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Simple Hedonisms Contest – Win Tickets (3 pairs!) to this Saturday Eighth St. Wineries Open House

Simple Hedonisms loves to share the best of Wine Country and its Simple Pleasures,  with its readers. This week, we’re passing the torch to you!

Enter To Win Tickets – 3 Pairs Total

Post your favorite  Simple Hedonisms (simple pleasures) (up to three)  in Sonoma County wine country (PG rated, naturally).  Places to eat, taste, view, picnic, spa, kiss, be creative!

We will pick our top three favorites based on creativity and appeal, then publish the ‘hotlist’.

Winners will each get a pair of tickets to the Eighth Street Wineries Open House on February 26th, where true wine, food, and good people – the essence of Simple Hedonisms – will be in abundance.

Post by 7 pm Thursday to enter and then watch for your name for tickets!

Eighth Street Wineries

Never been to Eighth Street Wineries? Think wine country is comprised entirely of sprawling estates and elaborate palace like buildings?  The essence of winemaking lies in a place far less glamorous and much more engaging—the cellar. This Saturday, the winemakers of Eighth Street Wineries in Sonoma invite the public directly into their warehouse workspace to taste artisan wares, only a stone’s throw away from Downtown Sonoma.

Open Warehouses at 8th Street Wineries

On February 26th, 2011, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the group will host their semiannual Open House. New releases, library wines, barrel tastings, and rare bargains will be offered alongside gourmet food pairings.

Wine and food extravaganzas occur often in wine country, but rarely thrown by such a committed group of winemakers, and never for such a bargain. The ticket price of $30 per person ($20 for wine club members) includes tastings, pairings, and a souvenir wine glass. Guests park once and just walk from winery to winery. Brilliant.

Some of these wineries have no public tasting rooms and limited distribution – this is a prime day to taste small artisans you can’t always have access to.
For a birds eye view  – check out this video!

Eighth Street Wineries members:

  • Anaba Wines
  • Enkidu Wines
  • Kamen Estate Wines
  • MacRostie Winery and Vineyards
  • Parmelee-Hill Wines and Vineyards
  • Stone Edge Farms
  • Talisman Wines
  • Three Sticks Winery
  • Tin Barn Vineyards
  • Ty Caton Vineyards

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Wine Review: 2006 Tin Barn Vineyards Sonoma Coast Syrah (Coryelle Fields Vineyard)

I have had the pleasure to visit Tin Barn several times. ‘Tin Barn’ is an apt name; its a full production ‘Urban Winery’ that is part of the collective known as Eighth Street Wineries. (Look for the twice a year Eighth Street Wineries Open House, don’t miss!)

This cool climate Syrah comes from the coastal hills east of Jenner, at an elevation of 1000 feet. Twelve years ago, industry veteran Carolyn Coryelle planted both a meadow and a hillside block; the 2006 vintage is sourced from the rocky hillside.

Wine Review: 2006 Tin Barn Vineyards Sonoma Coast Syrah (Coryelle Fields Vineyard)

To the Eye: Inky deep purple, classic Syrah color, impenetrable to light

On the Nose: Smoked meat, bacon fat. Layered beneath is blackberry, black fruit.

In The Mouth: The extra aging time helps this Syrah show well –  good balance of fruit, tannins, and mouthfeel. The black fruit carries over from nose to palate, and is immediately present, but without being oppressive or jammy. A hint of sweetness from 50% new French oak, complementary to the wine. (Syrah is a varietal that generally benefits from some new oak., even with my bias to neutral/used oak.) The finish is pleasant, lingering. Modest 14.8 % alcohol.

Where to Buy: Check/call for distribution outlets (if any, only 115 cases made.) Available online. (I noted a 15% discount through December on the website when writing this.) Retail:  $25 (media sample)

Food Pairing: Most red meats and stews. Smoked meats, turkey.  BBQ. Lamb.

Recommendation: I have poured this wine for friends recently (blind), and it was well received. I enjoyed it enough to purchase a bottle, in addition to the Media Sample; would recommend you do as well. This drinks well now, I’d be inclined to lay a few bottles down as well – a syrah with some time in the cellar is a wonderful thing.

Wine Geek Info:

Harvested: October 8th, 2006
Barrels: 50% New French Oak
Aging: 20 months
Bottled: July 2nd, 2008
Alcohol: 14.8%
pH: 3.75
TA: 6.4g/L
Production: 115 cases
Release: Summer 2010

Enter to Win: Tickets to Eighth Street Wineries Open House – Saturday August 7th

As contributing editor Katherine Parker wrote earlier this week in her article on  Wine Goings-on in and around town of Sonoma August 7-8th, Simple Hedonisms has teamed up with the ten artisanal wineries of the Eighth Street Enclave to offer two different drawings for free tickets.

This one-day event will feature both current and new releases as well as library offerings,  barrel tastings, and food pairings. Tickets  include all food and wine plus a souvenir wine glass.  Even if you don’t win, for $30 its a heck of a value for a day out – try and have a quality date with food and wine for less than that!

1. Trivia Contest

Enter to Win a pair of tickets ($6o value) by responding in comments below to these three simple questions, which you can find by clicking on the wineries on from the main web page for Eighth Street Wineries.

  1. Whats the website price for the Ty Caton 2008 The Ridge George’s Malbec?
  2. What wine release from Tin Barn just won Double Gold medals at the 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2010?
  3. Name either of the two two less common white wine Rhone releases from Parmalee Hill, named after Daughters. (White Rhone wines rock, branch out!)

Submissions will not be published until after the contest winner is picked so that people can’t see each others answers. All information is secure and never shared.

A drawing at 1pm Friday August 6th will be held.

2. Second Chance to Win: Drawing from Simple Hedonisms Email Subscribers

One drawing at random for a ticket will be awarded to validated email subscribers. Not an email subsriber? Register in the top right; your email is secure, never shared per our privacy policy. You will receive a brief one sentence email summary when new blog posts come out – a great way to stay in touch with events, news, wine reviews, and tips.

This drawing will also be at 1pm this Friday.

Enjoy and Remember:

Winners and Attendees: enjoy the event and remember the four mantras of Simple Hedonisms for Wine Events:

  1. Drink/taste responsibly: Ten wineries pouring 3-4 wines adds up to a lot. Consider paying that unemployed summer teen a few dollars to drive you around!
  2. Dump/Spit: If you are serious about wine tasting to experience and compare wines; consider learning to use a spit cup, as industry people do, or dump regularly wine you don’t wish to consume. If you had four 1 oz tastes at two wineries, that’s already two full glasses. Its scientifically proven that your sensory analysis is  impaired; you have gone from tasting to drinking. (Which if following rule 1 is fine, have fun.)
  3. Its a Business, Not a Charity: These are small wineries who stay in business by selling their product, not large corporations. Think $30 covers their costs for an event like this? Not even close. Try a wine you like, purchase a bottle to take home. Many of these wines will only be available at the winery anyway.
  4. Bring a Cooler: In summer months, load up a cooler in the car with a few beverages and a place to store your purchases, even at a event like this where all wineries are close. Heat is like kryptonite to wine.

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