The following is a guest post from Cambria winemaker Denise Shurtleff, who traveled to Aspen last week for the annual Food and Wine Classic. Denise will be a regular contributor on Katie’s blog.
I was lucky enough to attend the 30th Aspen Food and Wine Classic – and what a spectacular event! The event was dispersed throughout the beautiful city of Aspen which sits at the base of the picturesque Aspen mountain and is bordered by the Roaring Fork River. With sunny, warm weather throughout the entire event, it was the perfect setting for the premier food and wine extravaganza.
We poured three Cambria wines for the trade and public at five grand tasting events in the main tents of the event. It was exciting and rewarding to be able to offer the Cambria 2007 Bench Break Pinot Noir, the 2009 Julia’s Pinot Noir and the newly released 2010 Katherine’s Chardonnay. This was the perfect opportunity to converse with people who are very familiar with our wines, as well as introduce the wines from the Santa Maria Valley to consumers that were not familiar with our area.
Renowned wineries, breweries, and spirits companies from all over the world were in attendance as well as food vendors from all over the country.
A full schedule of seminars provided educational programs on a wide array of wine and food. Of course, the most popular seminars were the cooking demonstrations conducted by celebrity chefs!
All in all, it was great to have Cambria wines be a part of this great event!
Denise Shurtleff joined the Cambria team in September 1999 and was promoted to Chief Winemaker in 2003. Throughout her tenure, Denise has committed herself to creating wines that reflect Santa Barbara County and, more specifically, the strong and specific terroir of the Santa Maria Bench. Off-duty, Denise spends her free hours alongside her husband and two sons on their five-acre ranch, often in her vegetable and fruit garden.