Here’s How to Be Part of a 100-Point Wine Dinner

Inspiration, joy, desire: these are the names given to the three iconic wines of Vérité, Bordeaux-inspired blends from small vineyard blocks in Alexander Valley, Chalk Hill and Knights Valley in Sonoma. 

In the mid-1990s, California legend Jess Jackson invited Bordelais winemaker Pierre Seillan to join the company as a vigneron. With two decades under his belt as technical director and winemaker for seven Bordeaux châteaux in Lalande de Pomerol, Saint-Émilion, St. Estèphe, Haut-Médoc, Premières Côtes de Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur, Pierre was given the opportunity to choose the best fruit available from Jackson’s Sonoma vineyard holdings. The two created three cuvées: La Muse, a Merlot-based blend inspired by Pomerol; La Joie, Cabernet Sauvignon made in the Pauillac style; and Le Désir, Cabernet Franc à la Saint-Émilion. These world-class wines are some of the best expressions of these grapes in the world and reflect the unique terroir of Sonoma. 

Since the wines were first released in 1998, they’ve achieved critical acclaim, including more than a dozen 100-point scores. “These wines are the epitome of natural wine,” Robert Parker wrote of Vérité. “The aim was to produce wines capable of lasting 25—or in some cases, even 40+ years—the great vintages will certainly attain that potential longevity.” With minuscule case production (4,000 cases or less) these wines are rare and difficult to find. 

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The Vérité Alexander Valley Vineyard.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate has put together a once-in-a-lifetime wine dinner featuring a dozen Vérité wines, including six perfect 100-pointers, hosted by two generations of Vérité vignerons: Pierre Seillan and his daughter, next-generation winemaker Hélène Seillan. Wine Advocate editor-in-chief, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Master of Wine and reviewer for Bordeaux, Napa Valley and Sonoma County will also be in attendance to speak about these incredible wines. 

All of the wines have been masterfully paired with five courses by Mark Sullivan, executive chef/partner at the Michelin-starred Spruce Restaurant in San Francisco. Tucked away in Presidio Heights, this is the perfect spot for our intimate dinner—we’re limiting seats to give you plenty of one-on-one time with this lineup of wines and their vignerons. Sullivan’s California-inspired cuisine is the perfect partner for the range of Vérité wines that will be presented, from the mature 2007 vintage to the more recently released 2014 vintage. 

Guests at the dinner will also receive an All Access Pass* to our Matter of Taste event at the City Club San Francisco on Saturday, March 3rd. All Access Passes guarantee a seat at all Master Classes throughout the day and provide VIP early entry to the Walkabout Grand Tasting. 

This is a rare opportunity to taste some of the best wines made in California. Secure your spot today and get ready to be filled with inspiration, joy and desire. 

*All Access Passes do not include the Hedonist's Gazette BYOB Finale Dinner

Photos courtesy of Vérité.

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