Translation: Wine! I Saw, I Drank
Drinking wine is much better with friends. With shelter-in-place in effect in California, the drinking is much easier to do than the with friends. Undeterred by distance, nine of us signed onto Zoom yesterday for a virtual wine tasting. We each opened at least one bottle of wine, drank a toast, and then shared our impression of the wine and a little information about it. Even though we didn’t get to taste each other’s wine, we shared enough information about the wine so we each can try out the wines at some future date.
Zoom worked pretty well within its limitations. Nine or ten people are about the most I think you’d want at a virtual party. Our tasting was an hour. That seems about the right length. We have plans for another virtual tasting next week!
Mutt Lynch Winery Pet Project Chardonnay 2017 North Coast 14.1% Alcohol Winemaker: Brenda Lynch
Mutt Lynch Winery Hell Hound Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 14.3 % alcohol Winemaker: Brenda Lynch
Honoro Vera Cabernet Sauvignon Denomination de Origen Protegida Jumilla
Tablas Creek Vineyard Tannat 2013 Adelaida District, Paso Robles 14.2% Alcohol Winemakers: Neil Collins and Chelsea Franchi
Koren's and Trish's Picks
La Crema Pinot Noir 2014 Willamette Valley Oregon 14.5% Alcohol
Maryhill Winery Winemakers Red 2016 Columbia Valley 13.8% Alcohol
Bunny's & Glen's Pick
Schwieger Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Spring Mountain District, Napa 14.8% Alcohol Winemaker: Andy Schweiger
Williamson Vineyard Blossom 2015 100% Sangiovese Rosé Snake River Valley - AVA in Idaho and Oregon 14% Alcohol
Barons de Rothschild Saga 2010 Bordeaux 60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon 13% Alcohol Tasting notes: I shouldn't have tasted it right after the sweet Rosé. Wasn't bad after a little while.
Schmidt Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Applegate Valley in Oregon 14.27% Alcohol Note: Lari can drink from so many bottles because she has a Coravin system. A Coravin extracts wine using a needle punched through the cork. You pour what you want and the Coravin replaces the wine volume with argon gas. The cork “heals” itself after you pull out the needle. It’s a little pricey, but so is opening a bottle of wine and wishing you aged it longer or you decided you didn’t want to drink it all right away.