Join City Winery as they team up with Wente Family Estates to celebrate ‘ChardonMAY’ as well as Wente’s 135th Anniversary. This class will have an engaging balance of both education and wine tasting. You will taste four Chardonnay’s that show the decisions of a winemaker: appellation, brix, yeast, barrels, malolactic fermentation, and its impact on the overall style. You will then get take part in a walk around tasting experiencing Wente’s most famous red wines while you enjoy light appetizers.
Included in this class will be a tasting of eight different wines and light bites.
In 1912, 2nd Generation Ernest Wente persuaded his father and founder, C.H. Wente to import Chardonnay cuttings from the vine nursery at University of Montpellier France to the Livermore Valley and hand-picked the best of the best vines. Today, over 80% of all California Chardonnay stems from the Wente Clone. In viticulture a “clone” refers to vines descended from a single plant by taking a cutting or bud; in theory, each vine grown on a clone is genetically identical to the original vine.
Today, 5th Generation winegrower Karl D. Wente continues the Wente Clone through the families legacy of Chardonnay with four different styles: Morning Fog Chardonnay, Single Vineyard Riva Ranch Chardonnay, Small Lot Eric’s Chardonnay and Nth Degree Chardonnay.