A Taste of Spain in Sonoma: Tasting with Wharton Alumna Winery Marimar Estate, Thu 3/11, 4 pm PST

Members: $88-$145 + shipping cost, Non-members $88-$145 + shipping cost (use code MYWHARTON to receive $10 off shipping for 3 bottle set, WCNC members are eligible for free shipping on 3 bottle set)


The Wharton Club of Northern California invites you to join Cristina Torres (WG ’17) and her mother Marimar Torres for a virtual tasting featuring their small production, estate grown wines.


Thursday, March 11, 2021, 4:00pm to 5:00pm PST

Location: Virtual Zoom

The Wharton Club of Northern California invites you to savor a taste of Spain in Sonoma County with the dynamic mother-daughter duo behind Marimar Estate in Russian River Valley!  Join Cristina Torres (WG ’17) and her mother Marimar Torres on March 11th for a virtual tasting featuring their small production, estate grown wines.  The Torres family has been making wine in Spain since the 17th century – and Marimar brought that legacy to Sonoma County in the 1980s.  Hear about the family stories, what it’s like being the first mother-daughter team in the family and enjoy pairings featuring recipes from Marimar’s cookbooks on Spanish cuisine!  CLICK on EVENT DETAILS for more information.


How to join:
• Sign up by ordering the wines for the tasting:  The Winter Duo or The Spanish Trio.
• The 3 bottle set includes access to a bottle of the club exclusive Tempranillo, which is a wine club favorite! Enjoy alongside their Albariño and Pinot Noir.
• Order by Thurs 3/4 EOD to ship to CA, NV, OR, AZ or WA.
• For all other states, deadline is Thurs 2/25 EOD.
• You’ll receive the Zoom link by email a few days before the event.

Shipping and pickup offer:
• $10 off shipping for the 3 bottle set with code MYWHARTON
• Free shipping for the 3 bottle set exclusively for current WCNC members with code WCNC
o (Excludes: AK, AL, GA, HI, IA, MD, MO, NE, OH, OK)
• Or pick up your wines and come visit the estate in Sebastopol! Receive a complimentary plato de charcuteria with Spanish cheeses, dried fruits and nuts to accompany your tasting.  Book your tasting online and then email Cristina ( to claim yours and we’ll have it ready for you.

If you prefer to order by phone, call the estate: (707) 823-4365 x200.
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Event Details

Nestled in the rolling hills of western Sonoma County, the Russian River/Green Valley appellation is a perfect microclimate for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Only 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean and 50 miles north of San Francisco, the site is influenced by the sea's cooling breezes and drifting fog. That is why Marimar Torres selected this privileged location to "export" the Torres family legacy of fine wines to California.

Marimar came to live in California in 1975.  After two years of searching, she acquired the land and began planting the vineyard in 1986.  Today there are 30 acres planted with Chardonnay and 30 with Pinot Noir.  The wines are made entirely from estate-grown grapes.  Named in honor of the late patriarch of the family, the vineyard is unique in California because it is totally European in style.  The vines are trained very close to the ground on an open vertical trellis, following the slope of an east-facing hillside; the rootstocks are phylloxera resistant; and the planting density is 2000 vines per acre, four times more than is traditional in California.  Such high density promotes root competition and diminishes vigor, naturally reducing the output per vine.

Yields are low and labor is intensive, but the vines live longer and produce grapes with greater concentration of flavors, more refined and elegant aromas, and better balance.  To contribute complexity, Marimar did extensive research to select several clones of each varietal: See, Rued and Spring Mountain for Chardonnay; and Cristina 88, Swan, Pommard, Lee, Dijon 115 and Dijon 667 for Pinot Noir.  Each clone brings different attributes to the final blend, resulting in wines with deep layers of flavor.

Built in 1992 with a capacity of 15,000 cases, the winery sits on a hill surrounded by vines.  The production wing is outfitted with carefully selected equipment, to allow the control essential to producing a wine based on minimal handling.  Its three barrel rooms with independent temperature and humidity controls provide flexibility to experiment with various vinification techniques, in order to best express the fruit's character.

The reception wing, decorated with antique winemaking equipment, furniture, and crockery brought over from Catalonia, includes a professional kitchen and a spacious dining room with a great fireplace.  It was here, in the old Catalan tradition, that family and staff would gather every evening to discuss the events of a day spent in the countryside.  The winery is now open seven days a week for tastings and tours are available by appointment.  We love to receive customers and friends with a genuine interest in wine!

Our Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs appeal to the small segment of consumers who enjoy having the finest.  We pride ourselves in producing food-friendly wines; fine restaurants, dedicated retailers and wine collectors are our best supporters.  From our first release, we have developed a faithful following of quality-conscious wine shops, restaurants and consumers.  More than the first sale, we care about the second and about the long-term relationship with our customers, whom we like to think of as our friends.

Date: 03/11/2021

Start time: 04:00 p.m. PDT

End time: 05:00 p.m. PDT

Venue: Online event