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Thursday, March 1, 2012

In Pursuit of Balance: Celebrate the California Wines That Get Amount of Alcohol Right

Posted By on Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 1:12 PM

click to enlarge Jim Clendenen from Au Bon Climat talks to tasters at Last Year's In Pursuit of Balance
  • Jim Clendenen from Au Bon Climat talks to tasters at Last Year's In Pursuit of Balance
At most gathering of wine-folk, talk eventually turns to the topic of high-alcohol wines. Personally, I'm not too opinionated on the matter just so long as the alcohol is in balance as an element of the wine.

But that balance is harder to achieve as the alcohol content climbs higher. If a fruit-forward, super Cab clocks in close to 15%, I won't take issue just because of the number on the label, but achieving balance at 15% is a difficult task. I have at least one Pinot-producing friend who insists that, in the case of that grape, it is impossible to achieve balance over 14%.

If balance beckons, you'll likely be beguiled by "In Pursuit of Balance," a movement-cum-trade-affiliation-cum-consumer-and-trade-tasting. The group/movement/event was started by one of San Francisco's top Somms, Rajat Parr of Michael Mina and RN74, and Jasmine Hirsch of Hirsch Vineyards "to celebrate wineries striving to produce balanced pinot noir and chardonnay in California," with a "focus on characteristics which make pinot noir and chardonnay great - subtlety, poise and profound expression of terroir." If you want the full terroir, take a look at their Manifesto of Balance.

Their second annual wine tasting is coming up ... and in danger of selling out.

When: March 19th. 6:00 to 9:00 PM.
Where:Merchant's Exchange Club (Julia Morgan Ballroom, 465 California St.)

Who Will Pour:
Alta Maria
Anthill Farms Winery
Arnot-Roberts
Au Bon Climat Winery
Calera Wine Company
Ceritas
Chanin Wine Company
Cobb Wines
Copain Wine Cellars
Evening Land Vineyards
Failla
Flowers Winery
Freeman
Freestone
Hirsch Vineyards
Kutch Wines
LIOCO
Littorai Wines
Miura
Mount Eden Vineyards
Native9 Wines
Peay Vineyards
Red Car
Sandhi Wines
Soliste Cellars
The Ojai Vineyard
Twomey Cellars
Tyler Winery
Wind Gap Wines

At $75 for a ticket (available online here) that's a lot of wine for your dime.
Contact Ben Narisin at sfoodieben@gmail.com . Follow us on Twitter: @sfoodie, and like us on Facebook.
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