@maysarawinery Flight Offered Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 20th, with winemaker Tahmiene Momtazi from 6 to 8pm 🍷
It is certainly true that everyone has a story to tell. However, there is a special tale to be shared here about a winery in our valley that reinforces so much of what is decent and noble in human beings. Sacrifice, courage, commitment to ideals, perseverence and vision along with a willingness to do the work and not compromise on the things you hold to be self evident. Just over 40 years ago, as a young couple, Moe and Flora Momtazi fled their homeland of Iran, which had erupted into a state of ugly revolution. When this crisis arrived to Iran they had only recently returned, having spent the previous few years in the U.S. as Moe completed a degree in engineering. They escaped through the mountains of Pakistan, working their way through Spain and Italy and eventually returning to the US through Mexico after applying for political asylum. Moe and Flora went to work building a life for themselves, raising three daughters, Naseem, Hannah and Tahmiene, who now run much of what the winery has become. I have been a fan of both the wines and the vineyard long before I knew the history behind the people, however their story, once revealed to me, confirmed what I already felt about the wine. Character is not accidental. It is clearly the theme here. In the farming practices, in the winemaking and in the struggle that delivered the Momtazi family to the valley, and we are all the better for it. Commitment to doing what should be done even when it is inconvenient. The wines are beautiful, honest, natural expressions of a vineyard that has been lovingly cultivated by a family that committed to biodynamic viticulture early on and the results are clear. Tahmiene Momtazi, the oldest daughter, has been making the wines for Maysara since 2007. Her talent and connection to the land is evident and we are honored to have her join us tomorrow to walk us through the special flight we will make available for the evening. It will include their Pinot Blanc, the Three Degrees Pinot Noir and a special opportunity to taste the 2010 Asha Pinot Noir.