Last night we hosted our 2nd annual wine tasting. We kept it very casual – we just asked everyone to bring a bottle to share, picked up a few snacks, and passed around glasses for everyone to sample and encouraged people to discuss what they liked and what they didn’t. I think it went well – and I discovered a few new wines, which to me means it was a success! I hope others had fun as well.
As far as food, we warned everyone ahead of time not to expect our usual over-the-top food planning. Apparently to us that means just not making everything from scratch and just going overboard with store bought stuff. In the end we had:
- Lots of cheese: A log of goat cheese, a chunk of 5 year old cheddar, and a wheel of brie which we baked… YUM. Ashley also brought a nice wedge of asiago.
- Three dips: spinach, asiago artichoke, and hummus with pine nuts.
- Lots of bread-ish things: Pita, a baguette, two types of flatbread, and a box of assorted crackers.
- Olives: plain pitted black, and almond stuffed green
- Berries: Strawberries and blackberries
And of course, the main event – the wines. With a few of my tasting notes. Of course, I didn’t write anything down – so this is all from memory… if anyone has anything more to say let me know!
- La Vieille Ferme, Cotes Du Luberon – 2008
This was our first contribution – a wine we were introduced to by our friend Kristin and we’ve had many times before. As Kristin introduced it this way – we lovingly refer to it as the “Chicken Wine” because of the label. It’s a nice crisp white. And when it’s crisp, that to me means it’s got a bit of an apple-y taste to it. Quite a nice summer wine.
- Gabbiano, Pinot Grigio – 2008
After the Chicken Wine, we had the Red Knight wine. This was a very light Pinot Grigio. Tasty, but nothing really that special.
- Angel’s Gate, Gewurztraminer – 2007
I like Gewurztraminer, but often find it way too sweet. This one was quite nice – not too sweet. Nice and drinkable.
- Henry of Pelham, Chardonnay – 2007
I love a nice full and oaky chardonnay – and this one was no exception. It had a really nice bite to it. Very lovely.
- 20 Bees, Baco Noir – 2007
This one won for the best label of the night. Very silly label – and the 4 tastings already in us made us all find it far too funny. It was a nice Baco Noir as well.
- Peller Estates, Baco Noir – 2008
This one didn’t have the hilarious label, but it was very good. Definitely one to remember. It may well have been my favourite of the night.
- Santa Alicia, Carmenere – 2007
This one was Adam’s favourite of the night – and my second favourite. It was quite pepper and smoky – and just… yummy. A lovely heavy red wine that would work perfectly with a nice juicy steak (that is, if I ate steak).
- Santa Alicia, Merlot – 2007
I remember very little about this one – good or bad.
- Wolf Blass Yellow Label, Merlot – 2006
Definitely the best Merlot I’ve had. A nice full red.
Overall a great evening. Thanks everyone for their contributions – and hopefully everyone left with at least one new bottle of wine in their list of favourites!