21 Mar '12
It was her first attempt at Sabrage, and her triumph highlights a painful fact of life. An innate talent can [...]

It was her first attempt at Sabrage, and her triumph highlights a painful fact of life. An
innate talent can lie tragically untapped for a lifetime until fickle fate
decides to reveal the gift. 

Or maybe not so much fate. Maybe is was the
smorgasbord of 2011 pinks and whites tasted as pre-game fuel. Graciously provided
by two gentleman of impeccable taste in wine and footwear. The boys from
Valkyrie Selections preview of incoming rose’s and whites at 25 Lusk was as
joyful a Monday as I can image. Culminating with Melissa Esopenko, co-owner of
Little Vine Wine Bar in North Beach, beating out some seasoned veterans in a
Sabrage contest. It also included a dramatic and ornate borrowed saber from Amy
Currens at Prospect (thanks Amy!), 5 bottles of Mercat Cava successfully
decapitated and subsequently consumed (waste not, want not), and Melissa
heading home with her proud husband and co-owner Jay, to decide which vintage
of Château Prieur Champagne vertical she should open to celebrate help hone her
newly discovered skills. Take that show on the road Melissa! But maybe don’t quit
your day job yet.

The line up:

Antonio Sanz Verdejo 2011

Bodegas Ercavio Blanco 2011

Bodegas Ercavio Tempranillo Rosado 2011

La Vinyeta Heus Blanc 2011

La Vinyeta Heus Rosat 2011

Azul Y Garanza Rosa 2011

DiT Celler Cabirol Blanco 2011

Chateau Saint Maurice Cotes du Rhone Rose 2011

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