Another successful afternoon event at Flavorish Market! Seventy-nine glasses, six bottles; three Sauvignon Blancs, three Cabernet Sauvignons, and thirteen attendees witnessed Sommelier Jenna Robinson share her first wine class on Sunday, August 3, 2014, from 5-7 pm.
After a brief group introduction, Jenna started by asking: “Are any of you aware of the connection between the Sauvignon Blanc and the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes?” Silence took over the room for a few seconds, until she went on to say: “the mystery of how Cabernet Sauvignon came to be was finally solved in 1996, when a geneticist from UC Davis provided micro-satellite data determining Cabernet Sauvignon’s true origins.” 1996? Wine has been around for thousands of years, Folks! This is cool, really! At least to a wine geek! “Cabernet Sauvignon is a cross between Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc! The geneticists’ research demonstrated that the crossing likely occurred in the 17th century (by mere chance), in two adjacent vineyards in Bordeaux, France. An accidental cross contamination resulted in one of the most popular red wine grapes in the world.” If you’re a Cab fan, this should be an extremely interesting fact. Mom is Sauvignon Blanc and Dad is Cabernet Franc! A stunning lineage! We have beautiful examples of all three varietals at the market. Definitely check them out!
“Quite an interesting fact” said one of the attendees, while holding a bottle of ‘Hypothesis’, a fine Cabernet Sauvignon from Roots Run Deep Winery, in California’s Napa Valley. In response to that comment, a lady across the table said “I agree, however, I’m more of a white wine drinker and I would love to know more about the Sauvignon Blanc grape.”
Jenna turned her attention to the lady in question, while picking up a quarter full glass of ‘Uniqué Sainte Claire’ 2013 Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley, and confidently proceeded to say: “Sauvignon Blanc is a snappy, zesty wine grape, full of aromatic personality. The Amy Winehouse of wines (may she rest in peace.) Nothing subtle here! Straightforward and unmistakable, Sauvignon Blanc is grown all around the globe and has a unique taste in each region. Because of its high acidity and crisp, clean taste, it pairs exceptionally well with food, especially seafood, shellfish, salads, white pizza and simple hors d’ouvres.” Jenna went on to say that: “the primary fruit flavors of Sauvignon Blanc are lime, green apple, passion fruit, and white peach, but let’s see what you taste.”
Much more was said about both grape varietals, as participants got increasingly engaged and interested. Jenna was bombarded with questions and as she effortlessly answered, it was obvious that everyone was ready to start the actual “tasting.”
In front of each participant were six glasses of wine; three whites and three reds. Each glass had a number from 1 to 6 written on them, which indicated the order of the tasting. Glasses 1 through 3 contained three different Sauvignon Blanc wines, and 3 to 6, three Cabernet Sauvignons’.
The tasting commenced as participants followed Jenna’s lead, while she instructed them to pick up glass #1 and, ” look, tilt, swirl, smell, and taste”. Then followed glass #2…and so on. After each sip, she took time to speak about the specifics of each varietal’s aroma, taste profile, region, and food pairings. A Fumé Blanc from the USA, a French/Loire and a classic New Zealand represented the Sauvignon Blancs and the Cabernet Sauvignons were represented by South Africa, Argentina and California. Spanish “Marcona” almonds, crackers, olives and cheeses served as simple food pairings for the class. Jenna also had several fruits, vegetables, sweets and herbs on hand to make tastes and aromas more comprehensible. For instance, green pepper, blackberry, blueberry, fig, licorice, lemongrass, citrus (lemon, lime, grapefruit) and apple were on hand.
After about an hour and a half of sniffing, tasting, chatting and a great deal of participant enjoyment, Jenna concluded the event, as always, on a super gracious note. She briefly went over each wine, as a way of reminding every participant of the pleasures and wonders of the ancient beverage, wine! She handed out tasting note and continued elaborating; her voice took on a musical note of sorts, (she is a singer/musician, as well as a Sommelier, after all.) Her pace was soothing, mysterious and seductive. Smile on her face, the passion for wine took over the final moments of the
class. The more Jenna spoke, the quieter it got, participants hung on every word, with humble admiration.
As time flies when one is having fun, so it did this day, as well. However, this event was not finished until a perceptive man/participant was inspired to say: “Jenna might just very well be the Adele of the wine world, she wishes and delivers nothing but the best wines for you!”
Quite a start to our extended wine tasting classes at Flavorish Market! Don’t miss out on the fun and education. Sign up for our September 14th, 2014 class now. It’s never too early, as space is limited and Jenna is ready to dazzle you with a spectacular lineup of Spanish wines!