Kudos to Philippe Gresset, Educational/Hospitality Associate, for making our Scentiments Private Tasting our most memorable event of our 5 day Napa/Sonoma trip. He is by far the most knowledgeable wine expert I have ever encountered, but is in no way a wine-snob.
After a group tour of the winery and flower gardens, and seeing an actual cork oak tree, we met Mr Gresset and moved to a private tasting room prepared with 5 different types of wines and a wide array of aroma samples: lemons, peaches, kiwi, appricots, pepper, etc.- probably 25 in all. We were taught the proper way to sample wines and as we sampled, he would not tell us which aromas or tastes we would encounter until after we wrote them on a card. It's quite wonderful to actually pull out a black cherry or peach aroma from a wine.
This went on for around two hours - and all for only $35 - a huge bargain compared to many wine country tasting rooms.. This learning opportunity is a must for any new or intermediate wine drinker - I know I'll do it again the next time I'm in the neighborhood.
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