Wine Wednesdays, Taste of A Lifetime: The Wines of Minimus
This wine event is part of the Culinarium's Taste of a Lifetime Series, which features hard to find wines that are produced in very small batches or which represent the last bottles available.
Chad Stock, founder and winemaker for Minimus Wines, is coming to Seattle. Taste his newest creations from the 2016 vintage. This is one of Chad's only Seattle appearances and you will likely be the first to taste these wines.
- Five incredible wines.
- Irreverence, humor, and education.
- Café Nordo's historic space in Pioneer Square.
- A casual, entertaining hosted tasting.
- Time to enjoy aroma and flavor and to ask questions of the winemaker.
This is an evening for novices and wine geeks alike. We're all in this together. And the bottom line is that we should all taste more wine!
This is a unique chance to get your own taste of a secret held by sommeliers and wine buyers around the State-- the wines of Minimus made by winemaker Chad Stock are aggressively sought after, and they disappear quickly. In short, it is not likely you will taste these wines again unless you find them on a restaurant's wine list or in someone's personal cellar.
Along with winemaker Chad Stock, your co-host for this grand evening is Tom Hajduk, Café Nordo's Wine Curator. In Nordo style, Tom blends storytelling, science, and history as you taste these beautiful, unusual, and rare wines. This is a rare, intimate experience and tickets are extremely limited, so we encourage you to act quickly.
"Our work is to produce something delicious, but also thought provoking."
--Minimus winemaker Chad Stock
About the Wines of Minimus:
In this day and age where data is seemingly used to make every decision, Chad is making wines the old fashioned way: he smells and tastes the wine in the barrel, over and over, until he perceives things are ready to bottle. In this way he is following what should be the first rule of winemaking: get out of the way; let the organic process take its course. Too much control or monitoring of data produces the same kind of wines, with similar taste profiles, which today seems to represent the bulk of what is available on shelves and in restaurants. As Chad notes, "Blanket statements about wine are dangerous and they lead to dogmatic thinking . . . our work is to produce something delicious, but also thought provoking."
We will show five of Chads Minimus wines, all from newly bottled projects:
2016 Minimus Project #22 Pinot
A blend of all the Pinot grapes Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gouge, Pinot Meunet, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris All fermented together on skins at least 8 months. The result is a fascinating and engaging blend with plenty of verve and elegance.
2016 Minimus Rosé
The Red, White, and Pink wine also informally nicknamed the "This Would Be Illegal In Europe" Rosé This insanely delicious wine is a combination of Tempranillo, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Gris, Petite Arvine, Schioppettino, Savagnin Rose, and Abouriou, The reds varieties were fermented to red wine, the white varieties were fermented to white wine. then made a blend of everything together after fermentation and aging to make this rose.
2016 Minimus Project #23 "Noir"
Chad is well known for being brave enough to experiment with unlikely blends and this one is another beautiful result of that bravery. Chad says, It is equal thirds Gamay Noir, Pinot Noir, Trousseau Noir. Fermentation is 100% whole cluster and aging is for 11 months in neutral French Oak barriques. Gamay is from Jubilee Vineyard in Eola Hills, Pinot Noir is from Johan Vineyard in Van Duzer Corridor, and Trousseau is from Omero Vineyard in Ribbon Ridge. As always no filtration, no fining, no additions except for sulfur.
2016 Minimus Onerus
This wine was made exclusively for Café Nordo. Chad explained that if you told people the blend, they'd probably walk away saying, you're crazy! We're keeping it a secret for that reason. The result is a wine that acts both like a red and white wine and which goes with any food you can think of. We'd explain more if we could, but you'll just have to taste it to understand.
The Cellar at Nordo (View)
103 South Main Street
Seattle, WA 98104