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Crazy Red Blends

  • Atascadero City Hall 6500 Palma Avenue Atascadero, CA, 93422 United States (map)

In this lively discussion, proprietor / winemaker Stephan Asseo of L’Aventure in Paso Robles and Emmanuel Kemiji, master sommelier/owner at Clos Pissarra in Priorat, Spain, will compare and contrast their eye-opening blends from two different worlds. In the words of Wine Speak Co-Founder Chuck Furuya, “My first eye-opening experiences with ‘Crazy Red Blends’ started with the 1978 Mas de Daumas Gassac, the 1985 Domaine de Trévallon and later the 1992 Grange des Pères, all from southern France. Because Trévallon’s red was typically an unusual blend of 50 percent Cabernet and 50 percent Syrah, it had to be labeled as Vin de Pays back then. That’s how avant garde their concept was at the time. Still, in all three cases, each vigneron had a clear vision what their wine was to be.  Each wine was therefore an orchestra of their terroir rather than just a horn section. We continue these discussions with two modern day vignerons, spanning two very different terroirs and visions of what their wines can be. This seminar will hopefully be as crazy as their blends—crazy good that is!