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 winemakers from Paso Robles as they make their comments. You will learn first-hand about the influence of terroir versus winemaking technique, according to the winemakers themselves.
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.
Featured today is the family-owned and operated Baer Winery, Lance's solid and consistent choice from Woodinville, Washington. Attendees will be tasting Baer's 2010 Ursa. Eria Orr is the consulting winemaker.