2015 brought forth a lot of great wines at Wine on the Way. We started off the year with an epic Sine Qua Non dinner on January 31st , that was a complete eye-opener to the differences of how their wines have changed over the last decade. We drank vintages 2004 through 2011, and what was most interesting was to taste the difference in the wines when the grapes were sourced, versus the wines made from Manfred Krankl ‘s own estates.
In February, Adam, Gigi and the Wine on the Way Syndicate, attended the Premiere Napa Valley Auction, where we purchased the 2013 Larkmead ($34,000), Seavey ($30,000), Alpha Omega ($55,000) and Anamoly ($16,000) auction lots. The esteemed and exclusive barrel tasting & auction raised a new record of $6 million for the Napa Valley Vintners Association. As Adam tasted over 100 barrel samples from the 2013 vintage, he has stated time & time again that the 2013 vintage in Napa Valley is not only exceptional, but the best he has ever tasted in his 20 year career in wine.
In March, we started our commitment to hosting more warehouse wine tastings. The first was a look at the 2012 vintage from Napa Valley. The hit of the night was the 2012 Hidden Ridge 55% Slope Cabernet and although it gained 94pts by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, we thought it drank like it was 100 points. It was absolutely gorgeous!
The months that followed included wine tastings and wine dinners with Larkmead Vineyards, Justin Vineyards, Fairchild Winery, Wagner Family Wines, Spire Estates (Lokoya, Cardinale, Anakota, Mt. Brave and more), El Enemigo from Argentina with wine maker Costanza Hartung, and wine maker Allesandro Cellai from Tuscan Wineries – Podere Monastero and Domini Castellare di Castellina.
We wrapped up the summer with a Treasury Wine Estates Tasting with wineries such as Beringer and St. Clement… that night ended up with a bottle of one Adam’s favorite wines, Penfolds Grange, being opened and shared amongst the remaining guests.
On October 10th we partnered with McNeese Distributing and hosted over 12 winemakers and owners from Napa Valley. BRAND, Macauley, Memento Mori, Kinsella, Eric Kent, Arkenstone, Melka, Kesner, Rossi –Wallace, and Sanglier just to name a few, were in attendance. It was an amazing night for all who attended.
In 2015, we began a partnership with the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Studios for their Wine Riffs Dinners. These dinners are an experience you won’t find anywhere else. They are meticulously planned and very well executed. The dinners excite all of your senses, as the room lighting changes colors with the courses, the cuisine is paired with the wines, but also is indicative of the region where the wines come from. Each course is also paired with music selected by the Vibe Manager – Molly Ford, and there is always some sort of interesting entertainment. In 2015 they hosted Justin Vineyards from California, Torres Family of Wines from Spain, and Veuve Cliquot from France. Mark your calendars for February 13th when they host the Antinori Family from Tuscany, Italy. It is bound to be a treat!
We wrapped up the year with our Annual Holiday Show on December 10th . With over 100 wines from around the world to taste including Dominus, Schrader, Arcanum, Kosta Browne, Booker, Saxum, Anakota, Leonetti, Futo, Salon, Domaine Serene, Shafer, Blackbird and many, many more.
2015 was a year of great wines and 2016 looks to be even more promising! We sincerely thank you for all of your support and look forward to serving you in 2016.
Wine on the Way