Here are some highlights from the Slow Wine tastings in San Francisco and Oregon this week. Heartfelt thanks to all the winemakers who participated and all the trade members who came out to taste.
Slow Wine editor-in-chief Giancarlo Gariglio (left) with California wine legend Robert Sinskey. I have to confess to being a bit starstruck when meeting Robert, whose wines were among the first Californians I swooned over as an adolescent wine lover.
Mitico! Dan Petroski (left) poured Larkmead Vineyards for Giancarlo. Dan’s Massican wines were also in the guide this year.
Bryan Harrington’s Nebbiolo is the best I’ve ever tasted from California… period. Delicious wine, with fantastic varietal expression. The Italians, no strangers to Nebbiolo, were blown away by how good it was.
The 2010 Stony Hill Chardonnay caused jaws to drop. A bit above my pay grade but man, what an incredible wine! (Note to self: need to save up for a bottle to share with Tra on our anniversary next year.)
Chris Williams of Brooks in Oregon is one of the coolest people in the wine industry I’ve ever met. His Riesling floored me when I tasted it for the first time last year. His Pinot Noir revived me. You gotta love any winemaker who quotes Trotsky.