Every so often we get a note from a friend that they've brought our wine to a big tasting or dinner and they'll share the list of wines with us. We got one last week from a friend in Miami and the list was impressive:
2005 Bodegas Nekeas Vega Sindoa El Chaparral Old Vines Granache
1969 Chapoutier La Bernardine Chateauneuf du Pape
1995 Chapoutier La Bernardine Chateauneuf du Pape
2001 Turley Estate Petite Syrah
1989 Chapoutier Monier de la Sizeranne Hermitage
2001 Domaine Tempier Cuvee Speciale La Migoua
2003 Clos des Papes (Vincent Avril) en magnum
1985 Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage la Chappelle
2001 Roger Sabon Le Secret des Sabon
2003 Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf du Pape
2007 Chateau Mourges du Gres Terre d'Argence
1998 Guigal La Mouline Cote Rotie
2003 Chateau Rayas Reserve Chateauneuf du Papes
2007 Stefania Eaglepoint Mendicino Syrah
2000 DuMol Eddie's Patch Syrah
A list like this always reminds me of the first time I took a barrel sample out for people to try. It was at a dinner in Maryland and everyone decided that the perfect time to try my little plastic bottle full of wine was right beside a 1999 Joseph Phelps Insignia and a 1995 Ridge Montebello. That's a high pressure moment.
We've always done really well at these type of events though and we actually get lots of sign ups from people once the price comes out. Our wine is usually the least expensive by a wide margin.
I love hearing these stories now, so if you take one of our wines to an event, let us know how it did.