A Tasting of Lalalu, INCONNU and Onward Wines with Winemakers Laura Brennan Bissell & Faith Armstrong Foster Tuesday April 25th, 5-8pm
Saying that a winemaker is “challenging the status quo in California winemaking” may seem like a trite statement to make - as if everyone aspires to it and many achieve it. In fact, actually bringing something to the glass that challenges your notions of what California wine is all about is a very rare thing indeed. And yet there are a handful of winemakers who are doing it spectacularly well.
Stanley’s is excited to feature two of the most influential winemakers of the moment who are truly pushing the boundaries of California wine, and the results speak for themselves. While typical California wines often lean stylistically towards over-ripe, saturated and bold flavors with high alcohol, the wines from Laura and Faith spring from the glass with a clear emphasis on vivacity, bright aromatics, freshness, elegance, and finesse. Lest you think that this necessarily translates to a wimpy wine, one taste with an open mind will convince you otherwise. Having the sensibility to value what is truly at the heart of each vineyard, and figuring out how to express that in the simplest and most focused way is what makes the approach of these two winemakers so fresh and exciting.
From Faith’s website: “Onward Wines are single-vineyard, site-driven wines. I am a true believer in personal connection and there is a story behind each vineyard site and how it came to be part of my portfolio. In these stories you will learn more about the people behind these vineyards. I liken my connection to these vineyards to that of one’s favorite shirt or coffee mug or chair. Like a well worn fabric or a slightly chipped mug that may have initially caught my eye for its beauty, but over the years it has won my heart because it just feels right. When it comes to vineyards this happens too, and it is a combination of my connection with the vines themselves and my connection with those that tend them. For me the growers hands are most definitely part of the terroir.”
“My style is about letting the vines speak. They are the art, I am the canvas, my job is to give them a chance to share their beauty in each and every vintage. My decisions are driven from the vineyard and the vintage, my cellar practices are to uphold the truths I find in the vineyard. To this end I pick early looking for balance of flavors at lower ripeness, as I find this is when each vineyard is in its most unique expression of self. I see these vineyards as treasures. As a winemaker it is my goal to preserve these treasures and share them as wines.``
From Laura’s website: “We make delicious wine that is accessible and affordable. These wines are meant to be enjoyed every day -- not just on special occasions. We are inspired by the French tradition of vin de soif, or ‘wine of thirst.’ Our wines are pleasurable and light, but still express great care and devotion to craft.”
Come join us Tuesday, April 25th from 5-8 pm to meet these women winemakers in person and enjoy a tasting of four wines from each winemaker. $15 includes wine flights and light snacks.
Wines being poured from Faith Armstrong Foster:
Onward Wines Pétillant Naturel, Suisun Valley 2015
Onward Wines Malvasia Bianca, Suisun Valley 2014
Onward Wines Hawkeye Ranch Pinot Noir 2013
Onward Wines Knox Vineyard Zinfandel, Redwood Valley 2015
Wines being poured from Laura Brennan Bissell:
Lalalu Rosé Contra Costa 2016
Lalalu Cabernet Franc Contra Costa 2016
INCONNU Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
INCONNU Chardonnay 2014