HOUSE WINE TASTINGS
The other night, I attended one of the tastings hosted by the ladies of House Wines. Their event was a great value with 12 wines on offer for forty dollars. If you are a Wine and Spirit Education Trust, or an International Sommelier Guild student, this is an inexpensive way to practice your tasting notes. If it is your intention to taste an array of wines and do a comparison of different styles, this is the venue I would recommend. One of the advantages of this type of tasting is that you get to try new wines without having to spring for the whole bottle.
The evening was built around Bordeaux blends. The Bordeaux AOC allows for the following red grape varieties; Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Carmenere. So, it follows that a Bordeaux blend is a wine with any of these grapes blended together.
The price range of the wines varied widely, peaking with the 2004 San Leonardo Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT from Italy, priced at $110. The opposite end of the spectrum was represented by the 2008 Trivento “Reserve “ Cabernet Malbec from the Mendoza region in Argentina, costing a mere $13. The British Columbia entry was the 2006 Mission Hill “Compendium” VQA priced at $40. The Mission Hill compared very well with all the foreign competition. The value wine of the evening was also the only white, a Mouton Cadet Bordeaux Blanc AOC coming in at $14. This wine is a blend or Sauvignon Blanc and Semillion.
The next tasting by House Wines is on November 9th and is titled an Ode to Gernache. This should be a great evening, as Grenache encompasses so many different styles. Hope to see you there. Frank Haddad CSS CSW