Tasting at the US Embassador's Residence in Paris
a conference on "Sustainability in California", and
California's own Grape Zinfandel"
the 2nd time, on March 24th, the US Embassador's Residence in
Paris welcomed producers from 10 states for a great tasting
of their best wines and spirits. There were more than 80 producers
coming from 10 states (California, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia,
Kentucky, Oregon, Missouri, Michigan, New York State, Washington
State). If needed, this gathering demonstrates how strong is
becoming the wine culture all over the USA.
the spirits, we had of course the pleasure to taste not only
great bourbons from Kentucky (Jim Beam, Maker's Mark, Blanton's
or Heaven Hill, but also the Tuthilltown whiskeys from the Hudson
Ambassador Charles H. Rivkin, and his wife with
Daryl A. Brehm, Counsellor for Agriculture,
Meens, director of Baarsma France, importer of
Seghesio, heir of the Seghesio family and Export
Director, with a bottle of Zinfandel. Her ancestor, Edoardo
Seghesio left the family's Piedmont vineyards and settled
in California where he started to make wine in the late
80s (1880s that is!) The estate is located in Healdsburg.
Dolan, producer of Organic and Biodynamic wines
Ukiah, Mendocino County. Former President of the California
Wine Institute, he gave us the lecture on Zinfandel and
Sustainability in California, followed by a commented tasting.
Messinger, lives in Santa Rosa where he runs Vinum
Exports, a company which sell the wines from the Flowers
Winery, whose vineyards grow in the Sonoma hills, 2 miles
off the Pacific Ocean, about 500 meters high. Steve made
me taste a splendid Pinot Noir, with a superb balance, thin
tannins and just enough wood.
Uztarroz and Claude Gilois from
the Vins du Monde import company, with their last book about
their quest for the best unknown cru wines all over the
world (picture taken at the 1855.com tasting at the Paris
Intercontinental Grand Hotel the day before)