Wine Tasting December 18 ’10

Announcement #1:This will be our last Saturday opening of 2010!

LAST MINUTE GIFT IDEAS! Think of us for that special bottle of wine, terrific buys on decanters, awesome Boomerang corkscrews with our awesome Artisan logo, prize-winning ITALIAN OLIVE OIL from a  small Tuscan winery, rounds of aged Pleasant Valley Cheese, and an array of Theo’s chocolate bars!

Announcement #2: Pick up pre-ordered Holiday truffles! (A few extras still available but hurry, they won’t last long!)

Announcement #3: For our loyal followers we announce the Fifth Annual East Coast New Year’s Eve Gala Extravaganza from 7-9pm on New Year’s Eve! We provide the wine, you bring something delicious to share, and when the ball drops in Times Square we hoist our glasses and toast the Year of the Rabbit. You young folks can move on to your next party, and we old timers can get to bed at a decent hour! It’s our chance to thank you for your support this past year, and to look ahead to more fun in aught-eleven. Mark your calendars and start planning your finger food.  RSVP if you are coming! (758-2959)

Last week’s hits were the Rex Hill Oregon pinot gris and the Pomum Shya, both delicious and showing really well. I opened a bunch of bottles of the Faury syrah, and there is definitely something wrong with the wine, a bit sour and sulfury, quite undrinkable.

Among our guests last weekend were this lovely foursome celebrating a birthday. Besides being old friends, their names all end in “a”…Angela, Tamara, Carla, and Laura, though not sure I have the order right. Although it was too late to save this picture, they showed me how to turn off the doggone flash on the camera! Yay!

 Angela, Tamara, Carla, & Laura

This week’s wines reflect our choices for the Season:

Foss Marai prosecco   Italy     $14
Italian bubbly with bouquet of floral aromas with a predominance of wisteria; supremely soft and round on the palate.

Domaine Laurens Cremant de Limoux  (France)   $14
This ancient cousin to champagne is from a little area in the SW corner of France near the Spanish border, with creamy mousse texture, and notes of baked apple, prune, yeast, and minerality.

Dynasty Cellars Meritage ‘06       Washington                    $21
Beautifully textured with layers of cherry and dark fruits, it also displays plenty of oak and a trace of chocolate on the finish. This is a big, well structured wine that will pair nicely with a beef entrée now and it promises to get even better with additional cellaring.”

Mount Baker Vineyards 2002 Late Harvest Pinot Gris ’02 Washington $20
A beautiful light golden dessert wine, plush and silky texture, with slightly tropical aromas and notes of peaches, candied Australian apricots, pinneapple, and mango.

Wine Tasting

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