Join DLynn Proctor at Knife as he introduces the wines of Fantesca Estate & Winery during a four-course pairing dinner on Thursday, November 7. The expertly prepared menu will complement the tasting notes of each wine perfectly so guests are taken down a delicious, exploratory journey of the palate.
The host of the evening, DLynn Proctor, was named ‘Best Sommelier in America’ by Wine and Spirits Magazine in 2008, and was bestowed the honor as one of Wine Enthusiast Magazine’sTop ’40 Under 40′ Tastemakers for 2014. DLynn is also one of the four featured subjects in the internationally acclaimed wine documentary ‘SOMM’, covering the three-year journey to becoming a coveted Master Sommelier. Continue reading →
Many months ago we discussed the Indie Film, Somm, made with unprecedented access that takes the viewer on a humorous, emotional, and illuminating look into one of the world’s most prestigious, secretive, and exclusive organizations – the Court of Master Sommeliers and the massively intimidating Master Sommelier Exam. Continue reading →
There is a moment when sheer glory crosses your path. She delights you. She prickles your lips. She tantalizes. She even offers a garden of flowers, and a basket yellow roses. She stays with you a very long time, long through the decades. She only gives herself to those who have dreamed of her.
This homage to old world inspired “sauvy” delivers laser like focus and balance. Fresh lime, kiwi, and apricot with uplifted white roses, ginger and green tea. Made by a great somm in San Francisco, the wines are extremely small production and expressive of Santa Ynez and Happy Canyon terroir.
I feel now is the time to get into the austere yet mellow, and sometimes confused wines of Rioja. Made from a traditionally thin skinned variety known as Tempranillo, these wines stylistically can take oak for a long time, and a lot of it.
Brooding aromas of coffee and vanilla, followed by notes of stale leather and iron are married with dark red and dried black fruits. A gifted interpretation of one of my favorite Riojas comes in this week at an affordable price.
I’ve often joked the way you spell sommelier is RIESLING, and that will always be true.
The 2002 vintage is one of my favorites from Johannes. With white peach, yellow apple, subtle spices, and a tantalizing layer of still fresh and zingy acidity, this is a Grand Cru that can easily last another 15 years. Don’t be afraid that Rieslings are too sweet, because they can bone dry and ethereal!