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Recent changes to the liquor licensing have resulted in a new format for our Party Town wine tastings. Tastings are now $5 per person, but with this new charge comes some new flexibility. Tasters can come in, try the selections selections, and possibly choose to get a half glass or so of their favorite while hanging out with friends. We’re now allowed a total of 9 ounces, but what and how much is tasted is up to participants.  We can sample all the wines twice or choose a three ounce pour after a single sampling.  As long as it is kept under 9 ounces total for the event, we can have it our way.

Under this new format we were able to choose from:

  1. Mason Cellars 2014 Pomelo Sauvignon Blanc from Napa, California
  2. Foucher-Lebrun 2014 Quincy from Loire Valley, France – Sauvignon Blanc
  3. Illuminate 2012 North Coast Red from Camino, California – Unoaked 90% Merlot blend with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot
  4. Foucher-Lebrun 2014 Bourgueil from Loire Valley, France – Cabernet Franc

#1 was refreshing and I didn’t mind it so much for a white.  The general consensus among many tasters was the #2 was not favored.  #3 was on the lighter side of reds.  Of course #4 being a Cabernet Franc was my favorite.

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A last minute addition at regular Patty’s request was Sutter Home’s Sweet Red.  A sweeter blend of Merlot, Floral Bender, Zinfandel and Syrah grapes, this wine was sweet without being overly foxy and very easy drinking for sweet lovers.

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Our final wine of the day was another contribution from Jamie’s wine collection.  This 2014 Viognier was from Trump Winery in Charlottesville, Virginia.  It was a very tasty and nice selection.

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