Saturday, November 6, 2010

80 Sips and Counting

On Friday, November 5th, I had the esteemed privilege of attending the 2nd Annual Bottlenotes 80 Sips event in NYC.

On November 4th, 1800flowers.com sponsored another Wine and Cheese Reception for Employees so needless to say, I started out my weekend a little early with a lot of wine. In my last post, I mentioned that I worked my 1st pouring at Bottlerocket and during that evening, I was privy to a private staff tasting featuring some of the wines that I have never tried before.

Well low and behold, I ran into my new favorite French Sparkling Wine, Jaillance's Clairette De Die Cuvee Imperial. I LOVE THIS WINE! Many say that it is too sweet for their taste. Thankfully Jaillance makes a Brut that would make anyone smile. if sweet is not your preference. This wine taste like Peach flavored Pop Rocks and it make the adult child in Chandra very happy.

Anyway, "When in France, Drink." So I did. I moseyed my way over to taste the 2008 Chateau du Trignon Rousanne which had both spicy and fruit flavors with a smooth finish. It is still a very good red table wine. Convinced that I should continue to "represent" for the red wine lovers, I attempted to travel throughout the world in 80 sips.

 I decided to visit Austria next as this is an unknown region to me. I was welcomed by Grooner which is a Gruner Veltliner which was a little too tart and too dry for my liking.  After talking to the representative for quite some time, she told me something about myself that I already knew. She said " You like those Big Ass wines, don't you?"  I almost spit my Grooner out on the table. So I replied, " Yes, how do you know that I like Big Ass wines and she told me she knew because I have a "Big Ass" personality. Literally yelling across the bottle in big bold type, I was introduced to  the 2008 Zvy-gelt. This wine completely smacked me in the face with a huge, spicy cherry bouquet with a body like Reggie Bush.
OMG! I died and went to Heaven.

To tell you the truth, I went to Heaven several more time throughout the night but I cannot tell you everything or every wine that I tasted. In the interim, I will leave you off with my top ten wine picks with five reds and five whites.

    Top Whites
  1. 2009 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc
  2. 2009 Lawson's Dry Hills Gewurztraminer
  3. 2009 Nautilus Marlborough Pinot Gris
  4. Spy Valley Gewurztraminer
  5. 2009 Jaillance Clairette de Die Cuvee Imperial
    Top Reds
  1. 2009 Clos du Val Caneros Pinot Noir
  2. 2009 Chateau Musar Jeune Rouge
  3. 2008 Skalli  Cotes du Rhone
  4. 2007 Domaine Michel Poinard Crozes Hermitage Cotes du Rhone
  5. The Chook Sparkling Shiraz NV

The couple of wines that I described should be enough to hold you at least until the next "Big Ass" wine comes along.

Mo Wine!