2024 Healdsburg Wine and Food Experience Grand Tasting

Vintner and vendor highlights from gala Sonoma County event.

The 2024 Healdsburg Wine and Food Experience Grand Tasting, held on Saturday, May 18th, in downtown Healdsburg, proved a sheer delight. Below are some highlights, adapted from our Instagram and Facebook posts: 

Massican Winery

Dan Petroski of Massican Winery pouring his stellar Annia and Gemina whites (the first majority, the second entirely Italian grapes).

Trombetta Family Wines

Rickey Trombetta and daughter Erica of Trombetta Family Wines wowing us with the 2018 Gap’s Crown Pinot Noir, getting better with age.

Bedarra Vineyards / J. Rickards Winery

Brigid Harris of Bedarra Vineyards and Jim Rickards of J. Rickards Winery at the Alexander Valley Winegrowers’ table, she with her luscious 2020 Malbec, he with his deliciously old-school 2020 Old Vine Zin.

Papapietro Perry Winery

Yolanda Papapietro of Papapietro Perry Winery showcasing the excellent Peters Vineyard with Chardonnay (2022) and Pinot Noir (2021).

Four Seasons Maui

Super-fresh kanpachi crudo (pineapple chili water a winning touch) by Ryan Schelling, executive chef at Four Seasons Maui.

Hawaii VCB

Schelling was part of Lei-An Field’s Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau contingent spreading the word that the best way to help Maui recover from last year’s fires is also the most pleasant: come visit.

Ocean Vodka

Cameron Vann of Ocean Vodka (made from organic sugar cane and “deep ocean mineral water”) won us over with a slyly potent cocktail. Maui Brewing Co’s OMG Hazy IPA packed a punch, too.

Keplinger Wines

I’ve long been a fan of Helen Keplinger (www.KeplingerWines.com). She’s holding her magnificent 2021 Truchard Vineyard Solitaire Syrah; I also liked her 2021 Versailles Paderewski Vineyard (Willow Creek, Paso Robles) blend of Petite Sirah, Syrah, Mourvѐdre, and a splash of Viognier.

Kosta Browne

Stopped by to say hi to Andy Farriester and Paige Dana of Kosta Browne Winery, whose 2019 from the Observation Series was one of the best Pinots (Sonoma Coast) I tasted at HWFE.

Marchelle Wines / Stringer Cellars

Chardonnay starred at our last two stops, Marchelle Wines (Greg La Follette, on the right with winemaker Evan Damiano) and Stringer Cellars (Casey Stringer, bottom right). Greg’s Chard came from three counties, Casey’s from Napa’s venerable Hyde Vineyard (hot tip: excellent price for a Hyde). We also liked the 2022 Marchelle Frediani Vineyard Charbono (Calistoga) and the 2022 Stringer Cellars Peake Ranch Grenache (Sta. Rita Hills) that Casey’s holding.
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