fell in love with the Capensis Chardonnay, a brand that I had not tasted prior to this Spire Tasting. I also loved the Maggy Hawk Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley (surprise surprise, I love Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Wines), and the Zena Crown Vineyards Williamette Valley Pinot Noir.
The Zena Crown Pinot Noir we tasted. This was a blend of a variety of clones with nice body, and it really wasn’t too heavy. I was surprised at how smooth it was, as most Oregon Pinor Noir wines are much earthier and less gentle. It also had a lovely, floral aromatic nose.
This 2014 Capensis Chardonnay was exquisite, hands down the wine I was most excited to try for the first time. I fell in love with it. It was extremely clean and light with just a touch of malolactic flavoring, but more of a Burgundian White style than a typical, overly creaky and oaky California Chardonnay. The price tag at $80 per bottle makes this a wine I would treasure for a special occasion and not just drink daily.
Another wine I loved that we tasted was the Maggy Hawk Stormin’ Pinot Noir. This is made with the 667 clone and is not made annually, only when the team feels that the grapes are high quality enough to produce this single block wine. This was lovely, a bit heavier (as expected) than the Oregon Zena Crown Pinot Noir, yet extremely smooth and silky. At a $66 retail this is quite an incredible wine.
Cheers to a fabulous visit to Jackson Family’s Spire Collection Estate. This was such a special visit, not only because of the beautiful setting and the fabulous host, but also because we were able to try so many wines at one time. I really think this concept is great for wine lovers to bring the best of various regions together in one setting. Thanks for having me and my guests join at the Spire Collection Estate.