The Life of Cardinale Master Class

03 December 2017 | 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM GMT-4
Conrad New York
102 North End Ave
USD 200.00


Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
Editor-in-Chief and Reviewer
Born and raised in rural Maine, USA, Lisa graduated from Colby College, ME, with degrees in English Literature and Performing Arts. Her wine career began by happenstance when, living as a struggling playwright in London after college, she was offered a job as the manager of a wine bar. Upon acquiring the position, she promptly enrolled for classes at the WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) and continued her studies with them until achieving the institution’s highest accreditation level: Diploma. Lisa progressed through wine sales and marketing roles in the UK wine trade throughout the ‘90s and early noughties before moving to Tokyo in 2002, where she worked as a wine buyer for one of Japan's top fine wine importers and a wine educator at Tokyo's Academie du Vin. In 2008, Lisa moved to Singapore and began writing a column for Robert Parker’s website, Later that year she achieved her Master of Wine (MW) qualification and the Madame Bollinger Medal for excellence in wine tasting. In 2013, she became the Editor-in-Chief for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and She is also the publication’s critic for the wines of Australia, New Zealand, Sonoma County and Oregon. In 2015, Lisa’s first book, Taste Like a Wine Critic: A Guide to Understanding Wine Quality, was published. Recently, she relocated to Napa, California, to set up the new office for The Wine Advocate. She now lives in Napa with her British husband, two young daughters, their Border Collie and three sheep.
Christopher Carpenter
A University of Illinois football defensive lineman, president and chairman of the Napa Valley Youth Symphony, food lover, soccer dad, and holder of master’s degrees in horticulture and business, Cardinale winemaker Christopher Carpenter is as multi-layered as the wines he makes. After graduating from UC Davis’ Viticulture & Enology program in 1998, he joined Cardinale, becoming winemaker in 2001. Equally an expert at grape growing as he is at making wine, Christopher vinifies grapes from more than a dozen vineyards throughout Napa Valley, and through arduous blending, creates a wine that demonstrates the personality of each vintage, and whose whole is greater than the sum of its parts.


Since its first vintage in 1983 the vision for Cardinale been to craft a world-class Cabernet Sauvignon from the highest-quality vineyards. Today the iconic wine is a blend of multiple sub-appellations in Napa Valley with a track record for drinking deliciously upon release and maturing beautifully in the cellar. With mountain-grown grapes as the foundation, Cardinale delivers power and refinement year after year. In this master class, led by Editor-in-Chief Lisa Perrotti-Brown and Winemaker Christopher Carpenter, celebrate the life of Cardinale through a vertical tasting of 10 vintages from the winery’s cellar, including the highly acclaimed 1997, 2002, 2007 and 2012 vintages.