After seriously getting into wine, I found I began collecting wines. I dabbled in some futures and bought some new releases to lay down in my cellar. I have a handful of St. Émilion Premier Grand Cru1 wines that I’ve dubbed my retirement wines2 as well as a few 1st and 2nd growth wines that I bought with some age on them.
Ahhh, fall. It really is my favorite time of year as it is the season of my birthday, Halloween, Thanksgiving, college football (Go Irish!)
“My father always taught me that it’s all about the vineyard, and this was a great opportunity to add a special one.”
The more I study and learn about wine, the more I find that I totally dig creating food and wine parings. This is why people love me – I give them wine and I give them food! In addition to doing events for various groups, I host an annual pairing for Thing 1’s school as part of a major fundraiser. It’s a great deal of fun and I get to give back while doing something I love. #Winning. As I find in most of the tastings, people can have some strong opinions when they don’t like something. All good though, because that’s how your learn your palate. So for the 2017 edition, I chose seven wines from seven countries paired with seven small bites.
Mention the names Krug and Mondavi and even some of the most causal wine drinkers show a sign of recognition. Founded in 1861 by Charles Krug and later purchased by Cesare Mondavi, Charles Krug Winery is the oldest winery in Napa Valley. The winery was owned and run by Peter Mondavi, Sr. until his death in 2016 and today is under the tutelage of his sons, Marc and Peter, Jr. Stacy Clark is the fabulous woman charged with winemaking duties and also is the winemaker and owner of her own label, Galland Clark Wines.
A visit to St. Helena in northern Napa is not complete without a visit to this beautiful and legendary and historic winery.