Warm Tones

November 10, 2014

Wanted to post some pictures from the weekend’s wine tasting party. The evening’s low light gives everything a glowy, blurry effect, but maybe it still looks fun and tasty, ya?

This was a jointly-thrown party. John, Tamala, Frances, Jim and I went in together on a bid for a wine tasting dinner during the silent auction at last spring’s benefit dinner for David’s Compassion Tour, which I’m sure I mentioned earlier.  We won. Jim and I offered the venue. We all shared dinner duties. Andy Waterhouse, chemist and professor in the enology and viticulture department at UCD brought the wine (and his wife)–all local, numerous varieties. Win, win, win, win. Wine.

Here’re the pics:


We didn’t drink in this order, but here’s what we drank:

Harbor 1984, Mission del Sol (dessert wine)

Turkovich 2012, The Boss

Revolution Wines, 2013, Chenin Blanc

Putah Creek 2013, Sangiovese

Capay Valley 2012, Sparkling Vioginer

Matchbook 2010, Tampranillo

And, also, not pictured above:

Berryessa Gap, 2013, Chardonnay

Berryessa Gap, 2011, Cobel Rnach Blend

Heringer 2010, Teroldego

Senders 2007, Julia’s Cuvee

Bodega Tolo 2013, Zinfandel Vaca Mountain (Andy’s own)

Casey Flat Ranch, 2012, Estate Red

Here’s Andy pouring for Tobin, Catherine, Margie and Tara:


Here are Margie and Tara and the appetizers… cheeses, bread, crackers, olives, nuts, taramosalata, tzadziki and baba ghanoush:


Oh, and these, official wine tasting crackers (more like cookies) that are designed to cleanse the palate:


Here are Tamala, Jim and Frances, listening to Andy introduce the next wine…IMG_3095

Here’s the dinner spread… chicken souvlaki and vegetable skewers, lemon rice, lentils with cumin and roasted vegetables, and an arugula, pomegranate, almond salad with shaved parmesan (Frances, John, Wes, Andy, Tara, Margie):


Here we are (Andy, Dave, Frances, Wes,Tamala, John, Tobin, Tara, Margie, Catherine, Jim):


This is the dessert Tara made, a three-layer spice cake with salted caramel glaze and pecans (yup):


Andy talking about the last couple wines of the night (Dave and Frances):


And this was my favorite of all of them, the last one (the Harbor 1984, 30-year-old dessert wine):


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