Friday, April 25, 2014

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Upcoming TWITs Events:  

Thursday, April 24th , 2014 - Tomfoolery Tasting - hosted by Ms Jackie & Mr Santiago

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.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Thursday April 24th, 2014 - Tomfoolery Tasting - hosted by Ms.Jackie & Mr. Santiago

Thursday April 24th, 2014 - Tomfoolery Tasting - hosted by Ms.Jackie & Mr. Santiago

Theme: Tomfoolery Tasting (grocery store wines)
The Rules:
1)  Purchase a wine from your average grocery store (ex: Trader Joes, Kroger, Publix)
   *specialty grocery stores or the "Kro-Gay" (Kroger) in Ansley area are not allowed
   *no "Three-Buck-Chuck" - try to step it up a little bit.
2)  Pick out a wine that you know is decent, or that you have enjoyed in the past.  If you are not sure, pick one at random.  If you can, stay in the usual TWITs price range (aka: up to $20 for singles, up to $40 for couples).
3)  Bring the wine to TWITs, in a paper bag, for blind tasting

We will be blind tasting these wines, for fun.  Then at the end we will unveil them, and see what wines we ended up with.  You may be surprised which ones you liked.  The wines can be red or white or sparkling or rose, it does not matter.  The point of this tomfoolery is to try to pick something "good" from a "grocery store".

TWITs Tasting Notes:

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Simple Science of Food and Wine Pairing from Wine Folly

Simple Science of Food and Wine Pairing from Wine Folly

Nice infographic

Saturday, March 15, 2014

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 Ms Jackie & Mr Santiago
May - 
June - 
July - 
August - 
September -
October - 
November - 
December - 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Paitin di Pasquero-Elia Wine Dinner at Southbound

Paitin di Pasquero-Elia Wine Dinner at Southbound - Thursday March 13, 2014

A Special dinner featuring wines from Paitin di Pasquero-Elia, with the winemaker Giovanni Pasquero-Elia, at the highly anticipated restaurant Southbound (pre-opening), with Le Caveau Fine Wines.  There was a 5 course meal prepared by Chef Matt Marcus.  

About the winemaker:  "Giovanni Pasquero-Elia and his brother Silvano run the estate that their ancestor, Benedetto Elia, purchased in the 18th century. This Barbaresco estate, includes 17.5 hectares of vineyard, mostly situated along either side of the Via Serra Boella in Bricco di Neive. Paitin has been selling wine labeled Barbaresco since 1893, making this small estate one of the historic properties of Piemonte. They are now producing some of the finest Barbaresco wines in the entire zone, especially considering the reasonable prices charged.

There has been a change of course in the winemaking recently, as the brothers had one foot in the ‘new school’ camp (using roto-fermenters, some small French oak barrels) and one foot in the ‘traditional' camp. Now they are using more traditional maceration and fermentation techniques, with the larger Slavonian oak barrels for aging. In the spring of 2010, the Pasquero-Elia brothers enlisted the services of consulting oenologist Dante Scaglione, who spent 16 years alongside the legendary Bruno Giacosa. Scaglione is a former classmate of Giovanni’s from the days when they attended the oenological school in Alba together. Dante has produced many of the most compelling Nebbiolo-based wines in the last 20 years, in both Barolo and Barbaresco, at one of the zone’s greatest estates! His soulful, classic take on the genre is legend, and people happily pay $200-$400 a bottle for Giacosa’s top bottlings, which Dante hand crafts."

Sidenote:  Brian (from Atlanta Beverage Company) and Giovanni worked together in Colorado several years ago, and then later on when Giovanni was trying to get into the Atlanta market, he found that Brian had moved here, and together they were able to bring Giovanni's wines to Atlanta.  We were among the first people in Georgia to taste these wines and have an opportunity to buy some bottles

NV Pascal Doquet Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs 
(blend of 2008 & 2009 vintages)
Amuse- White Asparagus, Meyer Lemon, Truffle, Micro Chervil, Shaved Radish

2012 Paitin di Pasquero-Elia ‘Vigna Elisa’ Langhe Arneis
(85% Arneis, 15% Riesling)
Side note: Arneis translates to "rascal" or "Difficult boy" - it is not easy to grow this white grape varietal.
Poached Scallop, Butter, Sake, Fennel and Frond 

2010 Paitin di Pasquero-Elia 'Campolive' Barbera d'Alba Superiore
92 Points: Pure and intense, this red evokes ripe plum, blackberry, spice and mineral aromas and flavors. Borders on racy, with taut structure and bracing acidity driving the long aftertaste of iron and leather. Drink now through 2020. 666 cases made. –Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, Mar 31, 2013
Roasted Venison. Preserved Tomato, Beet and Nastarium Jus, Whipped Cauliflower

2009 Paitin di Pasquero-Elia 'Serra' Barbaresco 
92 Points: The 2009 Barbaresco Serra emerges from the glass with a heady melange of sweet red berries, licorice, anise and dried herbs. Violets, roses and flowers of all sorts appear as the wine sits in the glass. Deceptively medium in body, the 2009 impresses for its deep layers of fruit and radiant, powerful personality. The tannins remain youthfully vigorous, but are nicely balanced by the creaminess of the fruit. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2029. -Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate #203, Oct 2012
Scotch Egg, Fontina, Watermelon Chow-chow, Venison Demi-glace 
2008 Paitin di Pasquero-Elia ‘Vecchie Vigne Sorì Paitin’ Barbaresco
94 Points: The blackest of cherries, spices, incense, tar and scorched earth are some of the many nuances that emerge from the 2008 Barbaresco Sori’ Paitin Vecchie Vigne. This dark, brooding Barbaresco is all about power. The 2008 impresses for its fabulous balance and pure length. With time in the glass, the wine becomes increasingly more refined. It is a striking Barbaresco to drink now and over the next 10-15 years, perhaps longer. The 2008 was aged in 25-hectoliter cask and bottled in June 2012. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2028. -Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate #203, Oct 2012
 Kale and Sausage Orecchiette, Beurre monté, Pecorino

Late Winter Berry Mousse

Friday, March 7, 2014

Zodiac Wine Corks

Gods of the Zodiac Wine Stoppers
Set of 12 for $234
or buy singles for $22.50

Integrity Wines Tasting with Winemaker Christophe Beau

Integrity Wines Tasting with Winemaker Christophe Beau - 3/7/2014