This headline is a shameful play on words because two of our wine selections this month are produced at wineries where horses are as important as grape growing. Owners at Tamber Bey and Bello Family Wines have equestrian roots: one in 50 and 100-mile endurance races (think our own Tevis Cup, 100 miles from Squaw Valley to Auburn); the other in thoroughbred racing. The compelling drive to win shared by both owner families is reflected in the wines they produce.
We’re also very pleased to introduce Jay Wilderotter’s first Carpe Vino Wine Club selection, his 2010 Wilderotter Mourvedre, a wine that is subtle but packs memorable fruit flavors. Jay’s estate is within a short distance of the Sand Fire that burned six square miles, 20 homes and forced the evacuation of 1,200 people. As if winemakers don’t have enough to worry about—weather, vine diseases, bugs, contaminants in the winery—now they can add raging fires to the list.
And look for two wines from Andrew Jones. . .really, really nice.