Tuesday Tipplers Cellar Tasting

January 9th, 2001.

The Tipplers congregated at the presidentsí abode for a sampling of the cellar wines that were reported to be ready to drink in the Wine Spectator.

The new millennium was properly toasted with Nicolas Feuillantte, 1992 Premier Cru Brut Millesime ($52.00) This was enjoyed by all (even the "anti-bubbly" constituency), but felt to be a bit dear in price (by the "anti-bubbly" constituency).

There was no financial report, the treasurer being lost as sea, and no new business discussed. The meeting moved quickly to wine tasting a food sampling.

The following were sampled blindly (each wine wrapped, not each Tippler bllinded). Each member was given a list of the cellar contents in total to guide the samplers palate.

1982 McDowell Valley Vineyards Syrah, Hopland Calif.

1983 Opus One Nappa Valley

1986 Burgess Nappa Valley Zinfandel

1986 Chateau Beychelvelle Appellation Saint-Julien

1995 Chateau Beychevelle Appellation Saint-Julien

1995 Chateau La Croix De Gay Appellation Pomerol (Bordeaux)

The Tipplers were unanimous in their ability to enjoy the wine and unanimous in their inability to correctly identify what they were drinking. (I must admit, that even I who wrapped the bottles was getting a bit confused.)

Double Walnut and Chocolate Tarte and a 9-layer Raspberry Cream Torte were enjoyed with coffee and Taylor Fladgate 10 year old Tawny Port ($29.95)

Satisfied that they were experts in the are of tasting, but less than expert in discerning that wine they imbibed, the Tippler s strolled off into the winter night vowing that they will keep practicing till they get it right. Drink on boys!

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