Event Reviews and Photos 2010
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Holiday Wine Exchange
Oct. 9, 2010
Summer Porch Party, July 31
An Evening in Provence
Blakeslee Vineyard Event, July 25, 2010
Beaux Frères Event, June 12, 2010
1990 VINTAGE DINNER AT KINCAID'S FISH, CHOP, & STEAKHOUSE REVIEW
6:30PM, SATURDAY, MAY 1, 2010
According to The 1999 Wine Enthusiast Vintage
was the best vintage for both Red Burgundy (95) and
began with a reception comparing 1990 Pol Roger vintage Brut
Chardonnay with 1990 Pol Roger vintage Brut and finally 1990 Dom
Chardonnay got 8 fist place votes while the Dom received 5.
Appetizers included Warm Brie with Macadamia Nut Crust,
Bering Sea Red King Crab Cakes, and Pacific Tiger Prawn
Cocktails. General Manager
generously offered to waive corkage fees and no charge for a
room all to ourselves for the entire evening. I found two
bottles of 1990 Mersault (Domaine Claude Vergurey) and added it
as a "surprise" bonus with the Grilled Steak Salad along with a
Beaune (Domaine Louis Latour, 1er Cru, Vignes Franches) and a
1990 Nuits Saint
Georges (Domaine Clos de L'Arlot) . The Mersault was light
caramel in color. Some said it tasted like sherry or fino from
Finally, a 1990 Charmes-Chambertin, Grand Cru (Mommessin) and a 1990 Bonne-Mares, Grand Cru (Laboure-Roi) with a dense 3-Layer Chocolate Lavender Cake. Both of these wines were spectacular and no one was willing to vote for one over the other. We had our first tie of the night. Both wines received 11 "first place" votes. We had two Prospective Members attend: Member Mark Lindau sponsored Trish Koser and Steve Lutz and Kimberly Mick sponsored Daniel Christofani . We hope to see both again. Final Analysis: Great Vintage Champagne, Great Vintage Burgundy, with Great Food and appropriate Reidel Stemware.
Jim Atwood, Chairman
Heitz Uncorked, May 22
Midweek Vinideus French Wines Tasting Event
On March 31st a different kind of wine and food event was held at Vinideus Jazz Bistro at 4759c
Vinideus co-owner, Diane Pierce greeted everyone with heavy appetizers specifically paired with five exceptional (tasting and price point) French wines poured by her Galaxy Wines distributor representative, Tony Raynor.
The event was very well attended by 13 of our WFSO members who invited an unprecedented 12 guests to enjoy the evening with us. Throughout the event we were treated with:·
--A 2007 Patient Cottat (100% Sauvignon Blanc) from the
--Next was a tasting of a 2007 Marc Bredif Vouvray (100% Chenin Blanc) also from the
--Our third wine was a 2008 Domaine de Valmoissine (100% Pinot Noir) from the Coteaux du Verdon region in the south of
Diane paired this pinot with an excellent salmon dish and charcuterie meats.·
--This was followed by a 2008 Cotes du Ventoux
--And lastly a 2005 Chateau Haut Rian (Premiers Cotes de Bordeaux: 65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc at $16) served with decadent chocolate desserts.
Abacela Winemaker's Event
April 10, 2010
April 10, 2010
Earl Jones, MD, owner and former winemaker of Abacela travelled all the way from Winston (near
Abacela had just been named one of the "Hot Small Brands of 2009" by Wine Business Monthly magazine. And this was one helluva "Hot Evening".
It was our first event at Brazil Grill,
Brazil Grill food was a terrific match for Abacela wines. But the restaurant was very noisy; which made it very difficult to talk about wine.
Tasting 12 wines may have been another factor. In fact, we opened 23 bottles of wine for 16 members.We started with 2008 Abacela Rosado which has received both "Platinum" and "Best Buy" ratings from Wine Press Northwest. This was a great starter wine. Then we sampled the 2008 Abacela Viognier as we proceeded through the Salad Bar of 16 freshly made salads. Both wines were delicious.
Then 1 Magnum each of both the 2003 and 2004 Abacela Merlot as we proceeded through the Hot Bar of Black Beans, Bean Stew, Rice and Potatoes. Both vintages were balanced and well made. But I thought the 2004 was better than the 2003. And the 2004 costs $5/magnum less than the 2003 - wonderful!
We had disks on our table which were red on one side and green on the other. We enjoyed 2006 Abacela Cabernet Franc (which can actually sit up and beg for meat), 2007 Abacela Granacha (fruity, delightful and rated "Excellent" by Wine Press Northwest), and 2007 Dolcetto (good but not as great as the others, in my opinion) as we turned the disks on our tables from red to green and began enjoying unlimited quantities of 12 deliciously rotisseried meats carved table-side. All the meats were excellent. However, I must admit I made a mistake not having meat with the merlots.
Then the Big Hitters: 2005 Abacela Syrah Reserve (hearty, intense, and concentrated), 2005 Abacela Tempranillo Reserve (which is excellent and captured #54 on The Wine Enthusiast's List of the Top 100 Wines of 2009 earning 95 points; but still tannic compared to the 2000 vintage), and the great 2000 Abacela Tempranillo Reserve (from my cellar and expletive excellent) with more meat, Ground Beef Empanadas and Parmesan Crusted Polentas.
For Dessert we enjoyed Brazil Grill's Famous Cinnamon Roasted Pineapple with tastes of 2009 Abacela Blanco Dulce and 2006
Jim Atwood, Chairman
Talbot Vertical Tasting Event at the
Saturday, April 17, 2010
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Duckhorn Merlot Uncorked
Valentine's Day Party at Encore 310
Pax Syrah Wine Event at DeCarli’s, January 16, 2010