New Tasting Experiences Offered in Our Cottage
To provide our guests with more in-depth explorations of different grape varieties, appellations and vintages, we are now offering several new tasting experiences at The Cottage in Rutherford. These tastings are sit-down, educational explorations led by one of our Wine Educators and are typically one hour in duration. Appointments for tastings must be booked at least 48 hours in advance and require a minimum of four guests. As an added benefit to the Elizabeth Spencer Wine Club, members are invited to enjoy one complimentary cottage tasting each year. We kindly ask for 24 hours’ notice should an appointment need to be cancelled or postponed.
Blind Tasting ($35 per person)
This interactive tasting gives our guests an opportunity to try their hand at identifying individual grape varieties. The tasting features a selection of four to five Elizabeth Spencer wines which are unveiled at the conclusion of the tasting. Along the way, guests are given the tools to discern the unique characteristics of various grape varieties, appellations and winemaking styles and are then invited to use this knowledge to try to identify the wines.
Appellation Tasting ($50 per person)
This in-depth tasting features five to six of our small production, vineyard-designated Elizabeth Spencer Cabernet Sauvignons produced from different Napa Valley sub-appellations. Discussion will be centered on the individual characteristics influenced by the micro-climate and terrain of each sub-appellation as expressed in each wine. In addition, this tasting features hand-selected artisan cheeses that pair well with the wines chosen.