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Eleventh 2017 Ann Arbor Tasters Guild Event
BEST OF THE SHOWS
Wine Merchant Dinner

with Dick Scheer, Owner, Village Corner

TUESDAY, November 14, 7:00 pm
at Grange Kitchen, 118 S. Main, Ann Arbor

Autumn is Trade Show season. Michigan wine distributors call in their winery and importer reps to man tables at massive exhibitions directed at retail and restaurant wine buyers. There are literally hundreds of wines and spirits available for tasting at some of these shows.

I feel an obligation to attend as many as possible and to sample as many products of interest as time allows. With my speedy, aroma-enhancing Taster glass, recorder, and spit-each-sample regimen, I‛m pretty efficient at it, accumulating hundreds of evaluations before the season ends.

‛m calling my own number this month, sending seven of my favorite trade-show wines to Chef-Proprietor Brandon Johns and kitchen for the purpose of menu conception. The choices are based on value, uniqueness, and quality relative to type. I‛m including my tasting notes with the wine list, and, of course, I‛ll be the evening‛s speaker in order to fill in the details. Brandon‛s menu will follow by email when available.

THE WINES AND TASTING NOTES

Aperitif
16 ANDREOLA 26 DEGREES PRIMO RIVE DE COL SAN MARTINO
PROSECCO VALDOBBIADENE SUPERIORE BRUT

Good, appley prosecco nose. Very fresh, bright, and fruity Quite a bit of finesse, and truly dry./ Yes, very dry, with a fine mousse. Very creamy apple, pear, white peach. Accommodating and ready for food use. Or a very dry aperitif. Appetite stimulating.

Dinner Wines
ADD COURSE ONE

16 PINE RIDGE CLARKSBURG CHENIN BLANC-VIOGNIER
This really sings. Just what it ought to be. Definite chenin quince and the viognier honeysuckle. Rich, intense, textured, everything./ All carries over on the palate. Add lime and pear. Dazzling acid and texture. Total. Best ever.

15 PFALZ ESTATE RIESLING DRY, DR. BURKLIN-WOLF
Incisive. Crystal clear. Deep. Noble reduction. Pure. Wet stone; fruit pit./ Plenty of cut and tensile acidity to balance 2015 richness. Very long, precise, focused fruit finish

16 CASTILLA Y LEON TEMPRANILLO GRANDE, EL JEFE
From the Farina family estate on the La Meseta plateau south of Toro. A fresh take. Unique and appealing like Ampelaia’s Unlitro Costa Toscana./ Very elegant form of tempranillo. Cool. All fruit, no wood, little tannin. Full raspberry-cherry tempranillo taste. You could chill this down for added refreshment. Totally come hither.

16 VERONESE CORVINA, NICOLAS BISCARDO
Corvina is the essential component of Veronese red wines the likes of Valpolicella. Deep and dark. Violet flower and fruit. Incredible, unbeatable. Pure and intense. Cooler than 15 but just as sweet and ripe./ Plus sandalwood and spice. All over the place and well composed at the same time.

14 SEIGNEURS D’AIGUILHE, COTES DE CASTILLON
Owned by Stephan von Neipperg, proprietor of 1er Grand Cru Classe Saint Emilion Chateau Canon la Gaffeliere. Admirably sweet, ripe fruit and a fine measure of new oak to complement it. He always lavishes it on these./ As good as it gets. Awesome combo of beautifully ripe merlot and fine oak.

DESSERT WINE
16 MALVASIA DI CASORZO NAUFRAGAR, SULIN
6%. Frizzante. Glows and entices. Maraschino and black cherries./ Bursts with flavor. Total allure. Well balanced sweet-acid ratio. Even some light tannin etch. Exotic.

NITE CAP
DAVID NICHOLSON 1843 KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY
Boy, this wheated, 100 proof bourbon is smooth, rich, and, well, total. The complete picture.


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By Nov 7 Tasters Guild / AWS MEMBER cost is $69.50 each:
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After Nov 7 Tasters Guild MEMBER / AWS cost is $72.00 each:
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