Sunday, April 15, 2018

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Upcoming TWITs Events:  

Saturday, April 14th, 2018 - Chianti - hosted by Vicki & Lane

Tentative:  Saturday, May 12th, 2018 - hosted by Chad & Christy (theme TBD)

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Wines TWITs have tried so far:

2018 (celebrating a decade of TWITs!)
January - skipped
February - Wine & Chocolate - hosted by Steve & Crissy
March - TWITs 10 year Anniversary - hosted by Abbie & Matt
April - Chianti - hosted by Vicki & Lane
May - TBD - hosted by Chad & Christy
June - TBD
July - TBD
August - TBD
September - TBD
October - TBD
November - TBD
December - TBD

---------------------------------------------------------   PREVIOUS YEARS  -------------------------------------------------------------------------

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 - we skipped but Abbie had a Serendipitous Encounter with Jancis Robinson!
November - Au Rendezvous Bistro - hosted by Abbie & Matt
December - Oregon "Pick Your Pinot" - hosted by Ms. Marilyn

January - Farewell to Marnie @ Kaleidoscope
February - Greek Wines - hosted by Abbie & Matt
March - White Burgundy Wines - hosted at Le Caveau Fine Wines
April - Uruguay and Brasil: the Overlooked South American Wine Country - co-hosted by Joshua & Karin and Deb & Jaffet
May - Pet-Nat Wines - hosted by Ms. Lauren
June - skipped June
July - Shining Stars Charity Wine Tasting - hosted by Marilyn with Randall & Karen of Marietta Wine Market
August - Albarino - hosted by Abbie & Matt
September - Georgia Mountain Winery Bus Tours - hosted by Marietta Wine Market
October - Spooky-good-to-be-true Bargain Bin Wines - hosted by Deb & Jaffet @ Le Caveau Fine Wines
November - Zinfandel on the Porch Tasting - hosted by Ms. Kathy & Mr. Jamie
December - Naughty or Nice Nebbiolo - hosted by Ms Abbie & Mr Matt

January - Bodega Renacer Wine Tasting & Barrel Painting - hosted at Vino Venue
February - Burgundy - hosted by Val and Rheinallt
March - City Wine & Spirits Tasting with Deb & Jaffet
April - Earth Day Wine Tasting hosted by Ms. Vicki & Ms. Lane
May - Wines from Women Wine Producers hosted by Abbie & Matt
June - TWITs takeover Southbound - hosted by Big Mike
July - Skipped
August - Arizona Wines & Blood Into Wine Documentary Viewing - hosted by Abbie & Matt Lane
September - Lesser Known Italian Wines - Brookhaven Wines
October - Skipped
November - Tempranillo & Tapas - hosted by Rachel & Chris
December - Benefit for Vineyards Damaged in California Wildfires - hosted by Abbie & Matt Lane

Saturday, April 14, 2018

TWITs - Chianti - hosted by Ms. Vicki & Ms. Lane - April 14th, 2018

TWITs - Chianti - hosted by Ms. Vicki & Ms. Lane - April 14th, 2018

When:  Saturday April 14th, 2018 @ 7 pm

Theme:  Chianti - we will do our usual blind tasting method

Bring:  TWITs should bring a bottle of Chianti (a red wine) within the price range (Up to $20/bottle for Single Attendee, between $20 - $40/bottle for Couples, couples only expected to bring 1 bottle per couple)

Saturday, March 10, 2018

TWITs 10 Year Anniversary Party - March 10th, 2018 - hosted by Abbie & Matt

TWITs 10 Year Anniversary Party - March 10th, 2018 - hosted by Abbie & Matt

TWITs is turning 10 years old!  Can you believe we've been doing tastings as a group for an entire DECADE?!?  It boggles the mind.  So to celebrate the New Year and an entire DECADE of TWITs, we are hosting an Anniversary Party.

Theme:  TWITs 10 year Anniversary - Bring a bottle of your favorite wine from 2017 to share

Bring:  TWITs should bring a bottle of your favorite wine that you tasted in 2017

How has TWITs changed your life?
"We are more knowledgeable about wine."
-Rachel & Chris

"I moved to Atlanta a few years back I did not know anyone, having been introduced to Abbie via Rheinallt, she invited me to TWITs and this has given me social events every month to look forward to, a lot of good laughs, fine food, and amazing wine. But most of all, I have made new friends!! I am now encouraging my parents to start a wine club modeled on TWITs back home, because after their last move they have not yet managed to make new friends."

"We have really enjoyed finding a community of folks who enjoy and take wine seriously, but don't seem to take themselves to seriously. Everyone we've met in TWITs has been warm and generous, interesting and insightful, and we've truly enjoyed the camaraderie we've experienced so far, along with learning more about and tasting some great wines!"
-Chase & David

"TWITS has expanded my vocabulary for describing wine, and I've tasted varietals I wouldn't have even have considered before."

"TWITS helped me see wine in a more vino-culturally sensitive and socially savvy way."

"We’re so new, TWITs hasn’t had much change on our existence ... and I don’t know if we have fully realized how much TWITs will change our lives in the 10 years to come, but we look forward to finding out!!"
-Crissy & Steve

"TWITs changed my life by opening me up to wine regions around the world I would not have considered before.  It was a TWITS gathering that encouraged us to plan a trip to Burgundy which was one of the best trips we've had.  Our passion for wine has grown so much, we are now having a wine cellar put in our house to hold all our wine - must keep our Burgundian wine at the correct temps!"
-Christy & Chad

"We have learned so much in the years we have been members of Twits! We have learned about different varietals of wine we would have never have normally tried and about different regions and how the terroir impacts the wine. We have also made some wonderful friends and had a lot of fun. Here’s to 10 more years! Cheers!"
- Kathy, Jamie, and Jackson

"I think the most important thing about TWITs for me is the lovely people I've met.  I have a feeling that's going to be a lot of people's answer.  But regardless, the monthly gatherings seem to attract high quality people & the wines themselves make for the perfect conversation starter.  It helps me get out of my introverted shell. Thanks for all you guys do." 
- Val

1 lb of Foie Gras Torchon (from the Feeding Hannibal cookbook, this time I marinated the Foie in Fonseca Porto Bin No 27)
Toasted Baguette Slices 
Sage Plum Berry Sauce
Caviar w Cremé Fraiche
Prosciutto wrapped melon
Stuffed mushrooms (soy chorizo & Italian cheese)
Mini quiche
Fromages (Dubliner, goat cheese, Brie)
Chocolate bites

Welcome Wine: NV Gruet Blanc de Noirs, New Mexico ~ $15 @ most wine shops
sometimes can get a good price on a case via
75% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay
12% Alcohol

1) NV Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs, California ~ $50 @ the winery itself
85% Pinot Noir, 15% Chardonnay
12.7% alcohol
Sparkling, bubbly, fruity, bubblegum aroma, strawberry, smoked bamboo (just kidding),
Abbie guessed Schramsberg Blanc de Blanc but definitely not La Marca Prosecco
RH says it's too sweet to be that one

2) 2017 Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, NZ  ~ $13 @ CostCo or $20 elsewhere
100% Sauvignon Blanc
13% alcohol
still white wine, green apple, pith, sweet note, muscat, white flowers, quince, apple, honeysuckle, would be good in the hot tub, or on the porch
Karin - Albarino
Kathy - Sauvignon Blanc in USA
Chad, Janssen, Lauren, Val, Rachel - Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand

3) 2014 Yonah Mountain Chardonnay ~ $40 from winery
100% Chardonnay
13.3% Alcohol
floral, not quite as strong as a Jura, a lil funk, oaked, soft palate,
Abbie - French? no wait Semillon from Australia
Kathy - Chardonnay from California
Val - Chardonnay from Napa
Crissy - not 100% chardonnay, a blend?
Joshua - North GA wine
Karin - Semillon

4) 2016 Chateau d'Esclans Whispering Angel Rose, Provence - $23 @ Whole Foods
Rose Blend - varietal info not found online - assume GSM ?
13% alcohol
faint nose, light, refreshing, berries on finish, lot of citrus, pine tree, floral, minerally, mild, doesn't standout, pairs well with chocolate, light pepper on finish, the Vanishing Rose, it kissed the grape skins, made out, but no tongue, the palest pink.
Kathy - French

5) 2015 Domaine Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape - $80 @ PH Wine Merchant
Southern Rhone Blend
14.5% alcohol
cassis, grape nose, back in North GA?, Welch's grape jelly, menthol, licorice
Abbie - Gigondas
Lauren - French Bordeaux/young
Crissy - a sweet red
Kathy - Gamay from France
Matt - North GA
Joshua - Carmenere
RH - Oregon Pinot Noir

6) 2012 E. Guigal Chateauneuf du Pape - $40 @ CostCo
Southern Rhone Blend
14.5% alcohol
smells like foie gras, licorice
Abbie - Italian Barbera
Joshua - Bonarda
Rachel - West Coast CA
Crissy - Willamette, Oregon

7) 2014 Stinson Vineyards Cabernet Franc, Virginia - $23 @ Ansley Wine Merchant
100% Cabernet Franc
13.5% alcohol
Jammy, new oak, IDFK (I Don't F---ing Know)  LOL
Kathy - Pinot Noir
Abbie - Sonoma Pinot Noir
Chad - Santa Barbara Pinot Noir

8) 2000 Podere Rocche dei Manzoni Vigna Cappella di Santo Stefano, Barolo DOCG, Italy - $60 from RH's personal cellar
100% Nebbiolo
14.5% alcohol
robusto, black licorice, currants, sherry, raisins, brandy, worcestershire sauce, tar on the nose
Abbie - Nebbiolo from Italy
Joshua - Tempranillo (but then changed his mind to Syrah from USA)
David - Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

9) 2013 Michel Schlumberger Deux Terres Cabernet Sauvignon - $35 on WTSO or $75 from Winery
100% Cabernet Sauvignon (50% each from each Terres, thus the name)
14.9% alchol
caramel, sweet nose, mmmmmm, honey and caramel, rainbows in the forest, dark and inky, we smell unicorns!,
Crystal - older wine, Australian Shiraz
David - 8 yrs old
Kathy - Chianti
Joshua - Tannat
Karin - Lebanon - no a French Cahors?
RH - Syrah from Sonoma
? - 2011 Brunello di Montalcino ?

10) 2012 St. Clair Winery D.H. Lescombes Petit Verdot New Mexico - $45-50 @ winery
100% Petit Verdot
15% alcohol
tar, asphalt, bell pepper, Cab Franc ? leather, desert, scrub brush, funky, earthy, smells like taint (we had to explain what taint meant, it was hilarious), New World Palate, Spices, pepper, fruit,
Karin - France
Abbie - Cabernet Franc

11) 2015 La Crema Pinot Noir, Sonoma - $21-22 @ most stores
100% Pinot Noir
13.5% alcohol
funky in a different way, bald eagles and freedom, rescuers down under, pine, mineral, earth, chewy, cassis note but not overpowering, soft nose
Chad - Pinot Noir Sonoma
RH - Pinot Noir Burgundy
Joshua - Pinot Noir Argentina
Abbie - Pinot Noir Willamette

12) 2016 Rue de Perle Grand Vin Bordeaux - $15 @ Kroger
Bordeaux blend
13% alcohol
grandma's perfume, flabby, don't like, plums, cinnamon
Karin - Italian

We had 4 prizes for those who did well with guessing the wines.  Our winners were:
RH, Chad, Kathy, & Joshua

Friday, March 9, 2018

Italian wine tasting of Fattoria Cordero di Montezemolo of Piedmont, hosted by Alberto Cordero

Sherlock's & Sanders -
3401 Northside Parkway NW
Atlanta, GA30327
March 8th, 2018 Time: 5.30pm to 7.30pm

Italian wine tasting of Fattoria Cordero di Montezemolo of Piedmont, hosted by Alberto Cordero - winemaker and owner:

- Cordero di Montezemolo - Langhe Arneis 2016 - $19.99
- Cordero di Montezemolo - Barbera d'Alba 2015 - $21.99
- Cordero di Montezemolo - Langhe Nebbiolo 2015 (baby Barolo) - $24.99
- Cordero di Montezemolo - Barolo "Monfaletto" 2013 - $49.99
- Cordero di Montezemolo - Barolo "Bricco Gattera" 2012 - $89.99
- Cordero di Montezemolo - Barolo "Enrico VI" 2012 - $99.99

Abbie with Alberto Cordero (winemaker & owner)

I need one of these!  :)

Saturday, February 10, 2018

February 10th - Wine & Chocolate - hosted by Steve and Crissy

February 10th - Wine & Chocolate - hosted by Steve and Crissy

This next event already has my mouth watering in anticipation.  Crissy & Steve have just returned from Napa, and they are hosting a Wine & Chocolate pairing tasting.   There will be at least 5, possibly 6 wines which they have curated, with pairings for each course.

WHEN:  Saturday February 10th, 2018  @ 7:30pm ET

THEME:  Wine & Chocolate Pairings

BRING:  TWITs should bring $20/per person

We learned a few helpful tips for pairing wine with chocolate:
1) The wine should be sweeter than the food with which it is being paired.
2) One should taste the wine, take a bite of the food pairing, and then taste the wine again.  This is to see if the food changes the wine on the palate in any way.

Fun Fact:  White Chocolate isn't really Chocolate.  White chocolate doesn't qualify as genuine chocolate because it doesn't contain chocolate solids (a.k.a. cocoa powder). White chocolate is typically made from a blend of cocoa butter, milk solids, sugar, milk fat and lecithin — a fatty emulsifier that holds it all together.  Who knew?

TWITs had a fabulous time tasting the wine and glorious pairings along with them.  I think my personal favorite of the courses was the flourless chocolate cake paired with the Biale Petite Sirah.  Yum!  Crissy is a fanTAStic cook!  However, the most unusual dish was the Dukkah.  I'd never had Dukkah before, and now I think I'm in love.  Crissy and Steve did a wonderful job of designing an exquisite menu to pair with the wines.  Each pairing was spot on, and absolutely delicious.

Welcome Wine:  2016 Ehlers Estate Sauvignon Blanc


Course 1:  
2015 Amici Sauvignon Blanc
White Chocolate Baba Ganoush


Course 2:
Chocolate Dukkah w Olive Oil & Bread
(this also paired with the Amici Sauvignon Blanc AND with the first red wine)
2016 Mollydooker "The Boxer" Shiraz
Course 3:
Chocolate Dukkah Dusted Chicken Breast & Carrots
2016 Mollydooker "The Boxer" Shiraz


Course 4:
Mole Chili
2015 The Seventy Five Wine Company Cabernet Sauvignon


Course 5:
Flourless Chocolate Cake with Freshly Whipped Cream
2015 Robert Biale Vineyards "Royal Punishers" Petite Sirah


Course 6: 
White Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Nut Cookies
2015 Ferrari-Carano "Eldorado Gold" Semillon


Course 7: 
Chocolate & Peanut Butter Bites
2016 Bella Vineyards "Late Harvest" Zinfandel 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Man (or Woman) vs. Wine - Sommelier Smackdown at Vino Venue

The 7th Annual "Man (or Woman) vs. Wine - Sommelier Smackdown" at Vino Venue
Monday, January 15th, 2018 7pm - 9pm

Professional Sommeliers and Wine Professionals came together in a challenge for sharpest palate! When it comes to tasting blind, who would be the best?  But that's not all. Not only did we get to watch, learn, and absorb how the Pro's do it--we got to taste the SAME WINES blind right along with them!

Class included:
A series of blind tastings (6 - 8) with commentary from Master Sommelier, Michael McNeill
Top-notch wines
Light nibbles such as cheeses, salumi, olives, nuts, and a selection of crackers and fresh breads (some were Gluten-Free options)

Winners from Previous Years
2011 - The first year's winner was Ryan Mullins of Quality Wine & Spirits
2012 - Year two saw Justin Amick of The Painted Pin claim braggin' rights
2013 - Third year's winner was Ryan Mullins of Quality Wine & Spirits again
2014 - Fourth year's winner was ???
2015 - Caleb Hopkins of The Druid Hills Country Club took top honors
2016 - Juan Cortes was the champ.
2017 - Ryan Mullins of Quality Wine & Spirits won again.

Competitors for 2018:
Jim Cumiskey, Highland Fine Wines
Laura Engle, Empire
Jacob Gragg, Cru Artisan Wines
Joe Herrig, Georgia Crown
Kacey Ivey, Quality Wines
Ahry Ko, pH Wine Merchant
Ryan Mullins, Quality Wine & Spirits
Adam Pucillo, American Cut
Caitlin Taglia, One Midtown Kitchen
Rob Van Leer, Vino Venue
Brian White, Ritz Carlton

2018 winner was Brian White of Ritz Carlton.  Congratulations Brian!

Points were awarded for each section - if they guessed correctly.
Old or New World?
Varietal or Blend?
Quality Level (if appropriate)
There were 2 wines in each round. After each round, they eliminated the competitors who had 0 points, or the lowest points, and so on. However, the attendees (not competing at the head table) just tried to get the most points.

Tasting Notes:
Round 1
Wine #1 - White Wine
stone fruits, pear, slightly dry finish,
My Guess:  Old world, Varietal Sauvignon Blanc, France, Bordeaux, ?, ?, 2013
Actual Wine:  New World, Riesling, Australia, Clare Valley, 2016

Wine #2 - White Wine
more oaked, funky, tropical fruits, flimsy finish, so maybe new world
My Guess:  Old world, Varietal Muscadet, France, Loire, ?, ?, 2012
Actual Wine:  New World, Semillon, South Australia, 2013
Round 2
Wine #3 - White Wine
green, herbacious, pineapple, viscous,
My Guess:  New world, Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand, Hobbitown ?, ?, 2014
Actual Wine:  Old World, Chenin Blanc, French, Loire, Anjou 2014
(yay I got 2 pts)

Wine #4 - Red Wine
dry finish, heavy tannins, thick, has grip, flimsy fast finish though
My Guess:  Old World, Sangiovese, Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, IGT, 2015
Actual Wine: Old World, Cabernet Franc, Saumer, Champange, 2016
(yay I got 2 more points)
Round 3
Wine #5 - Red Wine
perfumey, elegant palate, flimsy finish,
My Guess:  Old World, Valpolicella, Italy, Verona, Valpolicella, IGT, 2015
Actual Wine: Old World, Syrah, Northern Rhone, Crozes-Hermitage, 2014
(yay I got 2 more points)

Wine #6 - Red Wine
Chocolate, Silk, Higher Alcohol
My Guess:  New World, Pinot Noir, USA, California, Russian River Valley, 2012
Actual Wine: New World, GSM, Australia, Barossa Valley, 2013
(yay I got 2 more points)
Round 4
Wine #7 - Red Wine
high alcohol, inky, pepper, greenness, dry finish, grip, no oak or neutral oak
My Guess:  New World, Syrah or Zinfandel, Australia, McClarenvale,  2012
Actual Wine: New World, Cabernet Sauvignon, USA, California, Spring Mountain 2013
(yay I got 2 more points)

Wine #8 - Red Wine
heat, rusty, dried fruits, forest floor
My Guess:  Old World, Sangiovese, Italy, Tuscany, Brunello, 2010
Actual Wine: Old World, Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot Blend, France, Bordeaux left bank, Haut-Medoc, they didnt' say the vintage?
(yay I got 2 more points)

Tie Breaker: (Brian had already won at this point.
Dessert Wine: Barollo Chinato, tastes a lot like a Negroni.

My Score:
I got 12 total points for the whole tasting out of a possible 104.  Yeah, I have some work to do.