Four premier distributors will be presenting twenty outstanding wines for tasting during the “cocktail” (wine-tail, as Lea is calling it) hour just before the Picked by the Pros dinner on Saturday evening at the Arts United Center. It’s an unusual selection across the price spectrum, across regions, across varietals, and from a myriad of wineries. Beginning at 4:30 and lasting until dinner, I expect that you might actually, if you’re sipping delicately, be able to try each of these. Or you will at least be able to pick the most intriguing to you and get to them. This smaller, more intimate venue should allow us to really talk to each other as we taste and talk to the representatives who are coming to share their wines with us.
From National Wine & Spirits: Brancott Reserve Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand), Valley of the Moon Pinot Blanc (California), Guenoc Lake County Petite Sirah (California), Castano Hecula Monastrell (Spain), Mionetto IL Moscato (Italy).
From Vino LeFebvre: Worthy Sauvignon Blanc (California), Brandborg Gewürztraminer (Oregon), Mercedes Eguren Cabernet Sauvignon (Spain), Chateau de Nages Grenache, Syrah, Mouvedre (France), Bribet Red Blend (Italy).
From Olinger Indiana: Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Cuvee (France), Benzinger Sangiacomo Chardonnay (California), Wente Heritage Pinot Noir (California), Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc (California), Inkberry Shiraz/Cabernet (Australian).
From Crossroad Vintners: Gryphus Sauvignon Blanc (Chile), Kung Fu Girl Riesling (Washington), Crios Malbec (Argentina), Terra Andina Reserve Carmenere (Chile), Saldo Zinfandel (California).
And at dinner we will taste Umberto Fiore Moscato (Italy), Mouton Cadet White Bordeaux (France), Brancott Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand), Banfi San Angelo Pinot Grigio (Italy), CampoViejo Reserve Tempranillo (Spain), Klinker Brick Zinfandel (California) and Banfi Rosa Regale Red Blend (Italy).
Those of you who prefer beer during your pre-dinner sipping might find one or two choices as well. We look out for our friends.
You can order your favorites that night from Jeff Armstrong at WineTime and your purchase will benefit Arts United and NIPR, so we hope you discover some treasures that you can’t do without.
What a great way to try before you buy.
Thank you to the distributors and to WineTime. It certainly isn’t that huge gathering we’ve had in the past at the Grand Wayne and we appreciate these distributors investing their time and their product in our event.
And we appreciate all who are attending, or wishing us well if you can’t attend. It’s a party, I think.