Top Napa Winemaker, Ringgold Native Phifer Pavitt Hosts Free Tasting At Bluff View Art District

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Bluff View Art District will host Ringgold native and noted Napa winemaker Suzanne Phifer Pavitt for a free public tasting of her winery’s latest vintage releases on Thursday, May 30, from 5:30-7 p.m. at River Gallery during the special event “Defining Roots Through Art and Wine”. 

Ms. Phifer Pavitt will be present to meet the public and answer questions about her wines, the grape selections and the wine making process. The tasting will feature Phifer Pavitt’s Date Night 2012 Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon varietals.

A vertical tasting of previous vintages will be served at an exclusive vintner’s dinner with Phifer Pavitt at Back Inn Café later that evening. Limited seating is available and tickets for the vintner’s dinner can be purchased for $70 by calling 423 265-5033 x1.

Ms. Phifer Pavitt’s local roots are indeed strong. A self-declared country girl, she was raised on her family’s farm in North Georgia on the outskirts of Ringgold and worked hard each day for both her family and her future. Excelling in school, Ms. Phifer Pavitt left home for college, received her MBA from the University of Southern California and ventured off to a highly successful career in sales as one of her company’s top producers. Ironically, she found herself falling in love with bona fide city boy Shane Pavitt, who, after living his whole life in the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, wanted the two of them to raise their own family in the serenity of the country. Over their weekly date nights as a young couple, they often discussed just how they would make that transition. And it wasn’t long before they jumped in with both feet.
 
After buying land in northern Napa County, this true-to-form country girl put herself to work on the land again, this time setting out to harvest one of the most prestigious crops of the region, Napa’s noble grapes. They built a home on a ridge overlooking what today is their working winery. The idea for the winery building came from their commitment to sustainability. They subsequently spent several years restoring and retrofitting an abandoned barn, creating chandeliers with barbed wire from the property, using Wyoming snow fencing on the walls and even insulating the building with recycled blue jeans.
 
Today, Ms. Phifer Pavitt’s fittingly named Date Night wines are touted as some of the best in the world and have received numerous accolades from Wine Spectator and a myriad of other notable industry publications as well as wine critics. The smaller size of the Date Night winery means that their Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc are produced in very limited quantities though the demand increasingly grows. “As a boutique winery, it’s our goal to produce the very best wine,” she explains. “With every new vintage and each decision we make the focus is clear: let’s give this wine the best chance to be the best wine it can be.”
 
Ms. Phifer Pavitt’s many years building her family business, working the land and overseeing the wine making process has taught her one very important thing: “Life doesn’t have a pause button. It’s important that you take time to slow down, take time out and reach out to connect with those people and things that are most important to you. And hopefully you’ll do it over a glass of wine.”

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