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09/16/11 - Nine Legendary Winemakers, One Superstar Winery: Long Shadows Vintners' Best of Washington
Nine Legendary Winemakers, One Superstar Winery: Long Shadows Vintners' Best of Washington

Ticket Price: $24.94




Wine Tasting Event @ Artisan Wine Depot

"Nine Legendary Winemakers, One Superstar Winery: Long Shadows Vintners' Best of Washington

Friday September 16th, 2011
From 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
At Artisan Wine Depot - 400 A Villa St. Mountain View, CA 94041

This is a walk-around tasting event, you may come by anytime between 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM.

Ticket Price: $24.94 (if space permits)

$5.00 of the tasting fee will be credited back towards a purchase of any of these wines!

The Wines

Poet's Leap Riesling 2009 - [WE 95] [RP 91] [CG 91] [WS 90]
Crafted by Germany's most highly acclaimed Riesling producers, Armin Diel, proprietor of the renowned Schlossgut Diel
Retail: $20.00

Saggi Red Wine 2007 - [ST 92] [RP 91] [WE 91] [WS 90]
Made by the Folonari brothers, the first to create the "Super-Tuscan" blend
Retail: $45.00

Chester-Kidder Red Wine 2006 - [RP 93] [ST 93] [WE 92] [WS 90]
Made by France's Gilles Nicault formerly of Stanton, Woodward Canyon, and Hogue
Retail: $50.00

Pirouette Red Wine 2007 - [RP 93+] [ST 93] [WE 92] [WS 90]
Made by the combined talents of Philippe Melka (Petrus, Haut Brion, Dominus, Seavey, Lail, Bryant Family, Quintessa, 100 Acre) and Agustin Huneeus (Concha y Toro, Franciscan Oakville, Mt. Veeder, Estancia, and Quintessa)
Retail: $55.00

Sequel Syrah 2007 - [WS 93] [WE 93] [ST 93] [RP 92] [CG 91]
Made by John Duval, Winemaker for 16 years at Penfolds
Retail: $55.00

Feather Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 - [RP 93] [ST 91+] [WS 91]
Feather Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 - [RP 93] [WE 93] [ST 92+] [WS 92]
Made by Randy Dunn of Caymus, Dunn Vineyards, Pahlmeyer, La Jota
Retail: $65.00

Pedestal (Long Shadows) Merlot 2007 - [RP 94] [WS 93] [WE 92] [ST 91]
Made by Michel Rolland, the world's most influential and talented winemaker
Retail: $70.00

About Long Shadows Vintners

"Winery of the Year" - Food & Wine Magazine (2007)

"There is no other winery like it in the world. Seven individual wines made by seven globally famous winemakers at one state-of-the-art winery using only fruit grown in Washington's Columbia Valley AVA."
Long Shadows Vintners is the creation of Washington wine legend Allen Shoup.  He hand-picked a group of equally iconic international winemakers to come to Washington to make wine.  These are winemakers who, as Shoup puts it, cast "long shadows" thanks to their lasting influence on the improvement of wine quality.

The goal of the winery is simple: prove that the Columbia Valley is world-class winegrowing territory.

Founder: Allen Shoup

"Washington is at the very beginning of its viticultural history," says Shoup, explaining the vision behind Long Shadows.  "Viticultural regions last for a thousand years, so here we are very, very young.  To take Washington to the next level, I wanted to see great winemakers from around the world coming here to make wine."  Shoup is in a special position to help make that happen.  As former CEO of what is today Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, he was responsible for creating international partnerships that brought to Washington Italy's Piero Antinori to craft Col Solare wines, and Ernst Loosen to make Eroica Riesling.  After retiring from Ste. Michelle, Shoup was determined to expand on his earlier vision by creating Long Shadows Vintners in 2002.

He began by approaching individuals who had become famous both for the quality of their wines, and their mastery of particular varieties and styles: Armin Diel for Riesling, Randy Dunn for Cabernet Sauvignon, Michel Rolland for Merlot, John Duval for Syrah, Philippe Melka and Agustin Huneeus, Sr. for Bordeaux-style blends, and Ambogio and Giovanni Folonari for Sangiovese.  Shoup offered a simple proposition to his invited winemakers: he would finance the development of a winery facility that met all their individual needs and give them each an ownership stake in their own winery to produce the single wine they would make from Columbia Valley fruit. They were to be partners, not consultants.  In return they agreed to come to Washington each vintage to oversee fruit selection, determine the final blend, and the ultimate release of their wine.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:

"For the third straight year, every wine in this portfolio has achieved an outstanding rating.  For this, the credit goes to Alan Shoup who put it all together and Gilles Nicault who handles the winemaking on a day-to-day basis.  Long Shadows is the brainchild of Alan Shoup, former longtime CEO of Stimson Lane.  It is a consortium of seven different labels, each with its own star winemaker who has a 25% share in the brand.  The concept is that each "is dedicated to producing a single Columbia Valley wine representing a 'best of type' that reflects the winemaker's signature style."

If you would like to attend, please select the ticket option, and the quantity of tickets you would like and add them to your basket above. Print out a copy of your invoice and bring it with you the day of the event for admittance. If you are buying more then one ticket, please reply to the receipt that will be emailed to you, and give us the full name of the other members in your party. This is simply for name badge and attendee list purposes. We thank you for your support, and are looking forward to seeing you there.

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