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Two Upcoming Winemaker Dinners with California Vintner and New Hampshire Native Peter Paul
California vintner and New Hampshire native son Peter Paul will be in Portsmouth for two magical evenings featuring fabulous food and wine on January 27th at Mombo’s and January 28th at the One Hundred Club. Each dinner will offer a unique multi-course meal paired to perfection with a series of Peter’s renowned Napa Valley and Russian River Valley wines—including his popular “Live Free or Die” Pinot Noir, created specifically to honor the vintner’s New Hampshire roots. You will also be treated to the exceptional grand cru Peter Paul Champagne that Peter produces in Champagne, France.
In addition to his excellent wines, Peter is also known for his philanthropy—most evident in the beautifully designed Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire. Clearly Peter’s heart still belongs to his home state!
Enjoy a special moment with Peter and his two California winemaking associates, who will also be present to talk about the art of winemaking. Not only will you sample a fine selection of Peter Paul Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet and Champagne, but you’ll also hear stories about the California wine country and Peter’s personal journey from his early days in New Hampshire. Each event will surely be a night to remember.
When: January 27, 2015
When: January 28, 2015
Premiere Napa Valley Auction Raises $5.9 Million
Five Cases (60 bottles) Peter Paul Cabernet Sauvignon Mt Veeder Nets $14K! (That’s $300/bottle!)
In February, Napa Valley’s annual trade auction, Premiere Napa Valley, demonstrated just how highly the wine world values Napa Valley wine—especially its’ Cabernet Sauvignon. The record-high bidding surprised just about everyone, who had to admit that the market for fine wine from Napa Valley is stronger than ever.
Each year at Premiere Napa Valley, a few select wineries can claim the dubious distinction of being chosen among the last auction lots of the day. This year, the honor fell to us. Lot 224 was second to last. But that didn’t curb the enthusiasm of numerous bidders who waited nearly 5 hours to bid on our unique lot from the extraordinary 2012 vintage.
We took the best of our best Napa Valley Cabernet and dubbed it, “Mountaintop Secret Sauce.” The high-intensity selection was culled from our premier Cabernet source: Leslie Rudd’s Mt Veeder Vineyard, perched 1500 feet above the Napa Valley floor.
The wine is 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, picked at full maturity from low-yielding mountain fruit grown on a 1-acre block of the vineyard. We think it might be the best Cabernet we’ve made to date.
The secret’s in the sauce.
Before pressing the wine off the skins, post fermentation, we let the last of the free-run wine ooze out of the tank overnight. Normally, we collect this highly concentrated “secret sauce” and blend it into our best lots for added intensity. This year, for the first time ever, we saved enough secret sauce to make a unique Premiere lot.
The winning bidder was Cristina Pearce, wine director for national retailer Total Wine. This was the second year in a row that Cristina has won our Napa Premiere lot. We thank her and her colleagues for their enthusiasm and support!