Wine Tasting December 12

The slide into Winter is showing up as very quiet Saturday afternoons until about 4, then everyone arrives at once for a fairly raucous last hour. That made for a nice visit with Nancy, Joan, and little Sammie for a relaxing mid-afternoon.

The wines were unusual and interesting, and pretty tasty. Virtually NO ONE had ever heard of marzemino, much less tasted it, but it won general approval for its unique combination of pruney leather and bright berry acidity. The soave was a pleasant surprise, definitely worth keeping around, and the Poderi sangio/alicante was a crowd-pleaser, as was the Kiona red blend, a terrific buy.

Nice shot of Mary Beth and Mary Jane, maybe they are secret sisters…? Little preview: mark your calendars for next Saturday and our Solstice Le Coeur de l’Obscurite” tasting featuring Lost River wines from Winthrop and  matching munchies by our Food Correspondent Mary Beth. Watch for details!

Also, please note that THIS SUNDAY from 2-4 we will be hosting a Meet the Candidate event for Richard May, who will be running for State Senate in 2010. Come on by, say hello, let him know what is important to you.

This week’s wines:

Dry Creek chenin blanc (Calif) $10: luscious notes of melon, peach, and lemon peel, a great buy!

Juan Gil 06 (Spain) $14: From 45 yr old vines come superb aromatics of wood smoke, damp earth, violets, and blueberry pie. Layered, succulent, and long.

Maryhill Cabernet Franc Columbia Valley 05 (Washington) $18: Showing intense tobacco, tar, and leather character, it’s a real powerhouse that cries for a rich and savory food pairing, and with a little fat to evoke the cherry, blackberry, and licorice notes on the finish.

Jaffurs Thompson Syrah ’01 (Cal) $18: layered flavors of black fruits intermixed with earth, licorice, and smoke presented in a long, pure, concentrated style.

Wine Tasting

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