Thursday, July 19, 2012

Rieslings and Rodney Strong

Wine Tasting Aftermath

We had such a good time tasting last night. The evening started out with 8 Rieslings from the Finger Lakes region of New York. The wines were divided into two flights, nominally in ascending order of residual sugar: Flight 1: Hosmer Winery 2010 Vintners Reserve Riesling, Fulkerson Winery 2010 William Vigne Dry Riesling, Red Newt Cellars 2010 Riesling - Sawmill Creek Vineyards, and Silver Thread Vineyard 2011 Dry Riesling. Flight 2: Keuka Spring Vineyards 2011 Riesling, Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars 2010 Red Oak Riesling, Thirsty Owl Wine Company 2010 Riesling, and the Penguin Bay Winery 2011 Riesling. Every wine was different from the next, showcasing the versatility of Riesling and the winemakers themselves. Great intro to this world-renowned wine region!

Rodney Strong Tasting Cafe 140

Second tasting was the TasteLive Cafe 140 featuring wines from Rodney Strong: 2010 Charlotte's Home Sauvignon Blanc Estate Vineyard, the Davis Bynum, 2010 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, 2009 Knotty Vines Estate Vineyard Zinfandel, and the 2009 Symmetry Red Meritage Alexander Valley. Rodney Strong was ably represented by Robert Larsen, who paired four wines with dishes created by Chef John Francetti of Rosso Pizzeria and Wine Bar. Adding a little rock 'n' roll spice to the show, Midori of Midori + Ezra Boy was the evening's guest musical artist. The music was great, wines even better, fun conversation both from the Heritage Public House and amongst the participants via TasteLive.

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