NAPA VALLEY VINTNER PRESENTS ‘DON’T GIVE UP THE WINE LIST’ SEMINAR
October 23 at The Vine Natural Wine & Spirits
Location: 2 on the Roof (located above Root Kitchen and Wine Bar)
6:00 – 8:00
St. Helena, Napa Valley and Chattanooga, TN, October 2014—Napa Valley vintner Sharon Kazan Harris will present Don’t Give Up The Wine List, an interactive seminar and wine tasting, on October 23 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at The Vine Natural Wine & Spirits. The event is complimentary; wines from Kazan Harris’ winery, RARECAT, will be available to taste and purchase. The Vine Natural Wine & Spirits is located at 313 Manufacturers Road (at 2 on the Roof), 423/643-2250.
Don’t Give Up The Wine List helps women learn about and become more comfortable ordering and purchasing wine; it provides basic wine knowledge as well as tips for successfully hosting a business-related wine event. Guests will learn all of this while they are tasting the wines being discussed.
Sharon not only owns a winery where she produces and sells wines but has also been a student of wine for many years, and graduated from the famous DUAD program (the Diplome Universitaire d’Aptitude a la Degustation des Vins at the University of Bordeaux). Sharon is a lively and fun teacher, and most of all, lover of wine.
Wines to be tasted, all from Harris’ RARECAT Wines, will be:
2011 Charles Heintz Russian River Chardonnay
2009 Old Toll Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2010 R. Cat Beau Charles Russian River Valley Chardonnay.
Why the name RARECAT? “Our RARECAT commitment is to produce exquisite wines distinguished by complexity and regal balance. We only bottle RARECAT vintages which meet these standards,” Harris explains. “RARECAT is an elusive one-of-a-kind creature who touches others in a quiet way,” she adds. The design motif comes from a Carthaginian coin from 320 – 300 BC. One side of the coin shows a picture of Tanit, Goddess of Carthage, wearing an oriental tiara, while the other side reveals a majestic lion in front of a palm tree. “Tanit is possibly one of the first “RARECATS,” a woman of such beauty and charm that she launched a new nation,” Harris says. “I have always loved wax seals and collect antique 18th century English fobs. A seal represented a family’s word, their honor, their heritage. I intend that every bottle of RARECAT carries our promise of quality and this handsome unusual seal is that symbol,” Harris continues. “I first saw an image of the coin and its noble lion in a book of antique symbols. I knew instantly this elegant, regal and powerful animal expressed everything I wanted RARECAT Wines to represent,” she adds.
Harris’s love of wine started when she spent her junior year of college abroad, at the Université de Bordeaux. After graduating from college Sharon returned to Bordeaux and lived with the Boutarics, the famed cheese mongers at La Marche des Grands Hommes, while she worked at The St. James, a two-star restaurant, under Jean-Marie Amat, the owner and chef. That moment changed her life and sealed her interest in wine and the Bordeaux region itself. Some years later, after a career in publishing and technology, with a young family in tow, Sharon applied and was accepted to the DUAD program (the Diplome Universitaire d’Aptitude a la Degustation des Vins) offered through the Université de Bordeaux’s Oenology department. The DUAD is an intensive yearlong program that takes four years of oenology and condenses it into one compacted year: it is a technical oenology degree program taught in French. Several years later Sharon returned to the States and moved to Napa Valley. Today Harris is one of only two women working as vintners in the Napa Valley who hold the DUAD degree. She keeps her links to Bordeaux very present, maintaining a second home in Bordeaux today. As she works on the RARECAT wines, her passion extends to empowering women through wine and supporting women in the wine industry. Several years ago she formed an unusual ‘trade’ group called Wine Entre Femmes, comprised of female vintners from Napa and Bordeaux. In 2012 she established A Woman’s Palate, a company that celebrates wines by women for women. More at www.awomanspalate.com, www.facebook.com/awomanspalate, www.pinterest.com/awomanspalate and @awomanspalate.