Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Silver Oak Release Party

E-mail from Silver Oak:

2003 Napa Valley Release Day - February 2nd
Dear Brian,
Release Day is almost here! We hope you can attend the festivities on Saturday, February 2nd to celebrate the release of our delicious 2003 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

If you are unable to join us, you still have the opportunity to pre-order the new release or Collector Edition online or by calling (800) 273-8809.

Silver Oak COO Tony LeBlanc draws a crowd while opening a 12 Liter on Release Day. This year, we are pouring a limited amount of our 1998 Napa Valley Cabernet from our library.

Join Us for Release Day! Date: February 2, 2008, Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Alexander Valley: Geyserville Estate, Napa Valley: Oakville Estate

Invite a friend to Release Day.

This is Superbowl Weekend - nice combo - Super Wine Saturday followed by Super Bowl Sunday - Go Giants!

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Ringing in the New Year!

A bunch of us had to work on NY's Eve so why not throw a little party when you have the best view in the world from my Times Square office.

To celebrate it was another vertical tasting this time with Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon vintages 2004, 2003 and a 1996 Mt. Veeder Reserve Meritage blend.

We started with the newest first. 2004 very pleasant fruit forward, then the 2003 little more must on the noise and a smoother finish, then on to the reserve granted its a Meritage blend containing all 5 noble Bordeaux grapes....lots of barnyard on the nose, but its only been open for 10 minutes...but it tastes much better like a French wine.

As the night progressed the extra year on the 2003 became more tasty and not until hours later did the '96 settle down and open up.

On the hours before midnight there is a countdown and they list the country where its became the New Year...Rio, Bermuda, and oddly one on the half hour Newfoundland then finally New York.

Leaving Times Square where it was civilized until we got outside the barricades on 8th Ave, still busy on 9th. But not too busy stopping in at Mr. Biggs on 10th Ave for a Turkey Burger to soak up all the wine.

Our offices are supposed to move downtown by next year, so this might have been my last one from Times Square.

But so happy it was another safe NY's eve in NY.