I was lucky enough to be among several bloggers and writers invited by Paul Askiman to visit and experience the Barrel Blending experience at Conn Creek Winery. Just to let you know, this rocks!
First of all, Conn Creek is located along the beautiful Silverado trail in Napa. The winery is known primarily for its flagship Bordeaux style wine, Anthology, which the tasting started with. A gorgeous bordeaux blend with lovely color, complex spice and fruit and nice structure. Okay, definitely setting the bar high for beginning blenders.
Then, after a brief primer on the Napa region and the basics of blending, we were turned loose to take our learning kinesthetic. Barrel samples from all fourteen of Napa's AVA's awaited.