Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Thanks Sonoma Cutrer
Thank you to Sonoma Cutrer Vineyards for publishing my blog on its Facebook page. As you may recall my last entry was prepared to serve with the Cutrer Chardonnay from that winemaker. SC Chardonnay is like an old friend, maybe a "best friend". I was first introduced to it in 1994 at a “good-bye lunch” with a dear friend as I was leaving one of my university jobs. The restaurant was the Striped Bass in Philadelphia Pa which I believe has closed. Sonoma Cutrer was the house wine. From that first sip, I was hooked.
It was difficult to purchase in wine stores, but over the next few years whenever I was in a restaurant which served SC I was certain to order it. Fast forward ten years to my first trip to wine country. My anticipation of finding the SC Vineyard was only surpassed by my husband's proposal the night before in San Francisco. But within minutes of checking in to our wine country inn (Vintners Inn,) I discovered that SC was just two or three turns away. Upon arrival at SC we were told that tours were only open to members - I joined on the spot and scheduled a tour for that afternoon. A couple afiliated with a restaurant in San Francisco joined us - we were educated on the grapes, the soil, the rocks, the wine making process, we met the assistant wine maker, we tasted the pinot noir grapes on the vine and then were treated to all three of SC's white wines. Not just tastings - our host set down three glasses for each of us and we enjoyed bottles of the Chardonnay, the Cutrer and the Les Pierres. What a delight!
As we were leaving my husband to be explained to me that this was an extraordinary wine tour and tasting and that while over the next few days I would probably taste other good wine the tour and the “tastings” would not compare to SC. And he was so right! This private tour remains the best I have had at any winery in the US, France, Italy, South Africa and Australia!
As a SC club member, for the next couple of years, we looked forward to and enjoyed our shipments of Chardonnay, the Cutrer, the Les Pierres and the Pinot Noir. You can imagine how disappointed I was when SC had to cease shipping to my state (and my neighboring state where many relatives reside). I felt like I was being dumped by a lover or at least a best friend, but I remained faithful. Fortunately, we live in an area where I can get SC's Russian River and the Sonoma Coast Chardonnays. I can get the Cutrer and Les Pierres at a grocer/wine shop in the neighboring county. But the SC Pinot Noir remains only a memory.
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