What if the country's greatest sommeliers finally was able to create a wine that they felt paired perfectly with their restaurant's food? Well, that's essentially the idea behind The Tables Sommelier Series, the project of winemaker Sashi Moorman of Evening Land Vineyards and viticulturist Pete Richmond.
Moorman collaborates with a team of ranking sommeliers to select the "winning" blend of fruit sourced from top Napa Valley estates for "The Table" Napa Cabernet. Though this special edition cuvee was designed for the lists of luxury restaurant wine groups, Wine of the Month Club has been able to get their hands on some to sell to you at a layman price.
Drawing from their premium Napa Valley vineyards, Sasah produces these wines to be served exclusively in the dining rooms of Restaurant Daniel, Gotham Bar & Grill, Restaurant Jean Georges, Thomas Keller Restaurant Group, Eleven Madison Park, Veritas, Michael Mina and the Modern. All have been considered among the finest restaurants in the country.
Moorman oversees Evening Land's seven California vineyards including those on the Sonoma Coast and Santa Barbara County. His day job is with the prestigious Stolpman Vineyards in Santa Barbara. His career in wine grew out of his interest in cooking and food. After graduating from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, Sashi worked in New York City and Washington, D.C. cooking professionally as a line-cook and sous-chef.
In 1996, he moved to Ojai, California to work with Adam Tolmach at The Ojai Vineyard. In 2001, Sashi joined Stolpman Vineyards integrating the winemaking and vineyard direction under one program. Today, Sashi continues his work at Stolpman Vineyards as well as at Evening Land Vineyards and Sandhi focusing on the production of estate grown and purchased grapes from Santa Barbara County.
Sashi and his wife, Melissa, also own a small winery/bakery where they produce small amounts of Syrah from distinctive vineyards on the Central Coast and grow heirloom varieties of wheat used for traditional breads.
This is a classic Cabernet from the finest areas in California and crafted by a brilliant winemaker. The dense cherry, licorice and earth tones will match a perfectly grilled steak like nothing else.