Last weekend's "The Art of Blending" event really had the creative juices flowing down in the barrel room of the cellar! On Saturday and Sunday, guests joined Winemaker, Morten Hallgren, on a journey into the realm of winemaking as he presented the history of Cabernets from a European perspective, before they came to the New World. Morten discussed the differences in philosophies of Old World versus New World and explained why the cool climate of the Finger Lakes region is just right for producing elegant and expressive red wines.
Attendees learned about each of the three individual varietals that make up a Meritage and how each enhances the final blend as well as how the Winemaker's artistic vision and skill creates the pleasure factor in an impeccably crafted Cabernet blend. After sampling each varietal individually, guests were given the chance to experiment and create their own unique blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. Several of our Ravinous Wine Club members who were at the event enjoyed creating their own blends so much that they suggested we let RWC members create a special "Ravinous Blend" for a future vintage! Stay tuned for more information about that potential collaboration in 2013...
Once the blending exercise was complete, guests enjoyed a vertical flight of four Ravines Meritage vintages from 2006-2009 and experienced the art of blending as they tasted and learned about the differences and sublime similarities between each vintage. A poll taken after tasting each of the four vintages concluded that the 2006 Meritage was the consensus favorite, with 2007 being a close second. The flight was accompanied by a plate of small bites paired and created to enhance the flavors of these complex wines, which included: Local Angus Beef braised overnight in Ravines Meritage with shallots and local garlic and baked in a pastry crust, Muranda Bleu Cheese on a Baguette brushed with Finger Lakes Grape Seed Oil, and Hedonist Artisan Chocolates Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles infused with Ravines Meritage. The favorite pairings of the day were:
2007 - Braised Beef
2006 & 2008 - Bleu Cheese Baguette
2009 - Hedonist Bittersweet Chocolate Truffle
The weekend was a huge success. Guests loved not only learning about the history and process behind a beautiful Meritage, but having the opportunity to engage and interact by creating their own blends, voting on their favorite Ravines Meritage vintage, and pairing the wines with food. We look forward to offering more great events like "The Art of Blending" in 2013 - stay up to date on all the latest news and happenings at Ravines by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and checking our Event Calendar. Cheers!