“The Story behind the Labels – Wine Sisterhood Gathering 2013.
We will always remember and cherish the time we spent at Wine Sisterhood Gathering in Napa. There are too many people and places to detail in one post, so we are excited to announce a six-week series – “The Story behind the Labels – Wine Sisterhood Gathering 2013. Picking up where we left off in our book, Plan To Party, in our Wine Country Crush Party Plan, in which we shared the stories behind the wines we featured. You can connect with the Wine Sisterhood too on facebook and twitter and pinterest. The Wine Sisterhood is open to all – it’s a community of sisters (and some misters) that love and appreciate wine.
Please enjoy Part 3 of our Wine Sister Gathering Series, featuring Quintessa.
A Little About Our Hosts:
The Quintessa Estate was in one word “stunning”. As we journeyed from the reception area out back and up the rugged mountainside (with glass in hand of course), we emerged atop a knoll overlooking the lake where we could see for miles – aka, scenic vista. As we walked down toward the lake and stopped, it was quickly evident that wherever you looked on this property it was a “scenic vista”. I always feel like I’m communing with nature when I’m in Napa – I felt pretty close to the heavens here.
The estate includes a valley, a lake, a river, five hills, four microclimates and numerous different soil types. Few vineyards anywhere encompass such diversity.
When we ventured inside to taste the “Cabernet in the Caves” paired with Toma & Lamb Chopper Cheese (we discovered Lamb Chopper years ago and featured it in our book, Plan To Party, and were happy to see our old friend here), I simply floated away. The winery at Quintessa is outfitted with the latest in winemaking technology. French oak and stainless steel fermenters stand tall along the winery’s front wall
A Few Facts:
- Agustin and Valeria Huneeus opened Quintessa Winery in 2002. (Agustin was previously a partner and acting President of Franciscan Estates in 1985 – he sold his interest in 1999 to build his dream, “Quintessa”.)
- “Quintessa” refers to the five dramatic hills and five distinct microclimates included in the property’s diverse geography unique in the Napa Valley and the belief they held that this property was destined to be the quintessential wine estate.
- Originally part of the Caymus land grant, the Quintessa Estate includes a valley, a lake, a river; five hills, four microclimates, and many soil types, as well as rich flora and fauna. Of its 280 acres, 170 acres are planted to the classic Bordeaux grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Carmenere.
- Quintessa Winery uses the latest winemaking technology and employs a gravity-flow process.