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Check out what is happening October 27th! It's a field trip!
More Info to Come, just starting to gather info now. Plan is to rent a van and have it tote us around, stopping at Tequesta Brewing Company, Bx Beer Depot, World of Beers, Due South and do tastings at each location. Like I say, I am just starting to do the legwork now, so just save the date state.
Let me know as soon as you know you are interested so I can plan accordingly
the cost of this event will be in the range of $30-$35. Purchasing beer at the stops will not be included so that you can budget your flights or single pints for yourself. Your price will include a delicious "lining your bellies" lunch at the Serenity Garden Tea House and your transportation for the day. Timeline and More to come

Sunday, April 17, 2011

March Tasting - Dang! I missed it! Please Comment and Let me know What you Liked! or didn't

click here for all the pictures from this Event
It was such a bummer to miss a Gulp tasting.  I actually go into a little funk when I don't get to hang with my Gulping Peeps!  Due to some family stuff I had to pass on March so while Michelle once again took great pictures, and Coreen provided me the names of the wines tasted I am going to rely on you, my fellow Gulpers, to add comments on what you liked or disliked about this tasting event.
Thank you goes out to Andy for his consistent hospitality and allowing us to enjoy his home once a month!
Also, back by popular demand, Coreen and LeBeau included some components to use for checking aromas.  February's component tasting really opened up our noses!

Onto the tasting!  Now if memory serves, this tasting was comparing low end to higher end bottles of wine of the same varietal and winery to see if price really makes a difference in taste.

The Wines by Winery and Varietal

Spier Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
Vintage Selection:  Pale green in hue, the wine is rich with aromas of green figs, grass and tropical fruit. These aromas follow through to a lively, crisp palate with a long herbaceous finish.  price: $14.99 @
Signature Selection:  Green in color with a yellow hue, the wine shows fresh tropical fruit aromas with figs, and grassy undertones. Layers of tropical fruit show on a well-structured and -balanced palate.  price:  $8.99 @ ABC liquors

Private Collection:  The wine shows attractive aromas of green fig, gooseberries, and crushed nettles. An intense and concentrated palate shows a clean and fresh after taste.  price:  around $18.00 

Kudos Pinot Noir from Williamette Valley, OR
Just a note Kudos is the brand but the winery is Northwest Wine Company.
Kudos Pinot Noir 2009:  has lots going for it: it smells, and tastes, like cherries, with rose petals and dry earth.  But it mostly smells and tastes like a natural, untainted, honest pinot noir.  The cherry is balanced by a nice tartness and moderate acidity.  The price is a bargain for any drinkable Oregon pinot.   The modest 13.9% alcohol content means it’s not fire-breathing. If you enjoy light pinot noir, I think you’ll like Kudos, and maybe even love it. (comments from the wine guider)  price: $15.00
Kudos Reserve Pinot Noir 2009:  Well after searching for a good hour I found no tasting notes on this wine.  Dang it!  Coreen do you remember the price point on this one?

Porta Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile
Porta 2009:  Medium bodied with nice fruit flavor.  Fruit forward in character. Mild tannins.  This wine makes a great daily drinker at this price. Its flavorful, supple and easy to drink. Real easy to pair up with most meat and pasta dishes or on its own. (comments from Chilean Wine).  Price: $7.00
Porta Select Reserva 2009:  Medium bodied.  Intense and tangy fruit flavor.  Peppery with round tannins.  A pretty good cab at the price.  Has character and some depth in the flavor department.(comments from Chilean Wine).  Price $10.00

Since I wasn't there....dang it, I have to assume from the pictures there were 2 additional pours.
The first one was a reisling. Summit Estates Reisling 2009, Columbia  Valley Washington.  The nose on this wine is tight and fruity. Following on through to a great initial tone of apples, pear and apricot. Very crisp and sweet all the way across. So sweet and smooth that it immediately reminds you of a stellar ice wine. What I found wonderful was the fact that even when the wine got a bit warmer in the room, the wine still tasted chilled. It is just that good.  (comments from  price:  $12.00

The other extra pour was a unexpected treat!  Coreen shared some of her first home brew batch she named Oopsyweisen, thanks to a fortuitous mistake of adding the wrong yeast.  Coreen plans on making the same mistake in all future batches.

Then there was the food!  Woo Hoo!!
Click here to get recipes from this tasting
Scallop Panang
Morrocan Pork Tangine
Herbed Goat Cheese Appetizers

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