Mac and Lil MacDonald of Vision Cellars characterize their process as "passionate". It's hard to encapsulate the rollicking good time you will have listening to them as it is to imagine the struggles, luck and serendipity that mark their progress. But it's easy to drink their lovely Pinot Noirs, Grenache and Red wine. Yum, my standard denotation for tastiness, does not encompass it. When Babe in Boots Jennifer invited me to a Vision Cellars tasting at her house, I threw together a Manchego, membrillo, chorizo appetizer, coordinated with Brix Chick Janesta and made sure to be there. As expected, the folks at Vision Cellars brought the goods with some fabulous wines and some interesting stories. Mac wanted us to evaluate the 2008's to see if we could detect any evidence of the fires that happened as that fruit started its journey to winehood. I was in agreement with his restaurant customers in that I found all the wines deliciously complex and any effects of the smoke were special.
With my deep love of all things Pinot Noir, this tasting put me in hog heaven. We started with a crisp Rose of Pinot with a lovely pale salmon color and bone dry savory taste. On to a selection of Pinots from Russian River, Chileno Valley in Marin, Las Alturas, and (my favorite) Rosella's vineyard, the last two from the Santa Lucia Highlands . The wines had similar elegance and complexity with different expressions that came from the dirt. As well, the invite said "appetizer" so, there was a diverse variety of bites, and the wines were up to it. Pinot can be mercurial, so standing up to the collected treats impressed me, but according to Miss Lil, par for the course. We finished the tasting with the '07 Red Wine, a 100% Cabernet sauvignon which ended up pairing like a long lost soul mate to the bitter chocolate squares provided. Add in the talking up of the Greens Cook Off invite , which is a benefit of Wine Club membership and I was in. I can't wait to receive my first shipment and attend my first Greens Cook off!