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Magnificent Australia

In Uncategorized on September 27, 2016 at 8:12 pm

Date: Thursday, September 29
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, purchase one seat, get the second one free – so bring a friend! ($30 original ticket price is still refunded on a six bottle purchase.)
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

I’ll admit that over the years, Australia’s wine scene has taken a beating.  On the one hand are snotty sommeliers saying that Australia only makes overdone fruit bombs.  On the other hand is the perception that Australia only produces cheap plonk.  What a Catch-22 to be stuck in!

But here is the truth (which we will, of course, attempt to uncover via drinking): Australia is as diverse and as rich a wine country as the United States, and just like the United States there is a vast array of wine—everything from Two Buck Chuck to Cult Napa Cabernet.

This tasting aims to showcase the best of the best in Australia, regardless of price or hipster sommeliers.  Australia is producing fantastic wines, and tasting them is a great way to learn!

2014 Gianni Brunelli Rosso di Montalcino

In Red, Sangiovese on September 27, 2016 at 8:11 pm

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A bright luminescence the color of a Tuscan sunset reveals intense red currant, sage, and hints of cacao and red flowers in what can only be described as a knockout nose.  With a second smell of the glass, it’s ever-changing and draws forth black cherry, spice, cumin, cardamom and a fresh minerality.  The palate is pure and elegant – I always say that really good Sangiovese and Brunello can taste like Grand Cru Burgundy – and this bottle certainly fulfills that promise.  The finish is long, perfectly balanced and just extraordinarily harmonious.  It certainly drinks well now, but for those of you who can let it ride, 10 years won’t be too young for this wine.

Is it a Brunello?  I’d say in all but name.  Yet to make this wine, a sacrifice was made.  Laura Brunelli’s Le Chuiuse Brunello vineyard is small, about 2.2 hectares, or five acres total.  To make this, she cut yields drastically.  Having tasted this wine at the winery, I very much wanted some—for you, of course, but also for me.  I was told it was already sold out.  I begged, borrowed, scraped and scoured, and I managed to come up with a limited amount.  So this is our one shot at this wine for a full year.  Please contact us for pricing and availability:sommelier@waterfordwine.com or 414-289-9463.

Red Burgundy (Pinot Noir), Complex, but not Complicated

In Uncategorized on September 20, 2016 at 12:38 pm

Date: Thursday, September 22
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, purchase one seat, get the second one free – so bring a friend! ($30 original ticket price is still refunded on a six bottle purchase.)
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Burgundy is supposedly the greatest place to plant Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on the face of the earth.  Yet to many, its laws, its labels, its sheer mass of complexity remains daunting – so daunting it creates a barrier to enjoying these fabulous wines.

At this tasting, we aim to break down that barrier.  As the Burgundians like to say, the region is complex, but not complicated.  While we taste some of Burgundy’s great wines, we will explore the diversity, learn to relish in its explicit details, and enjoy navigating the complexities of Burgundy.

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