All About Wine

Chairman:  Tom Anders
cell phone: 707-322-4500

The SIR ALL ABOUT WINE GROUP consists of 14 members with emphasis on regularly scheduled social events related to gaining the appreciation of fine wines, learning about wine regions of the world and vinifera wine varietals.  Events are held every two months, generally on the second or third Thursday of the month, 6:30pm to 8:30pm.  The location for each event rotates among the homes of the regular members.  This is a coed activity.  Regular members and guest participants, in case regular member(s) are not able to attend a particular event, should have some previous knowledge pertaining to wines.

Wines for each event adhere to a theme, as region, country of origin, type, varietal, etc.  These are selected and obtained by the chairman and are generally in the price range of $16 to $45 retail price for a 750ml bottle.  The minimum number of bottles is one bottle for every two persons with emphasis on red wines, but to also included white and/ or rose’ depending on the wine theme for the event.  All participants share in the cost of the wines and are required to bring a food-quality appetizer plate, enough to share with 5 to people.  The shared cost of the wines is intended to be in the range of $14-$20 per person.

Other activities, as guest speakers, home winemaking, daytime meeting at winery locations, wine retailers, etc. are planned.

Friday evening, Dec. 15, 13 of the members gathered at the home of Tom and Barbra Anders.  The wine theme was CA Central Coast, Paso Robles AVA.  The guest speaker, Don Brady, winemaker at Robert Hall Winery, Paso Robles and his wife Kasi traveled the 4+ hours to be with us.  The evening started by gathering a plate of appetizers brought by the members and a sit-down presentation by Don.  He presented for tasting 2 Robert Hall Wines and 2 Brady Vineyard wines.   Along with these very high quality wines Don gave a presentation with a framed large map he brought of the Paso Robles Wine region.  This included grape growing and winemaking practices he uses to make high quality wines at very affordable prices at Robert Hall and Brady Wines made at Robert Hall Winery.(most in the $16 to $28 range.)  Don was surprised at the knowledge of the group as the 30-45min. planned talk with Q/A flowed with interest to just more than one hour.

Don encouraged all to now try the six wines he had seen opened in the adjoining room as they were good examples of wines from the Paso Robles AVA.  This began a social hour with informal wine tasting and judging sheets for each of these wines.(Wines with results to be found on soon to be setup AAW website.)  Varietals included:  Viognier, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Syrah, and Petite Sirah.  The judging results ranged from 85 to 93 points(2 wines).  During one of the next two events the plan is to have as a guest a professional wine judge to go through an evening’s tasting/judging with us.  The next event for SIR AAW is planned for Thurs., Feb. 22.


Posted 12/18/2017 dls

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