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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Another Beer's Day Off: Wine Party at Cuvaison in Carneros

On Saturday, May 7,  I attended Cuvaison's Siete de Mayo Party for their club members at their hacienda in the Carneros region. During the day, I drank some old favorites and enjoyed the beautiful sunny weather in Napa. 
I was introduced to Cuvaison about 5 years ago and soon became a club member because they offer consistently good wine in all their varietals.  While it's easy to find Cuvaison at Costco and other major liquor stores, the club events are fun and I love how the staff always remembers me. I've always enjoyed this annual event because (1) it's held on their private Mediterranean-style house along the vineyards and (2) the food - catered by Villa Corona Cocina Mexicana in St. Helena - is tasty.   

I have a tendency to take pictures of my drinks so I can keep a log of what I was tasting.  Here's the line up for this party:
The Vin Gris and Sauvignon Blanc were very refreshing and paired well with the tacos at the party.  The S Block Chardonnay was oak-y, which is a quality I enjoy.
While I didn't feel like it paired with the food, I loved the 2009 Zinfandel from Bald Mountain Vineyard.  It surprisingly had big ripe fruit flavors that are more often found in Zinfandels from Paso Robles. I could drink it all day on its own.

Cuvaison always plans fun activities at these parties.  This year, it was a pinata.  NOTE TO SELF: next time I have a pinata party with adults, do NOT use the pinata stick at the party supply store. The wooden dowel is too strong in the hands of an adult.  Unfortunately, the poor horse pinata was decapitated after only two whacks. 

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