Grand Tasting Private Reserve Event

The Grand Tasting on September 29, 2006, also featured an exclusive wine tasting prior to the main event at the Franklin Park Conservatory. The highlight of this private tasting was a lively discussion hosted by Master Sommelier Matt Citriglia. Citriglia is an Ohio native with 22 years of experience in the wine industry. He is the creator of sales & service training tool called Winementor, Ltd. and Vice-Chairman for the Court of Master Sommeliers. More information on this limited reservation tasting below.

French Bordeaux vs. California Cabernet – Why they should never be compared! 
Connoisseurs and critics worldwide have long argued which wine is better, California Cabernet or French Bordeaux. Unfortunately, this is like arguing over which car is better – a Lamborghini or Rolls Royce. The influences that shape the Cabernet grape in California or Bordeaux are very different and, in the past, have created very different wines. Today, however the differences between the two are less noticeable, as technology and ignorant critics have striped mother nature away in favor of an “International Style.”

Master Sommelier, Matthew Citriglia, addressed this travesty as you discover what makes two of the world’s greatest red wines different!

Featured tasting wines included 2002 Clos Du Marquis (St. Julien, Bordeaux); 2002 Chateau La Garde (Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux); 2002 Bernardus Marinus (Carmel Valley, California); 2002 Franciscan Magnificat (Napa Valley, California); and two blind samples