Local Master Sommelier Doug Krenik visits!

This Wednesday friends we are pleased to introduce you to Doug Krenik, a local wine wunderkind and Master Sommelier to boot. We’ll be having a Cabernet Franc tasting. The big question begging our attention first: what does it mean to be a Master Sommelier?

According to the Court of Master Sommeliers, there are four examination stages one must successfully complete to qualify for the esteemed title. In the past four decades since the first examination was held in the United States, less than 250 candidates have earned the Master Sommelier Diploma, which is the ultimate professional credential anyone can attain worldwide in the service of wine, spirits and other alcoholic beverages. Only after a candidate has completed the second stage of examinations can they be considered a Certified Sommelier.

Next, one has to take the Advanced Sommelier course, which only 30 percent of applicants pass. This stage not only includes theory, but one must also memorize every nook of every wine producing region in the world and the soil types, understand essential service techniques and complete a blind tasting component where one must be able to identify grape variety, country of origin, district and appellation of origin as well as vintage soles on the taste of the wine!

Only after completing the first three stages can one apply to take the Master Sommelier examination. The stakes are increased! All parts of the examination become intensified. In this part of the exam, the candidate’s ability to accurately and articulately describe different wines is scrutinized. Less than one percent of applicants earn a Master Sommelier Diploma. This test has been described as one of the toughest exams in the world! Most applicants take anywhere from five years to a decade to complete the examinations, and completion only happens when one is able to complete the three parts of the final Master Sommelier Exam, for which up to three years are allotted.

Now, a little more about Doug Krenik. Over the past twenty years, Doug has been associated with almost every aspect of the wine business: importing his own wines, representing national importers, working for local distributors in both sales and education and directing the wine program of the prestigious Flagstaff House Restaurant in Boulder, Colorado. He completed the rigorous Master Sommelier Diploma Exam in February 2006. Doug is also a Certified Wine Educator (CWE) through the Society of Wine Educators. He is a great ambassador of wine in the Colorado wine community!

When talking with Doug about this tasting and what we wanted to focus on, we both thought it would be fun to focus on Cabernet Franc. We both love the expression of this grape and how it really takes on the personality of the terroir that it is grown in. Also, a little known fact that Cabernet Franc is it is the father clone for Cabernet Sauvignon. I have had the fortune to know Doug over the past 10 years. We are excited to welcome him into PWC for our ‘Why Not Wednesday’ tasting. I know we say it often, but this is a tasting not to miss!

The wines!

Donati Family Vineyards, Cabernet Franc :: $24 sale $20

It’s no secret Italians have a love for the vine in their blood–Ron Donati is no different. In 1998 when he purchased the Paicines property his vision was for his son, Matt Donati, to grow high quality, unique grapes from the 9th oldest AVA in California. Soon, after rave reviews of the fruit, Ron Donati (ever the business man) got to thinking … good grapes make great wine. Thus is born Donati Family Vineyard.

Le Monde, Cabernet Franc :: $22 sale $18

The winery of Le Monde was founded as a wine-growing business of Villa Giustinian in Portobuffolè, an ancient village that was already documented in 997 A.D as a castle and river harbour of the Venetian Republic. Today it is the only rural house still operating in the lands that were once property of the Villa. Although falling under the Friuli Grave registered designation of origin, Le Monde is characterised by a calcareous clayey soil that differs from the soils that are to be found in the usually gravelly areas known as Grave. For this reason it is considered a real cru.

The vineyard

The wine farm covers 40 hectares cultivated with vineyards aged over 30 years, and is characterised by a vast area formed by the alluvial cones of the Meduna, Cellina and Tagliamento rivers, by a North-South exposure and by an altitude of 20m above sea level. The nature of the soil, the exposure, the climate and the sun in this particular context, contribute to a quality production, allowing the Le Monde to reach a yield from 70 to 80 hl per hectare.

Verum, Alto Valle del Río Negro, Cabernet Franc Reserva :: $30 sale $25

In 2001, the Del Río Elorza Family purchased a 40 hectare estate in Colonia Lucinda de Fernández Oro in Alto Valle in the Province of Río Negro, at 39° south latitude in the Argentine Patagonia, where a vineyard had been planted at the beginning of the 20th century. In 2004, they started to recover the almost 100-year-old grapevines that had been abandoned, and planted with a high density (5,500 plants per hectare) 20 hectares of specially selected clones of Malbec, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay. Aiming to use water in a better and more e”icient manner, they set up an automatic drip irrigation system and also a sprinkler irrigation system to actively protect grapevines from frost, which is the only risk factor for production in Patagonia.

Bodega Del Río Elorza is a small winemaking project conceived for producing premium wines with grapes from its own vineyards. The winery focuses on vine growing and practices that make the best use of the varieties best adjusted to the Patagonian terroir. Wines are produced using ahead of time technology in a winery equipped with stainless steel tanks, unpainted concrete pools, French and American oak barrels. To achieve this goal, the Del Río Elorza family hired international winemaking consultant Alberto Antonini, the renowned Italian winemaker, and a team of excellent professionals with passion for making great wines; among these professionals we may mention Agronomist Engineer Marcelo Casazza and Enologist Agustín Ezequiel Lombroni.

Marc Plouzeau, Chinon Domaine de la Croix Marie Les Lisons :: $21 sale $17

Since the takeover of the vineyard from his father in 1999, Marc goes into organic farming in order to respect the environment, protect her health and that of its employees and give the wines the spirit of their land. Today the vineyard of 20 hectares is divided into three types of soil (gravel, Clay limestone and flint clay) that give rise to very different wines.

These prices good through Tuesday, April 11. 

Doug Krenik

Beer and ice cream tasting, friends. You know the drill: this is a must! Join us on the 8th from 4 to 7 pm. We’ll be pairing great beers with four flavors from our neighbors at Sweet Cow.

We start sippin’ and tastin’ at 4pm. Hope you can make it! Tag your pics #pickitupatpearl so we can CHEERS! 

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