For this week’s wine tasting, JP picked out another four wines for us to try:

  1. The Stump Jump Riesling Sauvignon Blanc Marsanne Roussanne from Australia — A McLaren Valencia white blend of Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Marsanne, and Rousanne
  2. Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley, California
  3. Bayonette Red from the Côtes du Roussillon Villages area in France – A red blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Carignan, and 10% Syrah
  4. 2012 Chateau de Lancyre from Pic Saint Loup, France – A Red Rhone Blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, and 10% Carignan

Because I started writing this blog, I am trying them all rather than resisting the whites. #2 was a nice surprise. Not your usual Sauvignon Blanc, which for me was a good thing. I found it quite enjoyable. #3 ended up being my favorite.


We were treated to a #5 this week — Penfold’s Club Tawny Port from Australia. We already were fans of Penfold’s Club Reserve Port (another tawny) but it has become hard to come by. Bushmaster and I are both excited to say that this is an excellent substitute. And you can’t beat the price. Penfold’s competes with the best of them.


As a bonus, Jamie, one of the Party Town regulars, contributed a bottle of King Family Vineyards 2014 Roseland that she purchased on one of her wine trips. Jamie, who’s favorite wine is Norton, makes at least one trip a year to Virginia and has been known to bring back as many as 100 bottles. Roseland is a white blend of 51% Chardonnay, 29% Viognier, and 20% Petit Manseng. This was another white surprise for me. Bushmaster and I had visited King Family Vineyards in 2013 and had a less than stellar experience. Perhaps that colored our tasting as I do not recall their wines being very impressive. However, this one was quite enjoyable. Perhaps we need to give them a second chance if we ever make it back to Crozet, Virginia. It is always a treat and very much appreciated when Jamie shares one of her wines.