Vin Rouge Wine Tasting Notes for February 3, 2016


The February Vin Rouge meeting took place on February 3rd at the Alpine Country Club. Don’s theme was based on Chateauneuf du Pape and GSM blends and featured the component varietels of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre, providing an interesting experience. The presentation offered three different Chateauneuf du Pape blends interspersed by examples of the component varietels of California Grenache, a Mourvedre wine from Provence and an Aussie Shiraz.


The Domaine Tempier Bandol (Mourvedre) from Provence took top honors in the preference poll, followed closely by the Laughing Magpie from McLaren Vale and then by the Domaine du Vieux Lazaret CdP. Unfortunately, the 1995 Chateau Beaucastel was prematurely aged and garnered no votes, which was surely disappointing.

Detailed notes coming soon. In the mean time, here are some snapshots…







Our host certainly made up ground with his choice of a dessert wine. The 2010 Chateau Rieussec was perfectly delicious and was rated the best Sauternes of the vintage. Thank you Don!


Several positive comments were made about the Alpine venue: great space and seating, good food and service, and wonderful privacy.


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