At a birthday party for a dear friend on Saturday evening, we were treated to a Cabernet Wine Tasting followed by a delicious dinner featuring two wines from Stafford Premium Wines, of Camarillo, CA. Norm Stafford, the owner, was on hand to pour and talk about his wines and his new venture in blending premium wines.
Now, I need to say at the beginning that all of the wines that we tasted on Saturday, including the Stafford wines, retail for from $30 to $60 and are not what we usually blog about at Wine Saver. But since this was a special occasion, I thought I would take the liberty. Stafford does offer a number of wines for under $25. See their website at http://www.staffordpremiumwines.com/
Norm brought a Tempranillo - a truly marvelous wine, balanced, fruity, rich with a nice tannin structure and a great finish. The Stafford was the best version of this classic Spanish grape that I have had. It was, for me, the highlight of the evening. I see that it is not on his website yet, so it must be a new release (if he said that, I did not hear him). The second wine, a blend of Malibu grapes called Humaliwo, was also very nice, but not quite as good as the Tempranillo.
It was a wonderful evening, with eight couples celebrating a special event. The wine was a major factor in the enjoyment, the conviviality, and the connections established. That is the joy of wine - to share with people.
'Till next time,
The Wine Saver