Fence Stile Vineyards and Winery offers a wine blending workshop on Sunday, March 4th, at 1 p.m. Participants will learn about the nuances of creating a blend by working hands-on with a variety of unfinished wines. The workshop is limited to 14 participants that will work in pairs (7 pairs total). Individual participants that sign up will be paired with a partner.
“Guests will learn about the delicate balance of working with unfinished wine to create a finished product, how to capitalize on the best qualities of each wine, and how to create a harmony that is the finished wine,” says Shriti Plimpton, owner of Fence Stile Vineyards and Winery.
Initially, Fence Stile team members will discuss the 2017 harvest and winemaking process for that year’s wines. Then participants will briefly taste three unfinished red wines to assess their flavor, aroma, and other qualities. The unfinished wines originated from Chambourcin and Norton grapes picked during the 2017 harvest.
Using these samples, the participants will create up to three blends. Each pair will select one wine from their three blends, share the blend, discuss its attributes, and explain why they chose it.
Ideally, the goal is to develop a blend for the 2017 FirePit Red, one of Fence Stile’s most popular red wines. Participants will taste an older vintage of the wine from Fence Stile’s library and assess which blend most closely matches the bottled wine.
Cost for the workshop is $15 per person ($10 for Wine Club members). Limited space available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot and list the participant name(s) for up to two people.
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