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Silver Oak Wine Dinner A Delight!

Spring is finally here but it wasn’t long ago when the winter season’s last blizzard collided with our Silver Oak Wine Dinner. We thank those who braved the near-whiteout conditions—determined to attend--and enjoyed the delightful wines and company of special guest, winemaker Daniel Baron.

Daniel was very entertaining while delivering a wide array of information about the Silver Oak Cellars. A few facts discussed that may interest you:

  • Daniel Baron has been with Silver Oak Cellars for 17 years, and previously had been with Dominus for 12 years. Daniel also spent time in France honing his skills.

  • Daniel states each vintage of Silver Oak should be celebrated with the differences of each vintage from year to year.

  • The first vintage of Silver Oak was 1972.

  • Silver Oak strives to make a wine that delivers fresh fruit, not overly ripe fruit that results in higher alcohol.

  • Daniel states the Alexander Valley Silver Oak is a little softer as a result of more fertility in the soil and the use of American oak also contributes to the softer style.

  • 1994 was the first vintage the Napa Silver oak was not 100% Cabernet. Now may be blended with Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot

  • The Napa label comes from a cooler region where soils are more volcanic and less fertile which benefits the varietals of Merlot, Cabernet and Cabernet Franc.

  • Silver Oak only makes red Cabernet from Alexander Valley and Napa Valley.

  • Twomey is a sister winery to Silver Oak which they acquired so they could produce other varietals from Cabernet.

  • Twomey acquires its name from the middle name of the proprietor of Silver Oak, Ray Twomey Duncan.

I must say, the Twomey Russian River Pinot Noir was fabulous. If you haven’t had the opportunity to try this wine, I highly recommend it.
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