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Monday, May 22

Wine-O Party


Dave, me and BillA friend had a bit of a wine tasting party over the weekend after a recent trip to Sonoma, and wanted to geek out over wines and share his excitement. I of course wont pass up an opportunity for some good free wine... even if it is over an hour drive away! ;-) I thought it was a fantastic idea... I will definitely be stealing it when Dave and I get into our new house! From left to right is Dave, me, and Bill in the photo above

These were the wines we had our fun with Saturday night:

Name: Columbia Crest Grand Estates
Vintage: 2003
Region: Columbia Valley
Grape: Chardonnay
Outside in the hot humid night
Name: Five Rivers
Vintage: 2003
Region: Paso Robles
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon

Name: Ravenswood Vintners Blend
Vintage: 2003
Region: Sonoma, Lodi, Mendocino
Grape: 76% Zinfandel, 9% Carignane, 8% Petite Sirah, 7% Mixed Blacks

Name: Montes Alpha
Vintage: 2003
Region: Colchagua Valley
Grape: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot

Name: Boudale Rouge (Domaine Brusset)
Vintage: 2003
Region: Cotes du Ventoux
Grape: 60% Grenache, 15% Carignan, 15% Mourvedre, 10% Clairette

Ben and CarolineThe winner for me was the Boudale Rouge. My palate is still rediculously undeveloped, so when I recognize an aroma or flavor now, I get pretty excited. It is something I have only just recently begun to notice... like when I had a pint of my favorite British brew Boddingtons, and for the first time tasted and smelled honey, no wonder there is a flippin bee on their logo!! But anyway... yea... I took one whiff of the Boudale Rouge... having not heard of a single grape on its label.. unsure of what I was in for, and there it was... raspberry. Very distinct, I looked all excited at Dave and said, "I smell raspberry!!", I tasted it and there it was too. I read the little print out Bill left by all the bottles describing aromas and flavors and there it said, "...flavors of raspberry..." I was so proud of myself. My little tastebuds are growing up.

3 Comments:

Blogger Bill G said...

When you and Dave can make it back into town, I'll take you guys to the Wine Room, where you can sample all sorts of interesting stuff. The place is quite overwhelming with selections.

10:36 AM  
Blogger Lea said...

Excellent!!!

12:56 PM  
Blogger mooncrazy said...

Don't give up on Ravenswood. I'm never fond of their vinters blends but the 2003 Lodi Zin is to die for. It might be difficult to find in Florida but worth it.

7:29 AM  

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