Hendry At Home: A Virtual Tasting Series

October 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020

We may be far apart physically, but wine can still bring us together! After a summer vacation, we are excited to relaunch our popular virtual tasting series. Join your favorite wine geeks this fall for a series of tastings featuring fresh takes on classic wine topics, such as tasting methods, winemaking, and food pairings. We’re going to start with a harvest double-header in October, and then feature a new topic every month. We hope you’ll join us!

Wine purchase is not required, but if you would like to taste along, the featured wines are available here. Please allow 10 days for wines to ship ground to the Midwest and East Coast, and 5 days to ship ground to West Coast locations. Don't have these specific wines? Not to worry! Just pour a glass of whatever you have on hand and join us anyway - we'll never know! It's a good time, no matter what you drink. 


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16: HARVEST & THE 2020 VINTAGE

5:00 pm PT | Featuring: 2018 Unoaked Chardonnay & 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

The Hendry harvest is in full swing – and what a harvest it has been! It started on August 19 with the picking of Block 20 Chardonnay and we expect to be picking through the end of the September. While this harvest season has certainly been memorable (record-breaking temperatures, smoke!), it is the entirety of the growing season – and in fact, even elements of the prior year – that influences the fruit and resulting wine. We’ll chat about key aspects of this vintage, and taste two wines that have the honor of being bookends to our annual harvest.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23: WILD WORLD OF FERMENTATIONS

5:00 pm PT | Featuring: 2017 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay & 2017 Pinot Noir

Once the fruit is in, Jan Miller gets to work. Think winemaking is as simple as throwing some yeast in a tank with grapes? Think again! Jan will join us to talk about all of the decisions she and George Hendry make during this stage of winemaking – from yeast strain and tank temperature, to press fractions and maceration time. We’ll then sample two wines whose fermentation processes are quite distinctive, and discuss why we approach these wines the way we do.

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20: THE SCIENCE OF SENSORY ANALYSIS

5:00 pm PT | Wines & registration link to be announced

We’ve all seen them – the fantastical descriptors on the back of wine bottles that evoke lush tropical rainforests, dusty old libraries, and sun-kissed French fields. But how on earth do people actually come up with those descriptors? Is there any method to the madness? And is there any way to find consensus? We’ll talk about some of the meaningful methodologies used by scientists in sensory analysis, and conduct a few little experiments of our own. 


FRIDAY, december 18: demystifying food & wine pairings

5:00 pm PT | Wines & registration link to be announced

Long-time Hendry fans will know that we love food and wine together, and anyone who has taken George Hendry’s Seminar has been schooled in the relationship between fat and tannin. But what about the other elements of a meal? We’ll dive into how things like sugar, heat, salt and acid impact wine, and vice versa. And since it ‘tis the season, we’ll wrap up with some of our favorite holiday food and wine pairings!  


Past Tastings

Miss a tasting? Want to relive the fun? All tastings are recorded and catalogued on our videos page. Pour yourself a glass and queue one up! 

Friday, April 3: Bordeaux Blends
Friday, April 10: Zinfandel
Friday, April 17: Climate & Burgundian Grapes in Napa
Friday, April 24: Cabernet Comparison
Friday, May 1: Springtime Wines
Friday, May 8: Hendry History
Friday, May 15: Grape Farming - An Annual Cycle
Friday, May 22: Harvest & Winemaking
Friday, May 29: Mailbag Episode!

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