There’s Beaulieu . . . Caymus . . . Heitz. Some of Napa’s greatest wineries. Most days, these are separate stops on wine tasting tours but today they’re all together in one place. And over there, where folks are standing three-deep, is Inglenook, the host for today’s event. We’re at “A Day in the Dust,” the annual invitation-only tasting put on by the members of the Rutherford AVA. All told there are about 40 wineries pouring a 100 wines or so. Our plan is to taste as many as we can without swallowing more than a drop. That’s our plan, anyway.
There is no better way to learn what makes a wine from Rutherford – or any other appellation – special than to taste 40 of them side-by-side. That’s something you could never do on a Napa winery tour. Not only are all the wines from the same place, they’re from the same vintage: 2011.