And here is the report to prove it:
The Santa Clarita Vintners and Growers Association held their first meeting of the new year at Ristorante Cavi on Thursday, February 12th.
Twenty local growers and wine makers were in attendance all with their hand-crafted wines in “tote.” The excitement level was high as the group had not been all together since our Christmas meeting and dinner held at the home of Chris and Jeannie Carpenter.
As members arrived hugs and hand-shakes were shared, the excitement and energy of the group’s combined passion for making wine was felt throughout the room. The evening started with sharing their wines with one another and commenting on the characteristics of the wine.
The group finally settled down at the long table for a family style dinner prepared by Cavi owner and chef Tonino. As the night prolonged, wine flowed and the energy increased.
With business at hand, the group scheduled to help with pruning at two of the members vineyards, the next two Sundays (22 February & 01 March) in longing for good fruit for picking in the fall.
The next meeting will be held in late March at the home vineyard of members Darrin & Lisa Fetterolf.
Respectfully submitted, Jenny Lukas. (Hello Eve, Sharing report from the evening. It was a fun evening. Sorry you missed it…maybe next time.)
Last year, as Jenny mentioned above, these local winemakers had the opportunity, for the first time, to meet and pour for an event that benefited our local Assistance League.
The mood, again as Jenny so aptly described above in this week’s meeting, was equally charged last year at the wine event. Many attendees were stunned to find such an array of local winemaking talent. And I don’t think there is anything better at a tasting than actually having an opportunity to listen, and learn, from winemakers.
For myself, having attended so many wine-tasting events I was charmed by the uniqueness of this one and am compelled to follow this group…next time!