San Francisco: California Cabernet Society 20th Annual Spring Barrel Tasting

    Cabernet Society Barrel Tasting in San Francisco

    Here’s a unique opportunity to sample 100 current release Cabernets from California all under one roof. The California Cabernet Society is holding its 20th annual spring barrel tasting on May 3 at Bently Reserve in San Francisco. It’s a great opportunity to get a sneak peek at the 2009 vintage. Gourmet appetizers will be served.

    Our very own Clinton Stark, co-founder and editor-in-chief of SSC says, “Cabernet is still King. When it comes to red wines, it’s California’s poster child. Big. Bold. Rich. What more could you want?”

    From Wikipedia: In many aspects, Cabernet Sauvignon can reflect the desires and personality of the winemaker while still presenting familiar flavors that express the typical character of the variety. The most pronounced effects are from the use of oak during production. Typically the first winemaking decision is whether or not to produce a varietal or blended wine. The “Bordeaux blend” of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet franc, with potentially some Malbec, Petit Verdot or Carménère, is the classic example of blended Cabernet Sauvignon, emulated in the United States with wines produced under the “Meritage” designation.

    But Cabernet Sauvignon can be blended with a variety of grapes such as Shiraz, Tempranillo and Sangiovese.[2] The decision to blend is then followed by the decision of when to do the blending— before, during or after fermentation. Due to the different fermentation styles of the grapes, many producers will ferment and age each grape variety separately and blend the wine shortly before bottling.

    The California Cabernet Society was founded in 1991 by 40 small wineries for the purpose of promoting Cabernet Sauvignon and educating consumer, trade, and press about the qualities of California Cabernet Sauvignon. Each Spring the Society holds a major Barrel tasting in Northern California, showcasing barrel samples from the most recent vintage. Members of the trade and press are invited to taste and evaluate the promise and excitement of the newest harvest and its potential to develop into outstanding finished wines.

    California Cabernet Society Member List

    Adelaida Cellars
    Amapola Creek
    Arns (Highgate Wine Co)
    Arrowood Vineyards & Winery
    Ashe Family Vineyards
    Atlas Peak
    Baldacci Family Vineyards
    Barnett Vineyards
    Beaulieu Vineyard
    Bell Wine Cellars
    Blue Rock Vineyard
    Briar Rose
    Buoncristiani Family Winery
    Cain Vineyard & Winery
    Carter Cellars
    Chalk Hill Estate
    Charles Creek Vineyard
    Charles Krug – Peter Mondavi Family Winery
    Chimney Rock Winery
    Clark-Claudon Vineyards
    Cliff Lede Vineyards
    Clos Pegase
    Corison Winery
    Cornerstone Cellars
    Diamond Creek Vineyards
    Dry Creek Vineyard
    Faust Winery
    Frias Family Vineyard
    Gargiulo Vineyards
    Grassi Wine Company
    Guilliams Vineyards
    Hagafen Cellars
    Hall Winery
    Hendry Ranch Winery
    Hidden Ridge Vineyard
    Jericho Canyon Vineyard
    Jordan Vineyard & Winery
    Justin Vineyards & Winery
    Keenan Winery
    Kenefick Ranch
    Kuleto Estate Family Vineyards
    Louis M. Martini
    Mario Bazan Cellars
    Martin Estate
    Merryvale Vineyards
    Mi Sueno Winery
    Moss Creek Winery
    O’Shaughnessy Estate Winery
    Owl Ridge
    Piña Napa Valley
    Raymond Vineyard & Cellar
    Robert Craig Winery
    Robert Mondavi Winery
    Rocca Winery
    Sequum Winery
    Sherwin Family Vineyards
    Silver Oak Cellars
    Silverado Vineyards
    Simi Winery
    Sojourn Cellars
    Star Lane
    The Steven Kent Winery
    Sullivan Winery
    Terlato Family Vineyards
    The Grade Cellars
    Titus Vineyards
    Trinchero Napa Valley Winery
    Tudal Winery
    Ty Caton Vineyards
    Varozza Winery
    Viader Vineyards & Winery
    Vineyard 7&8
    Volker Eisele Family Estate
    William Hill

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