Our 5th Birthday – Events Around the World

May 17, 2010

Washington DC

Our event went really well this weekend- there were 52 people and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

Wines Tasted:

Vilarnau Cava Brut NV, (Penedes, Spain) [Macabeo, Xarello, Parellada]
Gran Sarao Cava Rose NV (Penedes, Spain) [Trepat]
Conde Villar Vinho Verde Branco Seco 2008 (Minho, Portugal) [Loureiro, Trajadura]
Quinta do Crasto Douro 2007 (Douro, Portugal) [Gouveio, Roupeiro, Cercial, Rabigato]
Txomin Etxaniz, Getariako Txakolina 2009 (Basque Region, Spain) [Hondarrabi Zuri]
Colli di Lapio di Romano Clelia Fiano Di Avellino 2009 (Campania, Italy) [Fiano Di Avellino]
Benito Ferrara Greco Di Tufo 2008 (Campania, Italy) [Greco Bianco]
Palazonne Terre Vineate Orvieto Superiore 2009 (Umbria, Italy) [Grechetto, Procanico]
Gini Soave Classico 2008 (Veneto, Italy) [Garganega]
Huber Zweigelt 2007 (Traisental, Austria) [Zweigelt]
Zantho St. Laurent 2006 (Burgenland, Austria) [St. Laurent]
De Angelis Lacrima Christi del Vesuvio Rosso 2008 (Campania, Italy) [Piedirosso]
El Castro de Valutille Mencia Joven 2007 (Bierzo, Spain) [Mencia]
Cavallotto Freisa Bricco Boschis 2006 (Langhe, Piedmont, Italy) [Freisa]
La Colombaia Valpolicella Ripasso 2007 (Veneto, Italy) [Corvina, Rondinella]
Cantina Anotonia Caggiano Irpinia Aglianico “Tari” 2007 (Campania, Italy) [Aglianico]
Summers Winery, Villa Andriana Vineyard Charbono 2005, (Napa Valley, Calistoga, CA) [Charbono]
Warre’s White Port NV (Pinhao, Douro, Portugal) [Arinto, Codega]

New York

Seated: Greg dal Piaz From Left standing: Greg Kozar, Peter Conway, Steve Raye, Constance Chamberlain, Karen Page, Andrew Dornenburg and Tony Fletcher.
Not pictured: Anatoli Levine

Here are the grapes we tasted:

Narince, Kalecik Karasi, Zierfandler, Dolomiti, Osalecta, Muller-Thurgau, Riesling, Silvaner, Kerner, Plousard, Romorath, Faire Sevedou, Moscofilero, Assyrtiko, Aidani, Agiorgitiko, St Laurent, 3 different types of muscat, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Touriga, Pinot Noir and Viognier, and a port (we don’t know how many grapes!)

That’s at least 30 for us! : )
-Constance Chamberlain

Also, check out Tony Fletcher’s excellent post on the event:

Grape Wines (not your usual suspects)


Paula Sindberg and our sole Quattro member, Tom Reagan Jr.

Paula Sindberg’s Weird & Wonderful Tasting was great fun – Paula usually scores with the goods and this was no exception. It was also a special treat that Tom Reagan, our current grape champ with 426 varieties, came to the event from Atlanta with a couple of very interesting wines.

There were lots of obscure grapes, but the two that stood out for me were the Jacky Preys 2007 Cuvée de Fié Gris Vielles Vignes “Terroir Pierre à Fusil” Touraine (white grape variety: Fié Gris) and the Lorenzo 2005 “Vigna Paradiso” Lacrima di Moro d’Alba (red grape variety: Lacrima). Not only were they new grapes for me, they were deliciously interesting wines. The Fié Gris was vaguely reminiscent of Loire Sauvignon Blanc, but with gun flint and nettles. The Lacrima di Moro was a big red powerful red, very aromatic and herbal – almost like vermouth/Campari – very unique and charismatic. Interestingly enough, several tastings throughout the world had Lacrimas – I could be the next must try red from Italy, a little like Sagrantino.

Here’s a list of all of the wines that we tasted:

Le Petite Chambord 200 Cour-Cheverny (white variety: Romorantin)
Ameztoi 2009 Txakolina de Getaria (white variety: Hondarribi Zuri and a little red Hondarribi Beltz even though the wine was white)
Chateau de la Mirande 2008 Picpoul de Pinet (white variety: Picpoul)
Ciu’ Ciu’ 2008 Offica Pecorino “Le Merlettaie” (white variety: Pecorino)
Cantina Valle Isarco 2006 Sudtirol Kerner (white variety: Kerner)
Domaine Jacky Preys 2007 Cuvée de Fié Gris Vielles Vignes “Terroir Pierre à Fusil” Touraine (white grape variety: Fié Gris)
Domaine Berthoumieu 2008 Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh Sec Vieilles Vignes (white grape varieties: Gros Manseng, Courbo & Petit Manseng)
Afros 2008 Vinhão Vinho Verde Tinto (red grape variety: Vinhão)
Cos 2008 Frappato (red grape variety: Frappato)
Orovela 2004 Saperavi Rouge Georgia (red grape variety: Saperavi)
Les Cretes 2006 Torrette (red grape varieties: Petit Rouge, Mayolet, Tinturier and Cornalin)
Tiger Mountain 2006 TNT Georgia USA (red grape varieties: Touriga Nacional & Tannat)
Fattoria San Lorenzo 2005 “Vigna Paradiso” Lacrima di Moro d’Alba (red grape variety: Lacrima)
Clos Lapeyre La Magendia de Lapeyre (white grape variety: Petit Manseng)

Hong Kong

We were about 30 people, all very very much like the concept. We held the event in a wine bar called tastings (www.tastings.hk) which is a special place in that it prominently features enomatic machines and have 40 labels on offer at anyone time. We charged hkd 250 to each participant and this included a hkd 200 sampler card as well as some snacks. We had 3 distributors sponsor some wines and some participants were so eager that they also brought some unusual wines to taste. We plan to hold even every second month and most likely tastings will be the place to meet. our goal is to be informal and casual and offer anyone a chance to learn and go off the beaten path. We will emphasise grapes but also wines from unusual regions like China, Thailand, India, and the like. In the evening, we confirmed the following members:

Nellie Lee (co-founder)
Ron Taylor
Ian Symonds
Agata Meuti
Paolo Fassina

with myself, it means the we are now 6 members in hong kong!

JC Viens

Here is a list of wines tasted:

France Loire 2007 Laporte Pouilly Fume Les Duchesses Sauvignon Blanc
New Zealand Marlborough 2008 Fromm La Strada Sauvignon BlancSauvignon Blanc
Italy Venezia 2006 Jermann Pinot GrigioPinot Gris
France Loire 2008 Lune D’ AnjouChenin Blanc
USA Shanxi 2008 Grace Vineyard SymphonyMuscat
Australia Clare Valley 2009 Crabtree Hilltop RieslingRiesling
France Alsace 2004 Willy Gisselbrecht GewurtztraminerGewurtztraminer
France Burgundy 2005 Domaine Bouchard Puligny MontrachetChardonnay
Thailand Monsoon ValleyMalaga Blanc, Colombard
USA Santa Barbara Cambria TepusquetViognier
France Côtes Du Rhône Guigal Crôzes-Hermitage BlancMarsanne, Roussanne
Lebanon Bekaa Valley Chateau Ksara ChardonnayChardonnay
Italy Toscana Guicciardini Strozzi Vernaccia Di San GiminianoVernaccia
Italy Friuli Movia Ribolla 2006Ribolla Gialla
France Burgundy 2007 Nicholas Potel Vosne Romanee Vielles VignesPinot Noir
France Burgundy 2006 Michel Magnien Gevrey Chambertin Aux EchezeauxPinot Noir
Australia Mornington 2007 Ten Minutes By Tractor 10X Pinot NoirPinot Noir
USA Santa Rosa 2007 Siduri Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot NoirPinot Noir
USA Oregon 2007 Soter North Valley Pinot NoirPinot Noir
France Rhone 2006 Perrin & Fils Gigondas Le GilleGrenache, Syrah
France Rhone 2001 Pierre Usseglio Chateauneaf Du PapeGrenache, Syrah, Mourvedre
France Rhone 2006 Michel Ogier Cote RotieSyrah, Viognier
Australia Clare Valley 2004 Pauletts Andreas ShirazSyrah
Australia Adelaide Hills 2005 Chain Of Ponds The Ledge ShirazSyrah
South Africa Paarl 2004 The Foundry ShirazSyrah
Argentina Mendoza 2006 Finca Flichman Paisaje De TupungatoMalbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Spain Utiel Requena 2005 Aranleon SoloBobal, Tempranillo, Syrah
Chile Cachapoal Valley 2006 Santa Ema Amplus OneCarmenère, Syrah, Carignan
Portugal Alentejo 2004 Callabriga ReservaTinta Roriz, Alfrocheiro, Alicante Bouschet
Lebanon Bekaa Valley 2001 Chateau MusarCabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Cinsault
Italy Tuscany 2006 Ferruggini Bolgheri RossoSangiovese
Italy Umbria 2005 Lamborghini CampoleoneSangiovese, Merlot
Italy Piedmont 2000 Gianfranco Alessandria BaroloNebbiolo
USA Napa 2007 Napa Cellar MerlotMerlot
Australia Adelaide Hills 2002 Uleybury AP Reserve MerlotMerlot
Australia Barossa 2004 David Franz Georgie’s Walk Cabernet SauvignonCabernet Sauvignon
USA Napa 2005 Krupp Brothers Veraison Cabernet SauvignonCabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvigon, Merlot, Malbec
USA Napa 2005 Fisher Coach Insignia Cabernet SauvignonCabernet Sauvignon
Australia Barossa 1997 Penfolds Grange ShirazShiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon
USA Napa 2005 Opus OneCabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
USA Napa 2000 Caymus Special Selection Cabernet SauvignonCabernet Sauvignon
France Pauillac 2004 Haut Bages LiberalCabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot
France Margaux 2003 Chateau LascombesMerlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot
France St Emilion 1997 Chateau Pavie MacquinMerlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
France St Emilion 2002 Chateau PavieMerlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
France Pauillac 1995 Chateau Mouton RothschildCab Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot
USA Napa Valley La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet FrancCabernet Franc
Italy Umbria Lungarotti Rubesco Rosso Di TorgianoSangiovese, Canaiolo
USA California Edmeades Mendocino ZinfandelZinfandel
Italy Piedmont Michele Chiarlo BarbarescoNebbiolo
Lebanon Bekaa Valley Chateau Ksara Le SouverainCabernet Sauvignon, Arinarnoa
Lebanon Bekaa Valley Chateau Ksara Cuvée Du 3e MillenairePetit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah
Lebanon Bekaa Valley Chateau Ksara 2004Cabernet-Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot
Italy Emilia Romagna Macchiona IGTBarbera, Bonarda
Italy Piedmonte Icardi Suri Vigin BrachettoBrachetto D’Acqui
Italy Toscana Titolato Morellino Di Scansano DOCSangiovese, Ciliegiolo
Italy Marches La Crima Di Morro D’Al ba Selection RubjianoLacrima Di Morro

Redwood City, CA (SF Bay Area)

Last night, we toasted the Century Club at Savvy Cellar Wine Shop and Wine Bar in Redwood City, California. We tasted 3 different wines: a Bugianen Freisa d’Asti from Domenico Capello, a Castello di Verduno Pelaverga, and a Blaufrankisch, whose producer escapes me. I thought the Freisa might be tasted by someone else, but I was pretty sure the Pelaverga would not be on your list – amazingly, I guess someone tasted it last night. As of right now, a brief look through the list doesn’t reveal that anyone tried a Blaufrankisch, so maybe that’s our winning contribution!

-Marni Rubin

Hendersonville, NC

The French Broad Chapter in Hendersonville enjoyed the following on The Anniversary.Trebbiano de Lugana, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Zin. Barbera, Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouchet, Falanghina, Chenin Blanc, Sauv. Blanc, Viognier, Marsanne, Malvasia Bianca, Orange Muscat, Muscat Canelli, Vignoles, Chessalas.

Keith Dalbec

Milton, DE


-Bernie Knowllinger

Aiken, SC

The Aiken, SC Wrath of Grapes chapter of the Wine Century Club had an impromptu meeting of four members. The evening started with Ironstone Vineyards SYMPHONY 2005 paired with pimento cheese spread. The next course was bacon-wrapped shrimp, accompained by Perrier Jouet NV Brut (assumed to be PINOT NOIR & CHARDONNAY with other grapes in too small a percentage to take credit for). The meal of pork loin medallions in mushroom sauce was paired with Picchetti TEROLDEGO 2007 and Linne Calodo “Cherry Red” 2007 (ZINFANDEL, MOURVEDRE, SYRAH). Dessert was fresh Aiken county strawberries, lightly marinated in Brachetto D’Acqui, accompanied by (of course) Pineto BRACHETTO D’ACQUI DOCG 2007. Dishwashing was made more pleasant with a half bottle of Quady Elysium 2007 (BLACK MUSCAT).

Cheers and Happy Birthday!

Columbus, OH

Happy 5th… here are some more varietals… not adding the ones already reported… Bukettraube (South Africa), Roscetto (Italy – even though the bottle turned out to be corked!), Tocai Friulano, Verdicchio, Traminette… but wait a minute… didn’t anyone have Lambrusco & Champagne( Pinot Meunier) to celebrate the Anniversary?

What do you think?

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