~ Alexis Nicolai
On Thursday March 25, Terin and her husband Bryan Ignozzi came to the SSU Wine club to pour a beautiful line up of their BRYTER Estates wines. The name BRYTER comes from their first two names put together. As Terin said, “Bryan makes up the ‘BRY’ and I’m the “TER.” Terin is the wine maker and was first licensed to start making wine in 2007, which resulted in her 2007 Inspired Cabernet Sauvignon. However, it wasn’t until just over a year ago, March 8th 2012 that Terin opened the BRYTER Tasting Salon in the Sonoma Plaza. BRYTER is a small, family owned, boutique winery that strives to be the best tasting room in Sonoma County and provide an educational and elegant experience to their customers.
Bryan and Terin began the meeting by having a contest to see who could open their bottle of Le Stelle Spakling the most quietly. It was a close call, but Alex, the wine club treasurer, won the battle. After a toast of Le Stelle Sparkling they moved on to their 2011 Affine Chardonnay, a lightly oaked wine with hints of crisp pear and citrus from the Carneros AVA. Next everyone had the chance to taste the rare Rhone varietal of Terin’s Viaggio Marsanne/Roussanne 2012 blend that hasn’t even been released to the public yet!
We got to try Sparkling, Chardonnay, Marsanne/Roussane, Sangiovese, and a $95 Cabernet Sauvignon!
Moving on to the reds, everyone had the pleasure of tasting her slightly chilled 2011 Amoroso Sangiovese from the Santa Ynez Valley. This wine is near and dear to Terin’s heart as it is what she grew up making in her basement in Chicago with her Italian father and grandfather. This was a popular choice among the wine club members as it is low in tannins and very well rounded and fruit forward. Finally, came the 2007 Inspired Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. This was the winning wine when we took a vote to see which wines the students loved the most.
After a great introduction to some of Terin’s award winning wines they tried the group with some trivia questions and raffled off a set of Riedel wine classes and other various wine paraphernalia. All in all it was a successful evening at the Sonoma State University Library and the 30 odd students left in a joyous mood! As Terin would say…Cheers to the BRYTER side of life!