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"A Thrilling and Unforgettable Wine Tour Experience"

 

In German, “Hahn” means rooster and for this reason a rooster adorns each bottle of Hahn Wines, honoring the Hahn family's European heritage. Grown on over 1000 acres in Monterey County, the diverse vineyards of Hahn Estate make up some of the best Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah plantings in the region. The distinctive qualities of the vineyards coupled with the sunny days and foggy nights helps to create wines of depth and complexity.
 
The safari began on the ATV, we sped through the vineyards to our first stop- a behind the scenes tour of the barrel room and cellar operations. We sampled newly harvested grape juice straight from the barrels and learned about the fermentation process. We continued up the mountain where we were met with vineyards as far as the eyes can see.  The estate educator revealed in great detail the entire wine making process as we picked grapes directly from the vines and sampled each grape variety. 
We returned to their stylish tasting room, and received a private tasting in their VIP room. As we sipped on the Hahn’s delectable wine selection we reflected on the day’s activities.  For a thrilling and unforgettable wine tour experience, look no further than the Estate ATV Adventure at Hahn Estate in the Santa Lucia Highlands.
 
 
 
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The rating of wine: where does one begin?

Wednesdays, at Signaturewines.com, will be devoted to discussing various wine reviews while also attempting to empirically describe and rate the wines we review. We intend to engage in these reviews in an unbiased and objective fashion. Since we believe that wine expresses itself much like art, where it is said that beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, so we must recognize that like art, the beauty and intrigue of a particular wine lies, after all, in the “Palate of the Taster".

“Empiricism” is defined as a theory of communicating knowledge primarily from measurable sensory experiences. So, how then are wines “rated” in an empirical fashion? understanding wine ratings

Applying empirical methodologies upon subjective experiences like our human sensory experience of evaluating wine can assist us in describing the experience to others without their need to taste that particular wine themselves in order for them to form an expectation of the particular experience prior to the reality of their experience. We shall therefore seek to describe a wine in terms of objective measurements so as to convey both the real and qualitative characteristics of a wine-tasting experience.blind wine tasting

This article will discuss one of the earliest wine rating systems established in the United States. This was a “point scale system” established in 1959 at the University of California, Davis, by Dr. Maynard A. Amerine. Dr. Amerine (1911-1998) is revered as the pre-eminent Professor of Enology, who, along with his staff, created a 20-point system that was used as a guide to describe and rank the large number of experimental wines that were being produced at the university.

Dr. Amerine's system, commonly referred to as "The Davis System" assigns a certain number of points to each of ten distinct categories. These points are then totaled to obtain an overall score for a particular wine.

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Time to explore and make new friends

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We like to have fun and we think you do, too. And what better way to create great memories than discovering great experiences to enjoy with friends, old and new?

For example, last weekend many of our SignatureWines.com VIP Cardholders exercised their invitations to attend the "Cars & Cabernet" event held at Grgich Hills Estate Winery in Napa, California. Grgich Hills Estate Winery became famous when its Chardonnay was selected the best white wine in the world at the "Paris Tasting" of 1976! Since then Grgich Hills has consistently produced world-class wines that are enjoyed the world over. 

SignatureWines.com VIP Cardholders enjoyed three preview tastings of Grgich Hills Carbernets in the Grgich Hills VIP lounge on a complimentary basis. Just one of the many perks and pleasures offered to our SignatureWines.com VIP cardholders. 


The weather was spectacular this past weekend, so in addition to enjoying great wines, it was a fine day for guests to examine many of the best luxury vehicles the world has to offer including the spectacular Mclaren pictured below. Mclaren 2If you missed this event, don’t worry, but do keep your heads up for new events that are coming your way: This Saturday and Sunday spend the afternoon at Fenestra Winery's soup and wine event known as the "Souper Bowl"! There will be delicious wines to sample and an offering of delectable gourmet soups prepared by top local chefs. A brilliant way to wind up for the Super Bowl! Take home some of the best Livermore Valley wine values for your upcoming Super Bowl parties. Purchase your tickets in advance and receive a special gift from SignatureWines.com at the event by clicking on this link: http://fenestrasoupwine12612.eventbrite.com/?ref=ecal#

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A sense of place


Where are you from, Stranger?  Having a sense of place provides us with a tangible descriptor of our own selves and the people we meet. This sense of place quite often applies to many things we experience in our lives.Terroir It gives us a reference point and a sense of commonality which allows us to to readily identify with one another.  The language we speak or the peculiar or unique accents of our speech allows us to recognize that we come from a particular place.

Wine, too, shares a reference to place that is similar to own own. For wine, "place," or "terroir" is very important, and the term "terroir" refers to the distinctive characteristics of the fruit grown and transformed into wine from a particular place.  Can you tell if the wine you taste comes from the old or new world? Possibly France or Spain, or is it a wine grown and produced in California? Can you describe the clues that your wine expresses?

I recently had the pleasure of observing five master sommelier describe wines "blind."  blind wine tastingWhen I say "blind" what I mean is that the master sommelier would taste the wines and then describe and identify these wines without any prior knowledge about any of them. I especially enjoyed the deductive processes of these wine masters and I would like to share a valuable lesson I learned from one of them. During one of the blind tastings the master sommelier lifted his glass of red wine and said, " I can see that I do not have a white wine here."  Brilliant comedy, thought I, somewhat sarcastically.  But then I was soon amazed because each of the masters, employing their powers of deduction, were able to correctly name the varietal, vintage and origin of the wine.

As we head into the Holidays,Holiday toast which oftentimes calls us back to our own origins, what does our sense of place mean to us? Has our "terroir" shaped our character, and if so, how?  Certainly, our environment has some impact on our personality. How would you go about describing your home?  I suppose describing a wine's "character" (dark or light, heavy or thin, fragrant or flinty and so forth and so on) illustrates the importance of terroir that a winemaker takes into consideration when attempting to produce a fine wine. Thus terroir is the foundation that crafts the basic character of a wine such that allows us to eventually learn how to distinguish the differences between a Cabernet Sauvignon grown in California with those grown in Bordeaux, France. So lift your glass with a smile because everyone like every wine comes from somewhere.

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To ask or not to ask

Recently, a "mystery" shopper was set loose upon a Bay Area wine country with $1200.00 to spend on wine from the various winery tasting rooms. The shopper could only buy wine if they were asked by the tasting room staff to purchase.  After a weekend of many winery tasting rooms only $200.00 of $1200.00 was spent.Ask for the order

Do you expect to purchase wine at each of the winery tasting rooms that you visit? Do you expect to be asked to purchase wine or would that turn you off? The art of the "ask" seems to me to be essential for a successful tasting room. Regardless of all the wine tasting etiquette rules, which we list later in another article, the tasting room is the primary direct-to-wine consumer outlet.Buy the case

The tasting room supplies the wine lover and adventurer a place to experience the winery's wines, hospitality and story.  And who doesn't love a good story.  Wine lovers use review sites to share their experiences and to read about the experiences of others. Thus, the tasting room becomes the single most important sales and marketing direct-to-wine lover opportunity that a winery possesses.  I appreciate it when the hospitality staff invites me to purchase or to join their wine club. And yet in my experience I am surprised how many winery tasting room staff fail to not only ask me to purchase their wine but fail to even mention their wine club. win win

I understand the reluctance of some people to want to avoid being pushy, however I would encourage winery owners to attempt to measure their success in selling wine to their guests. Wine lovers come to the tasting room for the experience and to purchase wine because of the relationship they form with the winery.  When a guest visits a winery they are looking for wine to purchase. The question is will they purchase from your tasting room or the winery down the road? And in my opinion, if you and the tasting room staff have entertained your guests, simply ask for the wine order, and you will in most cases obtain a sale.  A sale in your tasting room is a win-win for you and the guest.
 

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