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Vertical Wine Tastings with the Winemaker

A vertical wine tasting at Brengman Brothers is conducted by tasting one wine varietal from several vintages. Robert will be leading sessions in both GR and TC. Checkout the details;

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Vertical Wine Tastings with the Winemaker

A vertical wine tasting is a survey of a series of wines based on vintage years. It is a fantastic way to experience just how unique every year can be in the world of wine. It can also enhance your understanding of the many factors that play subtle roles in a single wine.

A vertical wine tasting at Brengman Brothers is very easy, and it is a fun way to entertain a limited number of guests. It also promotes conversation among wine lovers and beginners alike. Everyone can learn and gain new perspectives while having a great time.

Our vertical tasting is conducted by tasting one wine varietal from several vintages (see list of dates and featured wine and foods below). For example, we may set up a tasting to feature Riesling from 2010, 2011, and 2012. Tasting the same varietal of wines from the same maker and the same vineyard leaves the production year as the “single” variable. This allows the party to see how dramatically or subtly wine changes from year to year. It will be a different experience every time.

  • You will get a better feel for our winery’s varietal style and composition with this type of tasting.
  • You can also see how unique weather patterns may affect the grapes from one year to the next.
  • The Chefs will provide the right kind on nibles between courses that can extend the education and, at the end, deliver the right after party pizza or dish to go with the left-over wines.

Places and Dates:
Traverse City Brengman Brothers Winery
Session 1: Wednesday July 28, 5:30 till 7:00
Feature: Chardonnay 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017
Cost: Members $49, non-Members $59
Session 2: Wednesday Aug 4, 5:30 till 7:00
Feature: Gewurztraminer Gary Reserve 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016
Cost: Members $39, non-Members $49
Session 3: Wednesday Aug 18, 5:30 till 7:00
Feature: Riesling Dry 2012, 2014, Riesling Medium 2010, 2016
Cost: Members $44, non-Members $54

Grand Rapids Forty Pearl
Session 1:
Thursday July 29, 5:30 till 7:00
Feature: Chardonnay 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017
Cost: Members $49, non-Members $59
Session 2: Thursday Aug 5, 5:30 till 7:00
Feature: Gewurztraminer Gary Reserve 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016
Cost: Members $39, non-Members $49
Session 3: Thursday Aug 19, 5:30 till 7:00
Riesling Dry 2012, 2014, Riesling Medium 2010, 2016
Cost: Members $44, non-Members $54

Limited to 16 seats

Rules

  1. Robert will develop a lineup of multiple vintages that would work for this vertical including Gewurztraminer, Riesling Dry, Riesling Medium, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Block 65, Right Bank, Left Bank are readily available.
  2. Seek out three or four vintages that are (preferably) in direct or near succession (e.g., 2010, 2011, and 2012 or 2010, 2012, and 2014). 
  3. Provide copies of the winemaker's notes for each vintage.
  4. Each guest has one wine glass per wine. Alternatively, have a bucket available so guests can reuse their glass and won't feel obligated to finish each wine.
  5. When it's tasting time, we’ll begin with the oldest wine and work our way in order tasting each one. We’ll share small amounts of wine into each glass (around 2 ounces), so everyone gets a good taste. We can always pour a full glass of each guest's favorite after the tasting and with the party foods.
  6. We’ll provide paper and pencil for guests to write down thoughts if they wish and encourage dialogue as we work through each wine.


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