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.

October 12, 2018
Tasting wines from Michigan 

Our group met at the home of Derek and Pauline Southern for a late afternoon gathering to enjoy wines of Michigan along with delicious appetizers. The outside patio venue provided a perfect setting. This was the first time for a wine theme featuring vinifera (European grape varietals) wines from a USA state quite unknown by the group for such wines. All were quite surprised by the quality and each wine was appreciated by everyone.

Whites: Bowers Harbor Vnyds. 2107 Pinot Blanc (First Choice White Winner); Chateau Grand Traverse 2017 Dry Riesling(2nd); Shady Lane Winery 2016 Gruner Veltliner(3 rd ). Bel Lago Vnyd;  45 North Winery 2016 Chardonnay.

Reds: Bowers Harbor Vnyds. 2016 Cabernet Franc Erica Vnyd.(First Choice Red Wine);  Chateau Grand Traverse 2015 Merlot Reserve(Red – 2nd tie); Brys Estate Vnyd. & Winery 2016 Merlot Reserve (Red – 2nd tie); Bel Lago Vnyd. &  Winery 2015 Pinot Noir(Red – 3 rd ); Shady Lane Winery 2016  Blaufrankisch;

 As this was a success we will do another Michigan wine theme event with a different assortment of wines(most already collected). Also, future events will include events of vinifera wines from New York State-Finger Lakes(already collected); Virginia(already collected), and plan for North  Carolina, and Texas. Requirement is that the grapes must be from the estate or grown locally.

The AAWG next meeting is planned for Dec. 13th  or 14th and will be a Christmas dinner event pairing the wines with the meal items. Wine theme is expected to be “Wines of Lodi AVA”.

 Chair: Tom Anders 707.322.4500

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 10/13/2018  dls

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