Join us Thursday, July 23rd at 6:30pm for a Zoom tasting of three very special wines from superstar sommelier/winemaker Rajat Parr of Stolpman Vineyards and Combe Wines. Rajat is a three-time James Beard Award winner and regarded as one of the world's foremost sommeliers.
A trained chef, Rajat grew up in Calcutta, India, before journeying to the United States where he graduated from the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park. It was at the CIA where his interest in wine took hold. After graduation, Rajat chose to pursue the cellar instead of the kitchen, venturing to San Francisco to join the staff of Rubicon, the renowned wine-focused restaurant of Master Sommelier Larry Stone (remember him?). Rajat quickly rose in the ranks, becoming a protégé of Stone. He eventually left Rubicon to take over the wine program at San Francisco's landmark Fifth Floor restaurant before moving to join chef Michael Mina as wine director of that chef's eponymous restaurant. The Mina Group would eventually spawn over 20 restaurants across the country with Rajat overseeing all of the wine programs. During this period winemaking began to evermore capture his imagination. Beyond his wineries, Raj has also co-authored the James-Beard-Award winning book Secrets of the Sommeliers (with Jordan Mackay) and is now working on their new book The Atlas of Taste. He also co-founded the trend-setting California non-profit wine group In Pursuit of Balance. He lives in Santa Barbara, though he can still be found frequently traveling the world speaking, educating, tasting, and obsessively learning.
Thursday's tasting will include:
2019 Stolpman Vineyards Combe Pet' Nat, $41.99
A fine, tingly mousse - tiny bubbles that linger up the glass. The wine’s pale straw color and Champagne-like head make it hard to believe these grapes were picked from the same vines as the funky fun Trousseau Red. While totally unique to the New World, this bubbly deliciously fits the bill for any occasion demanding a sparkling wine.
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2018 Stolpman Vineyards Combe Chenin Blanc, $41.99
A powerful, rich white wine just beginning to evolve into its prime. On the nose, the gun-smoke reduction is married to the toasty second fill French Oak granting a ton of depth under the bright citrus fruit. On the pallet the wine is both expansive and razor sharp with lively zipping acidity.
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2019 Stolpman Vineyards Combe Trousseau, $29.99
2019 Combe Trousseau might be a touch darker than 2017 or 2018 but it remains the same light-bodied juicy juice masher that I have come to love. With that said, the wine is structured, firm and happy to get geeked out upon.
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Remember, you can pick up the wines prior to the tasting with curbside pick up, or we will deliver them within 15 miles, no charge.
Or, if you'd prefer to watch the tasting before purchasing the wines, email Hoyt at email@example.com and he will provide you with the link to log on.
We hope you will join us Thursday at 6:30!