Four bottles of local Santa Cruz Mountain Chardonnay were staring at me.
All in a row, side by side. I was looking through some wines I had, and right in front of me the Chardonnays had lined themselves up—almost begging for a side by side tasting.
Which is what happened.
I ran over to my neighbors to see if they'd like to do a tasting. In the evening, Laura and Dan come over, the bottles were poured, the food was out, the tastings began.
I've done vertical tastings and compared wines at events and tech sessions. But this was my first side by side tasting at my home. It took me a few minutes to figure out how many glasses to pull, if we should first taste wine alone, then add food...I was just over thinking it. So instead, we just jumped in.
Here's the line up...four SCM Chards, with four of us tasting...
2014 Woodside 13.5 % alcohol
2014 Cooper-Garrod, Gravel Ridge Vineyard 14.1 % alcohol
2013 Wrights Station 15% alcohol
2013 Silver Mountain, Estate 13.4% alcohol
2013 Wrights Station 15% alcohol.
From Wrights Station Vineyards & Winery, in Los Gatos off Summit Road.
2014 Woodside 13.5 % alcohol. From Woodside Vineyards, Menlo Park.
2013 Silver Mountain, Estate 13.4% alcohol.
Located on the Summit, Los Gatos. They also have a tasting room in Santa Cruz.
2014 Cooper-Garrod, Gravel Ridge Vineyard 14.1 % alcohol.
From Cooper-Garrod Vineyards, Saratoga. Where horses and wine harmonize.
My neighbor Dan was a super taster. He
reminded me of the classic Seinfeld episode when George was spotting raccoons on the side of the road left and right—how did he do that? We'd be tasting one Chard, and he'd say, 'this would
be good with smoked Gouda.' I ran into the house and grabbed some smoked Gouda that I happened to have in the fridge. The flavors did work! Or, 'try this one with the golden raisins.” Hmmm, a new thought.
It was great to explore the flavors of the wine and foods in different combinations! So have fun tasting and deciding which SCM Chardonnays you enjoy.
Best to you on your own Side by Side Wine Jaunt!
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