I signed up for a wine tasting in Yosemite right after my Fall Colors workshop November 12-16, featuring, , Martinelli Vineyards, and Tablas Creek Vineyard
The wines were outstanding, and both Silver oak and Tablas Creek poured verticals going back to 2001 so you could see how they can develop over time. This was overall schedule:
Session #4 ~ November 16 – 18
2016 Moderator ~ Dan Berger, Wine Journalist & Judge
Wednesday, November 16
1:00 PM “Tasting Nuances Between Site Specific Single Vineyard Wines”
Martinelli Vineyards & Winery Regina Martinelli
3:30 PM “Esprit de Beaucastel: The Evolution of a Flagship Rhone Blend”
Tablas Creek Jason Haas
6:00 PM Meet the Vintners Reception
Thursday, November 17
1:00 PM “A Deconstructed Tasting of 2016 Sauvignon Blanc”
Twomey Cellars David Duncan
3:30 PM “A Brief History of (Silver Oak) Time through Selected Wines”
Silver Oak Cellars Daniel Baron
6:30 PM Gala Vintners’ Dinner
I received a promo email touting $149/person attendance to the 2016 series of wine events:
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Given that you'll pay about $75 for a dinner in the Ahwahnee anyway, it's not a bad price for four tastings, reception, and a four course dinner at the Ahwahnee paired with wines!
Here's the full schedule:
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There will be far fewer of these events in 2017, since the kitchen in the Ahwahnee is due for a remodel.
I looked up this photo from November 14, 2005 to see how the conditions might be in Yosemite Valley during my workshop, and around the time of the event..