This week marked the first session of The Ahwahnee’s Vintners’ Holidays event taking place over a series of eight sessions from November 4 to December 6, 2012.
Vintners’ Holidays allows guests the opportunity to rub elbows with vintners and fellow enthusiasts with a reception; educational tasting seminars; and a five-course gourmet dinner prepared by the culinary team at The Ahwahnee in which they expertly craft each course to complement the presenting wines in a fun role-reversal on the more traditional wine pairing. Winemakers will bring not only new releases but limited and rare vintages as well.
“People are generally interested and receptive, relaxed, and the venue itself is beyond extraordinary. Being there itself is very special,” says Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyards.
Many vintners have participated multiple years, and returning for the 2012 season are boutique producers such as Karly Winery to such widely-recognizable names as Silver Oak Cellars and Ravenswood Winery. New wineries joining the festivities this year are Hatcher Winery, Ancien Wines and Lasseter Family Vineyards.