December 11, 2012
The Tipplers gathered at 98 Tetherwood for their December tasting. This tasting is typically held up on Ullswater, but was switched due to a scheduling conflict with Gussie, who is now responsible for the June Tasting. The meeting was then hijacked by Flan, who typically holds the Jan meeting, but had to switch with Keith who typically has this time slot, bumping Keith to Feb. So after starting my second term as President and only being 4 months into my term, I am pleased to report that after 25 years of existence, I have managed to totally screw up and confuse all members as to who is doing what and when. Despite all this, there was not one call for impeachment? I am very proud of this accomplishment and have now raised the bar for future Presidents for years to come.
The evening started with Lanson Champagne @ $51.75 which was accompanied by the usual cheese, crackers and bread. Special Holiday treats of shrimp, oysters and smoked salmon were also made available for all to enjoy.
The task for the evening was a simple one. Simply tell me if the wines are old world or new world and what country you thought they were from. The only hint that was provided was that 5 of the 6 wines had something in common and the “6th” wine was somehow related to one of the other 5 wines.
After gaining control of the group after an unsuccessful coup attempt by Flan, I somehow managed to get the group to 100% agree that wine number 5 was the “odd wine” of the group and that is was new world. This left the sober members of the group to conclude, correctly, that the other five wines were old world. Joe and Allan correctly identified a couple of these wines as Bordeaux, thus the group was left with the obvious country of origin as France.
The common thread between the “6th” wine and one of the other 5 was that Philippe Melka was the wine maker for both number 5 & 6.
1) 2007 Château du Trignon Gigondas $36.95
2) 2008 Esprit de Preuillac $19.95
3) 1999 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Château d'Ampuis $39.95
4) 1998 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape $49.95
5) 2008 Melka Métisse Jumping Goat $39.95
6) 2007 Melka St. Émilion Grand Cru Métisse Le Chatelet $49.95
There was a bit of a mix as to which wine was the favourite of the mix with Flan, Bob and Joe leaning towards #4, Flan, Keith and Ken #3 with a bit of a mix with the remaining members.
The evening concluded with an Apple Galette with calvados- spiked prunes. Handmade chocolate truffles were also offered. This was quaffed down with Rasteau Vin Coux Natural @ $19.85.
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