The following is a description of my upcoming educational tasting lifted from the pages of Co-op Commmunity News:
On May 9, Tim Johnson, wine steward at the Cordata store presents “Wine Terroirs of the Yakima Valley.” In addition to a thoughtful analysis of the topic, this class will include wine tasting and a spread of appetizers, courtesy of the Co-op Deli.
This will be Tim’s first time leading a Co-op class, but he’s well prepared for the task. Tim has managed the Cordata wine department since the Cordata store opened, after having assisted wine manager Vic Hubbard at the downtown store for several years prior to that.
“I started to really get interested in wine around [the year] 2000,” says Tim. “I cut my teeth on Washington wines, particularly merlot and riesling. But the universe that is wine demands exploration, so my wine tastes have evolved, and continue to do so.” Anyone who has read the descriptive tags in the Cordata wine department knows that Tim is a master at discerning the subtle components of a given wine’s taste and bouquet. “Fortunately,” says Tim, “I was blessed, some fellow tasters say cursed, with pronounced sense memory; making the journey of tasting endlessly fascinating.”
As for the class topic, “terroir,” says Tim, “is a somewhat enigmatic term that can be loosely translated as ‘sense of place.’ In the wine world, it’s a set of unique characteristics found in site-specific wines imparted by the topography, geology, climate, and even surrounding flora of that particular area.”
Three guest winemakers from the Yakima region will be on hand to talk about their wines and to pour samples: Matthew Rawn of the Two Mountain Winery from Yakima’s Rattlesnake Hills sub-region; Christian Grieb, assistant winemaker at Treveri Cellars, which is Yakima Valley’s sparkling wine specialist; and Scott Southard of Southard Winery, the maker of Tim’s favorite Washington white wine of 2012.
The class runs from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the Roots Room at the Cordata store. You must be at least 21 years old to attend.
Only six more spaces are available. You can sign-up by following the link. Hope to see you there.