Thursday, August 21, 2014

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Upcoming TWITs Events:  

Wednesday August 20th - Chardonnay hosted by Ms. Ardela

September - 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:

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 me if you are traveling to the area.

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 -
October - 
November - 
December - 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Chardonnay hosted by Ms. Ardela - Wednesday August 20th, 2014

Chardonnay hosted by Ms. Ardela - Wednesday August 20th, 2014

Theme:  Chardonnay  (can be from any region or country, oaked or unoaked).  We will sort the wines into oaked and unoaked groupings, then blind taste them and unveil each grouping as we go.

Bring:  TWITs should bring a bottle of Chardonnay (chilled if possible)

Price range: up to $20/bottle for Singles, up to $40/bottle for Couples

For an extra Challenge:  Try to bring a Chardonnay that is not from California.

Tasting Notes:

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

German & Austrian Wines hosted by Eric at Le Caveau - Wednesday July 16th, 2014

German & Austrian Wines hosted by Eric at Le Caveau - Wednesday July 16th, 2014

Theme:  German & Austrian Wines

Bring: $20/person to cover the cost of the wines

Tasting Notes:


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Scarboro tasting with Valter Scarboro

Scarboro tasting with Valter Scarboro at Sherlocks 6/21/2014

Herdade do Racim Tasting with Pedro Ribeiro

Herdade do Racim Tasting with Pedro Ribeiro at Le Caveau 6/21/2014

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Thursday June 19th, 2014 - La Dolce Vita! Bring your favorite ItalianWine - hosted by Ms. Kathy & Mr Jamie

Thursday June 19th, 2014 - La Dolce Vita!  Bring your favorite Italian Wine - hosted by Ms. Kathy & Mr Jamie

Theme: La Dolce Vita!  Ms. Kathy chose this theme because she loves Italy, and they have some of the oldest wine traditions in the world.  She says the wines that you drink when in Italy are very very good also!  Each TWIT (or couple of TWITs) brought their favorite Italian Wine. we blind tasted them to focus on our senses, and then unveiled the wine, while hearing why it was someone's favorite Italian Wine.

Tasting Notes:
Welcome Wine:  LaMarca Prosecco ~ $12 @ CostCo

1) 2012 Gavi Spinola, Castello Di Tassavolo - $19.99 @ Le Caveau
Piedmont region, 12% Alcohol,
100% Cortese di Gavi (no sulphites added)
floral, clean, clear goldish hints, honeysuckle, hint of citrus, beautiful legs, viscosity, delicate legs that caress the glass, dried oranges, orangey (not orgy), volcanic soil? orangey ash, perfect summer wine
Marilyn brought this wine, because she adores it, and has already bought a case of it.  She keeps it on hand.

2) 2007 Proprieta Gatteschi Chianti Classico Riserva, Ciona ~ $20 @ DeKalb Bottle Shop
13.5% alcohol,
100% Sangiovese
black rooster = DOCG, awesome nose, Chianti guessed, dry as a bone, raisin-ey, classic, oaked, dried fruit, red berries, milk chocolate, would pair well with Bolognese, quote of the night "Respect the cock"
Duncan brought this wine because he thinks it represents a great Chianti, and he likes Chianti a great deal.

3) 2007 Fanetti Vino Noble di Montepulciano Riserva ~ $30 @ Le Caveau
14.5% alcohol,
85% Prunolo Gentile (Sangiovese) 15% Canaiolo & 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
french oak, smells like toasted sugar, tobacco, dry but not tannic, guessing Chianti? dill, brine on the finish, needs food, a bit thin on the end,
Matt & Abbie brought this wine, because we love it, and we have it with an Italian dish for dinner once a week.  The funny thing was, because we were tasting it without a meal, we didn't recognize it during the blind tasting portion of the evening. LOL.

4) 2011 Cantele Primitivo Salento IGT, Puglia, Italy - $12.99 @ Toco Giant
100% Primitivo
grass, french, green nose, sweetness & acid, volatile acids, palate is flat, rustic, country, off-the-beaten-path, Super Tuscan? dry, dusty, arid, "grandma's vagina", lovely, better after it breathes
Rheinallt brought this one, as he wanted us to try something from the "heel of the boot"

5) 2009 Produttori del Barbaresco, DOCG - $25-30 @ Vinings Wine Shop
14.5% alcohol
100% Nebbiolo
tar, asphalt, stinky ole cigar, "dirty old Napoleon from Corsica", volatile acids, burnt rubber, more condom rubber like, smells plastic, tannic, smells like a short man with anger issues, burnt wick.
We learned that Barolo is the King, and Barbaresco is the Queen.
Ardella brought this as it had a 93 point rating in Wine Spectator

6) 2009 Recchia Le Muraie Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore, Veneto Italy - $18-20 @ Le Caveau
14% alcohol
100% Valpolicella blend (see link for details)
tar, asphalt, tannins, "dark mafia guy from Sardinia", "a bandit", "the New Orleans of Italy", dark and swarthy, Robusto!, earthy, fruity, super tuscan?
Jamie says Kathy loves this wine and it puts her in the mood.  She denies this politely blushing.

7) 2006 Giovanni Petrelli Centopietre Salice Salentino, Puglia Italy - $9.98 (on sale) @ Toco Giant
13.5% alcohol
100% Negroamaro (means black/black)
bad breath, funk, oaked feces, grandma after cigar, like coffee & shit, holy shit, "Monday Morning", the Pope shit, dark caves, caverns, soft, super tuscan ?, stank, overwhelming, closest to Africa has character, but it "stink pretty",
pair with curry
Rheinallt brought this one also.

8) 2011 Brancaia Tre - $19.99 @ Sherlocks
13.5% alcohol
80% Sangiovese and 20% Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The basis for this wine, are the grapes from our three estates: Brancaia (Castellina), Poppi (Radda) and Brancaia in Maremma (Grosseto).
nice, subtle, funky nose, barnyard, bell pepper, good with pizza, acidic, easy drinker, super tuscan? smooth, chocolate and berry, solid Italian wine.
Jamie loves this wine thus he contributed this one.

Bella wants to take wine notes too (see the pen?)  - ha ha!