Bourassa Vineyards Barrel Blending Workshop Aug 21st @ 5:30

A not to be missed event – The chance to experience what a winemaker actually goes through in bringing a finished wine to your table. Vic Bourassa, proprietor of Bourassa Vineyards will be here doing a blending seminar of Bourdeaux varietals along with tasting 4-5 of their award winning wines.

If you were given the five Bordeaux varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot), what portion of each tastes best to you? Participants will have the opportunity to get to know each varietal on its own, and then learn what each does in a blend (add depth, fruit, spice, etc.) Winemakers often refer to blenders like Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc as the spice cabinet—they are like adding salt and pepper to make a recipe sing.

Additionally, Vic will be leading us through a tasting of:

  • Bourassa Merlot 2005 – $31.99 * “The 2005 Reserve Merlot is a Cab Lovers Merlot” – Joel Pfeifle, Mustards Grill.- Lavender and ripe cherry components are evident in the nose. Favors of spice, cherry and chocolate make this wine ideal for any BBQ dish. The finish is long and graceful. A perfect balance of fruit, tannins, and acids make this wine very cellar worthy.
  • Bourassa Zinfandel 2006 – $26.99 * The 2006 Zinfandel is another gem, wonderfully ripe fruit but not a total fruit bomb, beautifully layered with dark cherry and warm spice notes, a gentle vanilla from the American oak and a hint of hibiscus in the finish.This wine has the perfect balance of Fruit, acidity, and tannins.
  • Bourassa Rhapsody3 Syrah 2005 – $29.99 * This Rhone varietal is a thick skinned grape that produces a vibrant magenta color n the glass. Rhapsody3 Syrah has a rich earthy aroma with blackberry, plum and sweet chocolate with exotic spices on the long smooth finish.
  • Bourassa Petite Sirah 2006 – $39.99 * Historically, Petite Sirah is know as the ultimate blending grape. It offers great complexity, robust flavors, and a big tannic structure. The flavor profile expresses big fruit flavors followed by Spice and pepper. It has been said that Petite Sirah is derived from two grape varieties that grow in the Rhone region of France (Syrah and Peloursin). In France, this grape is known as Durif, named after the man who cloned the two grapes. The grapes for this wine come from the northern hills of Calistoga were the heat of the afternoon sun help ripen the fruit to its full potential. This wine offers abundant flavors of apricot, with a hint of rosemary, followed by a subtle hint of spice and pepper on the finish. Enjoy this wine with a rich hearty meal this winter.

Click here to reserve your spot
Advanced reservations are always suggested – $15 advance purchase or $20 at the door on a space available basis. Please call 828-414-9111 (toll free at 866-713-9437 for our out of town guests)


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