Vérité Wine Dinner at Spruce SF with ALL ACCESS PASS

02 March 2018 | 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM GMT-7
3640 Sacramento St
USD 1200.00


With so very few places on the planet producing extraordinary Merlot and Cabernet Franc based wines, we are incredibly excited to host a very rare opportunity to taste a collection of some of greatest wines from these varieties in the world, as can only be produced by Vérité in Sonoma. Join us for an intimate evening at the Michelin starred Spruce Restaurant in San Francisco, where you will have the opportunity to sample twelve very special Vérité wines, including six perfect, 100-pointers. The dinner will be hosted by Vérité’s Chef de Cave Pierre Seillan, next generation winemaker Hélène Seillan, and Master of Wine, Sonoma Critic and Editor-in-Chief of Robert Parker Wine Advocate, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW.


These are the visionary efforts of the recently deceased Jess Jackson, one of the great men in California’s history of high quality winemaking. Verite was started in 1998, when Jess Jackson brought over Bordelais winemaker Pierre Seillan, and essentially gave him carte blanche authority to pick the best fruit he could to fashion these three cuvees. La Muse is his verison of a Pomerol, made from Jess Jackson’s high-elevation vineyards in Alexander Valley, Knights Valley and Chalk Hill, the La Joie is his Medoc look-alike from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and of course, Le Desir is a Sonoma clone of a St.-Emilion, made generally from high quantities of both Merlot and Cabernet Franc, with just a little Cabernet Sauvignon in them. These wines are the epitome of natural wine, aged 24-32 months in new French oak, with wood staves selected by Jackson and his team in France, and the wines then bottled unfined and unfiltered. There’s no acidification, no additional concentration by reverse osmosis, and obviously no water added. The production of each cuvee runs between 1,500 and 2,000 cases. According to Pierre Seillan, the aim was to produce wines capable of lasting 25, or in some cases, even 40+ years, and based on the three vertical tastings I did of all the cuvees made to date, the great vintages will certainly attain that potential longevity.

-       Robert M. Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate Issue 195

Guests of this dinner will be given an All Access Pass to the Matter of Taste event on March 3rd. All Access Pass holders gain VIP early entry to the Grand Tasting and have a guaranteed seat in all Master Classes.


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, RobertParker.com. 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 RobertParker.com. She is also the publication’s critic for the wines of Bordeaux, Napa Valley and Sonoma County Bordeaux Varieties. 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.
Pierre Seillan
Pierre first began working with Cabernet Franc and Merlot more than four decades ago at his family’s estate in Armagnac, France. Later he moved on to Château de Targé in the Saumur-Champigny AOC of the Loire Valley. Though Pierre enjoyed the Loire, Bordeaux beckoned, and he spent two decades as technical director and winemaker for seven Bordeaux châteaux in Lalande de Pomerol, Saint-Émilion, St. Estèphe, Haut-Médoc, Premières Côtes de Bordeaux, and Bordeaux Supérieur. When Pierre accepted Jess Jackson’s invitation to come to Sonoma County in the mid-1990s, he was inspired by the region’s exceptional terroir. “Every hillside, every elevation and aspect offers us a different micro-cru, and the pure expression of these unique sites has from the beginning defined our winemaking philosophy,” says Pierre. To create a work of art is one thing; to create a masterpiece is entirely another. Creating a masterpiece requires an intense intimacy and a unique perspective throughout the entire process. This is why we refer to Pierre as ‘vigneron’ rather than ‘winemaker’—because vigneron encompasses not only decisions made in the cellar, but also those made throughout the year in the vineyard, where the true character of our wine originates.
Hélène Seillan
Assistant Winemaker
If it is true that “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” then perhaps the same may be said about grapes on the vine –at least in the case of Hélène Seillan, winemaker and daughter of renowned winemaker Pierre Seillan. Born in 1987, Hélène Seillan spent her childhood in both France and California, surrounded by family and friends for whom winemaking was as much a passion as it was a profession. Many of Hélène’s first memories are of her family enjoying fine wine and good food. When her father, Pierre Seillan, accepted Jess Jackson’s invitation to come to Sonoma County in the mid- 1990’s he was inspired by the region’s exceptional terroir and his passion helped to inspire his daughter. Following in her father’s footsteps, Hélène pursued a career in winemaking and is currently assisting her father on his passion project, Vérité, where Hélène cultivates her knowledge of Pierre Seillan’s methodology as droit du soil, “the right of the soil.” Hélène continues to learn and perfect the art of winemaking side by side with her father. Vérité is the result of a combination of old world experience and new world fruit. Each wine is a distinct blend of unique components harvested from small vineyards blocks, culmination in a meticulously formed union of grape varieties, climate, soil expression and winemaking technique. Just like her father, Hélène continues to make Vérité to reflect the terroir in which they are grown.