Wine Buzz: An all-star lineup for tasting

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 - 6:02 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 - 6:42 pm

Now that a new year is on the calendar, be on the lookout soon for some very old wine. And we’re not just talking any bottles, but some of Burgundy’s stars via the 1960s.

The second installment of UC Davis’ “Vintage Wine Tasting” will take place Jan. 22 at the school’s Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science. While the first edition of this series focused on tastings of Bordeaux of five decades ago, the upcoming event will uncork some very exciting examples of mature Burgundy.

The lineup includes the much-heralded 1962 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Grands Echezeaux, a prized wine and vintage from one of the world’s most esteemed estates. A bit of mature riesling and sauternes will also bookend the flights of Burgundy. Here’s the full list for Jan. 22:

• 1976 Shloss Vollrads Goldlack Riesling Kabinett

• 1959 Grivelet Chambolle-Musigny Vignes de Château

• 1962 Domaine F. Thevenot Aloxe-Corton

• 1962 Domaine Montrieux Grands Échezeaux

• 1962 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Grands Échezeaux

• 1962 Mommessin Clos de Tart

• 1967 Château Rieussec Sauternes

Like the initial event, the tasting will be led by Darrell Corti with assistance by Matthew Lewis of wineCentric and his team of sommeliers. While this lineup might elicit a giddy, near Pavlovian response with serious wine collectors, the event is treated as a thoughtful seminar that touches on such topics as wine ageability, plus the winemaking styles of the past and what modern vintners can learn from them.

That’s not to say some fun won’t be had. If the sold-out debut tasting was any indication, look for the gathering to include a lively bunch of wine industry professionals, serious collectors and young winemakers. The upcoming Burgundy tasting will also be more than twice as large, with room for about 70 participants.

The tasting costs $200, with proceeds benefiting UC Davis’ Department of Viticulture and Enology. Even with the high ticket cost, just a few seats remain for a chance to try these once-in-a-lifetime wines.

Reserve a seat soon if you want to take part: (970) 376-1222.

Taste with Kushman

Last time we caught up with Rick Kushman, the former “Good Life” and TV columnist for The Bee was co-leading the California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition. His “The Barefoot Spirit,” a book he co-authored about business lessons learned in the rise of Barefoot Wines, had hit The New York Times best-seller charts.

On Saturday, Kushman will lead a fun and chatty wine appreciation class at Renwood Winery’s tasting room (12225 Steiner Road, Plymouth). Stop by to learn the basics of wine lingo, the proper way to taste and more in a decidedly unpretentious atmosphere. $30, or $25 for Renwood wine club members.

To reserve a spot: (209) 245-6979, ext. 4.


Call The Bee’s Chris Macias, (916) 321-1253. On Twitter @chris_macias.

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