Laurie’s Hippy Approach to Winemaking … aka The Fruit Whisperer
Jennifer MacDonald, Wine Writer, Ottawa Citizen
Jane Staples, Wine Writer, Windsor Star and Ottawa Wedding Magazine
Matt Steeves, Wine Expert, CTV Morning Live
Heather Wall, Wine Writer, Huffington Post Canada
Monique Ippolito, Wine Writer, Ottawa Family Living Magazine
Doug McMillan, Wine Writer, Forever Young Magazine
Sean O’Regan, Director, National Capital Sommelier Guild
Craig Kuziemsky, University of Ottawa Management Professor and Wine Blogger
Donna Hargrove, Wine Blogger and Tasting Group Co-ordinator
Geoff Lindsay, Wine Director, The Shore Club
Jon Steeves, Accredited Sommelier
Terry Jeans, National Capital Sommelier Guild
Nick Onischuk, Accredited Sommelier
Mary Anne van Gaal, Wine Blogger and Tasting Group Co-ordinator
The Luminus Chardonnay comes from a newer, cooler sub-appellation of the Napa Valley near Carneros, and why that results in a more elegant style of wine. Love her geek speak!
Winemaker Laurie Hook talks about her favourite and most unusual pairing for Beringer Chardonnay discovered during a trip to Helsinki, Finland.
Beringer Vineyards has been making wine for more than 138 years. In 1868, founder Jacob Beringer, sailed from Mainz, Germany, to New York, and then made the journey across the country to California’s Napa Valley.
In 1875, Jacob and his brother Frederick bought 215 acres of land and established one of the first wineries in Napa.
Laurie Hook describes the beauty of driving through the rolling Knights Valley.
Laurie first became interested in winemaking when she discovered that her ancestors had been involved in viticulture in France before the Revolution.
After she graduated from the renowned oenology program at University of California at Davis in 1984, she worked in a small Australian winery, assisting with all aspects including pruning vines, driving the tractor, harvesting grapes, making and bottling the wine, and even selling it.
In 1986, Laurie returned home, and became an enologist at Beringer. In 1997, she was appointed Assistant Winemaker to Beringer Winemaster Ed Sbragia, and in 2000, she became Winemaker for Beringer Vineyards, where she has been leading the team for the last 13 years.
Why did Californian Merlot Suffer with the Sideways Movie?
Laurie talks about the food and wine pairing chart on the winery’s web site to help consumers find great combinations based on the food’s primary flavours: sweet, salty, bitter, sour or umami.
Laurie talks about the old vine character of Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay
What is the impact of the California draught on Beringer Vineyards?
An overview of Beringer Chardonnays.
Standing room only … the tasting organizers were happy (and gracious) about a completely full house.
Laurie talks about how mobile apps and GPS technology helps manage the vineyards. Love it!
Can wine vies actually grow in volcanic soil?
How long should you age Beringer wines?
What does texture to wine, not just food?
Beringer Waymaker Red: The meatiness of Paso Robles wines
Here are all of the wines that we tasted: