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Monday, October 20, 2014

Walt Churchill’s Market in Maumee Offers World of Wine Wednesdays

English: Vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Walt Churchill’s Market, 3320 Briarfield. Maumee, (419) 794-4000, is offering a special series of wines tastings called, “World of Wine Wednesdays.” This is a series of one-hour wine seminars designed to introduce you to the places responsible for some of the world's most interesting wines.  During the hour you will get a quick overview of the area, a tasting of two or more wines from the region, and an opportunity to get your questions answered.

The programs start promptly at 7:00 PM most Wednesdays this fall.  The cost is $15 per person.  Programs are limited to 20 people. These will take place at the seating in the front of Walt Churchill's Market Maumee and be lead by either Austin Beeman or Jim Krusinski of the Churchill’s wine department. You must prepay to reserve your space.

The schedule is as follows: October: 22 - Piedmont, Italy, 29 - Santa Cruz Mountains, California. November: 5 - Carneros, California, 12 - The Mosel Valley, Germany, 19 - Priorat, Spain. December: 3 - Bordeaux, France, 10 - Chateauneuf-du-Pape, France, 17 - Porto, Portugal.

Call for more information.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Tannenbaum Wine Trail Event Scheduled For November, December Weekends

fofieWineries on the Northeast Ohio Vines and Wines wine trail will be hosting their annual holiday-themed Tannenbaum Trail event for three consecutive weekends November 28-29, December 5-6 and December 12-13. This event sells out so quickly we wanted to give our readers a chance to take advantage of this great event. The cost is $50 per couple, $40 per single.

The event gives you the opportunity to travel to wineries in northeast Ohio. Between noon and 6:00 PM each day to enjoy complimentary appetizers and samples of wines. You will pick up your 18" Christmas tree at the first stop. At each winery you visit, you will receive a ceramic ornament with the winery's name printed on it to decorate your tree.

There is a great list of participating wineries this year:

- Benny Vino Urban Winery, Mentor website
- Buccia Vineyards, Conneaut website
- Debonne Vineyards, Madison website
- Deer's Leap Winery, Geneva website
- Emerine Estates, Jefferson website
- Ferrante Winery & Ristorante,Geneva website
- Goddess Wine House, Ashtabula website
- Grand River Cellars, Madison website
- Hundley Cellars, Geneva website
- Kosicek Vineyards, Harpersfield website
- Laurello Vineyards, Geneva website
- M Cellars, Geneva website
- Maple Ridge Vineyards, Madison website
- Old Firehouse Winery, Geneva-on-the-Lake website
- Old Mill Winery, Geneva website
- Sharon James Cellars, Newbury website
- Tarsitano Winery, Conneaut website
- The Lakehouse Inn & Winery, Geneva-on-the-Lake website
- The Winery at Spring Hill, Geneva website
- Virant Family Winery, Geneva website

To make your reservations please call (800) 227-6972 or order online here. The event is sponsored by the Ohio Wine Producers Association.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

11 New Wine Regions Added Within Paso Robles AVA

WBC14 021When I visited Paso Robles this summer on an excursion before the Wine Bloggers Conference, I attended a special session sponsored by the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance. The subject was plans to establish 11 new viticultural areas within the greater Paso Robles AVA.

In the US, wine regions are called American Viticultural Areas or AVA. An AVA can also have sub-regions (also called AVA) provided that these smaller regions have climactic, geologic and/or historical attributes that make them unique as a grape growing area.

On October 9, the US Department of the Treasury announced its final ruling establishing the new areas. This historic announcement concludes a seven-year process by a dedicated group of Paso Robles vintners and winegrape growers who created a unified approach to develop a comprehensive master plan for the greater Paso Robles American Viticultural Area.

The 11 AVAs are as follows: Adelaida District, Creston District, El Pomar District, Paso Robles Estrella District, Paso Robles Geneseo District, Paso Robles Highlands District, Paso Robles Willow Creek District, San Juan Creek, San Miguel District, Santa Margarita Ranch, and the Templeton Gap District.

This is a big deal. Until the ruling, Paso Robles was the largest unsubdivided AVA in California with about 614,000 acres. By comparison, Napa Valley is about one third the size and has 16 AVA within its boundaries. Just as Stags Leap, Howell Mountain, Mt. Veeder and Rutherford have created unique identities in Napa, these new AVA provide the same opportunity in Paso.

“These new AVAs will be a powerful tool for wineries to explain why certain grapes are particularly well suited to certain parts of the appellation, and why some wines show the characteristics they do while other wines, from the same or similar grapes, show differently,” said Jason Haas, general manager of Tablas Creek Vineyard and Paso Robles AVA Committee member. “Ultimately, the new AVAs will allow these newly created sub-regions to develop identities for themselves with a clarity impossible in a single large AVA.”

AVA labeling provides information to consumers and trade about what is in the bottle, helping them make a better informed buying decision based on expectations of the region. Thanks to a conjunctive labeling law spearheaded by the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance in 2007, the Paso Robles AVA retains top billing on a wine label with the individual districts serving as a way to fine-tune location and potential character of wines.

"Our AVA is an incredibly diverse region that has taken its rightful place on the world wine stage,” said Steve Lohr, chairman and CEO of J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, and former chairman of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance. “These sub appellations will allow growers and vintners to tell their stories more clearly, which in turn will give consumers and the trade a much greater understanding of Paso’s diversity and complexity."

The official map of the 11 Viticultural Areas, as well as a comparison grid detailing climate, rainfall, topography, etc., is available on www.pasowine.com/media-center/the-avas-of-paso-robles.php.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Toledo Area Wine Events & Tastings: October 15-18, 2014

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Part of the Justin Winery vineyard in Paso Robles, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 
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Wednesday, October 15
The Andersons, Sylvania, 6– 8 PM. Three New Wines (Plus a Great Closeout Chardonnay!)1. Elizabeth Spencer 2012 Chardonnay, 2. Marquis de Grinon 2010 Caliza, 3. Gran Passione Salice Salentino, 4. La Selva 2008 Ciliegiolo. Nominal fee per sample or $7 per flight.
 
Veritas Cork & Craft, 505 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, (419) 214-9463. 5:30 – 7:30 PM. Wine for Tapas.

Walt Churchill’s Market, 3320 Briarfield. Maumee, (419) 794-4000. 6-8 PM. World of Wine: McLaren Vale, Australia. One-hour seminar with a tasting of two or more wines. $15 per person. Seating is limited.

 
Thursday, October 16
Andersons, Maumee, Wine Tasting. 5-7 PM. Fall Wines: 1. 2012 Chateau Lamy – Corbieres – Lezignan-Corbieres, France, 2. 2012 Ancient Peaks - Merlot – Paso Robles, California, 3. 2012 Orin Swift – Machete – Napa, 4. 2013 McManis – Viognier  –  River Junction, California. Nominal fee per sample or $8 per flight.
 
TREO Wine Bar, 5703 Main St., Sylvania, (419) 882-2266. New Zealand Wine Tasting. Six fabulous wines paired with small plates. $25 per person.
 
Andersons, Talmadge Road, Wine Tasting. 6-8 PM. Big California Reds: 1. 
Annabella 5 Red Blend, 2. Saved Red, 3. Beringer The Waymaker, 4. Bogle Phantom, 5. Norman No Nonsense Red, 6. Round Pond Kith & Kin Cabernet, 7. Elyse Morisoli Zin, 8. Rocket Science Red. Nominal fee per sample.
 
Corks Wine and Liquor, Promenade Plaza, 27250 Crossroads Pkwy., Rossford – (419) 872-6800. 6:00 – 9:00 PM. Thursday Night Tasting. Nominal fee per sample.
 
WineTastings-1_thumb1_thumb_thumb_thNoir Fine Wine and Beer, 1616 East Wooster, Bowling Green, 6-9 PM. Nominal fee per sample or priced per flight.
 
TREO Wine Bar, 5703 Main St., Sylvania, (419) 882-2266. Wine & Cheese Thursday. Explore the wonderful world of wine and cheese. Try four different wines with a sample platter of the day’s cheese.
 
Friday, October 17
Maumee Wines, (419) 893-2525, 2556 Parkway Plaza, Maumee. 6:30 – 7:30PM. Italian Wine Tasting. $25 per person. Two whites and four reds from Tuscany, Piedmont and Sicily (Gavi, Sangiovese, Barbera and Nebbiolo). Hors d’oeuvres including lasagna. Call for reservations.
 
Walt Churchill's Market, 26625 Dixie Hwy, Perrysburg, (419) 872-6900. Wine tasting. 4:00 – 7:00 PM.
 
Saturday, October 18
Walt Churchill’s Market, 3320 Briarfield. Maumee, (419) 794-4000. 12:00 – 5:00 PM. Nominal fee per sample.
 
AREA WINE BARS
  • Tres Belle Wine and Martini Lounge, (419) 874-4555, 3145 Hollister Lane, Perrysburg (Levis Commons).
  • Veritas Cork and Craft, 505 Jefferson Avenue, Toledo – (419) 214- 9463.

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Up & Coming:

November 1Mobile Meals Wine Gala, (419) 255-7806, Parkway Place, 2500 Parkway Plaza. 6:00 PM. Tickets start at $150 per person. Online tickets at www.mobilemeals.org

November 21 – Wine Affair Savory Soiree, (419) 329-2353, Parkway Place, 2500 Parkway Plaza. 6:30 PM. Benefits the Kidney Foundation of NW Ohio. Wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, live and silent auctions, music. $90 per person. Order online tickets here.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pintar 2011 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

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New Zealand’s Marlborough region is tops for producing the racy style of Sauvignon Blanc we so enjoy. Pintar is a product of Cooper’s Creek winery and crafted from grapes sourced from seven different vineyards.

The Green Dragon, my wife and expert on NZ Sauvignon Blanc, rates this wine highly as it offers a similar flavor profile to her favorites Kim Crawford and Starborough. At $12 per bottle, it’s an easy way to keep the Dragon happy.

In the glass, the wine is a light yellow-green. On the nose, you can detect the trademark Marlborough notes of citrus and cut grass.

The flavors are a blast of lemon and lime laced together with vibrant acidity. The overall impression is sunshine and light. It is rich with flavor and the texture feels full.

Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest wine producing region, accounting for almost 80% of that country’s production. The shining star is Sauvignon Blanc, which is available at remarkably low prices. Pintar is a solid addition to the the field.

Rating: 3 of 5  Value: 4 of 5

Monday, October 13, 2014

EastDell Estates 2013 Black Cab, VQA Ontario

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We became acquainted EastDell Black Cab during a trip to their winery in Ontario a couple years ago. We sampled the wine and couldn’t believe the low price of this unique and flavorful wine.

On a recent visit to Pelee Point Provincial Park in Ontario recently, Black Cab again caught my eye in an LCBO store. I snagged a bottle to see what the new vintage tastes like.

There may be some others, but this is the only Cabernet Sauvignon and Baco Noir blend I’ve every seen. Baco Noir is a French-American hybrid grape that grows well in New York state and flourishes in Ontario.

Black Cab is dark as midnight. The Baco Noir imparts luscious fruit into the blend. The blend is 42% Baco Noir, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27% Cabernet Franc. Although Ontario Cabernet is not highly tannic, the Baco smoothes the Black Cab blend into a silken texture.

On the palate there is a hint of smoke and flavor notes of dark fruit, cherries and cranberry. On my first sip I got a bit of green pepper, due not doubt to the Cab Franc, but that flavor soon dissipated. This is an easy drinking wine that’s high in enjoyment and low in complexity.

The price for Black Cab, which sports a nice graphic of a Great Blue Heron, is only $13.95 Canadian. A magnum and double magnum are also available at the cost of $19.95 and $49.95 respectively. These large formats are very affordable and would be a great party purchase.

Black Cab is not a connoisseur's wine, but it is certainly a wine lover’s wine.  The only flaw with this wine is that I expect you can only buy it in Canada.

Rating: 2.5 of 5  Value: 4.5 of 5

Friday, October 10, 2014

Island Wine Fest Focuses On Fun, Fine Wine At Put-In-Bay

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The Island Wine Fest is an annual Put-In-Bay event we’d rather freeze than miss. That was almost the case last weekend.

The beautiful fall weather turned breezy and cool, but our band of wine tasters wouldn’t be deterred from this top-notch event. We bundled on our wind resistant gear and boarded the Miller Ferry to transport us from Catawba Island to the wine wonderland.

The waves were choppy and we were glad to be inside the cabin of the ferry. When we arrived at E’s Golf Carts, we hopped onto our 4-person ride, dubbed “Homer Simpson.” Homer was a little reluctant to start, so we jumped into “Reba” and motored down the road to Put-In-Bay Winery, the scene of the annual event.

Green Dragon and I were joined by Tasting Team members Cabinator and Glorious T. We have a saying, no matter what the weather, “it’s always sunny in the tasting room.” That was the case here.

There are three things you should know about the Island Wine Festival: 1) There are wines from all around the world, more than 400 of them, including some premier wines; 2) The festival is a great value: It is $10 for a starter pack of admission, a souvenir tasting glass and four tasting tickets. Extra tasting tickets are $1 each with tastes running from $1 to $5 each; and 3) There’s a lot to see and do in Put-In-Bay, including some great restaurants.

Here are some of our top picks from the festival:

14 Island Wine Fest Plus 009Chateau Tebeau 2013 Frontenac – This hearty grape is the only one that survived the cold Ohio winter. It is a dry wine with a unique plum and blackberry flavor. $22.

Fattoria Teatine Qvinto Pecorino – This Italian wine was my favorite white of the festival. Light, beautiful with a pop of sweetness. $20.

Langtry 2007 “Old Soldier Road” Proprietary Red, Lake County – This is one of two top QPR (Quality Price Ratio) picks. It has ripe fruit with cedar and vanilla. It costs $45 but drinks like a $75 bottle.

Avalon 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, California – This is our second QPR pick. At only $14, this is a great value buy and you can afford to buy a case. Strawberry with a hint of spice. It’s “pop ‘n pour” time!

Ferrari-Carano 2012 Siena, Sonoma – A great blend of Sangiovese, Malbec, Petite Sirah, and Cabernet. Cinnamon and oak flavors blend with lush Sangio. $27.

Chimney Rock 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap – One sip of this tells you that 2010 is an amazing vintage for Napa Valley. A perfect balance of power and finesse. $83

Groth 2010 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon – Vanilla and black cherry with excellent structure. A towering wine. $66

Dave's Phone 100914 013Raven’s Glen Winery Autumn Interlude – They call themselves the crown jewel of Ohio wineries. This Vidal Blanc is sweet but balanced. $16.

Other top picks: Handcraft Petite Sirah, Concannon Crimson & Clover, Taken Napa Valley Red Blend, Beringer Knights Valley 2010 Reserve Cabernet, Michael David Freak Show Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon, Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon and Venge Red Scouts Honor.

After some world famous lobster bisque at the Boardwalk restaurant and a chocolate crepe back at the wine tent, we hopped aboard our “luxury liner” back to the mainland. Put-In-Bay has a many festivals and activities in addition to the historic Perry’s Monument and the natural beauty. Learn more at www.visitputinbay.com

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Osoyoos Larose 2008 Le Grand Vin VQA Okanogan Valley

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Osoyoos Larose – what a great memory. A friend and I traveled to Penticton, British Columbia, for the 2013 Wine Bloggers Conference and soaked up the fantastic wine and scenery there. Osoyoos Larose was one of our favorite reds out of more than 200 wines.

We didn’t have a chance to visit the winery though, and had the prospect of bringing home no wine at all. Until, that is, I discovered a wine shop at the airport in Kelowna. Since the shop was inside security, I could purchase the wine and bring it on the flight to Windsor, Ontario. From there, it was a short drive home to the US.

The winery is a partnership between Vincor Canada and Group Taillan of Bordeaux, owners of Chateau Gruaud Larose. The goal is to produce world-class Canadian wine from Bordeaux grape varieties. In our opinion, they have succeeded wonderfully.

Osoyoos is located at the far south of the Okanagan Valley and is Canada’s only “pocket” desert with mountains shielding it from wet and cold weather systems. The soil is a mix of sand, clay, rocks and gravel. The hot and dry climate makes it ideal for grape growing.

The 2008 blend is 60% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec and 3% Petite Verdot. A proper Bordeaux blend indeed. The wine is barrel aged for 18 to 20 months. The wine could age for 10 to 12 years – but we just couldn’t wait.

Osoyoos Grand Vin is rich and wonderful. The nose has raspberry, toast and vanilla. On the palate there is dark blackberry with spice. It also had herbal notes and I could sense the flavor of the sage that grows plentifully on the hills of the region. There are tannins that will help this wine age gracefully, but they are not intrusive now.

This is a delicious bottle of Old World goodness from Canada’s most unique VQA. I paid $45 Canadian for this and would gladly buy more if I could get my hands on it in Ohio. This wine is highly recommended as is the Oliver Osoyoos wine region in British Columbia.

Rating: 4.5 of 5  Value: 4 of 5

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Toledo Area Wine Events & Tastings: October 8-11, 2014

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Wednesday, October 8
The Andersons, Sylvania, 6– 8 PM. New Blends – A White and Three Reds: 1. Ca'Momi 2013 Bianco di Napa, 2. Ca'Momi 2013 Rosso di Napa, 3. Beringer 2012 "The Waymaker" Red Wine, 4. Haka by Labyrinth 2010 "Freebird."  Nominal fee per sample or $6 per flight.
 
Walt Churchill’s Market, 3320 Briarfield. Maumee, (419) 794-4000. 6-8 PM. Kobalt Wine Tasting with owner/winemaker Kevin Carriker of Kobalt Winery of Napa Valley. $20 per person.
 
Thursday, October 9
Andersons, Maumee, Wine Tasting. 5-7 PM. Mid-Fall Wines: 1.
2013 Ca’ Momi – Bianco Di Napa – Napa Valley, 2. 2010 Colonia Las Liebres – Bonarda – Mendoza, Argentina, 3. 2010 Donati – Claret – Central Coast, California, 4. 2009 Sterling Vineyards – Platinum – Napa Valley. Nominal fee per sample or $7 per flight.
 
TREO Wine Bar, 5703 Main St., Sylvania, (419) 882-2266. New Zealand Wine Tasting. Six fabulous wines paired with small plates. $25 per person.
 
Andersons, Talmadge Road, Wine Tasting. 6-8 PM. Penfolds, and Thorn-Clarke from Australia. These are two of the most dynamic wineries in Australia. Penfolds is an icon producing basic wines to the world class Grange Hermitage. Thorne-Clark is not exactly an upstart, producing solid fine wines, but with a different verve. 1. Thorn-Clarke Terra Barossa Shiraz, 2. Penfolds Bin 8, 3. Penfolds Bin 9, 4. Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage, 5. Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Shiraz, 6. Penfolds Bin 389, 7. Thorn-Clarke William Randell Cabernet. Nominal fee per sample.
 
Corks Wine and Liquor, Promenade Plaza, 27250 Crossroads Pkwy., Rossford – (419) 872-6800. 6:00 – 9:00 PM. Thursday Night Tasting. Nominal fee per sample.
 
WineTastings-1_thumb1_thumb_thumb_thNoir Fine Wine and Beer, 1616 East Wooster, Bowling Green, 6-9 PM. Nominal fee per sample or priced per flight.
 
TREO Wine Bar, 5703 Main St., Sylvania, (419) 882-2266. Wine & Cheese Thursday. Explore the wonderful world of wine and cheese. Try four different wines with a sample platter of the day’s cheese.
 
Friday, October 10
Toledo Museum of Art, 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Wine by the Glass Pavilion. Up & Coming: Next Great Wine Regions. Enjoy four wines and light snacks at the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion. $20 for members, $30 for nonmembers. Purchase during Museum hours by phone at 419-255-8000 ext. 7448.
 
Walt Churchill's Market, 26625 Dixie Hwy, Perrysburg, (419) 872-6900. Wine tasting. 4:00 – 7:00 PM.
 
Saturday, October 11
Walt Churchill’s Market, 3320 Briarfield. Maumee, (419) 794-4000. 12:00 – 5:00 PM. Nominal fee per sample.
 
AREA WINE BARS
  • Tres Belle Wine and Martini Lounge, (419) 874-4555, 3145 Hollister Lane, Perrysburg (Levis Commons).
  • Veritas Cork and Craft, 505 Jefferson Avenue, Toledo – (419) 214- 9463.

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October 15 - Veritas Cork & Craft, 505 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, (419) 214-9463. 5:30 – 7:30 PM. Wine for Tapas.

October 17 - Maumee Wines, (419) 893-2525, 2556 Parkway Plaza, Maumee. 6:30 – 7:30PM. Italian Wine Tasting. $25 per person. Two whites and four reds from Tuscany, Piedmont and Sicily (Gavi, Sangiovese, Barbera and Nebbiolo). Hors d’oeuvres including lasagna. Call for reservations.

November 1Mobile Meals Wine Gala, (419) 255-7806, Parkway Place, 2500 Parkway Plaza. 6:00 PM. Tickets start at $150 per person. Online tickets at www.mobilemeals.org

November 21 – Wine Affair Savory Soiree, (419) 329-2353, Parkway Place, 2500 Parkway Plaza. 6:30 PM. Benefits the Kidney Foundation of NW Ohio. Wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, live and silent auctions, music. $90 per person. Order online tickets here.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Traveling Vineyard Home Wine Party Experience

By Tasting Team Member Green Dragon

100_0616The Traveling Vineyard is a home marketing concept focused on our favorite product – wine! The company, founded in 2001, uses “wine guides” to offer wine through home parties. Recently I attended a Traveling Vineyard party put on by good friend Jeanne English. She considers herself “Not a wine expert, merely a wine enthusiast.”

The evening I was attended was a “girl’s night out” theme. When you get approximately a dozen women together, you can be assured it will be a lively, entertaining evening. I was not disappointed! The women came from a range of wine experience and different palates and there was something for each of them.

100_0619The wines are sourced from different locations around the world, with an emphasis in California. They do offer wines from South Africa, New York State and Italy too.

The wines we tried included:

2013 Screaming Goat Gewürztraminer, from Alexander Valley, CA. Although I’m not a big fan of Gewurtz. because I don’t like the rose petal taste some Gewürztraminer has, this was voted the favorite of the group, proving that a wine should not be, as Jeanne stated “yucked, because your yuck can be someone else’s yum.”

2010 Zeffer Hills Chardonnay, Edna Valley, CA. I avoid Chardonnay that is too oaky, but I found this one to be very nice and, if fact bought a bottle. What convinced me was the flavor that not only included lemon and toast, but banana as well. We recently popped open the bottle to pair beautifully with salmon.

100_06182011 Whiskers Red Blend, Lake County, CA. this is a blend of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon plus 39% Merlot and 15% Petite Sirah. This has some black pepper, cherry and black fruit notes. It was enjoyable with soft tannins. It was lighter bodied than expected.

2012 Small Hours Zinfandel, Lodi, CA. This Lodi Zin had flavors of cherry and spice, but missed the mark for me as it was weaker in body than I had hoped.

Fissata is a red dessert wine with a slight frizzante (like a sparkling wine), that comes from Hammondsport in the heart of New York’s Finger Lakes region. It is made from Baco Noir, Catawba and Concord grapes. This was the surprise of the night – in a good way!

Although I didn’t try it there, I ordered a bottle of Tanglewood Backyard Red. This is a winemaker’s blend of 29% Syrah, 17% Malbec, 14% Petite Sirah, 12% Mourvedre, 8% Zinfandel,5% Petit 5% Tempranillo,4% Grenache, 2% Pinot Noir. That’s a lot of different grapes! The bouquet is nice, the body is light and the taste offers some brambly fruit flavors.

This was a fun evening made better by some good wine, courtesy of “wine enthusiast” Jeanne. You can learn more about her business on her Facebook page, www.facebook.com/winewithjeanne .