It was nice to be back among friends at Party Town for our regular tasting. JP lined up a trip through France with the following:
- 2014 Blanc de Birot from Bordeaux, France – a white Bordeaux blend of 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Semillon
- Chateau d’Aqueria Tavel Rosé from Rhone, France – a rosé blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, and Clairette
- 2015 Domaine de Couron Marselan from IGP Ardeche, France – a cross of Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache
- 2015 Mas des Brousses Chassuer des Brousses from IGP Pays d’Oc, France – a red blend of Merlot, Grenache, and Syrah
- Muscat de Beaumes de Venise Tradition from Rhone, France
While we’re not usually Sauvignon Blanc drinkers, the Semillon softened the Blanc de Birot making it quite a nice experience. The Muscat de Beaumes de Venise Tradition made for a nice dessert wine. It was not overly sweet and had a refreshing flavor.
Jamie then took us to Virginia with three of her finds:
- Jefferson Vineyards 2008 Petit Verdot Reserve from in Charlottesville, Virginia
- Winery 32 2014 Gloria’s Sunshine from Richmond, Virginia – a blend of 60% Peach and 40 % Vidal Blanc
- Glen Manor 2013 Petit Manseng from Front Royal, Virginia
JP warned us that this particular bottle of Gloria’s Sunshine was a bit off and Jamie admitted it was nothing like what she had tasted at the winery. We tried it anyway and could envision what they were going for. The Petit Manseng was very nice, but it was the Petit Verdot that stole the show. Absolutely delicious! People were still talking about it the following week!