The Wine Appreciation groups have reported more enjoyable evenings and worthwhile wine discoveries this month.
The evening at John and Debby Neville’s was well attended, although we still don’t have all our travellers under one roof yet. The format was unique in that John gave us all the information, including name of the wine, and then we were to guess which wine matched the description. We are a competitive but fun loving bunch, and it was amazing how wrong - and right - we were.
Brian and Cathy Storey hosted their group with a “Trip to Unusual Countries” featuring wines from Slovenia, Portugal, Croatia, Uruguay, Israel, Moldova and Romania. Although wines up to $40.00 were tasted, a red blend from Portugal named “Periquita” was the most popular at $8.90. The most popular white was a Pinot Gris from Slovenia at $34.00. Overall the majority decided to go back to their “tried and true” wines from closer to home.
Nina and Roger Goodman’s group has enjoyed three wine evenings where each host served the main course with others providing accompaniments. Featured themes included an Italian evening, a Californian one and an Unfamiliar BC one. Their choice of wines from each of those evenings were Layer Cake's “Primitivo", Lodi Old Vine’s "7 Deadly Zins" and Stag’s Hollow “Merlot".
Don and Janet Ross hosted their group, with a delicious selection of West Coast wines from California to BC. This group enjoyed every wine, but the two that stood out for value and taste were both reds priced at about $15: a subtly sweet and spicy California Zinfandel called “Into Zin”; and a Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon called “Woodwork”.