Sunday, September 20, 2015

Upcoming Events & About Us

Welcome to TWITs - click here to read about us.

    List of Wines the TWITs have tried so far ---> TWITs Events
 
    Helpful Tasting & Pairing Aides ---> Help
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Upcoming TWITs Events:  

September 26th, 2015 2p-4p - Red Wines of the Piedmont - hosted by Abbie & Matt
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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: http://seanseidell.com/infographic-gallery/whitewi...neinfographic_web/

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: https://www.facebook.com/seanseidellartscience

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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:

2008
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


2009
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.
CANCELLED
October - Barbera - hosted by Ms. Mina
November - Gamay/Beaujolais - hosted by Ms. Abbie
December - Holiday Sparkling Wines - hosted by Ms. Sarah
2010
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


2011
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

2012
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

2013
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

2014
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

2015
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 - 

Saturday, September 19, 2015

TWITs - Red Wines of the Piedmont - September 19th, 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:  Portovinoitaliano.com

Tasting Notes:
TBD

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 Basque wine.
·         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:
MEATS:
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

VEGGIES:
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)

CHEESES:
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 (www.tienda.com)






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!




Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Australian Wines - Friday July 31st, 2015 - hosted by Ms Kat and MsAngela

Australian Wines - Friday July 31st, 2015 - hosted by Ms Kat and Ms Angela

Theme:  Australian Wines

About:  The Australian wine industry is the world's fourth largest exporter of wine with approximately 750 million litres a year to the international export market with only about 40% of production consumed domestically. The wine industry is a significant contributor to the Australian economy through production, employment, export and tourism.

Wine is produced in every state, with more than 60 designated wine regions totalling approximately 160,000 hectares; however Australia's wine regions are mainly in the southern, cooler parts of the country, with vineyards located in South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania and Queensland. The wine regions in each of these states produce different wine varieties and styles that take advantage of the particular Terroir such as: climatic differences, topography and soil types. With the major varieties being predominantly Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Semillon, Pinot Noir, Riesling, and Sauvignon Blanc. Wines are often labelled with the name of their grape variety, which must constitute at least 85 percent of the wine.

Bring: TWITs should bring a bottle of Australian Wine in the specified price range (Up to $20/bottle for Singles, between $20 - $40/bottle for Couples).  We did our usual blind-tasting format, and then unveiled the wines at the end.

Why did our hostesses pick this theme?  Why Australia?
Angela's fiance' Nerino is from Sydney, and as they say, "It's God's Country!"  It also gave Angela and Kat a fun time cooking some authentic Australian food.  We had meat pies, sausage rolls, Marmite, and Pavlova (a dessert).  Australians are known to put beets on their hamburgers.  Did you know a Didgeridoo is a wood instrument, naturally hollowed out by termites? We learned that a "Larican" is an urban hooligan, or gangster / prankster. Someone joked "Have you ever been to the Outback?" and one replied "The bloomin' onion is amazing!"

Tasting Notes:
Welcome Wine:  2012 Dynamite Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon $6.99 ~ 12.99 @ Whole Foods.
Delightful at a great price point.

1) 2012 Vinaceous "The Red Right Hand" Margaret River, Perth, $15.99 @ Total Wine
69% Shiraz, 23% Grenache, 8% Tempranillo - 14% alcohol
nose:  Australian! light, sweet, faint berry, prudish nose (joke:  It's Michael Jackson's nose, not much there, too much rhinoplasty)
palate:  pinot noir-ish, a little tart, a bit bitter, some oak on it, "I don't love it", needs to breathe, has some heat, needs some meat, dark cherry, higher alcohol, dry, non-descript, thick-legged Scottish, nothing to write home about, olivey, briney, not showing anything, carbonated, like a soda, table wine, nothing special, Tuesday night wine at somebody else's house, this has to come back from a long way, maybe Cleveland.  some green privet bush, licorice, pulls on your tongue, disappointing finish, hay.

2) 2012 Vinaceous "Snake Charmer" McLaren Vale - $15.99 @ Total Wine
100% Shiraz, 12.5% alcohol
mineral water, cherry, smooth on the tongue, grapey nose, dark, deep syrup, dark chocolate, tart, soft, cassis-y, syrup, earthy, like dirt, a bit dirty, dirt track rubber, dried dusty dirt, from the outback, would pair with dark chocolate, beet juice, cranberry

3) 2013 Mollydooker "Maitre 'D" McLaren Vale  ~ $30 @ Total Wine
100% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15.5% alcohol
(Mollydooker is slang for "Left Hander") good nose, floral, the legs stain the glass, inky, purple, black currant, berry, cassis, punches you in the face and caresses you, "Chris Brown wine, tastes like velvet, like any good first date, good from start to finish, delicious, high alcohol, warmth at back of the tongue, viscosity, all around winner, menthol finish, camphor, guessing it's a Mollydooker,

4) 2013 Mollydooker "Blue Eyed Boy" McLaren Vale ~ $44 @ Total Wine
100% Shiraz, 16.5% Alcohol
(named for Sarah and Sparky's son)
smells yummy (with 3 M's!), the alcohol is like YEOW! this wine is enormous!  high alcohol, dark chocolate, super cassis, cassis-bomb, anise, strong, high alcohol, licorice, needs more air, alcohol-bomb, like a scotch, it burns, tastes smooth, punches you in the face than caresses you, I hit you because I love you, too warm, you could light this on fire, you'll regret it in the morning, 'the wine before fireball', smoky, heavy, the heavy set, a wine with a self-righteous 20-something New York Attitude, Jam-bomb, two tense

5) 2013 Mollydooker "Blue Eyed Boy" McLaren Vale ~ $44 @ Total Wine
100% Shiraz, 16.5% Alcohol
antiseptic, hospital, bandaids, it burns, cassis-ish, yet smoother, "the wave cheers", "I like this 'effin' wine, Kampai!, Mushrooms in marsala sauce, earthy, tart, olive/brine finish, with cherry, chocolate, pear and pepper on the finish, like dirt, dirty beast, powdery chocolate, not much nose, derp-face, smells like a "white walker".

6) 2011 Michel Chapoutier "King of the Rhone" Tournon, Shays Flat Vineyard Pyranees Shiraz - $23.99 @ Toco Giant
He has Braille on the bottle.  100% Shiraz, 14% alcohol
dirty underwear, perm solution, mature wimes (ha), toilet water, funky, french toilet, slow your swirl, effervescent, does NOT pair well with dessert, petrol, new tupperware, latex, condoms, sharp turn down under left, we've cleansed Johnny, no do it again, velvety, not hot, older, browner, pretty much no one liked it except Abbie, (clarification, I'd like it on a different night).

7) 2012 Red Knot Shingleback Shiraz McLaren Vale - $15 @ Bottleshop on Collier
100% Shiraz, 14% alcohol
olive, sticky sweetness, cloying, rubbing alcohol, not a good finish, band-aid also, mud, swampy mud, asphalt, malbec?, older, grounded, very clean, antiseptic, rain on the ground, pavement, bitter finish, medicinal, Nyquil, not feeling it, hard to like, harsh, "you get no pleasure from drinking this" "the blue balls of wine", knotty.

8) 2010 Mollydooker "Two Left Feet" $25~30 @ Total Wine
72% Shiraz, 16% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon
16% alcohol
dark, elegant nose, this is nice, smells dirty, it doesn't taste as dirty as it behaves, it's a freak in the streets, a lady in the sheets, a Jedi in the streets, a Sith in the sheets.  A Dorothy in the streets, a Blanche in the sheets, a Charlotte in the streets, a Samantha in the sheets, "This is pithy goodth", it's puppy tongue!

Photos:
Australia Wine Map










Friday, June 19, 2015

Rose' - June 19th - hosted by Mr Janssen

Rose' - June 19th - hosted by Mr Janssen

About: " Rose, is a type of wine that has some of the color typical of a red wine, but only enough to turn it pink. The pink color can range from a pale orange to a vivid near-purple, depending on the grapes and wine making techniques." NOTE:  Rose is not the same thing as White Zinfandel.

Bring: TWITs should bring a bottle of Rose' within the specified price range (Up to $20/bottle for Singles, between $20 - $40/bottle for Couples).

Food Pairings: Vino For Dinner site says"Roses are nick-named a summertime "patio" wine, as they are refreshing on warm summer days and are lower in alcohol, which makes them easy to drink. They are a great party wine, as they can have broad appeal (not too sweet and not too heavy)... Rose is a versatile wine that pairs well with shellfish and can stand up to a bit of spice. "

Tasting Notes:
Welcome Wines (yes plural)
NV Louis Perdrier Brut Rose, Cote D'Or 11.5% alcohol ~ $10
NV Charles Bove Brut Touraine Cuvee Reserve, Montrichard Loir et Cher 12% alcohol ~ $20

1)  2012 Wolf Mountain Brut Rose ~$25 @ Wolf Mountain Winery
12.5% alcohol
light pink color, sauerkraut finish, sour nose, crisp, wow, sickly strawberries, minerally, strawberry fields, light, after I eat bell pepper it smells like chocolate, latex balloon, whoopee cushion, rubber

2)  2013 Bandol Rose $46 @ Le Caveau
11-14% alcohol (doesn't say)
melted cheap chocolate nose, tar, smoke, charcoal, minerally, less limestony, finish dies on the palate, sugar, caramelized onion, sour-y nose, tastes like fire, rhubarb pie, salami, bitter finish, odd finish, flat, paint thinner, guessing Cotes Du Rhone Grenache, Mina likes it, most do not, not sparkly, after tasting cheese it smelled like dried hay.

3) 2014 Domaine Andre Neveu Sancerre $22 @ Le Caveau
12.5% alcohol
mushrooms, lovely, perfumey, musty, tea roses, floral on palate, Marilyn  likes it, has some age on it, more substance, depth, balanced, light, Rh guesses Pinot Noir, no aftertaste, sophisticated, you can see yourself on a porch, on a beach, or a moon, drinking this one, Grandmas house, acidic, vibrant, similar to a Sauvignon Blanc, low country water, grandma's closet, but good, light/orange pink color, burnt sugar but not sweet

4)  2014 Domaine Dupeuble Pere et Fils Beaujolais $15 @ Le Caveau
12% alcohol
candy pink color, might be a white zin, strawberry, dissipates quickly, easy to drink, fuzzy peach smell, nice finish, nice viscosity, fuzzy peach smell, easy to drink, perfect for the pool, better cold, soho cup, horsiness, Mr. Ed, Rh guessed Gamay correctly!

5) 2014 Chateau Puech-Haut Saint Drezery "Tete de Belier" $40 @ PH Wine Merchant
13.5% alcohol
stanky, bubble gum, cheap after shave, teen spirit, perm solution, ammonia, honey palate, reminds me of lipstick on a pig, more like pig on lipstick, Wilbur from Charlotte's Web, too cloy, Languedoc ?

6) 2014 Chateau Puech-Haut Saint Drezery "Prestige" $20 @ PH Wine Merchant
13% alcohol
Val likes this one, no nose tastes amazing, light, more acidity, melon, musk melon, it was good, I want six more please, forgettable, generic, not the Natalie Cole, smooth and easy to drink

7) 2014 Round Pond Estate Proprietary Nebbiolo, Napa $24
14.6% alcohol
cloudy turbidity, bazon-gas joke, tart, peachy, fresh, apricot, apple juice, lime and lemon, sprite without bubbly, tastes good with almonds, Mina likes this one, I want my sweet and unsullied,

8) 2013 Clos Roche Blanche Touraine, Loire $24.99 @ Le Caveau
12% alcohol
grapefruit, orange peel that lasts, pepper, possibly volcanic soil, Matt guesses Syrah from Northern Rhone, Rh says Jura or Sicily, good with chocolate, smoky, like a cured sausage, hard salami, really complex, "this sh*t is amazeballs" bloody mary

9) 2013 Chateau Cantelaudette Bordeaux 
12.5% alcohol
butter, smells like f*cking butter, diacetyl, tossin' butter, wankin' butter, simple, doesn't last, for the pool or boat, pepper

10) 2014 Feudi Di San Gregario Ros'Aura , Campania $18 @ Savor in Kirkland
13% alcohol
no nose, Tyrion, amazing, yum, very light, melon, subtle, delicious