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We had quite the line up at Party Town this week!

  1. Domaine Lombard 2013 Le Viognier from Vin de Pays Drôme, France – 100% Viognier
  2. Le Domaine d’Henri 2014 Chablis Sainte Pierre from Chablis, France – Chablis
  3. Pence 2014 PTG from Santa Barbara, Caliornia – a blend of Gamay Noir and Pinot Noir
  4. Cellier des Princes 2013 Chateauneuf du Pape from Courthézon, France – a blend of 90% Grenache, 5% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre
  5. Gancia Moscata D’Asti from Piedmont, Italy – a blend of Moscato, Prosecco, and Moscato Bianco

#1 was a nice white, different from a typical viognier.  I was surprised how much I enjoyed it.  Both Bushmaster and I found #2 to be rather bland and lacking.  #3 was good, but #4 stole the show.  It was by far our favorite and I don’t believe either of us got to #5.

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JP really outdid himself on this one. Yes, that is the correct price for #4. $24.99! We made sure we snagged two bottles to add to our cellar.

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Jamie brought another special treat to share. La Vigna Estate Proprietary White “Late Harvest” Wine. A 100% Petit Manseng from Ohio. We had the opportunity to visit La Vigna Estate last summer. This was one of our favorites there along with their Carnevale Cabernet Franc.

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Last but not least, Jamie also shared her bottle of Afton Mountain Vineyard’s Monticello Red Dessert Wine. Very port-like and very oaky, I was in heaven. Afton Mountain was the last winery we visited during one of our excursions to Virginia. Neither Bushmaster nor I remembered this wine and it certainly was worth remembering!

When one party ends and another one nearby is still going on, word spreads fast and the group will travel.

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Quite a number of us trekked over to Liquor City to catch the tail end of their tasting event. They had quite the spread of food, snacks, spirits, and wine. Time did not permit us to hit all the stations but we did what we could.

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The wines from Lovers Leap Vineyards and Winery were well represented. Some time ago, we had attempted a visit to the winery only to be turned away as they were hosting a wedding. Unfortunately there had been no advanced notice that the winery would be closed. We hadn’t been back. Now under new ownership, we were willing to give their wines a second chance. We were very glad we did and are hopeful that when we attempt to visit the winery again we will have a much better experience. They have a nice line of wines with something for every taste. Their Cabernet Saugignon and their Win-Place-Show, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cynthiana and Chambourcin, both rated highly with us.

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We moved on to the next station where we sampled three more wines.

  1. La Playa’s 2012 Claret from Novato, California – a blend of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Carmenere
  2. Dreaming Tree Crush from Geyserville, California – a blend of 59% Merlot, 16% Petite Sirah, 15% Zinfandel, 4% Syrah, 6% Other
  3. Stella Rosa Moscato D’Asti originating from Northern Italy – Moscato di Canelli

Our experience with the Lovers Leap wines was difficult to top.  While not bad, we did not find anything that terribly remarkable with these selections.  Given our bias at the time, we determined it would be worthwhile to revisit these three at a later date.

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With the tasting over and having never been to this store before, we decided to take a few minutes to check things out. The local wine section was very impressive. We were pleased to see such a large number of selections from several Kentucky wineries. It’s nice to know that these wines are available so nearby.

It was definitely a good day for wining!

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