GSN Alert: A Virtual Tasting – Exploring 2011 Wines with Inglenook, Corison & Ridge Vineyards

Francis Ford Coppola | Cathy Corison | Paul Draper
Eric Asimov | Elaine Chukan Brown

A Virtual Tasting:
Exploring 2011 Wines with Inglenook, Corison & Ridge Vineyards

Francis Ford Coppola, Cathy Corison, Paul Draper, Eric Asimov and 
Elaine Chukan Brown discuss the memorable 2011 vintage
and taste wines from a distinctive NorCal growing season

WHAT: As the 2011 vintage approaches its 10th anniversary, Inglenook is pleased to host an exploration of wines from that notable year. The vintage was known as a challenging one, in which Northern California experienced unusually cool weather throughout the growing season. Francis Ford Coppola, proprietor of Inglenook, is excited to gather with friends and colleagues to reflect on that memorable vintage, discuss critical farming and harvest decisions that were made that year, and explore how the wines have aged over the past ten years. This virtual tasting is open to the public.

Some of the 2011 wines that will be tasted include Inglenook’s Rubicon and Cabernet Sauvignon; Corison St. Helena, Napa Valley Kronos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and Corison St. Helena, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon; and Ridge Vineyards’ Monte Bello and Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.

Moderator Elaine Chukan Brown, Journalist & IWSC Wine Communicator of the Year
Francis Ford Coppola, Proprietor, Inglenook
Cathy Corison, Winemaker & Founding Partner, Corison
Paul Draper, Chairman, Ridge Vineyards
Eric Asimov, Wine Critic, New York Times

WHEN: January 19, 2021 at 3 p.m. Pacific Time



Founded in 1879 by Gustave Niebaum as Napa’s first estate winery, Inglenook boasts an illustrious heritage, a renowned legacy of innovation and an outstanding portfolio of award-winning wines that have defined and established Napa as a world-class wine region. From Gustave Niebaum to John Daniel, Jr. to Francis Ford Coppola, Inglenook’s three principal stewards have shared a strong sense of vision and an unwavering passion to create a wine estate that hearkens back to the European tradition, producing original, distinctly Napa wines that rival the best in Europe. Certified organic for more than 25 years, Inglenook remains the largest contiguous estate on the famed Rutherford Bench, Napa Valley’s finest area for producing spectacular Cabernet Sauvignon. 

GSN Review: Optiwine Pocket Decanter

optiwine pocket DecanterMade in France, Optiwine® uses what they term “nano-aeration technology” to improve the flavor of virtually any wine in only 10 minutes. Visually appealing, elegant and quite portable, the Optiwine Pocket Decanter is made out of clear and sturdy materials with the same texture and transparency as crystal glass, without its fragility. 

There are three versions available singly or as a set.  Each is specific to a type of wine and age.

optiwine pocket Decanter

– Optiwiner 4: For red wine from 0 to 4 years old.

– Optiwiner 6 : For red wine from 4 to 10 years old as well as white and rosé wine from 0 to 2 years old.

– Optiwiner 8 : For red wine over 10 years old as well as White and rosé wine over 2 years old.

We tried the various decanters using three bottles of the same brand of wine for each of the three Optiwine decanters by tasting:

1) the wine unaerated directly from the bottle

2) aerated with the Optiwine

3) and finally with our office Vinturi aerator

Both the Optiwine and the Vinturi smoothed out the rough edges of the wines (which were in the 415-$30 per bottle range).  The Vinturi seemed to work best, and certainly quicker than the Optiwine.  But, the Optiwine also brought out some of the subtleties which had been lost by the noisy aeration of the Vinturi.  One definite improvement in aeration that the Optiwine provides is silence.  You just sit back for ten minutes and it does its magic on the wine before it ever leaves the bottle.

If nothing else, it makes for an interesting conversation piece for your next wine party and they are easy carried in a pocket if you are going out to a fine restaurant.

GSN Rating: B+

Optiwine® is a company located in Cadaujac, in the Gironde, created by Michael Paetzold – a winemaker, vineyard owner and specialist in winemaking techniques with 25 years’ experience – and Olivier Caste, a wine lover and enthusiast.

For more information go to: Optiwine


GSN Alert: James Beard 2015 Bar & Wine Program; Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional Semi-Finalists

JBF_AWARDS_MEDALLION-BLOG2015 Outstanding Bar Program

Anvil Bar & Refuge, Houston
Arnaud’s French 75 Bar, New Orleans
Bar Agricole, San Francisco
Barmini, Washington, D.C.
Butcher and the Rye, Pittsburgh
Cane & Table, New Orleans
Canon, Seattle
Clyde Common, Portland, OR
The Dead Rabbit, NYC
The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co., Philadelphia
The Hawthorne, Boston
Kimball House, Decatur, GA
Maison Premiere, Brooklyn, NY
The Other Room, Lincoln, NE
The Patterson House, Nashville
Portland Hunt + Alpine Club, Portland, ME
Tørst, Brooklyn, NY
Trick Dog, San Francisco
The Varnish, Los Angeles
The Violet Hour, Chicago

2015 Outstanding Wine Program

A16, San Francisco
Addison at the Grand Del Mar, San Diego
Annie Gunn’s, Chesterfield, MO
A.O.C., Los Angeles
Bern’s Steak House, Tampa, FL
Casanova, Carmel, CA
Charleston, Baltimore
FIG, Charleston, SC
Hugo’s, Houston
Jory Restaurant at the Allison Inn & Spa, Newberg, OR
McCrady’s, Charleston, SC
Miller Union, Atlanta
Momofuku Ko, NYC
Press, St. Helena, CA
Sepia, Chicago
Spago, Beverly Hills, CA
La Toque, Napa, CA
Troquet, Boston
Wild Ginger, Seattle
Yono’s Restaurant, Albany, NY

2015 Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional

Derek Brown, Mockingbird Hill, Washington, D.C.
Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, DE
Ron Cooper, Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal, Ranchos de Taos, NM
Mike Floyd, Nick Floyd, and Simon Floyd, Three Floyds Brewing, Munster, IN
Diane Flynt, Foggy Ridge Cider, Dugspur, VA
Jon Gasparini and Greg Lindgren, Rye on the Road, San Francisco
Steven Grubbs, Empire State South, Atlanta
Charles Joly, Crafthouse, Chicago
Jim Koch, The Boston Beer Company, Boston
Manfred Krankl, Sine Qua Non, Oak View, CA
Ted Lemon, Littorai Wines, Sebastopol, CA
Steve Matthiasson, Matthiasson Wines, Napa, CA
Rajat Parr, Mina Group, San Francisco
Tom Peters, Monk’s Café, Philadelphia
Eric Seed, Haus Alpenz, Edina, MN
Aldo Sohm, Zalto Glass, NYC
James Tidwell, Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas, Irving, TX
Rob Tod, Allagash Brewing Company, Portland, ME
Harlen Wheatley, Buffalo Trace Distillery, Frankfort, KY
Steve Wildy, Vetri Family, Philadelphia