First off, kudos on the huge ramp to the back door.
Second, there are two floors and a separate tasting room that looks like a board room with comfy leather chairs. And then there is STILL room for a tasting area.
Two bathrooms and an elevator. It's that sweet.
Although my favorite part was these giant maps!! (Don't worry, there is still a ton of room for wine on the floor.)
Now on to the class... I wish I had taken a picture of the board room, I mean tasting room. You feel like a posh executive. It was even better with this wine and cheese list.
|Wine and Cheese Pairing list|
A red wine was definitely needed to be paired up against the Black Truffle cheese from Italy, so a Primitivo from Puglia, Italy was paired. Both had bold flavors, and that was just the start of the "in-your-face" flavors for the night.
A little bit of an "opposite" pairing was the Cabernet Sauvignon from Yakima Valley AVA in Washington state paired with the Cabot "Clothbound" cheddar from Vermont. This cheese is one of their special edition ones and had quite a kick to stand up to the Cab.
The most intense pairing was the 2013 Herman Story Syrah, made from grapes all over California so it has a generic Califnoria AVA label. The Amirabella reminded me a lot of Epoisses. Both the wine AND the cheese had that barnyard smell and very funky taste! Woah! But what an explosion of flavors together!
(Why yes, I did purchase some Epoisses using my class discount!)
Then Jason was super nice and gave us a bonus pour of Non Vintage G.D. Vajra Barolo Chinato Vino Aromatizzato paired with dark chocolate almonds. I almost ate the entire box myself.
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