December was starting off right with five new selections from around the world to sample:

  • Verus Vineyards Furmint from Stajerska, Slovenia
  • Vins de Terrer 2015 La Rosa from Barcelona Spain – 70% Pinot Noir, 20% Grenache, and 10% Xarello
  • Motorosso 2015 from Veneto, Italy – a red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sangiovese
  • Akra Morea 2013 from Monemvasia, Greece – Agiorgitiko
  • Pingao 2013 Rioja from La Rioja, Spain – Tempranillo

Furmint was an unusual, delightful white.  I was surprised how much I liked this unique variety.  The reds were all good and it was hard to pick a favorite from this bunch. However, it was the cheese which accompanied the wines that stole the show.


Kerrygold Dubliner Cheese is a natural cow’s milk cheese, hard in texture, similar to Cheddar.  It was a delicious pairing for the wines with nutty, sharp, and sweet flavors. This went on my shopping list immediately.


A tasting isn’t complete for Bushmaster without a visit from a canine companion.  You can see here where his priorities are.  One bonus from his distraction is that it gives me an opportunity to snitch a taste or two from him!