Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a special night with very limited seating.
When I first got into the wine business in a serious way, the 1994 California vintage was just hitting the market. After the lackluster 1993’s, combined with a swelling interest and demand for great California wine, the 1994 vintage arrived with a bang.
These wines were incredible. Like head-spinning awesome.
Back in those days at Surdyk’s it was me, Joe Cassel (you can now find him at Solo Vino), Kim Christansen (Evla Pottery on Dale just north of Grand), Ted Trampe (retired and skiing in Colorado, and occasionally helping still at Surdyk’s), and wine buyer Bob Andrezjek (rest in peace). As the 1994’s started to trickle in we tasted everything as soon as it arrived. There was a purity of fruit, a blast of freshness, and completeness of flavor. Man these wines were good!
As the reviews started to arrive out thoughts were confirmed by the likes of Wine Spectator and Robert Parker: 1994 was truly a special vintage in California.
Join us for a night of looking back, seeing how six very special wines are holding up after 24 years. We will talk about aging wine, how to correctly open and decant wines of this age, and what happens chemically as wines age.
And of course, we’ll taste them! No guarantee of course how they are holding up, but if recent classes featuring an occasional 1994 are any indication, they should be great fun to experience.
Wines to be tasted:
1994 Ojai Syrah, California
1994 Rafanelli Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma
1994 Chateau St. Jean “Cinq Cepages” (note: the 1996 was Wine Spectator’s number one wine)
1994 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Merlot, Napa Valley
1994 Groth Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
1994 Sanford Pinot Noir, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbera (when Dick Sanford still owned it)