Tuesday, May 27, 2008

July 19 Wine Tasting--The Battle of Gaul!

Hello everyone. I thought I'd unveil the proposed theme of our next wine tasting, as we ease back into our hectic lives after a full holiday weekend.

On July 19, our wine tasting will feature various red and white wines from France. The plan is to have most major regions represented (Burgundy, Bordeaux, Alsace, Rhone, Loire, Languedoc-Roussillon, and Provence) as well as one curve ball (keeping with tradition!). Given how well our last wine tasting went with the variety we had to sample, I am also going to offer eight wines (probably either a 5 red/3 white or 6 red/2 white combination). I'm interested in keeping the selections anonymous until our ultimate unveiling during dinner, but am not against hearing your thoughts on this approach.

We have still have ample time to consider what will be on the menu for the event, so no urgency in offering up what you'd like to prepare or bring to dinner. I plan to keep the cost of the wines in line with other wine tastings over the years (typically between $30-$40 per person, depending on attendance).

Looking forward to it!


Anthony F. LaVista said...

JP, Sounds very cool. Just watch out for those French prices with the Euro so out of wack to the dollar. With that aside, I don't think we've ever done an all French wine tasting. Should be very interesting to see the products of each region go head to head. I'll be really looking forward to tasting the whites. When choosing, I'm sure you'll be considering the Chardonnays from Burgundy. Tomorrow I will be facilitating a wine tasting for my team at work and we will be trying a Viognier from the Rhone and a Gwurtraminer from Alsace. Two possible choices for the white category. I'll let everyone know how it turns out.

Jon-Paul said...

Interesting ideas, Ant! I appreciate that. I already have two wines already purchased, and planned to stagger the purchases over the month, trying to best balance the cost as you mentioned with wines that have quite a bit of buzz around them. I also understand that Dawson is not available on the 19th, so we're going to be done at least 1 person.