Tuesday, February 24, 2009

W-o-W Night Out

While sharing a bottle of wine, some simple hors d'oeuvres, lively conversation and a few laughs is the reason we gather each Wednesday, occasionally we step out for a night on the town. Recently, several W-o-Wers attended a charity wine tasting to benefit a local children's hospital. The event was held in the Hyatt ballroom complete with live music, food and a silent auction. Many Fingerlake wines were tasted as well as some fine wines from Italy and Spain. Some of us attend the wine tasting with a plan in mind: to find a new pinot noir, a wine that is perfect with cheese and fruit, or to hunt down the $8 bottle that drinks like an $80 bottle. Some of us have no plan other than to taste the wine, enjoy the food and desserts, and chat with the fine people that pour the tasting. Our favorite Fingerlake wineries of the evening were Anthony Road, Casa Larga, Dr. Frank's and Thirsty Owl.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Chateau Ste Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon

Even though it's not Wednesday, 2 WoW couples ( mac, mac, jr mm) are enjoying a bottle of Chateau Ste Michelle - cabernet sauvignon ($12) while we plan a trip to Florida in April. First glass was fine the second even better!

“This Cabernet Sauvignon highlights concentrated Washington State red fruit in an accessible style. It has plenty of complexity and structure, and is also very versatile with food--try it with beef, pork or pasta”
- Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Beringer Cabernet Sauvigon

Founders' Estate
2005 California
We recently had this at a wine tasting and it was our favorite of the 15 red wines there. It is hearty and has a bold red taste ($8) . According to Beringer's "Winemaker Tasting Notes: The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon is a complex yet approachable wine – I get flavors of cola, ripe black cherry and a hint of tobacco in the aroma and flavor. The North Coast vineyards I used in this blend are known for producing fruit that is lush in flavor yet also balanced by great structure and tannins. The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon is full of spice and black fruit, making it ideal to serve with a variety of foods or simply just enjoyed on its own."