The other night, I attended a tasting hosted by the ladies of House Wines
– Michaela Morris and Michelle Bouffard
. If you’re a Wine and Spirit Education Trust
or an International Sommelier Guild
student, this is an inexpensive way to practice your tasting notes. If your intention is to taste an array of wines and do a comparison of different styles
, it’s a venue I’d recommend since you get to try new wines without having to spring for the whole bottle.
Petit Verdot, and Carmenere meaning a Bordeaux 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 at $110. The opposite end of the spectrum was represented by the 2008 Trivento “Reserve” Cabernet Malbec
from the Mendoza region of Argentina and cost a mere $13. The British Columbia entry was the 2006 Mission Hill Compendium VQA
priced at $40, a wine that 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 of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon
The event was a great value with 12 wines on offer for $40
. 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.
: One thing you can be sure of with any of Michelle and Michaela’s tastings, they make learning fun
and you just never know what surprises they’ll have in store for you when it comes to the wines you taste. I mean honestly, don’t these two ladies look like they’re having fun? I wasn’t able to attend this one, but you can be sure I’ll be on board at the Grenache tasting. Frank Haddad CSW CSS and Susan Boyce blanc-de-noir.blogspot.com