Nearly 100 members and guests attended the Food-Worthy Reds Mini-Tasting on November 10 at six host sites. Five flights of wine included Pinot Noir, Grenache, Syrah, Meritage Red/Cabernet Sauvignon, and Zinfandel.
The overall favorite was also a Double-Gold winner at this year’s Commercial Wine Competition. Second place was a Carol Shelton Zinfandel blend. Third was a Napa Syrah. Fourth was very close to third, and also a Double Gold winner this year – Jeff Runquist Grenache.
The three favorite wines across the six host sites, plus the fourth place which was very nearly tied for third:
||J. Lohr Cuvee Series
||Cuvee ST.E, Paso Robles AVA, 59% Cabernet Franc, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot
Double Gold (94 Pts) OC Competition
||Carol Shelton — Karma Reserve
70% Zinfandel, 14% Petite Sirah, 6% Alicante Bouschet, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Carignane, 2% Viognier91 points Wine Spectator
||Rocca Family Grigsby — Napa
||Rocca’s 2013 Syrah Grigsby Vineyards is a rich, deep, chewy wine that coats the palate and is very savory.
92 Points Robert Parker
||Jeff Runquist Alta Mesa AVA
||The aroma of the 2016 wine is loaded with ripe red fruits; raspberry, strawberry, cherry and currant. On the palate, savory flavors of raspberry and cherry are delivered by a wine with a silky texture.
Double Gold (94 Pts) Wine Competition
In addition, attendees brought a delicious dish to share and then voted on a Chef of the Evening. The results of the Chef of the Evening at each host site are:
- Hosts Germaine & Rob Romano:
Wendy Taylor “Black Walnut Fancy Cake”
- Hosts Virginia & Karl Kawai:
Jim Burke “Stracotto with Herbed Noodles & Horseradish Cream”
¨ Tied with:
Eric Kalnes “Mac and Cheese”
- Hosts Judy Davison & Paula and Bob Becker:
Tamara Reddy “Pecan Squares”
- Hosts Marcia & James Vaughan:
Rich Skoczylas “Luscious Fall Apple Delight”
- Hosts Barbara & David White:
John Mendoca “Curried Chicken”
- Hosts Cathy & Greg Risling:
Michelle Flores “Brussel Sprouts”
Click on this link to see the “Wine Food Pairing” document provided on this events Mini-Tasting Wines
Congratulations to all the winners! A big thank you to the hosts!
– George Cravens, Chair