G2 Vineyard Bottle Tasting with Bill Gibbs!
…with special guest Don Burns
Join us as we taste through the celebrated G2 Vineyard, 1 winery at a time, in a rare, “once a lifetime” tasting hosted by the ESB team and Bill Gibbs himself. No vineyard on the Central Coast has produced more 100 point wines than G2, so you won’t want to miss this!
The G2 experience centers around a line-up of 11 incredible bottles which feature only G2 Vineyard’s coveted fruit. Producers include Andremily, Saxum, Turtle Rock, Jacob Toft, Pec & Burl, Levo, Dilecta and Ledge. Keith Robinson, Jeremy Allen and Bill Gibbs have raided their personal cellars and come up with 11 different G2 wines using different varietals across various vintages made by winemakers at the pinnacle of Paso and those winemakers eager to reach that mark.
The tasting will be broken down into 3 tasting segments along with a bounty of appetizers, cheese, charcuterie and bites:
Reception: Ledge G2 Grenache Blanc
1) A curated tasting of 4 fantastic G2 wines by outstanding winemakers
2) A 3-year vertical of Turtle Rock G2 w/special guest winemaker Don Burns
3) A unicorn side by side of Saxum, Andremily and the 100-point Turtle Rock
Great fruit plus a great winemaker produces a great wine…Average fruit plus a great winemaker can only produce average wine. The moral of the story is that, even in the age of the celebrity winemaker, the source of the grapes, i.e. the vineyard, is critical. A select few winemakers own their own estates and farm their own fruit. But the vast majority need to buy their fruit from land-owning farmers. Even those with their own estates supplement their fruit supply from the independent grape growers. In Napa, the Beckstoffer To-Kalon vineyard is legendary. In Santa Barbara County, the Bien Nacido vineyard is widely regarded as the best (and back in 2019, 25 ESB members were lucky enough to have a personal tour and tasting of that vineyard!). In Paso Robles, undoubtedly, the top vineyard is the G2 Vineyard, 88 acres of prime West Side Paso. G2 is owned and farmed by Bill Gibbs pursuing a second career after he built a software company in the first. He is both a genial guy and a genius. Why is it called G2? Well it’s complicated; the “G” is for Gibbs and it’s his second vineyard. (The fruit from his first vineyard goes exclusively to Justin Smith at Saxum!) In 2019 two G2 wines scored 100 points and a 3rd wine also got that highest rating and it comprised almost half G2 fruit. G2 is fast becoming a legend!