My first encounter with Sonoma’s Gary Farrell Winery happened on my front porch in Orlando. My cousin had brought me back a bottle from her visit to the winery, and as we drank it together over cheese and laughter, it changed the way I thought about California chardonnay. Elegant and balanced rather than overwhelmed by oak and butter, this was a wine I could get behind.
Since then, I’ve visited the winery several times and have grown to love the equally elegant pinot noirs that, like the chardonnays, reflect the land on which they’re grown.
I’ve also been thrilled to discover winemaker Theresa Heredia’s “Inspiration Series.” These experimental wines (single clones, concrete aging, skin contact, etc.) are made in extremely limited quantities and are rarely available outside the winery. Thanks to a special connection between Gary Farrell and Orlando, I’m thrilled to be able to offer my readers and followers the chance to taste some of these wines – and other Gary Farrell gems – right here in Central Florida. And it’s just a few weeks away.
Gary’s Orlando Connection
Many Orlando oenophiles and foodies will remember Tiffany Kuhn from her time as wine director at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse. Two years ago, she left her lifelong Central Florida home and moved to California to further her career in wine. She landed at Gary Farrell, where she’s now the Estate Sommelier and Wine Educator.
Gary’s Geeky Side
When Tiffany told me she’d be coming to Orlando in September to promote Gary Farrell, we immediately started scheming. The winery’s classic pinots and chardonnays have many fans here, but we wanted to introduce Central Florida to the geeky side of Gary.
Tiffany has put together an exciting array of nine wines that do just that, and we’re partnering with Digress Wine in College Park on September 17 to showcase them.
Single clones, single vineyard blocks, skin contact chardonnay, and back vintage library selections will be on offer at this cellar room tasting. It’s a rare opportunity to try these wines outside the winery and to learn about the terroir and winemaking techniques that created them.
Space is limited, so don’t wait!