WBM contributing editor and winemaker Lance Cutler will lead a special Comparative Tasting of Red Blends at WiVi Central Coast featuring wines from Washington state, Napa Valley and Paso Robles. As an attendee, you'll hear each winemaker talk about his style and what he does to achieve that style. Then you will taste all nine wines along with the winemakers from Paso Robles as they make their comments.
When choosing wines from each of the three regions, Lance said he looked for these qualities: first, someone who represented an important iconic wine for the area and the variety; second, a modern, hotshot kind of person doing really well; and third, someone very solid and consistent.
From Paso Robles, Lance chose RN Estate Vineyard & Winery winemaker Roger Nicolas for his solid, consistent qualities. Chosen for the tasting: The 2009 Cuvee de Trois Cepages, a red Bordeaux-style blend.
Roger Nicolas (below) grew up on his parent's farm in a remote countryside village of Brittany, France. At 20, he came to New York City and later worked in some of the most prestigious restaurants in the United States, including La Grenouille in New York City, The Lodge at Pebble Beach and L’Etoile in San Francisco. He opened his own restaurant in San Francisco called La Potiniere, then became founder and owner of The Home Hill country inn and restaurant in New Hampshire. In the fall of 2005, he released his first vintage of RN Estate Wines.