Saturday, October 10, 2015

Upcoming Events & About Us

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Upcoming TWITs Events:  

October TWITs - TBD 
Other fun news:

We once hosted a tasting for "I don't always drink white wine, but when I do I drink this one..." and every guest brought their fave white wine and had to explain why it was their fave. During that evening, Lynn and Brian brought us an infographic to look at, it showed 20 White Wines and the various qualities of each. You can see it here:

So I wrote the artist, Sean Seidell, directly and asked if he also had one for RED wine too. he actually replied to me today! he has an iPhone app coming out soon, and he will be doing the Red Wine Infographic for the holiday season. I am so excited. He does Infographics on more than just Wine items, which is also pretty darn cool. Follow his Facebook page here:

TWITs away from home:
We have a wonderful TWIT living the dream in Napa Valley California.  Ping us if you'd like more information.

We, unfortunately, no longer have a Sister Club based in Orlando, Florida called the TWOTS (The Winos Of The South). However, we do know several fantastic honorary TWITs who live there, ping us if you are traveling to the area and need a fellow wino contact.

Wines TWITs have tried so far:

January - ?
February - ?
March - ?
April - Malbec - hosted by Ms. Shannon
May - Grenache - hosted by Ms. Abbie
June - Pinot Grigio - hosted by Ms. Amanda
July - Chianti - hosted by Ms. Jane
August - Reisling - hosted by Ms. Mina
September - Monastrell - hosted by Ms. Sarah
October - Rioja - hosted by Ms. Abbie
November - Petite Sirah - hosted by Ms. Jennifer
December - no wine club this month

January - Champagne - hosted by Ms. Jane
February - Organic Red Wines with No Sulfites Added - hosted by Ms. Abbie
March - ISAW Wines - hosted by Ms. Mina
April - Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley Oregon - hosted by Ms. Elizabeth K.
May - Sauvignon Blanc - hosted by Ms. Elizabeth
June - Nero D'Avola - hosted by Ms. Shannon
July - no wine club this month
August - Viognier - hosted by Ms. Deb & Ms. Jennifer
September - Tempranillo - hosted by Ms. Elizabeth K.
October - Barbera - hosted by Ms. Mina
November - Gamay/Beaujolais - hosted by Ms. Abbie
December - Holiday Sparkling Wines - hosted by Ms. Sarah
January - Wine & Cheese Pairings - hosted by Ms. Jane
February - ISAW Foundation Tasting at Emily Amy Gallery - hosted by ISAW, EAG, and the TWITS
March - no wine club this month
April - Chilean Wines - hosted by Ms. Abbie
May - Pinot Noir - hosted by Ms. Deborah & Ms. Jennifer
June - Pinot Grigio - hosted by Ms Marilyn
July - no wine club this month
August - Rose - hosted by Ms Abbie
September - cancelled

October - Prosecco - hosted by Ms Kat
November - no wine club this month
December - Sparkling Wines - hosted by Ms Abbie

January - no wine club this month
February - South African Wines - hosted by Ms Abbie
March - North Georgia Winery Tour
April - no wine club this month
May - no wine club this month
June - Le Caveau tasting 6/4/11
July - Le Caveau tasting 7/3/11
August - Spanish Wines - hosted by Ms. Abbie
September - no wine club this month
October - no wine club this month
November - French Red Wines - hosted by Ms. Abbie
December - Australian or South African Shiraz/Syrah - hosted by Ms. Marilyn

January - Tempranillo - hosted by Ms. Ardela
February - Tuscan Wines - hosted at Le Caveau
March - Garnacha - hosted by Ms. Leslie
April - Georgia Mountain Wineries Bus Tour - TWITs Event
May - Bottleshock Movie Night - hosted by Mr. Janssen
June - Arizona Wines & Blood Into Wine Documentary Viewing - hosted by Le Caveau & Prime Wine & Spirits
July -Rose - hosted by Mr. Janssen
August - Wine to Water Charity Event - hosted by Ms. Deb
September - Chianti - hosted by Ms. Susan
October - ISAW Foundation Wines - hosted by Ms Ardela
November - Gamay & Beaujolais Nouveau - hosted by Ms. Marilyn
December -Christmas Cabernet - hosted by Ms. Abbie & Mr. Matt

January - Le Caveau and Joe Herrig - New Wines for 2013
February - Vino Venue - Try the Enomatic Wine Tasting System
March - Bordeaux Wines - hosted by Ms. Val and Mr. Rheinallt
April - Pinot Noir - hosted by Ms. Kathy and Mr. Jamie
May - Italian Wines - hosted by Ms. Deb and Mr. Jaffett
June - I Don't Always Drink White Wine, but When I Do, I Drink This - hosted by Ms Abbie and Mr Matt
July - Le Caveau Blind Tasting of Natural Wines - hosted by Ms Melissa and Mr Les
August - Argentine Wines - hosted by Ms Abbie and Mr Matt
September - Holiday Dinner Wine Pairings - hosted by Ms. Kim and Mr. Alan
October - TWITs GA Winery Tour - TWITs event
November - Cabernet Franc - hosted by Ms Marilyn
December - Languedoc Wines - hosted by Mr Matt and Ms Abbie

January - Syrah - hosted by Ms Jacki & Mr Santi
February - A Red Wine You Love - hosted by Ms Abbie & Mr Matt
March - we ended up postponing February's tasting into March, so we covered both months already.
April - Tomfoolery Tasting - hosted by Ms Jackie & Mr Santiago
May - Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa or Sonoma & Pool Party - hosted by Ms Lynn & Mr Brian
June - La Dolce Vita!  Favorite Italian Wines hosted by Ms Kathy & Mr Jamie
July - German & Austrian Wines - hosted at Le Caveau 
August - Chardonnay - hosted by Ms. Ardella
September - TWITs Takeover Southbound - hosted by Southbound Restaurant
October - Spanish Red Wines - hosted by Ms. Abbie & Mr. Matt
November - Rhone Wines - hosted by Ms. Valerie and Mr. Rheinallt
December - Sparkling Wines- hosted by Ms. Marilyn

January -Winter White Wines - hosted by Ms Abbie & Mr Matt
February - we skipped February
March - Volcanic Wines - hosted by Ms. Karin and Mr. Joshua
April - Eastern European Wines - hosted by Mr Matt and Ms Abbie
May - Loire Valley Wines - hosted by Mr. Rheinallt and Ms. Val
June - Rose - hosted by Mr. Janssen
July - Australian Wines - hosted by Ms Kat and Ms Angela
August - Basque Wines and a Game - hosted by Ms Deb and Mr Jaffet at Le Caveau
September -Red Wines of the Piedmont - hosted by Abbie & Matt
October - 
November -
December - 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Ampeleia Tasting with Simona Spinelli - Le Caveau Fine Wines -10/02/2015

Ampeleia Tasting with Simona Spinelli @ Le Caveau on 10/02/2015.  

Doug Strickland from Integrity Wines (Importer of the wine) was there.  Simona was visiting from Italy.  She manages the administrative and commercial aspects of Ampeleia.

Ampeleia is a winery in Maremma, within Tuscany, Italy.  The wines are made biodynamically and the grapes grown in 3 different altitudes.  

Simona Spinelli, Abbie, and Doug Strickland

Saturday, September 19, 2015

TWITs - Red Wines of the Piedmont - September 26th, 2015 - hosted by Abbie & Matt

TWITs September 26th, 2015  - hosted by Abbie & Matt
2p-4p ET

Theme:  Red Wines of the Piedmont

Bring:  TWITs should bring a bottle of red wine from the Piedmont region of Italy within the specified price range (Up to $20/bottle for Singles, between $20 - $40/bottle for Couples).  We will do our usual blind tasting method.

Photo Credit:

Fun Facts:
Piedmont, in Italian, means at the foot of the mountain. - shows the Piedmont Vintages and when to drink or hold, etc.

***  Several of the bottles had the word "Albeisa" on them.  We looked it up. "The purpose is to showcase and to distinguish even more the superb wines of the Langhe and Roero hills. In fact, only the wines from the official denominations of this area may be bottled in the Albeisa. The Unione Produttori Vini Albesi is a non-profit organisation whose primary mission is to more fully develop and promote the wine production of the Alba area by means of events, such as the "Nebbiolo Prima" (preview tasting for the world wine press), and by the creation of promotional materials, such as the new Riedel-Albeisa tasting glass."

Tasting Notes:
Welcome Wine:  We opted to serve a white wine (albeit it was made from a red grape varietal) for our welcome wine.  This was to make sure we didn't accidentally serve one of the same wines that someone may have brought for the tasting.
2012 Costello di Verduno, Belis Perennis, Vino Bianco $21.99 @ Le Caveau
100% Peleverga Piccolo, 13% alcohol

1) 2012 Costello di Verduno Langhe Nebbiolo ~ $21 @ Brookhaven Wines
100% Nebbiolo, 14% alcohol
red brick color, this is lovely, oh yeah, cranberry, fruity, earthy, spicy, fruit, rich, berries and currant, guessing a 2011 or 2012 and 14% alcohol (Marilyn was on the money), peppery finish

2) 2011 Renato Ratti Colombe Dolcetto d'Alba $22 @ Brookhaven Wines
100% Dolcetto, 12.5% alcohol,
grandma's old chest, musty, oaky, old wet wood, fell from a tree, purply color, leather, smooth, not grippy, quite quaffable, a little fuzz on the tongue, effervescent essence, front palate, fuzzy on tongue, light bodied, cotton candy ball, evaporates, dry, fleshy, reminds Val of Beaujolais, needs a hearty meat, would be good with food, not as good on its own.

3) 2011 Michelle Chiarlo Barbera d'Asti, Superiore, La Orme - $15 @ Minks
100% Barbera, 13.5% alcohol
oh I love the nose, fruity, berry, caramel, buttery, oh wow, shortbread cookie, sweeter, butterscotch, butternut squash, spice, chili, creamy chocolate pepper

4) 2009 San Lorenzo Barbera d'Alba, Bartolo Mascorello - $42.99 @ Le Caveau
100% Barbera, 14.5% alcohol
candy palate, funk on the nose, chocolate, soft palate, soft mushy, scented candle, koolaid, cranberry juice concentrate, mushy, cherry pie, light, slight tannins, grapey.

5) 2010 Pelissero, Lange, Nebbiolo - $30 @ Le Caveau
100% Nebbiolo, 13% alcohol
candied orange, chocolate, citrus, coffee at the end, grapefruit, dark roast, anise, caramel, chocolate, good body, well balanced, Marilyn guessing 13.5-14% alcohol, 2010 or 2011, rusty red color, earthy, mossy, citrus and spice on the end, pairs well with chocolate!

6) 2011 Franco Serra Lange Nebbiolo - $18.01 @ Marietta Wine Market
100% Nebbiolo, 13.5% alcohol
rusty red color, translucent, chocolate, bitter, cacoa, pixie stick, sweet tarts, berries, it's very light, cigar, tobacco

7) 2010 Brovia Barolo, Nebbiolo - $67 @ Le Caveau
100% Nebbiolo, 14% alcohol
ooh it blooms! currant, turpentine, hay, leathery, forest floor, wet wood, Lovely!
opened 3 hours ago, and decanted for 2 hours, could cellar for 20 more years, but we accelerated the aging process but letting it breathe.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Jura Jam Tasting at Le Caveau Fine Wines 9-16-2015

Jura wines are very unique.  At this tasting, they poured the red wines first, then the white wines.  The white wines are truly VERY intense.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Basque Wines and a Game - hosted by Ms. Deb and Mr. Jaffet at Le Caveau on August 22nd 2015

Basque Wines and a Game - hosted by Ms. Deb and Mr. Jaffet at Le Caveau on Saturday August 22nd, 2015 3p-5p ET.
Special thank you to Ms. Valerie our guest blogger for this post.  Thank you!!!

Notes from Ms Deb:  "Basque wine tasting included Bonito del Norte - tuna in olive oil, Piquillo peppers stuffed with Bonito tuna, Ventresca Tuna - Belly fillets in olive oil, Idiazabal Sheeps Cheese and Roncal from Pyrenees and from nearby regions, Navarre Crunchy sweet white garlic, Sweet white garlic with olives, peppers and capers, Thick white asparagus spears, Guindilla peppers, Rosquillas - ring shaped Picos Breadsticks, Manchego cheese sampler -including a baby manchego (everyone’s favorite), Gordal olives stuffed with Seville orange and some stuffed with peppers. and here are the wines:  

2013 Ameztoi ‘Hijo de Rubentis’ Methode Champenoise Rosé , 

2014 Ameztoi Getariako Txakolina, 

2013 Doniene Bizkaiko Txakolina, 

2012 Gorrondona Tinto Bizkaiko Txakolina, 

2010 Ameztia ‘Cuvée Pantxo’ Irouléguy"    
(wines lined up in reverse order from Right to Left)
Tasting Notes:
This August TWITs meet up was a truly fabulous event held at Le Caveau Fine Wines and hosted by Mrs. Debbie and Jaffet.  The 5 gorgeous wines we tasted were crafted in the Basque region of Spain, and featured some grape varietals I had never heard of, which are unique to the region.  All the wines were hand-selected by the ever-exceptional Eric, and all cost under $30.

Mrs. Debbie planned a superb & educational event for us.  Debbie specializes in game-basedlearning techniques, and also has a keen interest in the Basque country (Jaffet’s ancestry partially originated there).  After feasting on a spread of authentic Basque hors d’oeuvres, cheeses, and Mediterranean lamb, we were treated to an educational power point about Basque wines.  Then we kicked off our wine tasting with a fun and creative game that helped us remember a lot of the fun facts we heard in her presentation.

So here are some of those fun facts…

First, what we refer to as Basque country is not actually country in its own right, but rather a region of
Northern Spain which occupies approximately 8000 square miles.  Nestled between the borders of Spain and France in the Western Pyrenees, this area is comprised of 2 regions: the Basque Autonomous Community and the Chartered Community of Navarre

Side Note: One thing I learned about Basque names is, they’re pretty confusing.  They all have at least 3 weird and disparate spellings, with different pronunciations.   As you will see below.

3 Ancient Provinces of Basque Autonomous Community:
1.       Álava (Basque = Araba),
2.       Biscay (Spanish = Vizcaya, Basque = Bizkaia)
3.       Gipuzkoa (Spanish = Guipúzcoa)

Other Fun Facts about Basque country & it’s wines:
·         The origin of the Basque language is unclear, and is one of the few surviving languages in Europe that pre-dates the Indo-European languages.
·         The wine predominantly associated with traditional Basque culture is Txakolina.  It’s a light, refereshing, high acid white wine which often has a soft natural fizz (I’ll explain why later), and pairs perfectly with the simple, seafood-centric and tapas cuisine of the region. Most Txakolina is white, but a few producers are experimenting with reds and rosés.
·         The grape varietals used in Txakolina are highly dominant Hondarrabi Zuri (white) and Hondarribi Beltza (red).
·         Txakolina may also be called Txakoli or even Chacolí.  The latter may be spelled Txacoli or Chakoli.  The Basque like to keep it straightforward.
·         There are 3 Txakoli DOs - Getaria Txakoli, Bizkaia (Vizcaya) Txakoli and Alava Txakoli.  We got to taste the first 2.
·         The vast majority of Txakolina is consumed in Basque country, in the summertime.  The 1 exception is the United States, the only other country which consumes any appreciable quantity of Txakolina.
·         In addition to Txakolina, Basque country also produces Rioja Alavesa, which is mostly Tempranillo with some Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano.
·         Txakolina is usually fermented with the native yeasts in tightly sealed steel tanks.  This captures carbon dioxide, which imparts the natural effervescence I mentioned earlier.

Our Basque tapas menu included Ms Debbie’s delectable selections of:
Bonito del Norte (tuna in olive oil)
Piquillo peppers stuffed with Bonito tuna
Ventresca Tuna – (Belly fillets in olive oil)
Lamb sliders from Café Sababa

Crunchy sweet white garlic
Sweet white garlic with olives, peppers and capers
Gordal olives stuffed with Seville orange
Goral Olives stuffed with jalapenos
Thick white asparagus spears
Guindilla peppers
Greek salad
Rosquillas (ring shaped Picos Breadsticks)

Manchebo cheese sampler -including a baby manchego (everyone’s favorite)
Idiazabal Sheep’s Cheese 
Ronal (made in the Pyrenees)

Many of these delights can be ordered through La Tienda (

Reception Wine              
Name: 2013 Ameztoi ‘Hijo de Rubentis’ Methode Champenoise Rosé
Blend:   90% Hondarribi Beltza (red grape) and 10% Hondarribi Zuri (white grape)
Eric’s Tasting Notes:
Bright, salmon-pink with a strong mousse. Deep nose of blood orange, toasty dark berry and sea air. On the palate the flavors slowly build to fresh, riper fruit with bright acidity and spice notes. The flavors slowly evolve into a long dry finish. This more resembles a Grower Champagne than the regular Rubentis Txakolina bottling.
Eric is a riot…  Salmon-pink with a strong mousse
Our Impressions:
Everyone really liked this one.  Dry, balanced acidity.  Probably the tiniest and most delicate bubbles I’ve ever seen in a Methode Champenoise.  What’s not to like?

Wine #2
Name:  2014 Ameztoi Getariako Txakolina
Blend:   90% Hondarribi Zuri and 10% Hondarribi Beltza
Eric’s Tasting Notes
Bright briny sea salt combined with limey fruits. Fresh and eminently quaffable. In the traditional style of Getaria, this light and crisp wine is bottled with a little bit of residual CO2 to give it its signature natural spritz.
Our Impressions:
Star fruit, freesia, citrus pith.  Bracing, refreshing acidity.

Wine #3
Name:  2013 Doniene Bizkaiko Txakolina
Blend:   100% Hondarribi Zuri
Fresh aromatics reminiscent of fennel and citrus tones on the nose, the palate is texturally pleasing with a faint, bitter note on the finish that is typical of Hondarribi Zuri. Made from 100% free-run Hondarribi Zuri, aged on the lees for 3 months before bottling.
Our Impressions:
Voluptuous & full bodied with savory cheese notes.  A honey-like sweetness and hints of melon and citrus.  Drinks like a Chenin Blanc.  Paired well with the Basque pickled items.

Wine #4
Name:  2013 Gorrondona Tinto Bizkaiko Txakolina
Blend:   100% Hondarribi Zuri
Eric’s Tasting Notes
Aromas of green peppers and spices are followed by red fruit. On the palate the wine exerts flavors of crushed minerals. Medium tannins yield a light and refreshing finish. This red txakolina is a distinctive wine made from Hondarribi Beltza sourced from a 2 hectare plot of 150 year old, pre-phylloxera vines
Our Impressions:
Nose: scallions, oak, green pepper, brambleberry, strawberry jam, and creamy notes.   Palate: fruit forward, dark berries, herbaceous & woody.

Wine #5
Name:  2010 Ameztia ‘Cuvée Pantxo’ Irouléguy
Blend:   60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Tannat
Eric’s Tasting Notes
This wine is very aromatic, with dark, dry blackberry fruit, lavender, poblano pepper and exotic spices on the nose. Incredible balance on the palate, solid mid-palate for longevity with the perfect amount of ripeness and acidity keeping it all fresh. Precise with a long finish. The Cuvée Pantxo is named for close family-friend and vineyard manager Pantxo Indart. The grapes are sourced from his family’s vineyards and vinified by Ameztia. The grapes are 100% de-stemmed and crushed in a vertical press and fermented for 15-25 days with native yeast.  This is aged for 15 months in one third French oak with the rest in stainless steel tank.
Our Impressions:

Nose: mushrooms, funk, barnyard.  Like changing the oil in your car.  I got some sulfur gas, but no one else did (maybe because I got the first pour?).  We also got chocolate cocoa powder and some resinous notes, “like a Buddhist retreat” (i.e. incense). “It’s complicated” – in a good way.  Palate: similar to a Plan de Dieu.

Debbie’s Wine Game
This was played in a similar manner to Who Am I, but here, each person got a card attached to their glass (which they weren’t allowed to look at), and tried to guess what was on it by asking 3 yes or no questions to someone else in the room.  All of the cards had bits of information from Debbie’s presentation.  

Connie won the game and was rewarded with a lovely bottle of wine!