One of Five Senses Tastings' first events was in March 2013 at Barnard College, by alma mater in celebration of Women's History Month. I remember being so excited about this event and having such a blast researching the amazing composers' lives, learning their music, and hearing what they had to say through their own particular medium
I get the chance to do it all over again at the end of this month when we team up again with our dear friends Mikey and Alon over at V Wine Room in West Hollywood. Tickets are on sale now, and we do expect this event to sell out to get 'em early! Back also by extremely popular demand, we'll be working with Catherine von Ruden of EOS Chocolates whose "Pots of Sin" may – let's be honest – the real reason that people come to our events. To tempt your tongue just a touch, I wanted to introduce to you the five winemakers we'll be featuring at our event.
First up is Erin Scherer of Zinke Wines whose 2016 Sauvignon Blanc will be our first offering of the evening. We don't currently have a picture of Erin, but we'll update as soon as we do. While influenced by tradition, Zinke is paving their own path in the vineyard and the cellar in pursuit of the unattainable—perfection. With fruit sourced from the grand crus of the central coast, their wine practically makes itself. Optimal ripeness, hand sorted fruit, small lot fermentations, stem inclusion, co-ferments, and the proper formula of oak and time embody their winemaking philosophy. Although influenced by those before us, their wines never imitate, and always inspire. Their wines harmonize with all genres of food, but the ideal pairing is with friends, family, music, and laughter.
Following Erin's wine, we'll showcase a Roussane by Sonja Magdevski of Casa Dumetz Wines. Casa Dumetz Wines started in 2004 with a patch of raw earth, a bucket of grapevines and a sincere commitment to produce authentic, elegant and pleasurable wines. Their focus is small production Rhone varietals crafted on the foundation of premiere Santa Barbara County fruit. Vineyard tours/barrel sampling sessions available by appointment for wine club members. Wines are sold almost exclusively through our tasting room in historic Los Alamos and via our wine club.
Tessa Marie Wines
We get a bit coquettish next with Tessa Marie's 2009 Coquette. Tessa, whose first harvest was in 2005, sources most of her fruit from Camp 4 Vineyard and Rodney's Vineyard, some of the most esteemed vineyards in Santa Barbara County. "I like to make New World-style wines with bold, stand-out flavors that still demonstrate balance." Tessa Marie makes her wines in a small, unassuming industrial warehouse space nearby. "For me, making wine is really about making art. I rely more upon my intuition and sense of taste. I guess my approach is intuitive, more than anything else."
We couldn't agree more with Tessa Marie that wine is so much more than liquid in a glass. It's art!
Next up is Clarissa Nagy's 2013 Syrah. Clarissa's story is one we hear a lot from winemakers: I didn't start out wanting to make wine but it found me, and it stuck!
In her own words, "people often ask how I started in the winey industry. It was never my plan to make wine. Actually, my original intention was to work with food. Thankfully, food and wine are often paired together. Through that means, wine found me. I met my husband while we were working together in the wine industry. We made a barrel of 2002 Viognier as a wedding favor. It seemed a fitting gift for our family and friends. My quest for another source of Viognier was encouraged by those who had tasted the “wedding wine.” It would be a longer quest than I expected.
I purchased one ton of Pinot Noir in 2004. I wanted to continue making Pinot Noir and work with an amazing vineyard. One thing led to another. In 2005, I began working with 3 different vineyards and my brand was born. Pinot Noir and Syrah were my main focus for the next 6 years. I made a Viognier in 2010, but frost would prevent me from doing so in 2011. The loss of Viognier opened the door to work with Pinot Blanc as well, and my journey continued to unfold. The newest chapter of my story is the addition of the tasting room.
Winemaking has become my passion. Sharing that joy with others is a priority. I‘d love to be able to bring everyone into the vineyard and cellar to experience winemaking firsthand. Since that isn’t realistic, I offer you a taste of my labor. Here is that experience captured in bottle. I hope to share this passion with you in person. Until then, enjoy!"
Kalawashaq' Wine Cellars
Our final wine is by a winemaker whose product we've featured before, and we're so excited to be serving it again. Tara Gomez is the owner of Kalawashaq' Wine Cellars, and for this event we'll be presenting her 2001 "Unity" blend. Can't really think of a more appropriate name for anything at this time!
In Samala, the language of the Santa Ynez Chumash, Kalawashaq' translates to "shell of the turtle" and represents a village once occupied by our ancestors. In the tradition of our ancestors to honor the land, we have taken the grapes grown from Mother Earth and respectfully handcrafted them into fine wines designed for your enjoyment. Kalawashaq' Wines symbolizes the beauty of tradition and honor of the Chumash people. It is with this in mind that we bring you our wines in honor of our ancestors.
In our next blog post we'll introduce you to our musicians for this event. We're so excited to welcome back – yet again – Jacquelyn Schreiber on piano and vocals. When you find someone that good and that reliable, you just keep bringing them back. Thrilled to introduce to you a new violinist on our roster, Lacy Rostyak, and Lois Blaisch, a guitarist and singer-songwriter will be joining us as well for some Janis Joplin, Tina Turner, Joni Mitchell, and other rock legends!