2000 V. Sattui Zinfandel

2000 V. Sattui Zinfandel, originally uploaded by jchin1.


Ever since Amanda and I went to Sonoma for a short week, I have been a little obsessed with wine. We had planned on checking out both Sonoma and Napa, but we ended up staying in Sonoma and Russian River Valley exclusively.

One place that my parents had mentioned to visit was a winery called V. Sattui in Napa. Since we never made it there, I was a little disappointed, but it turns out my Dad still had a couple bottles in his basement. I kindly asked for one, and tried it out one night with Don. My palette isn’t the most receptive, but I could tell this was going to be an interesting bottle. It was a bit coppery, and frankly had a bit of a funky, hard to place taste. We drank it over about 45 minutes to an hour, and towards the end, I almost couldn’t drink it anymore. I thought it probably had gone a little bad. After looking up what the community at CellarTracker thought, we were right, the prime drinking time for this Zin ended around 2007.

Oh well. It was interesting to taste such an old bottle, even though it was a little bad. I can always pick up a few more bottles when I’m out there again next year for Dave’s wedding…

Notaviva Wine & Music Pairing

Last night we did the Notaviva wine & music pairing that I mentioned earlier.  First of all the building that we did the tasting in was awesome.  Set at the end of a gravel road, almost the entire building was exposed wood.  There were three levels to the building, and the top level was a recording/production studio.  As I mentioned before, they played 10 clips of songs for each wine and we rated them based on a 1-10 scale.  There was a wide range of music genres from organ music, to Metallica, to country and so on.  It was much harder than I thought it was going to be.  I ended up trying to think of the wine I was drinking, and what kind of music I would like to be hearing when I was drinking it.  Others tried to think of the subtleties of the wine (bitter, long finish, etc.) and if that went with the wine.  I would say by the 3rd or 4th wine (out of 5) – we trailed off and were just feeling good to be drinking wine.  Notaviva said that they were going to release the results of the ratings and also the raw data to us, so I’m wondering what that will look like.  Either way, a fun way to spend some time with friends.

Us and the winemaker from Notaviva
With the winemaker from Notaviva

Update, check out the picture set on Flickr: Notaviva Music & Wine Pairing

Trip to Sonoma and San Francisco

I’ve been meaning to post about my (somewhat) recent trip to Sonoma/San Francisco – and if you follow my Flickr photostream, you’ve already seen the pictures.  If not, check out the pictures from our trip here.

I’ve been wanting to go on this trip ever since we saw Sideways.  The idea was to go to Napa and Sonoma and check out a ton of wineries, but once we got over there we found that there was so much to do just in Sonoma.  There wasn’t any need to spread ourselves too thin.  We flew into San Francisco on a Thursday morning and stopped by Sausalito for a quick lunch at a great taco place called the Salsalito Taco Shop.

Salsas at the Salsalito Taco Shop
Salsas at the Salsalito Taco Shop

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