Thursday, April 10, 2008
EBVA Passport event, April 5, 2008
The passport was a huge success for all participating wineries! I had the pleasure of attending the event on this particular Saturday since I was to woman the tasting room at Lost Canyon on Sunday, the day after the event. My husband, Jay, and a wine club member and occasional journalist for LCW, Ray joined us.
We started by eating a good hearty lunch at Ratto's in old town oakland before we got on the road. Our starting point was Eno wines in Berkeley. Apparently, we missed the madness. About 100 people started there and were anxiously awaiting outside the door at noon. We got to Eno at about 2:30pm where there were only about 15 people. I thoroughly enjoyed their Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia area and love their labels. Next, we headed to Periscope cellars where Urbano and Andrew Lane were pouring as well. This time it was quite busy inside! We tasted a few wines and then we headed to Dashe/JC Cellars where Taylerle and Aubin Cellars were pouring in the same spot. This was much busier than Periscope! We chatted with Angela, Errin and Ron and were off to check out Irish Monkey. This spot had a comfortable amount of people. Two mile was pouring wine at this location as well. I really enjoyed Two mile's Petite Syrah...delicious! The Irish Monkey space used to be Lost Canyon Winery's space, so it was fun for me to check it out. The space is a bit smaller than what we have now, but they are doing great things in there.
Meanwhile back at the Lost Canyon....we had about 500 people come through the winery. Jake from Franklin Square Wine Bar served up soup along with cheese and bread. We poured our 06 Las Brisas Pinot Noir, 06 Saralee Pinot Noir, 05 Trenton Station Syrah and our 05 Alegria Syrah. Jack was running around to deliver more glasses to the other locations and working out all the small problems that came up. It was a crazy day!
Thanks for coming out and if you didn't make it, come next year!