There comes a point in every intrepid wine lover’s life when the well-traveled road must be left behind. One can only drink so much Cabernet, Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc. But finding one’s way out of the multitudes of these bottles to something more exotic and interesting takes some effort.
Which is where the folks behind the Seven Percent Solution come in. These fine folks have organized themselves behind the fact that 93% of Northern California’s vineyard acreage is planted to eight major grape varieties, leaving a mere seven percent for all the others.
Of course, since we’re talking about statistics, only about twenty percent of wine lovers probably ever stray away from those eight dominant grape varieties anyhow, which is why California’s acreage stands where it does.
But you, dear reader, are certainly among that twenty percent. You are a fearless wine consumer, ready to drink Tinta Cao, Trousseau Gris, Ribolla Gialla, or Colombard at a moment’s notice, right?
If so, then you need to mark your calendar for June 2nd, 2019 and get thee to Los Angeles for what is certainly the most exciting tasting of California wines available to the public. I’m not joking. If you want to know what the future of California wine looks like, you should go to this tasting.
The participating vintners are: Arnot-Roberts, Birichino, Calder, Dirty & Rowdy, Donkey & Goat, Edmunds St. John, Etxea, Fine Disregard, Front Porch Farm, Gamling & McDuck, Giornata, Gros Ventre, Harrington, Horse & Plow, I Brand, J. Brix, Jaimee Motley, Jolie-Laide, Lepiane, Leo Steen, Lioco, Little Frances, Lo-Fi Wine, March Wines, Matthiasson, Nonesuch, Palmina, Pax Wine, Preston Farm & Winery, Reeve Wines, Rootdown, Ryme Cellars, Sebastien Wines, Sed, Solminer, Tessier Winery, Thacher, Trail Marker, Two Shepherds, Unti Vineyards, Villa Creek, and West of Temperance.
For those less familiar with the names on this list, it’s a veritable Who’s Who for many of the hottest small wineries in California. And by hottest, I mean those who are known and loved by wine geeks for pushing the boundaries of what can be done in California.
Go forth and electrify your palate!
The Seven Percent Solution Tasting 2019
Sunday, June 2nd
2:30 PM PM to 5:30 PM
Hedley & Bennett
3864 S Santa Fe Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90058
Tickets are $75 and well worth it, in my opinion. Buy yours in advance online, as this event will probably sell out.