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Sommelier Saturdays: A wine adventure with Adem Sash

Sommelier Saturdays at the Del Frisco’s Grille in Santa Monica is a monthly outstanding wine tasting and seminar experience paired with delicious hors d’oeuvres. The restaurant’s Sommelier, Adem Sash hosts an educational tour through different wines and regions monthly.

Sommelier Bonnie Graves hosted Sommelier Saturdays  with a tour of Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley.  Here she is pouring one of the Cabernets.
Cori Solomon
Sommelier Saturdays in May at Del Frisco's Grille featured Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley
Cori Solomon

The seminar is in the restaurant’s private cellar room. The cozy yet intimate room faces northwest giving one a glimpse of the pier with the ocean beyond. It is the perfect setting to enhance ones enjoyment and learn about wine. The May seminar featured guest Sommelier, Bonnie Graves, Girl Meets Grape, who toured wine connoisseurs through eight Napa Valley Wineries. The theme was Cabernet Sauvignon. With Bonnie’s charismatic style she presented the Cabernet Sauvignons from Napa Valley in an engaging way.

The smoky earthy qualities of Cabernet Sauvignon are ideal to pair with barbequed foods. Del Frisco’s Grille presented a combination of smoked, braised and barbequed baby back ribs, pork belly and beef short ribs as the selection of food complement the wines. Considering that Cabernet Sauvignon is a knife and fork wine that is best with protein, Del Frisco’s choices were the perfect cuisine to showcase the Cabernet Sauvignon.

The wines spoke for themselves at this interactive seminar.

We started with one of the older wineries in Napa Valley, the Freemark Abbey 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is from the oldest producing vineyard in Napa. This is a big earthy wine. The flavors and aromas of cinnamon were quite evident.

ZD Wines 2010 was our second Cabernet. The aromas were sweet with a hint of licorice. The wine displayed a softer nose than the other Cabernets we sampled. . This was a fruit driven wine.

Frank Family 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was a very fruit forward wine. The wine was almost like a Syrah. The aromas and flavors were that of cherry.

Sequoia Grove 2010 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon displayed aromas of dark fruit and cherries.

Nickel & Nickel, “John C, Sullenger” 2010 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon had aromas of tobacco and leather. The dark fruit was quite apparent in this complex wine.

Purlieu 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon was my least favorite at this wine tasting, as it seemed out of balance and high in alcohol. The wine did taste better with food.

Conn Creek 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon was light velvety and silky. The aromas were very fruity. Typically Cabernet Sauvignon is not a stand along wine but this particular wine could hold its own. It was a very drinkable wine.

We finished the tasting with Monticello Vineyards 2010 “Jefferson Cuvée”. This was a softer Cabernet with flavors of vanilla and blueberry.

I can definitely say without any doubt that I highly recommend attending Sommelier Saturday for the selection of top quality wines, knowledgeable information presented and the excellent cuisine. You will venture home quite satisfied. I know I left looking forward to returning both for another seminar but also to experience Del Frisco’s Grille for dinner.

Sommelier Saturdays occur the last Saturday of the month. The June 28th seminar will feature Adem Sash exploring the red and white wines of the Loire Valley.

For more information and to reserve a spot for the upcoming Sommelier Saturday:

Del Frisco's Grille

1551 Ocean Ave #105
Santa Monica, CA 90401


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