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Side by Side by Side: 3 Women Winemakers, 3 Varite

Join Arianna, Caitlin, and Glenna for a Side-by-side comparative tasting of three varietals made by three different women. Learn about why we make these wines, why we make wine at all, and ask whatever you want.

Torrontes: Arianna x Symbiosis
Malbec: Arianna x Pianetta
Petite Sirah: Pianetta x Symbiosis

We will sample, side by side, three wine varietals with very different origins, made by three very different women. We’ll discuss the origins of the grapes, and the similarities and differences in the wines: Torrontés (Argentina), Malbec (Bordeaux), and Petite Sirah (California).

Arianna Spoto is an avid world traveler and fitness instructor, and she grew up stomping grapes. She learned a lot about Torrontés and Malbec while working in Argentina, and has continued exploring these grapes even though, as a third-generation winemaker, she has had to prove herself in her family’s Napa-focused winery.

Caitlin Pianetta’s family has farmed in California since the 1920s – primarily produce and row crops. Her father transitioned to grapes in Paso in 1995. Growing up around the vineyard and learning the importance of farming techniques and quality fruit, Caitlin took over winemaking at Pianetta Winery in 2016, always keeping in mind the tradition and fundamentals that she learned from working the land and the wines with her father, but adding her own flair, expanding the varietal list from exclusively Italian to include grapes like Pinot Noir and Petite Sirah.

Glenna Thompson’s family had nothing to do with making wine, though her father was a wine enthusiast long before it was common. She came to wine via upholstery, the Amazon forest, ballet and microbiology. Now she makes small batch unusual wines by herself in her tiny downtown facility, constantly experimenting.

If you want to try some interesting wines and make sense of all this, come to Symbiosis March 9, at 1 PM or 3 PM.

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