Monday, February 8, 2010

Preparing for Premiere - Judd's Hill, Salvestrin & Schweiger

With Premiere Napa Valley right around the corner, vintners have been hard at work perfecting their blends for the wine industry's hottest ticket for wine retailers, wholesalers, restaurateurs and media.

Over the last month, we have followed the stories of the nine wineries that are developing this year's collaborative blends - these partnerships are crafting one-of-a-kind wines that will be available nowhere other than through those savvy wine retailers & restaurateurs who purchase Premiere Napa Valley wines for their discriminating customers.

This year's collaborations are:

Judd's Hill, Salvestrin Winery & Schweiger Vineyards
Ghost Block & Markham Vineyards
Peju Winery & Sullivan Vineyards
Robert Foley Vineyards & Switchback Ridge

(Click here to see all of the videos).

Follow their stories over the next week as we post videos that offer an 'insiders view' into the people, techniques and winemaking philosophies that help make Premiere Napa Valley wines some of the most sought-after in the world. Today's video features Lot 15 - the blend created by Andy Schweiger, Judd Finkelstein, Kenn Vigoda (winemaker at Judd's Hill) & Rich Salvestrin.


Janet Viader said...

Great video. How long did it take you to decide on the blend, and much Cab franc did you add?? (My heart sank when Andy said 2%.) I'm looking forward to tasting it on Thursday 2/18 at the Next-Gen tasting at Farmstead. :)

ASchweiger said...
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ASchweiger said...

Hi Janet,
Thanks for the comment. All told I think it took us about 4 hours to come up with the blend. And be still your heart...the final blend is actually 7% Cabernet Franc! Now that I've whet your curiosity with that little tid bit, you'll just have to wait for Premiere to find out the rest of the blend.