Living and working in the gorgeous Napa Valley brings with it multiple event invites and so many that prioritizing is essential. Thursday night was no different. Judd’s Hilll Winery located on the Silverado Trail had the best idea for a Brown Bag Rose’ Industry Night event so of course, where there is Rose’…. we must make an appearance. This was the first time I have visited the winery in a social capacity and the hosts were awesome. The owner and his two adorable little girls were there for a bit while the staff of Judd’s Hill were in attendance and very hospitable and friendly. I will definitely visit again and recommend that anyone else who is in the Napa area, do make an advance appointment to stop by for the royal treatment and amazing views. You will not be disappointed.
Now Rose’ is not my favorite varietal, I am partial to Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and Champagne of course. But a good Rose’ on a warm summer night doesn’t take much to persuade me to enjoy. There were about 25 of us local wine folks that showed up in good spirits and each brought a lovely bottle to share and vote. Amazing how diverse Rose’s can be and how individual. I have to say, I am partial to a dry rose’ with a French style so of course I brought the Gustave Lorentz Rose’ from France which is quite lovely and imported by Quintessential Wines here in Napa. And quite proudly we came in 3rd out of all selections which were close to 20 different wines (not all captured in images below). Not too shabby for a Thursday evening.
The rest of the contenders were all so different. Varied in the nose, taste, finish and labels. One of which was a lovely shiner with the appropriate letter selection given on the sticker. Kudos to the gang at Judd’s Hill. It was all in all a fun and successful evening and one that I will remember fondly. Cheers and Salud’!