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Spring Wine Seminar: Limestone

April 27, 2019, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Winemakers and winegrowers are eternally searching for the perfect conditions for growing grapes—and arguably, the most important aspect of terroir is soil. Because soil is comprised of both organic matter and different kinds of rocks, questions of geology can factor hugely into winemaking. Despite the difficulty of precisely identifying its role, it has to be acknowledged that some of the greatest wines in the world come from similar soil types and share characteristics in common with each other. For our Saturday seminar we will taste through a series of wines made from grapes grown in limestone soils. On the surface level, there’s nothing unique about limestone per se—it is a type of sedimentary rock which contains fossils of ancient marine life and is high in calcium. Yet some of the most famous vineyards in France come from the same limestone-based soils, and these have inspired winemakers all over the world to search for similar conditions. So, come join us on Saturday where we’ll explore the mythology of limestone, and examine what it truly contributes to the vines cultivated in its midst.

  • De Sousa, Champagne Brut ‘Tradition’, NV
  • Gusbourne, Brut Reserve, 2013
  • Etienne Boileau, Chablis 1er Cru ‘Vaillons’, 2016
  • De Wetshof Chardonnay ‘Limestone Hill’, 2018
  • Philippe Gavignet, Nuits-Saint-Georges ‘Vielles Vignes’, 2015
  • Birichino, Pinot Noir ‘Saint Georges’, 2016
  • Dom. L’Oratoire St Martin, Cairanne Rouge ‘Rés. des Seigneurs’, 2015
  • Jim Barry, Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra ‘The Cover Drive’, 2015

The Seminar begins promptly at 2pm, please arrive a few minutes before.
Includes an appropriately paired snack
Seating is very limited.
Reservations are required, by email or phone 505.983.2100
$20 Seminar Fee, credited with a $200 purchase.


April 27, 2019
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Arroyo Vino
218 Camino La Tierra
Santa Fe, NM 87506 United States
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