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St. Supery Winery: Tour and tasting creates great memories

St Supery Winery

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St Supery’s Chardonney was our first experience with St Supery wines and that taste brought us back to drinking Chardonney.  Figuring if St. Supery could do such an outstanding job with Chardonney, we would enjoy their other wines so we joined the wine club based upon that experience.  Members of the wine club are offered a free private tour and barrel tasting so we included a visit to St. Supery on our trip and it turned out to be a great decision indeed!

St Supery:  Doorway to a fun experience

St Supery: Doorway to a fun experience

St Supery

Atkinson House

Just walking towards the entrance of the visitor’s center, your senses will be overwhelmed with art, beauty and a sense that St Supery’s goal is to present you with great wines and a sensory education.  The demonstration vineyard along with the smell-a-vision hands-on display allows you to see and touch grapes and then experience the smells typically associated with Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Upon our arrival, (2:30 PM appointment on Tuesday, July 29, 2008) we were welcomed with our names displayed on the visitor’s board and Denise Leuschner welcomed us as if we were old friends.  A very nice personal touch carried out throughout the entire experience.

We toured the winery and the barrel tasting was especially enjoyable as wine was pulled from 3 barrels, each with 100% of the noted varietal, with separate tastings from each.  We then sampled the 3 wines blended together in unequal portions taken from each barrel.  It was very interesting how the blends completely changed the character and taste of the wine.  This simple demonstration illustrated what goes on behind the scenes in crafting a fine wine when blending is required and it furthered our appreciation of those who craft great wines.  Crafting a great wine truly is an art.

The demonstration vineyard allowed us to see various trellising systems and taste 6 grape varieties: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillion, Merlot, Carbernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.  Anyone desiring to learn about wines and all the effort needed to craft fine wines, like the ones produced by St Supery, should visit.  This really was a great experience.

St Supery Demonstration Vineyard

St Supery Demonstration Vineyard

St Supery Demonstration Vineyard

St. Supery Demonstration Vineyard

Tasting room

Tasting room

Next stop, the tasting room!  Joe took care of us and the tasting room was a-buzz!  We enjoyed many selections and ultimately settled on the 2006 Moscato, the 2007 Sauvignon Blanc, the 2000 Dollarhide Limited Cabernet Sauvignon (Joe pulled this library wine out special for us as Club members) and the 2005 Cabernet Franc.  Simply stated, St. Supery crafts some great wines.

We continue to enjoy wines produced by St. Supery and sometimes even pair them with some fantastic recipes posted by St. Supery on their website.  St. Supery has it right as they fully understand a great experience at the winery can and will likely translate into a long-term customer relationship — something especially important during these economic hard times.

Recommendation:  Great Winery to Visit! You will truly enjoy the experience.

Location:  St. Supery Winery; 8440 St. Helena Highway; Rutherford, CA 94573

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  1. September 14, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Looks like you had a lovely visit! I’m not too familiar with St Supery, but my husband raves about their delicious & decently priced Cab.
    Winery tours are always better when they do things like barrel tastings. And I am absolutely intrigued by this “smell-a-vision” thing!
    Looking forward to hearing more from you, on blogs, Twitter, wherever. Cheers!

    • txstevo
      September 14, 2009 at 7:23 pm

      Thanks for the comment ZinfanGirl. If you ever get the chance, St. Supery is a winery worth visiting!

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