Arriving to Vérité Winery on a gorgeous day in Healdsburg. We were welcomed with a Sparkling Rose Wine which I think is one of the most fun ways to start a celebration or in this case visit to one of the most well-known and high-quality Bordeaux producers (meaning Bordeaux varieties) in Sonoma County.
Views of the Vérité Winery Tasting room where we experienced our tasting.
Marcelo explaining the various soil types used for the Vérité Winery Wines. This is so interesting if you look close you can see the various soil colors, and textures each are so unique in terroir. The areas of Sonoma used for Vérité Wines include Chalk Hill (where the Winery & Tasting room is located), Bennett Valley, Alexander Valley and Jackson Park (also in Sonoma).
The line up of Vérité Wines we enjoyed during our visit. This was beyond special especially considering these wines retail for $395 a bottle (available in 3, 6 or 12 packs to List Members).
Let the fun begin! I was so excited to get to taste through this line up of Vérité Wines led by Marcelo. I have tried these wines in the past as last fall I attended their Fall pick up party which you can read about here, however, it’s not the same as tasting in a controlled environment like this where I’m spelling, tasting and taking notes on each and every sip I enjoyed. I’ll share more below about my tasting process and how much work goes into the proper wine tasting process.
Me and our lovely guide who I’m now fortunate to call a friend after spending a few days together on other winery visits within the Spire Collection Wine Portfolio Marcelo. He’s such a good sport smiling for all my pictures and of course sharing the wealth of knowledge he has about Vérité Wines.
Let the important tasting begin. To begin, before I taste any wine I always smell it and take note of the wine color. This tells you so much about the wine, the winemaking style (oak, what type of oak, for how long), the terroir and the varietal (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon…), the age, and even the region it’s from. I sometimes close my eyes to really focus on the smell and remove other distractions. Like I’ve said, this is hard work….
Is it obvious how much I LOVE to wine taste and do my job? This really makes me feel like the luckiest girl that Vérité Winery invited me to visit and share their spectacular wines with YOU!
It’s also useful to read the tasting notes when tasting and smelling.. The tasting notes will share the variety type, winemaking style, type of oak used (typically the more expensive the wine the more likely they’re using French Oak Barrels), then if you want to get really geeky you can learn what kind of French Oak Barrels, for how long, and is there a combination of new and old barrels, all new? Each winery and winemaker has a unique style which is one of the elements that helps make each wine unique and special it’s own way.
Although we are about to depart the incredible Vérité Winery we are still all smiles after the truly educational delicious and fun tasting we had. A huge thanks to Marcelo and the Vérité Winery team for hosting me and Emily (another Emily, I know!) for this incredible tasting.
What do you think?