Pre-Thanksgiving Wine Tasting Nov 21

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Winter Studio tour is always hard to predict, mainly due to weather,so it was a good idea to move it last year to mid-November from first weekend in December. Although there were some very Stormy days (and Dark and Stormy nights!) last week, the weekend was cloudy and a bit breezy, but not in the “Oppressive” zone. That made for a steady group of revelers, including quite a number of first-timers.

We had one very special guest we haven’t seen in a while; Chuck and Sharon came by on what may be Chuck’s first outing after his long sojourn with the bone marrow folks. WELCOME BACK, CHUCK!!!


Also, though they say you never want to see how laws or sausages are made, we all like to see how Truffles are made…here are Janice and Pat in the Heart of Creation. Anyone who tasted them knows they tasted a little Slice of Heaven! Mmm-mmm!

pat & janice

We wound up pouring about ten wines over the course of the two days, including: Trevisiol Rosecco, a refreshing rose prosecco; our old favorite Banear prosecco; the delightful Nefarious dry riesling; Castle Rock Mendocino pinot noir; De Natale pinot noir; Sobon Estates Fiddletown zinfandel, and Storybook Mayacamas zinfandel.

This week our semi-annual Italian Order came in, so we are trying to tie the new arrivals in to our ongoing quest for the perfect Thanksgiving wine list. Here is the likely starting lineup:

Barbolini   Lambrusco Lancillotto (Italy)   $16: Handmade since 1889–briny, not sweet, with a lush body, ripe fruit and berry aromas, and delicate bubbles; especially good match with balsamic or smoked salmon.

Legoe Bay Pinot Gris 07 (Washington)    $9: Beautiful aromas and flavors of pear, apple, melon, and honey with a round, mouth-filling texture…delicious!

Martorana Nero d’Avola 08  (Sicily)   $12 : Easy drinking red wine with crowd-pleasing notes of ripe plums, blueberry, almond, and sweet rhubarb.

Cousino Macul Merlot  07  (Chile)  $10: Dark ruby-colored with an expressive nose of cherry and cranberry, with supple and savory flavors of ripe plums and violets.

Pasek Cranberry wine  (Washington)  $10: A unique wine, really made from cranberries, this year’s version is quite sweet, though with good acidity. Drink by itself, with soda water or prosecco as a wine cooler,  or as an interesting accompaniment to turkey and trimmings.

Wine Tasting

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