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.


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.


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.