On Monday, May 13, 2019, winemakers Jim Varner (Varner Cellars - 2011 Spring Ridge Vineyard Amphitheater Block Chardonnay), Josh Jensen (Calera - 2011 Ryan Vineyard Pinot Noir), and Nathan Kandler (Thomas Fogarty - Solera Late Harvest Gewürztraminer) shared a fantastic (and sold-out) dinner with us at Chef Guillaume Bienamie's Zola restaurant in Palo Alto as we learned about the wines of the Santa Cruz Mountains and Mt. Harlan. As spectacular as these wines were, the presence of these winemakers made our evening even more enjoyable and special. And, while Ridge's Paul Draper was unable to join us, he provided Josh Jensen with a few words of wisdom regarding his 2002 Monte Bello that Josh shared with our group as we paired it with a delightful lamb dish from Chef Bienaime.
CVWS Wine Selection
2014 Schramsberg - J. Schram Brut Rose
2011 Varner Chardonnay, Spring Ridge Vineyard
2011 Calera Pinot Noir, Mout Harlan, Ryan Vineyard
2002 Ridge Monte Bello
NV Thomas Fogarty Late Harvest Gewurztraminer