Join us at The Twisted Vine on February 17 for a unique taste education event: a vertical wine tasting. A vertical tasting is an opportunity to engage in a controlled experiment, in which the thing being tasted is held constant and the period in which it was produced is allowed to vary, to isolate the effects of time (or things that vary with time, like climate) on taste.
In this case we will sample six consecutive vintages (1995-2000) of Château Belgrave, a Grand Cru Bordeaux from the Haut-Médoc appellation. The proximity of the vintages means that variation in sunlight, rain, temperature, and so on will probably produce more variation in the taste of the wine than will age, so we will focus on the differences that those variables can make in a given growing season. Master Sommelier Matthew Citriglia will join us at the tasting and offer his perspective on these issues.
The tasting begins with a reception at 6:00 p.m., with the vertical to begin promptly at 6:30; late arrivals will be difficult to accommodate. Cost includes samples of the six wines as well as a white Bordeaux at the reception; food will be provided both at the reception and during the tasting.