We had quite the line up of wines for this tasting. I actually had to do half tastings on some so that I could cover them all. The main offerings were:
- Danielle de L’Ansee Sauvignon Blanc from Loire Valley, France
- Château de Campuget from Costières de Nîmes, France – Rose of Syrah and Grenache
- Weingut Carl Ehrhard’s Spätburgunder from Rüdesheim am Rhein, Germany – Pinot Noir
- Field Stone 2013 Alexander Valley Merlot from Healdsburg, California
- Field Stone 2013 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from Healdsburg, California
Not being fans of Sauvignon Blanc, we found #1 to be better than most but still not the wine for us. I was excited to try #3, the Spätburgunder, from Germany but was disappointed that it didn’t off a greater appeal. #2, #4, and #5 were drinkable but none of them really stood out.
Seeing that Jamie had provided two different Chambourcins from a couple of our local wineries, I was ready to move on. Chambourcin is one of my favorites and I enjoyed both of these quite a lot. As always, Jamie’s generosity provided wonderful additions to the tasting.
The last offering was from Horseshoe Bend Vineyards and Winery. As I am not a fan of traditional Concord wine, I was a bit skeptical, but the pairing with blackberries was a nice surprise. Not overly sweet and not overly “Welch’s-like”, this was quite a delicious product from another one of our local wineries. Bushmaster and I both agreed that this was an outstanding option. I think it’s time for another visit to Horseshoe Bend!