Pre-Thanksgiving Wine Tasting November 20 ’10

Okay, Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! No doubt we will all be thankful that our Wise County Council will have just veered away from the disastrous fare increase they will be debating just before the holiday, and will have lots of reason to celebrate! To that end, you are all reminded that this Tuesday is the Council Meeting in which the issue will be voted on, after a time for public (that’s you!) comment. Please show up and speak up about how the astronomical new rates will affect you and your bottom line.

Last week was winter Studio Tour, and it was a madhouse all weekend! Who would have guessed? Back when winter tour was the first weekend in December, more often than not it was icy, pouring rain, blowing a gale, or snowing. or various combinations. Last weekend weather was not so great, but not so bad, either, and we had a lot of traffic on the island, a good thing for our artists. Our guest artists Cheryl and Di sat through most of it, schmoozing with visitors about their great bird photos. I especially like the groups of three photos, great compositions. Their show will be up through New Year’s, so come by and see. And buy!

Truffle Alert! If you ordered truffles for Thanksgiving, you can pick them up Saturday. Or call Pat (2959) to make pickup arrangements.

Eric and Susie popped in on a rare visit from Sitka, really nice to see them,a  real Boat Family. Heck, we should all sail up to visit!! We had visiting young vets (thank you, gents) and their parents, Islanders, and Mary Jane’s visiting dinner group, and lots and lots of others over the two-day event.

Sunday was made extra special by a visit from our Pleasant Valley cheesemaker Joyce and husband Barry.  Joyce provided  samples of delicious extra-aged goudas that went perfectly with our two Italian reds. Delicious, a wonderful treat! If you are out in the County toward Birch Bay, drop in…they’re on Kickerville Road just off the Birch Bay road. And if you can’t make it, remember, we keep many of their goudas in stock.

Susie and Eric Mary Jane and dinner guests

This week’s tasting:

Calera Chardonnay 08 California WA90pts $15
Offers abundant notes of honeysuckle, orange marmalade, white currants, and tropical fruits. Crisp, elegant, mid-weight, and revealing no evidence of its wood aging, it will provide plenty of pleasure over the next 1-2 years.

La Serena Rosso di Montalcino  06  Italy $15
Deep, intense ruby red colour. Ethereal, deep, balanced nose with a rich scent of fruit Palate: Full bodied round taste.

Mt. Baker Sangiovese 05 Washington $15
Rich aromas and flavors of ripe plum, truffle, and moist earth.

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.

Fair Winds “Port O’Call” dessert wine Washington $20
Definitely port-like in character, this lightly fortified dessert wine we discovered last weekend in Port Townsend has a seductive warmth and aromatic richness; you could wait for winter to uncork and sip by the fire, but why wait?

Wine Tasting

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