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Measuring Wine Quality


This week in California, this is an exclusive event happening for media and trade-only experiencing and discussing the wonders of Cabernet Sauvignon and red Bordeaux. Below is more information, provided by Wine, on the event.

Phenolics and metrics spotlighted at trade- and media-only Paso Robles CABs of Distinction events

April 7, 2015 (Paso Robles, Calif) – The Paso Robles CAB (Cabernet And Bordeaux) Collective (PRCC) (, announced an expanded CABs of Distinction event including a three-day trade- and media-only experience centered on the pillars of what makes Cabernet Sauvignon and red Bordeaux varietals and blends from the Paso Robles AVA notable and age-worthy, May 5-7, 2015 in Paso Robles, California.

The spotlight for this year’s CABs of Distinction media and trade events will be on Paso Robles’ ability to achieve superlative phenolics. Though individual styles differ around the world, most Cabernet Sauvignon winemakers and consumers agree that Cabernet Sauvignon should exhibit great texture and structure while maintaining balance. These assets can be measured via phenols, the chemical compounds present within the grape seeds, stems and skins that account for less than five percent of a wine’s volume (the remainder being water and alcohol), but whose impact on flavor, tannins and mouthfeel is immense.

For this year’s CABs of Distinction, highly-regarded vintners and moderators will discuss how phenolic measurements are used within individual house styles. Topics will also include the implications of the region’s calcareous soils, diurnal swings, marine influence and consistent ability to achieve full ripeness that pave the way for classic, age-worthy wines.

Additionally included in the lineup of events, The SOMM Journal’s popular column, “The Quaff Report,” will come to life in a sommelier-led panel tasting of leading producers of varietal Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, Napa Valley and Bordeaux, France. Moderated by Head Sommelier at New York’s famed Bar Boulud and Wine Enthusiast’s 2012 Sommelier of the Year, Mike Madrigale, The Quaff Report will provide a fly-on-the-wall opportunity to observe top sommeliers in action for the pages of The SOMM Journal. Phenolic measurements will also be used to provide insight into the wines as Madrigale spearheads the interactive tasting.

The three-day event will also provide unique winery happenings led by family owners and winemakers to experience first-hand what goes into producing superior-quality Cabernet Sauvignon and red Bordeaux varietals and blends from the Paso Robles AVA.

May 5, 2015:

Overview of the 11 Sub-AVAs
En Primeur barrel tastings from the as-yet-unreleased 2014 vintage alongside current vintage wines of the 25-member association.

May 6, 2015:

The Quaff Report by The SOMM Journal
Paso Phenolics Phenomenon: Understanding the pillars of this emerging region for Cabernet and red Bordeaux varietals
VIP BBQ at Villa San-Juliette Vineyard & Winery – seating limited, reservations required

May 7, 2015:

This day will consist of self-directed vineyard and winery tours of PRCC members where trade and media will get a hands-on approach in the vineyards, barrel rooms, and cellars to experience terroir evaluations, component tastings, and one-on-one time with vintners and growers.