Thursday, September 6, 2012

"Everybody's So Happy This Year About the Vintage"

That's according to Kasey from AM 650 radio's "Best of Food and Wine," where our illustrious VP of Winemaking, Melissa Stackhouse recently appeared alongside J "ambassador" George Rose to chat about how this year's harvest is going. Listen here (look for the August 30th show). Melissa discusses how this year's grapes are looking and at one point gets really into describing J's Pinot Noirs. Which one is "lush, earthy, mushroomy, with black cherry" and which is "brooding, with licorice and sassafras?" Listen to find out.

(If you listen carefully, too, you can learn the secret of why it's bad luck to wash your car this time of year in Northern California.)

In other news, J Vineyards just participated in the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend and if you ever wanted to visit the Sonoma region, this event is the perfect reason. It takes place every year over the Labor Day weekend and includes a huge array of events, tastings, dinners, and concerts, so it's easy to customize the perfect agenda. The marquee event is Taste of Sonoma where over 200 wineries and chefs serve up their very best.

As a part of the festivities, J Vineyards was so pleased to participate in the Coppola Starlight Dinner this year. We think Clinton Stark summed it up perfectly: 

"As is the gift of Sonoma, the event felt equally swanky as it did casual. You can’t help but feel a sense of grandeur as you ascend the impressive stone stairs, and pass through large iron double-gates on your way to the poolside dining area. Several wineries were on hand. Some of my favorites included Ceja, J Vineyards, Sojourn Cellars, and Coppola."

In other J news, we were thrilled this week to read nationally syndicated wine writer Robert Whitley's review of J Pinot Gris California:

"Although production has grown, quality has remained remarkably high, and the J Pinot Gris is consistently among the finest made in California. This 2011 offers succulent aromas of stone fruit, pear and melon, with a lovely floral back note."

We couldn't have said it better ourselves! Thanks to Robert Whitley, Tony and Kasey of AM 650, and all the folks involved in Sonoma Wine Country Weekend and Coppola Starlight Dinner. Harvest is officially on!

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