Sunday, March 27, 2011

more wine please

We had our 5th wine tasting with Evan and he decided to teach us about Tuscan reds. Jonna, Natalie, and I joined Evan at Total Wine before the event to pick out the delicious wine for the night. He found 7 bottles for the tasting:

Wine 1 (my favorite of the 7 we tasted)
Producer: Fratelli D'Italia
Origin: Chianti DOCG
Grape/Style: Sangiovese
Year: 2009
Est. Price: $8

Wine 2 (least favorite of the 7, and the last bottles to be drank)
Producer: Gattavecchi
Origin: Rossi di Montepulciano
Grape/Style: Sangiovese 90%, Canaiolo Nero 10%
Year: 2009
Est. Price: $15

Wine 3
Producer: Gattavecchi
Origin: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
Grape/Style: Sangiovese 90%, Canaiolo Nero 10%
Year: 2007
Est. Price: $20

Wine 4
Producer: Dievole
Origin: Chianti Classico, La Vendemmia
Grape/Style: Sangiovese 80%, 20% other red
Year: 2007
Est. Price: $25

Wine 5
Producer: Massanera
Origin: Chianti Classico, Riserva
Grape/Style: Sangiovese 80%, 20% other red
Year: 2006
Est. Price: $30

Wine 6
Producer: Castello Banfi
Origin: Brunello di Montalcino
Grape/Style: Sangiovese 100%
Year: 2004
Est. Price: $60

Wine 7
Producer: Villa Antinori
Origin: Toscana IGT
Grape/Style: Sangiovese 60%, Cabernet Sauvignon 20%, Merlot 15%, Syrah 5%
Year: 2006
Est. Price: $16

There were at least 12 people at this event, hosted at Evan's. We arrived early to help clean and set up for the night. We decided to try a new layout in the living room/dining room area. Last time everyone was far more distracted than usual so we hoped that opening the area into one large room would help everyone focus and pay attention. Of course drinking wine will lead to distraction eventually anyway, but to at least have everyone start the event focused on the wine tasting was the goal. The open floor plan seemed to have worked, there was much discussion across the room and cross comparison of rating scales. This was our first event where we managed to finish every bottle of wine. I learned that I don't really enjoy Tuscan wines. There are definitely other types I would prefer, but that's the point of the tastings :) I posted many more pictures of the wine event on my gallery !

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