July 1, 2010

Carissa’s excellent wine adventures

Filed under: News — burke @ 12:19 pm
CE Cabernet Franc vines for new vineyard June 2010

CE Cabernet Franc vines for new vineyard June 2010

Spring has been chock a block full of events and festivals to usher in the summer. I have had the outrageous fortune of traveling from Napa to Nantucket and on to Aspen to represent my family’s 2007 Continuum.
Kick starting it all off in May, I traveled to Massachusetts for the Nantucket Wine Festival. I had no idea what to expect, having never been there… and, well… don’t tell my father, but I would have loved to stay right there for the entirety of the summer- if only I could! I was wholly enchanted by the incredible spirit of generosity and hospitality of my hosts the Wackenhut’s, along with everyone from Nantucket. The wine festival is infused by the relaxed atmosphere and rich history of this beautiful island. I attended as a guest vintner for the exclusive Great Wines in Grand House’s event as part of the festival. We showed three vintages of Continuum paired with exquisite dishes by Chef Daniel Bruce, of Meritage at the Boston Harbor Hotel, for a small group of 18 people. The wines were enthusiastically received and paired perfectly in a beautiful historic home; a truly exceptional evening.
Early June found me back home for Auction Napa Valley where on the eve of the auction we presented a meal for 20 guests under the stars at my father’s home. Five courses prepared by Chef Sarah Scott, including some from her upcoming book “The Wild Table” (Viking Press, October 2010). These were paired with the first three vintages of Continuum along with special wines from my father’s past. That evening Michele Grupe from Cope Family Center, a parent and family support services non-profit agency in Napa, shared with us touching stories of some of Cope’s clients who will benefit from the Auction Napa Valley. Since 1981 when my grandfather helped start the first Napa Valley Wine Auction in 1981, this annual auction has now raised over 9 billion dollars, all to benefit local not for profits. The theme of the evening was inspired by our auction lot offered the following day “Northern California Cruising”. Our lot featured three Tesla electric cars to cruise the Northern California coastline, with time to stop off at Hog Island Oysters, then on to cruise the wine roads of Napa Valley in a weekend tour led by my father. We were over the moon the next day when Continuum’s lot sold twice over to Koerner Rombauer and Jose Nazar raising a total of $150,000!!! Thank you to the incredible generosity of Jose and Koerner!! We cannot wait to take to the open road with you both!!
Finally, I have just returned from the Aspen Food and Wine Classic in Colorado for an out and out weekend of fun and celebration. Set in the heart of downtown, the Classic offers world class food and wine seminars by superstars of the wine and food world over a 4 day period. I sat in on a seminar by Ray Isle of Food and Wine magazine who took us through a flight of blockbuster wines from Spain-a region I would love to explore further, with its many different soils and climates expressed in truly unique wines!! I also attended a class given by Paul Greico, of Hearth Restuarant and Terroir wine bar in New York, who focused on non-intervention ‘wines from the edge’ as he called them. These fascinating wines were made by cutting edge winemaker’s who are pushing the envelope of what they believe to be wine’s most natural expression. This great world of wine is so vast and passionate! With summer‘s warmth now ripening our vines, my enthusiasm for the 2010 vintage of Continuum and our family’s commitment to be recognized among the stars in wine is higher than ever!
Brilliant adventures in wine yet ahead… hoping to see you here at Continuum Estate!!
Happy summer,

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