Great Island Chili Cookoff Wine Tasting and Special Schedule July 17 ’10


Hear ye hear ye! BECAUSE we are entering our World Famous “Screaming Seagull” cult chili (First Annual Tasting) at the Heritage Trust Chili Cookoff from 12-3, the Saturday wine tasting will be from 3-6pm, after the chili cookoff!

the First Thing you need to know is that the wine shop will NOT be open till THREE this Saturday, because we will be hawking our first Chili at the Great Chili Cookoff from 12-3. Actually my limited experience as a client of these proceedings the past few years is that if you arrive much after 1230 many of the contestant chilis will be Gone, so Word to the Wise: Get There Early!

The logo below is well known to wine aficionados, less so to chili enthusiasts. Let’s just say the first person to identify the heritage of our chili’s namesake (in person) gets a special bottle of wine as a prize, especially if that person votes for our chili as Best of the Day. Not exactly a “bribe,” let’s call it a a “promotion”…yes? And NO, it won’t be one of Theirs…in your Dreams!

THEIR logo…formerly legendary


Then, after the cookoff, we will rush back to the wine shop and open up for the Usual Festivities, except this will be the debut of our New Summer Hours (make a Note Of It) from 2-6pm each Saturday. Consider it an ode to Drydock, a paean to summer, a whimsical gesture. Good through Labor Day weekend.

Wines for this weekend:

Segura Viudes Cava   Spain   $9
Honestly, haven’t tried it, but Donald (he whose fault this whole thing is) likes it and Judy A extolls its virtues…besides, it’s Cava, for heaven’s sake, how bad could it be?

Chateau L’Estang ’04  France   $15
A few of these left from a couple of years ago: Merlot, cab franc, cab sauv: Fruit driven, concentrated nose of red fruits, spices, black currants, with rich, full-bodied palate of raspberry, silky tannins, and lingering finish. Real wine. You’ll like it.

Vente Morales Tempranillo ’09  Spain    $8
I was impressed with the gravitas of this inexpensive offering. It has weight, texture, and flavor, none of which is reasonable to expect from a wine in this price range. Entirely enjoyable!

Pali Inman Olivet pinot noir ’05   $32
I have a thing for Brian Loring’s style of pinot noir, so I have a substantial stash of his wines, both under his own label (Loring Wine Company) and for the group of wine lovers who bribed him to be their winemaker at Pali, using fruit from various vineards in California and Oregon. He has an unmistakable style, sumptuous and rich even in bad years, that is much to be admired. Usually I don’t pour wines of this caliber at our tastings, but what the heck?

Wine Tasting

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