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The Wines of Marietta Cellars

June 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a special night with a favorite winery of Sonoma County

The Wines of Marietta Cellars

In the mid-1990s, when I started my wine career as a consultant for Surdyk’s Liquors, a particular wine caught my attention and that of many others. Marietta Old Vine Red was a consistent best buy, with big layers of big flavor for not very much money. It was also a blended red wine decades before “Red Blends” was a category in the wine shop.

Fast forward to 2000, and I went to work for the local distributor of Marietta. One of my accounts was The Modern Cafe, where owner Jim Grell had a stash of older bottles of Marietta Old Vine Red, along with a trove of other selections from them. Tasting through the older bottles showed just how special this winery was.

Later that year I was lucky enough to travel to Marietta and have one of the best lunches of my life, with founder and owner Chris Bilbro. Chris was a powerhouse of a personality, full of the love of the land and the wines he made. At that lunch, tasting through the wines and listening to the passion and integrity of the founder while drinking his incredible wines made for a highlight in my young wine life. (I’ll share the full details of that lunch at the class.)

Chris passed away last year, and the wine world lost one of the greats. His son, Scot, wrote of his Dad: “Chris never had to decide to get out of bed in the morning, never deliberated about creating a new wine, or paused to think of a nickname for one of his sons … he just calmly acted, moment to moment throughout his entire life as though steadily propelled.”

Join us for a special night of stories, wine, and learning with Marietta’s regional director (punctuated with commentary and opinions from Jason of course). We will taste a wide range of wines from Marietta, from everyday wine to the rare and wonderful single vineyard selections, and learn a ton about the making of a brand with a personal vision, plus hear about how his sons are continuing the legacy. Included will be an extensive discussion on northern Sonoma County, and how cultural forces shaped the wines of the region through the last century.

I’m very much looking forward to this class! We will taste seven outstanding wines while learning about northern Sonoma County, the family, the wines, and the future.

The lineup:
Marietta Old Vine Red

The family series:
Marietta “Roman”
Marietta “Christo”
Marietta “Arme”

The single estate series:
Marietta “Angelli”
Marietta “Game Trail”
Marietta “Gibson Block”


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218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

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