The Date and Time: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 3PM to 5PM
The Event: Hope Family wines vertical tasting
The Venue: SOHO House
The Target Audience: sommeliers, wine media, collectors – about 30 in all.
The Availability/Catalogue: most of these were older vintages, some may be available at the winery itself.
The Quote/Background: Austin Hope spoke about his family's winery (founded as vineyards in 1978) in Paso Robles, and about each wine. He makes a number of different lines, from the entry level Candor through Troublemaker and Liberty School. Treana Red and Treana White are top level blends, as is the Austin Hope Syrah level. The winery concentrates on Rhone varietals such as Syrah, Grenache, Roussanne, Marsanne, Viognier and Mourvedre. Overall, he believes in longer aging on the skin (30 – 60 days) and more pump-over.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
-Treana Red 2004 [60%cab sauv/syrah/merlot]
-Austin Hope Syrah 2011
-Austin Hope Syrah 2001
-Treana White 2001 [viognier/marsanne]
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, $19.95 Vintages
-Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
-Treana Red 2010 [70%cab sauv/syrah/merlot]
-Treana Red 1999 [cab sauv/syrah/merlot]
-Austin Hope Syrah 2005
-Treana White 2010 [viognier/marsanne]
-Treana White 1999 [viognier/marsanne]
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Liberty School Chardonnay 2011, $18.95
The Food: charcuterie, cheeses, dried breads, veggies and dips.
The Contact Person: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 89.