Wine pairing at Kunde

We just got back to our hotel, but need to leave shortly to attend Jen’s wedding. Today, we went to Figone’s to buy more truffle oil. We bought a bottle the last time we were here and LOVE it, so I needed to get another. This time, we also picked up a bottle of the balsamic vinegar which is barrel aged for 20 years. It is so amazing that I would drink it if you dared me to. After that, we stopped at Kunde Family Estate, thanks to Figone’s for giving us a tasting coupon. When we got there, we were warmly greeted by Mike Madigan, one of the wine reps at the bar. We decided to sign up for the food pairing experience ($30 per person). It was an absolutely fabulous experience, hosted by Mike. He is gracious, knowledgeable and honest, and definitely not a wine snob. Since it was just the 3 of us, it felt more like friends sitting around the table together – it was casual, relaxed and fun. The food, small sample sizes, was divine. You can see which wines we tasted and what food was provided in the pictures. At the end of the tasting, Mike poured a glass of the 1904 Dessert Cuvée. It was a nice way to end the meal. It was sweet, but not too sweet and it was not as strong as the port I tried at Bodega. Nelson couldn’t drink this as he had to drive, but he also liked it.

We ended up purchasing wines that we’ve never shown much interest in before. We left with their 2008 Reserve Century Vines Zinfandel and their 2010 Reserve Chardonnay. The Chardonnay was easy to drink. We learned that this is because they use a neutral oak. This makes the Chardonnay more crisp and fruity rather than buttery or creamy. The century vine zinfandel was not what I thought a zinfandel tasted like. This one was a dark red colour that tasted wonderful on it’s own, or paired with food. I wish I had taken notes as I was tasting so I could share the experience in more detail. I’ll simply have to open the bottle when I get home and write about the wines again.

If you’re in California and would like to do a wine tasting, I highly recommend Kunde. They also have a Mountain Top tasting where you can supposedly taste while taking in the fantastic views from 1400 feet. If you’re at the bar tasting, seek out Mike.

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