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Huge Thanks! (or here’s what you missed)

I want to thank everyone who came to the wine tasting event last night. We raised $1100 in donations for the scholarship fund. That includes those of you who made it the event and those of you who kindly donated because you couldn’t.

We’ve broken the $10,000 mark for the scholarship in our first year. We have three years to raise $25,000 so I know we’ll be able to pull that off.

If you couldn’t make it to The Party Source last night, here’s what you missed:

Jay Erisman led a great session last night, focusing on Up and Coming French Wines and Winemakers. I think everyone learned a little something new. The wines, of course, were pretty amazing.

We started out with a white, which I didn’t write down. Hopefully Jay will post a comment letting us know. It was a full and wonderful French white, but I was off taking photos and didn’t get the information.  The official evening included six French reds, reviewed after the jump.

Mikäel Bouges Touraine Côt 2006, Loire Valley: This was a
really dark wine. It looked heavier than it tasted, however. It had
light tannins and high acidity. I didn’t think I’d like it, as it had a
rather "dirty" nose, but I was pleasantly surprised by a light and easy
to drink malbec.
Michelle and Kevin:

Château Beauregard Moulin-à-Vent 2005
Beaujolais: This was my most surprising wine of the night. I instantly
judged the wine because it was a beaujolais. This wasn’t like drinking
fruit punch though. This was a nice wine with some complexity and no
wimpiness. It’s what I always wanted a beaujolais to be and it may even
improve with another 3-5 years in the bottle.
Michelle and Kevin:

Chante Cigale Cuvée de la Genestière
Vin de Table, Rhone Valley: Another surprising wine, this vin de table
included 15% carignan, 10% marsala, 10% tempranillo, 5% alicante, 45%
grenache, and 5% of something else I didn’t catch. It’s quite the
combination. I found it earthy, with a side of fruit and fun.
Michelle and Kevin:

Château de Nages Cuvée Joseph Torres 2001,
Costières de Nimes: We went home with this wine. It’s 100% Syrah, with
soft tannins. A lot of folks had sediment in their glasses, despite
some decanting, so definitely strain and decant if you’re bothered by
Michelle and Kevin:

Le Roc des Anges Vielle Vignes 2003, Rousillon: We actually
have a bottle of this in our wine cooler from the last time we tasted
it. There are two really interesting things about this wine: the
winemaker is a rather intrepid young woman, and the wine is grown on
the side of a mountain, through a black rock called schiste. The thin
soil on the hillside lets the roots of the plant dig straight down into
those minerals in the rock. This wine is 85% carignan and 15% syrah. I
love the earthiness of this wine.
Michelle:   Kevin:

Domaine Coume del Mas Collioures "Schiste" 2006, Rousillon: This is
another wine where the grapes are planted in a very, um, schiste-filled
hillside. Kevin found it a little hot on the mid-palate but overall
fairly balanced. I thought it was inky, with a little bit of
somehow-appropriate bitterness. This wine was 90% grenache and 10%
syrah. I’d like to taste it in a few years.
Michelle:   Kevin:

A big thanks again to everyone who attended. It meant a lot to me
personally, and I’m thrilled so many new people got to experience the
Party Source EQ center.  Thanks again to The Party Source and EQ Staff
for donating their space, time, and energy as well.

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Posted by Michelle at 3:38 pm in Charity Benefits, Cincinnati, Tastings | Permalink | Comments (4)

4 Responses to “Huge Thanks! (or here’s what you missed)”

  1. Michelle –
    I had a great time last night and learned so much. In the past I’ve just lumped all reds together in one category – red – and last night really opened my eyes.

  2. Congratulations on reaching $10,000! That’s wonderful news! Tom and I had a great time last night and learned quite a bit too. Please do get the name of the “welcome white”. It was quite lovely.

  3. Rob Bunting says:

    Had a great time Michelle and was happy to contribute to the memorial fund. Thanks for posting the pics.

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