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Debbie Gioquindo, CSW, WLS the Hudson Valley Wine Goddess takes the intimidation out of wine. This is a monthly podcast where I will speak with people in the wine industry, authors, and bloggers to education you on wine.

Mar 12, 2019

Welcome to Winephabet Street Season 1 Episode 20 T is for Tannat. Winephabet Street is a monthly series where Lori Budd of Draceana Wines and I work our way through the alphabet exploring wine and wine regions on letter at a time. The show is live on the third Monday at 8pm and is free, but you must register to attend. Put it on your calendar, pour yourself a glass of wine and hang out with us.


My first glass of Tannat was in Virginia about 10 years ago and I wasn’t sure what of it’s background. I did enjoy it. My second experience with Tannat was from Uruguay and I never knew that Tannat actually originated in the Madiran region of France, or so they say because they think it might have actually originated in the Basque country just on the other side of the Pyrenees Mountains.


Factoid: Tannat is a palindrome - spelled the same backwards and forwards.


For this episode I let my daughter who at the time was working in a liquor store pick my bottle out. I really wanted a bottle from Uruguay but her choice was limited to a bottle from California from Rock Wall Wine Company, the 2013 The Palindrome.

Rock Wall Wine Company is located on the former Alameda Navel Air base in the East Bay. The name Rock Wall refers to the defensive perimeter wall built during WWII in the San Francisco Bay to protect the base from Japanese air to sea torpedoes and it is visible from the winery.

Rock Wall Wine Company began with Shauna Rosenblum and her dad Kent Rosenblum. Kent was the founder of Rosenblum Winery and I’m sure you have had one of his Zinfandels at one stage of the game. He sold Rosenblum Winery in 2008 and started Rock Wall with Shauna.

The wine showed some juicy blueberry at first with some raspberry, elegant and silky with tannins mid palate.


Listen or watch the webinar and see how the chocolate pairing I did with the Tannat turned out.