Saturday, June 23, 2018

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Upcoming TWITs Events:  

 June 22, 2018 - Pool Party & Cookout - host Ms. Crystal

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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 - The Judgement of Paris - hosted by Chad & Christy
June - Pool Party and Cookout - hosted by Ms. Crystal
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

Friday, June 22, 2018

TWITs Pool Party & Cookout - June 22nd - hosted by Ms. Crystal

TWITs Pool Party & Cookout - June 22nd - hosted by Ms. Crystal

WHEN:  Friday, June 22nd, 2018 - 7:00 PM
THEME:  Pool Party & Cookout  NOTE: we will be capping attendance again
1) A bottle of wine to pair with the food on the menu - within our usual suggested pricing.
2) Your swimsuit and a towel - if you are swimming

Beef burgers with Gruyere Cheese & Arugula
3 Bean Salad
Shrimp & Tilapia Ceviche
Fruit Tart
Ice Cream Cones

Well we got rained out, but it was still a fun night.  Tasting notes and photos below.

Tasting Notes:
Welcome Wines:  We had White Sangria & Red Sangria (homemade)

1) NV Union Wine Co. Underwood Rose Bubbles - $6.99/can @ Brookhaven Wines
Varietal Unknown.  11% alcohol
Tasting Notes:  Wild strawberry, fruit cocktail, and tart cherry

2) 2016 Domaine Franck Besson Rose Granit - $11.99 @ Brookhaven Wines
100% Gamay, 12.5% alcohol
Tasting Notes:  lively, delicious, dry, bubbly,

3) 2017 Francis Ford Coppola Sofia Brut Rose ~ $18 @ Total Wine
50% Pinot Noir, 50% Chardonnay, 12% alcohol
Tasting Notes:

4)  NV Union Wine Co. Underwood Rose - $6.99/can @ Brookhaven Wines
Varietal Unknown.  12% alcohol
Tasting Notes:  Strawberry, Peach, Watermelon

5) 2017 Chateau Paradis Coteaux d'ain en Provence Rose ~ $13.99
90% Cabernet, 10% Shiraz/Syrah, 12% alcohol
Tasting Notes: crisp, dry, refreshing

6) 2014 Napa Cellars Zinfandel - $19.99 Toco Giant
100% Zinfandel, 14% alcohol
Tasting Notes: bright aromas of fresh blackberries, tart cherry and hints of black tea. The aromas lead to lush flavors of ripe jam with notes of mocha, spice and sweet notes of oak on the finish. This wine is medium-bodied with bright acidity and a smooth, juicy and lasting mouthfeel. Winemaker Joe Shirley recommends pairing this wine with barbequed ribs or a well-seasoned steak topped with fresh basil

7) 2014 Banshee Pinot Noir Sonoma ~ $23.99
100% Pinot Noir, 13.6% alchol
a beautiful balance between both red and blue fruits, notably Bing cherry and Asian plums. Interwoven with the fruit characteristics are coastal moss, fresh wild mushrooms, and spice. The wine has good carry-through from front to finish, with lively acidity to keep it light on its feet.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

TWITs May 2018 Event - hosted by Mr. Chad and Ms. Christy

TWITs May 12, 2018 - hosted by Mr. Chad and Ms. Christy

Theme:  Judgement of Paris
Bring:  Money to pay for the wine

Our hosts did their best to match a sampling of the wines from the same winemaker or winery;
or if this was not otherwise possible, the same terroir for our tasting tonight.

Food:  The food was catered by Chef Raymond Griffin of Art of Cuisine Catering.  We dined on tuna tartare with ginger and guacamole, assorted cheeses and fruits, oysters Rockefeller, brie & berry mini puff pastry, peach & goat cheese tarts, black olive tapanade with sun dried tomatoes on French bread, dark and white chocolate, smoked salmon mousse bruschetta, charcuterie, melon wrapped proscuitto, marcona almonds, caramels, yummmmmmy!

Tasting Notes:
In the order we tasted them in with tasting notes:

WELCOME WINE (not part of the Judgement of Paris):
Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs ~ $35 @ Total Wine
12.8% alcohol

1) 2011 Domaine Jean Monnier & Fils Mersault-Charmes - $74
Aromatic, oak, golden apple, peaches, CA, viscosity, viscous, apricots, green apricot, Bojangles Biscuit, new world, pith, stone fruit, nuts, toasted almonds, poignant, I like it a lot, good with the oysters.

2) 2015 Premier Cru Domaine Gerard Thomas & Filles Puligny-Montrachet - $65
stone fruit, light, herbacious, viscous, yellow green, straw, minerality, guessing French, old world, white flowers, tastes different than it smells, lemon, lime, sprite, burgundy style, Chateau Montrechet guess.  good guess!

3) 2014 Freemark Abbey Chardonnay - $31
biscuits, pastry, flirt with no plans, minerality, golden luscious, weak on the palate, sweet then evaporates, buttery, cream, sugar, marshmallow, viscous, apple, high acidity, not dry, light sugar, fun wine, a carnival, new world, lemon meringue pie, Chateau Montelena guess?

4) 2015 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay - $50
MY FAVE (Abbie)
peach, peach compote, stone fruits, pith, cherries, chocolate, honey, coffee, weird for a white wine, sweet flowery garden, loverly, dessert wine, high alcohol, pith-love, melon, I like the way it feels going down.

RED WINES - note these were decanted in advance of the tasting.
5) 2014 Chateau Leoville Las Cases Saint Julien-Medoc - $160
butter, cherries, plum, leather, eyes roll back in my head it's smells so good!  oh that mouth is disappointing, thyme, rosemary, cinnamon, mind-f*ck, mushrooms, love the nose but the palate is weird, something is off, tart palate, unripe palate, undeveloped, not quite right, has grip, velvet, cranberries, its like 11am misty morning in Napa Valley, a cheating husband, when you're going down on a guy and it's a little small, unsatisfying palate,

6) 2015 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon - $49
musty, mushrooms, age, green, not so French, scrub brush, artichokes, CA AF, smooth, The Prisoner-like? port-like, green grapes on the nose, olive brine bitter finish, moss, mushrooms, algae, wet leaves, unrefined, thicc, soft palate, dry, guessing Artemis, German dungeon, damp basement, Rammstein?

7) 2011 Chateau Montrose Saint-Estephe - $110
French funk, dry as a bone, tobacco, guessing Las Cases, nice, good, beautiful bouquet, perfume, bell pepper, fennel nose, very dry, Rachel guesses CA, nice cigar, beautiful soft, delicate, mineral, pair with steak

8) 2009 Chateau Larrivet Haut-Brion Pessac-Leognan - $55
smells of charcuterie, minerals, gentile, sexy, savory, lovely, best wine all night, fleshy, lacks tannin structure, fan-F*CKing-tastic, best wine of the night, cheese, French AF, river rafting, olive brine, best of night, cassis, cigar box, beautiful, soft stroking kittens made of wine, my only regret is it's gone.

9) 2010 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon - $97
licorice, fennel, twizzlers, aMAHzing nose, musty, dark fruit, The Prisoner-like, more robust, bitterness, raisin, syrup, black currant, dark fruit, syrup, petrol, dirty martini, polyurethane nose, furniture varnish, old wood, arugula & burrata, Oh-face.

10) 2011 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon - $110
pepper gorgeous, sweet, small, light, musty, elegant, acidity but love it, it's got grip, ah-maz-ing nose, syrupy fruit, makes me happy

FAREWELL WINE (not part of the Judgement of Paris):
2014 Amici Cabernet Sauvignon - $49.99 @ Total Wine

WINNERS ranked per TWITs scoring:
1st Place: 2015 Premier Cru Domaine Gerard Thomas & Filles Puligny-Montrachet - $65
2nd Place: 2015 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay - $50
3rd Place: 2011 Domaine Jean Monnier & Fils Mersault-Charmes - $74
4th Place: 2014 Freemark Abbey Chardonnay - $31

1st Place: 2009 Chateau Larrivet Haut-Brion Pessac-Leognan - $55
2nd Place: 2010 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon - $97
3rd Place: 2011 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon - $110
4th Place: 2011 Chateau Montrose Saint-Estephe - $110
5th Place: 2015 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis cabernet Sauvignon - $49
6th Place: 2014 Chateau Leoville Las Cases Saint Julien-Medoc - $160

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Rose Tasting at Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar - Hosted by Jackie's Fine Wine & Spirits - April 21st

Rose Tasting at Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar - Hosted by Jackie's Fine Wine & Spirits - Saturday April 21st 2p-4p

There were 7 tables of delicious Rose to taste!

Table 1:
I tasted the Henri Bourgeois Pinot Noir Loire - $15.99
and the Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Loire - $20.99.  The 2nd was my favorite.

Table 2:
I tasted Le Fervent Costieres de Nimes France $20.99, it was very light.

Table 3:
I tasted none of these, but I had in the past tasted the Chapoutier "Belleruche" France $11.99.

Table 4:
I tasted the Barville Cotes-du-Rhone "Esprit" France $14.99.  It was a bit funky.
The Castels des Maures - France - $16.99 - good
The Fragile France - $20.99 - it was meh
The Foncalieu PiquePoul France - $15.99 - it was too light
The Elena Walch from Italy - $17.99 - good and funky
The Portlandia from Oregon - $15.99 - CA COW!

Table 5:
The Ayres Oregon - $21.99
Bruliam Rose of Pinot Noir California Elemental - $25.99 - loved it
Champagne Lallier France - $54.99 - was AMAZING
Fabre en Provence, France, $16.99 - delicious, wanted to buy a bottle.
The Ned from New Zealand - $14.99 good
Fabre en Provence Cru Classe France - $24.99 - delicious

Table 6
Sedosa from Spain - $14.99 - good
Fleurs de Prarie France - $14.99 - loved it
Pasas from Spain - $11.99 - olive juice briny end, liked it
Minuty from France - $18.99 - good
Hecht & Bannier from France - $19.99 - good
Stoller from Oregon - $19.99 - limey

Table 7
Rousseau Freres from France - $18.99 - loved it
Lefond "Roc Epine" Tavel from France - $19.99 - liked it
Le Zolle from Italy - $14.99 - ewww too sweet, dumped it. No Way Rose!

Drift served appetizers also.  it was a delightful day for it, perfectly sunny with a light breeze.  not too hot either. 

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 @ 6 pm

Theme:  Chianti - we will do our usual blind tasting method
Chianti (kee-yan-tee) is an Italian red wine blend produced in Tuscany.   Chianti can be made with many different varietals. Baron Bettino Ricasoli created the Chianti recipe of 70% Sangiovese, 15% Canaiolo and 15% Malvasia bianca in the middle of the nineteenth century. During the 1970s producers started to reduce the quantity of white grapes in Chianti. In 1995 it became legal to produce a Chianti with 100% Sangiovese. For a wine to retain the name of Chianti, it must be produced with at least 80% Sangiovese grapes. Chiantis tend to have medium-high acidity and medium tannins. The acidity in the wines make them very flexible with food and wine pairings, particularly with Italian cuisines that feature red sauce, as well with as beef, lamb and game.

   A Chianti may have a picture of a black rooster (known in Italian as a gallo nero) on the neck of the bottle, which indicates that the producer of the wine is a member of the Gallo Nero Consortium, an association of producers of the Classico sub-area sharing marketing costs. Since 2005 the black rooster has been the emblem of the Chianti Classico producers association.
   Basic level Chianti is often characterized by its juicy fruit notes of cherry, plum and raspberry and can range from simple quaffing wines to those approaching the level of Chianti Classico. Basic everyday-drinking Chiantis are at their peak between three and five years after vintage
    Chianti Classico wines are characterized in their youth by their predominantly floral and cinnamon spicy bouquet. As the wine ages, aromas of tobacco and leather can emerge.  Well-made examples of Chianti Classico often have the potential to age and improve in the bottle for six to twenty years.
    Chianti Superiore is an Italian DOCG wine produced in the provinces of Arezzo, Florence, Pisa, Pistoia, Prato and Siena, in Tuscany. Superiore is a specification for wines produced with a stricter rule of production than other Chianti wines, and has been authorized since 1996. Chianti Superiore wines can be produced only from grapes cultivated in the Chianti wine areas except from those vineyards that are registered in the Chianti Classico sub-zone. Vineyards registered in Chianti sub-zones other than Classico can produce Chianti Superiore wines but must omit the sub-zone name on the label. Aging is calculated from 1 January after the picking. Chianti Superiore cannot be sold to the consumer before nine months of aging, of which three must be in the bottle. Therefore it cannot be bottled before the June after picking or sold to consumers before the next September.
     Chianti Riserva is aged 38 months instead of 4-7. Chianti that meets more stringent requirements (lower yield, higher alcohol content and dry extract) may be labelled as Chianti Superiore, although Chianti from the "Classico" sub-area is not allowed in any event to be labelled as "Superiore".

Reminder about Italian Wine Rating Scale:
VDT --> IGT -->  DOC --> DOCG (highest)

Our hostesses Lane & Vicki provided us with many delicious foods to pair with our Chianti:  Stuffed mushrooms, Bruschetta on toast, Avocado, pickled okra, olives, Charcuterie, Fromages including Parmesan, Brie, and fresh Mozzerella Cheese, Spaghetti Squash/Chicken/Pesto Casserole, Caramel Cheesecake.

Tasting Notes:

Welcome Wine:  

1)  2012 Ampeleia Tuscan IGT Red Blend (not a Chianti) ~ $35 @ Le Caveau Fine Wines
13.5% Alcohol
Indicative blend: 50% Cabernet Franc, 20% Sangiovese, 30% of four different Mediterranean varieties. A collaboration among Elisabetta Foradori, Giovanni Podini and Thomas Widmann. Formerly Ampelaia was labeled as Maremma Toscana IGT.
cherry, alcohol, heat, earthy, currant, blackberry, red currant, smell blackberry but taste raspberry, briny, pepper on finish, dry, medium finish, a Sangiovese Clone perhaps? fruity finish, strawberry, dark berry, young airy finish.

2) 2015 Fattoria di Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico ~ $20 via Garagiste
13% Alcohol
chocolate, cocoa powder, cherry cordial, riserva? guesses Chris? deeper, richer, all good so far, dry, bitter, aged, oaky, the more I drink it the better I like it.

3) 2013 Marchese Antinori Tignanello Chianti Riserva ~ $40 retail
13.5% alcohol
sour milk, astringent, terrible nose, smooth, ok for a Monday, 3 dumps at once! pales in comparison to the 2nd wine, I don't usually dump but...

4) 2011 MonteMaggio Chianti Classico ~ $26 @ Total Wine
14.5% alcohol
lovely bouquet, floral and fruit, jammy, white pepper finish, strawberry and black pepper in the back, acidic finish, tangy, good dinner wine, memorable, sits with you, you'll never forget it, a short term love affair.

5) 2013 Cantine F.lli Bellini Chianti Rufina Riserva Fattoria Monte ~ $18 @ Total Wine
12.5% Alcohol
earthy, organic, manure, sharp, warm, poo poo, compost, sweet tart, sour apple, tannins, pucker, a warm virile man fresh from the stable, cinnamon, classico guess from Christy, wet earth, potting soil, early stages of compost heap, snake charmer, it's got a lil French tickler on it, after the cheese it's not good.

6)  2013 Ruffino Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva ~ $ 20 retail
13.5% alcohol
tangy, manure, mild light nose, velvet nose, fruit forward, but the flavor trails off like Fruit Stripe Gum, flat, flabby, no follow-thru.

7)  2014 Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva  ~ $21 retail
13% alcohol
mild, fruity on the nose, chocolate, good 3rd bottle of the night, cherry tobacco, no body, soil, a lil' punch in the face, chewy on the backend, the last Jedi, nutty tastes, butternut, promising on the nose, great size but not girth, fruity-not-too-fruity, not searching for anything, doesn't linger, flash in the pan, forgettable.

8) 2012 San Felice Il Grigio Chianti Classico Riserva ~ $24.99 @ Brookhaven Wines
13% alcohol
licorice, anise, oak and pepper, chocolate, easy drinking, late night wine, light pepper finish, nice, smooth, potting soil, we like this one!

9)  2013 Gaja Ca'Marcanda Promis IGT Red Blend (not a Chianti) - $40 @ Beverage World
13.5% alcohol, Red Blend (Merlot, Syrah and a small part Sangiovese)
berry nose, cassis, briny olive then pepper, great with steak!  tangy, pushes #1, more substance!

10) 2013 Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva - $30 @ Vino Venue
13% alcohol
leather, sumptuous cherries, dark fruit, pine, tart berry, smooth, unfolding on my tongue, I can feel it spreading, easy drinking, I like this,

VOTING results!
We voted on which wines we liked the best.
First Place = #2, the 2015 Fattoria di Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico
Second Place = #1, the 2012 Ampeleia Tuscan IGT Red Blend (not a Chianti)
Third Place = #9, the 2013 Gaja Ca'Marcanda Promis IGT Red Blend (not a Chianti)
Fourth Place was tied between #3, #4, #5, and #10.

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