Saturday, August 14, 2010

TWAV Tasting Features Great Wines and New Friends

Bookmark and Share Corks Wine & Liquor in Rossford was the scene of Toledo Wines and Vines first public wine tasting on Thursday and Friday, August 12 and 13. TWAV picked the wines along with the expert help of Cork's wine manager Mike Gregg.

The line-ups both nights featured top wines from the great wine growing regions of the world. Thursday's line had two whites: Anne Amie '09 Muller Thurgau and Hugel Gentil '07. The four reds were Cascade Cliffs Goat Head Red NV, Las Rocas Vinas Viejas (a great old vines Garnacha), Ampelos Syrache and Seghesio Barolo Vilgneto La Villa '05. The bonus wine was a beautiful Penner-Ash Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.

The Anne Amie Muller Thurgau was a clear crowd favorite both nights. With a clean, crisp yet elegant taste, it was a perfect sipper for days that sent the mercury above 85 degrees. Barolo batted clean-up both nights with the Seghesio Barolo the top red pick on Thursday and a 2003 Batasiolo Barolo nabbed top honors on Friday. Mike is preparing special shelf talkers to announce the TWAV top picks on the store displays.

On Friday we shuffled the deck a bit in light of the availability of the wine and to spice things up. As our second white we added a nice 2009 Chateau Lamothe white Bordeaux, a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. We kept an Ampelos in the lineup, but switched to their 2005 Pinot Noir -- this is a fuller bodied Pinot with an elegant fruit finish. For our Friday Washington wine we went with the Gilbert Cellars Allabroges 2006. This is a classic Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre blend. This is a delicious blend with an amazing finish.

The crowd was truly blown away by the bonus wine: a 2007 Alain Jaume Châteauneuf-du-Pape. As Spiderman would say, "This is the real deal."

Corks was overflowing on Friday night and the crowd appreciated the special appetizer and superb wine selections. Glorious T did an outstanding job with photography -- check out her photos on our Facebook page.

We wanted to share some of our favorite wines, introduce our friends to Corks, and get the word out about our blog. As George W. would say, "Mission Accomplished!" Thanks to Mike for his help and all those who turned out.
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Unknown said...

Excellent coverage Dave, but it's Châteauneuf-du-Pape! We just like playing with the words at Corks...

Dave Nershi, CSW said...

Mike - Thanks. Can you tell I wrote this up right after the tasting? I've made the correction.

Unknown said...

also, the lamothe was a white bordeaux