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Unti Vineyards Wine Dinner
Winemaker Dinner with Unti Vineyards at Comal
Unti Vineyards is a small, family-owned and operated winery specializing in red varietal wines with vineyard personality. George Unti and his son Mick believe Dry Creek Valley’s climate is ideal for making full-bodied, fruity reds from Zinfandel, Rhone and Italian varietals. The winery, established in 1997, produces small lots of estate grown Zinfandel, Syrah, Grenache, Barbera, Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Dry Rose and Rhone White Blend. The winemaking includes artisan methods that enhance and support an ability to make wines with a sense of place. Almost all of the wines, and opinions, are unfiltered:
We believe the world’s best wine grapes come from vineyards where the vines are naturally adapted to their environment. This includes planting varieties that might be most expressive in our climate, regardless of the fact that they may not have been grown in our area. In order to facilitate self-sustaining vines, we farm according to the natural lunar cycles, emphasizing the relationships between plants, animals and soils without the use of herbicides and pesticides. We also apply organic compost according to the list of soil preparations prescribed by Rudolf Steiner.
On Tuesday, June 3rd, Comal will welcome Mick Unti for a special dinner showcasing a selection of Unti wines paired with dishes by Comal's executive chef Matt Gandin. Dinner guests will have the opportunity to engage in lively conversation with Mick and learn firsthand about his winemaking approach.
This is the fifth in an ongoing series of wine producer dinners (previous dinners include Wind Gap Wines, Arnot-Roberts, Donkey & Goat Winery and Bedrock Wine Co.) held in Comal’s private dining room, Abajo. All previous events have sold out in advance.
King salmon crudo English pea-serrano chile purée, verdolagas
2012 Cuvée Blanc, Dry Creek Valley
Sweet corn-squash blossom soup
2013 Rosé, Dry Creek Valley Estate
Duck and spring vegetable tamal mole coloradito
2012 Barbera, Dry Creek Valley Estate
Chilhuacle chile braised lamb leg green bean-herb salad
2011 Sangiovese, Dry Creek Valley Estate
Arroz con Leche bing cherries, toasted pistachios
Unti Vineyards Winemaking Philosophy:
Our intent is to make the best and most interesting wines from our property with a willingness to work with Mother Nature rather than against her. This means planting grapes that are more expressive -because better suited to our site- regardless of the current market trends.
The same principles that guide our vineyard practices are applied to the way we make wine.