Coachella Valley native and Souverain Winery winemaker, Ed Killian, is still in disbelief that his wines graced the lips of some of Hollywood’s brightest stars at the 2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival awards gala on Saturday.
“It’s definitely more than cool,” said Killian.
The winery, located in the Alexander Valley of Northern California, provided two of their reserve wines for the star-studded event. On the clothed tables were bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon and chardonnay.
The Cabernet, said Killian, has a classic feel to the Alexander Valley. The wine is bursting with berry flavor but balances with the finish of the French oak barrels it ferments in for two years.
The chardonnay is anything but shy with notes of apricots and tropical fruits. It has a thick finish and is very multi-layered, explained Killian.
In addition to Saturday’s gala, the reserve wines and a few others, are being served throughout the festival’s events.
For the gala alone, more than 100 cases were needed to serve the more than 2,100 guests.
“Palm Springs and the whole Coachella Valley are very familiar to me, and it was really interesting to bring those wines back to the home town,” said Killian.
Killian graduated from Coachella Valley High School in 1971. He attended University of Redlands and later University California at Davis, for his master’s in enology, the study and science of all things winemaking. He joined the staff at Souverain in the early 1990s.
The event is big for the region, he said, because of the crowd it brings that boosts the prestigious look of Palm Springs.
Souverain wines are at local distributors across the valley and are served at Spencer’s Restaurant in Palm Springs.