The Grape of the Night (GOTN) met at the Valencia Wine Company on February 02,2015 to bring and discuss their wine discovery for 2014. New members were asked to bring their favorite wine. Each person was asked to provide details on their discovery and why it was special whether it be varietal, state, region, country, etc. Below is the list of wines that were shared:
2000 Encruzado Dao - Portugal
1995 Kalin Cellars Chardonnay - Sonoma County, Calif.
2012 Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir - Carneros Napa, Calif.
2001 Hitching Post Pinot Noir - Santa Barbara, Calif.
2009 Hitching Post Hartley Ostini Pinot Noir - Santa Rita Hills, Calif.
2013 Ponzi Tavola Pinot Noir -Willamette Valley, Oregon
2008 Selenit Brunello Di Montalcino - Tuscany, Italy
Chateau de Chantegrive Bordeaux (Graves) - Bordeaux, France
2012 Syrah (surprise wine) made by local DiMaggio Washington
I was fascinated by how many people bought Pinot Noirs as their discovery. This varietal is very universal and can be served at any time with many types of food from fish to red meats. Others discovered Old World wines such as Encruzado, Bordeaux and Brunello. Finally, there was a local wine and Chardonnays. For me, I did not expect these selections but wines provide a never ending journey of excitement. I want to give special thanks to out host and proprietor of Valencia Wine Company, Guy LeLarge for opening the 2001 Hitching Post Pinot Noir from his collection. OMG, WHAT A TREAT! The next meeting at VWC we will sample Arneis and Vermentino (all countries accepted).