Conn Creek’s Barrel Blending Experience will teach you what each growing region has to offer.
By Ethan Fletcher
Tired of enjoying a nice Napa Cab and then forgetting everything about
it the next time you want to buy a bottle?
You might want to check out Conn Creek’s
Barrel Blending Experience, a
two-hour seminar that provides a unique introduction to Napa Valley’s
famed Cabernet Sauvignons. Best of all, you’ll walk out with something a
little harder to forget: your own bottle of custom-blended wine.
Falling somewhere between wine tasting, a history lesson, and a high
school science lab, the blending experience shows off Napa Valley’s
unusually diverse wine-growing regions by letting you play winemaker.
Inside its recently completed AVA Room, the Yountville winery has
collected Cabernets from the region’s 13 distinct subregions. The Cabs
are lined up in barrels underneath posters that detail their unique
regions, climates, and soil types. Wines are ordered according to their
characteristics, starting with the three lightest varietals, which offer
the softest tannins, and ending with the three boldest Cabs.
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