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An Exclusive Society Dedicated to Uniting Three of Life's Biggest Passions...

WineTASTING

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Wine tasting is the key activity at all FFWS participating winery properties. While all levels of wine drinkers are welcome – from the complete novice to the seasoned expert – it's fun to know a little bit about what to look for when tasting wines.

Society members enjoy the highest level of access to the tours and tastings across the portfolio of wineries. Below are the addresses and contact details for setting up your tasting appointments.

Napa Wineries

Foley Johnson   Kuleto Estate

Foley Johnson
8350 Saint Helena Hwy
Rutherford, CA 94573
Ph: 707-963-1980
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Kuleto Estate
2470 Sage Canyon Rd.
Saint Helena, CA 94574
Ph: 707-302-2209
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Merus Wines    

Merus Wines
424 Crystal Springs Road
Saint Helena, CA 94574
Ph: 707-967-9597
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Sonoma Wineries

Chalk Hill Estate   Foley Sonoma

Chalk Hill Estate
10300 Chalk Hill Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448
Ph:707-657-1809
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Foley Sonoma
5110 Highway 128
Geyserville, CA 95441
Ph: 800-433-1944
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Lancaster Estate   Roth Estate

Lancaster Estate
15001 Chalk Hill Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448
Ph: 707-433-8178
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Roth Estate
10309 Chalk Hill Rd.
Healdsburg, CA 95448
Ph:707-836-7030
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Sebastiani Winery    

Sebastiani Winery
389 Fourth Street East
Sonoma, CA 95476
Ph:707-933-3230
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Lake County Wineries

Langtry Estate    

Langtry Estate
21000 Butts Canyon Rd
Middletown, CA 95461
Ph:707-995-7521
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Central Coast Wineries

Eos   Firestone Vineyard

Eos
2300 Airport Road
Paso Robles, CA 93446
Ph: 805-591 - 8050
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Firestone Vineyard
5017 Zaca Station Road
Los Olivos, CA 93441
Ph: 805-688-3940
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Bacara Tasting Room   Foley Estates

FFWS at Bacara
8301 Hollister Avenue
Goleta, CA 93117
Ph: 805-968-1614
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Foley Estates
6121 E. Hwy 246
Lompoc, CA 93436
Ph: 805-737-6222
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Lincourt Wines    

Lincourt Vineyards
1711 Alamo Pintado Road
Solvang, CA 93463
Ph: 805-688-8554
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Pacific Northwest Wineries

The Four Graces   Three Rivers Winery

The Four Graces
9605 NE Fox Farm Road
Dundee, OR 97115
Ph: 800-245-2950
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Three Rivers Winery
5641 Old Hwy. 12
Walla Walla, WA  99362
Ph: 509-526-9463
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WINE TASTING 101

The Look: Check for Color and Clarity
Closely observe the wine. Tilt the glass away from you and check out the color of the wine from the rim edges to the middle of the glass (it's helpful to have a white background - either paper, napkin or a white tablecloth).

What color is it? If you're sampling the red wines like a Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon, is the color maroon, purple, ruby, garnet, red, brick or even brownish? If a white wine like Chardonnay is being sampled, is it clear, pale yellow, straw-like, light green, golden, amber or brown in appearance?

Aroma
A good sense of smell is critical in properly analyzing a glass of wine. In order to get a clear impression of the wine's aroma, swirl your glass for a solid 10-12 seconds. This will help vaporize some of the wine's alcohol while releasing more of its natural aromas. Following swirling by taking a quick whiff to gain that important first impression.

Now let's add more intensity. Stick your nose down into the glass and inhale deeply. What are your second impressions? Do you smell oak, berry, flowers, vanilla or citrus? A wine’s aroma is an excellent indicator of its quality and unique characteristics. Swirl the wine and let the aromas mix and mingle, and sniff again.

Now, Taste While finally sipping the wine is done easily enough, it is important to understand the three stages of experiencing the flavor of the wine itself. Essentially you will start with a small sip and let it roll around your mouth while considering the three stages of taste: the Attack phase, the Evolution phase and the Finish.

The Attack Phase (Initial Impressions)
While finally sipping the wine is done easily enough, it is important to understand the three stages of experiencing the flavor of the wine itself. Essentially you will start with a small sip and let it roll around your mouth while considering the three stages of taste: the Attack phase, the Evolution phase and the Finish.

The Evolution Phase (Mid-palate Impressions)
Also referred to as the mid-palate or middle range phase, the Evolution Phase is the wine's actual taste on the palate. It is within this phase that you will discern the "flavor" of the wine. Red wines will present fruit flavors such as berry, plum, prune or fig; perhaps some spice – pepper, clove, cinnamon, or maybe a woody flavor like oak, cedar, or a detectable smokiness. White wines will present apple, pear, tropical or citrus fruits flavors, or perhaps the taste may consist of honey, herbs, butter or a bit of earthiness.

The Finish (The Final Phase)
Consider how long the wine's flavor impression remains on your palate, after it is swallowed. This is where the wine culminates, where the aftertaste comes into play. Did it last several seconds? Was it light-bodied (like the weight of water), medium-bodied (similar in weight to milk) or full-bodied (like the consistency of cream)? Can you taste the remnant of the wine on the back of your mouth and throat? Do you want another sip or was the wine too bitter at the end? What was your last flavor impression – fruit, butter, oak? Does the taste persist or is it short-lived?

Recording Your Impressions
After having taken the time and care to truly taste your wine, you may wish record your impressions and your preferences. How well did you like the wine overall? Did it taste sweet, sour or bitter? How was the wine’s acidity? Was it well balanced? What foods would best pair with it the best? And, the ultimate question, would you want to take it home? Over time, your notes will form a valuable, personalized wine guide, so take care to record the wine’s name, winery and vintage year for future reference and enjoyment.

Featured EXPERIENCES

Essence of Cabernet
Discover the essence of Kuleto Cabernet as you taste through five unique bottlings. For reservations, email us at info@kuletoestate.com

Reserve Tasting at Kuleto
Enjoy a sampling of Kuleto Estate’s small production wines in a private tasting rooms. For reservations, email us at info@kuletoestate.com

Historical Vines & Wine Vineyard Tour & Tasting
The journey visits our historical Mission Vineyard and continues with a tasting of our reserve wines and a discussion of the history and viticulture of Sonoma County. tastingroom@sebastiani.com. Offered seasonally Apr. - Oct.

Wine Flight and Lunch
Enjoy a private tasting of five lower production, limited release Eos wines, held in the Eos banquet room and accompanied by a gourmet lunch. For reservations, email us at tastingroom@eosvintage.com

Reserve Tasting & Educational Experience
Enjoy a seated, educational tasting experience in our private reserve room enjoyed alongside a selection of artisan cheeses overlooking our historic barrel room. For reservations, call (805) 688-3940 or email us at tastingroom@firestonewine.com

Foley Estates Wine & Cheese Pairing
Experience five Foley Estate wines paired with artisan cheeses and breads. For reservations, email us at tastingroom@foleywines.com

Featu​red Wines

Cabernet Sauvignon - Featured
2013 Three Rivers Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Aromas and flavors of dark chocolate covered cherries, blackberry, baking spice and espresso. This wine has great complexity and beautiful expressive aromatics.

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$21.00
/ bottle
SKU: 006404

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Let's Talk Chardonnay
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