Thursday, January 29, 2009

Wednesday Night Wine Tasting Group

I've been meaning to post about one of the Wednesday night groups, which have been going fairly well. We have certainly had an interesting group of characters at each session, but more about that later. First, a list of the wines. Note that I have listed retail prices where available; some of these wines are from private collections and not available in Missouri.

We opened a 2006 Chateau Grand Destieu (Grand Cru, St. Emilion, Bordeaux, $47), a 2007 Agua Luca Chardonnay ($33) from Mendoza, Argentina, and a 2005 Verget Pouilly-Fuisse 'Terroirs de Vergeson' (a chardonnay from Burgundy, France, on sale for $18). We also had a chocolate flavored dessert wine, Desiree, from Rosenblum Cellars in California and the 2003 St. Cosme Cote-du-Rhone Blanc ($23).

Other people brought or opened the following:
2005 Amancaya Malbec/Cabernet from Mendoza, Argentina, $20
2005 Kaesler 'The Fave' Old Vine Grenache from Barossa, Australia, $45
2006 Casa Nuestre Tinto de St. Helena from Napa (9 grape blend)
1987 Grgich Hills Cabernet Sauvignon
2006 Buehler Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa, $25
2007 Seghesio Zinfandel, Sonoma, $23. This wine was #10 on Wine Spectator's top 100 for 2008.
2006 Domaine Coteau Pinot Noir, Oregon, $25
2004 Carol Shelton Monga Zinfandel, California, $25

I typically don't note the names of the people who brought the wines, but I did want to make at least two. Corey Bomgaars, head winemaker at Les Bourgeois, brought a 2007 Touriga from White Hall Vineyards in Monticello, and Jim Logan, a marketing professor, brought a 2003 Chambourcin from Harpersfield Vineyards in Ohio, (Jim owns a portion of the winery).

I hope I didn't leave anything out, but it seems like the lineup was pretty good. I would like to see more people come to these events; hopefully letting people know what they can expect will be part of that.

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