Recently, I had the opportunity to meet Kirk Venge, son of the legendary “King of Cabernet”. We met while he was in the Tampa Bay community, and had a lovely time tasting his wines. But first, let me tell you a little bit about Kirk.
About Kirk Venge
Kirk Venge had to make his own mark on the wine industry because his father, Nils Venge, is known as the “King of Cabernet Sauvignon”. Can you imagine your father being “the King”? Nils earned this title because of the perfect score (100/100) he received from Robert Parker on his 1984 cabernet sauvignon. Learn more about Nils Venge and my meeting with him here.
I can certainly appreciate Kirk Venge’s uphill challenge. Kirk was born in the famous wine region of Napa Valley. He worked in the fields of neighboring wineries while attending the famous University of California, Davis to study wine making and enology. He took an internship at Mumm Winery, then a trip to New Zealand, all while working alongside his father to make the Venge Family Reserve wines. Because of this study and discipline, Kirk has committed himself to quality wine making. His philosophy of “making wine in the vineyard” is found in every bottle. As Kirk says:
“Understanding the terroir of a specific vineyard and the hidden potential of that site is imperative to the quality of wine that can be made.”
Kirk strives to share ideas with the winery’s growers and work with them attentively to develop the highest quality fruit that each vineyard can produce. Kirk knows there is no substitute for quality and that the best wines can only come from the best grapes. I could not agree more!
In addition to his duties at Venge Vineyards, Kirk makes wines for some other well-known wineries, like B Cellars, Frazier, Bacio Divino, JAX Trespass, and Calistoga Ranch.
Tasting Wine with Kirk Venge
While with Kirk Venge, we tasted some of his vintage releases of the 2015 Scout’s Honor, along with a favorite Cabernet Sauvignon called Silencieux, a 2014 from Napa Valley. This Silencieux vintage was absolutely remarkable! The bottle was filled with dark chocolate, anise, and coffee with full body and lengthy finish. The Scouts Honor blends four different grapes to achieve a lush consistency every time. This red wine is delicious with aromas of blackberry, vanilla, toasted nuts and mocha.
We also tasted two white wines that Kirk Venge produced for a limited time. These whites included Juliana’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc and Maldonado Vineyard Chardonnay. For someone that has built his reputation of making stellar red wines, I was impressed with the flavor, texture and great aromas of both white wines. The Chardonnay was crisp and filled with pineapple, lemon drop and hints of ripe apple.
It was a pleasure to sit with Kirk Venge and taste his wines together. We had the chance to share the passion we have in quality wine production. We also agree that only quality wines can achieve customer satisfaction and tasting experience.
I look forward to my next trip to Napa Valley and touring Kirk’s winery with the anticipations of the next 2015 Silencieux vintage release. I believe the only way to experience a vineyard is to be there in person.
Try Kirk’s 2014 vintage of the Scouts Honor Red Blend today!
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