The best part of being in the wine business is product testing. Last week our members gathered for a typical meeting, with one extraordinary exception. Our vineyard manager, Damon, brought with him two of our freshly-bottled 2010 wines. As we discussed the mundane matters of the vineyard, we enjoyed an outstanding Merlot and our exciting Rhone Blend.
The Merlot is simply fantastic. It is spicy and full-bodied, with just the right amount of heat. The blend is smooth and fruit-forward and makes for a fascinating entry into our portfolio.
As with any wine, these are nothing without good company and good friends. Coming together to taste and talk about our product makes for a memorable experience in what would otherwise be a humdrum meeting.