The Vines finished off the year in fine fashion with the help of Bodega Corvus (Ala Negra wines) for their Winemaker’s Night. The Corvalán family was on hand to present their wines to a full house. The Corvus wines had a lot to offer, and it was good to see that the attendees made the most of the event by asking questions on everything and anything about wine and the family project. Both the audience and the presenters brought up a range of subjects, from the choices and techniques behind the wine to the bottle designs and distribution by the Bodega. The lively dialogue unfolded thanks Sonia Corvalán’s enthusiasm to share her knowledge and creations, making for an atmosphere of easy back-and-forth chatting that even the most timid layperson could join, and winemaker Gabriela Celeste was on hand for all the more technical winemaking and viticulture questions.
Above all, the ambiance at The Vines Tasting Room attested to the true nature of wine: not just a drink but a living thing. A light, Beaujolais-style wine was made for women; a 2009 Malbec was hand harvested by friends; Emilio Corválan insisted less on wine pairings and more on wine moments. Indeed. Aside from tannins at work and tight-nosed wines that hint at future perfection, the stories that Sonia and Emilio shared showed how wine can follow us through life and how each choice by the maker puts a soulful stamp on each bottle. With that passion to create and communicate present throughout the evening, it took the tasting out of the simple station of just another wine and cheese event.
If the tastings that The Vines have lined up for the coming year match the quality of this evening with Bodega Corvus, then we should all be eagerly looking forward to 2014.
By Graham Patrick