|Eleventh 2018 WC-TG-AWS Event
BEST OF SHOWS Wine Merchant Dinner
Discoveries with Dick Scheer, Village Corner
MONDAY, November 12, 7:00 pm
|at Grange Kitchen, 118 W. Liberty, Ann Arbor|
This past spring and fall, I've sampled close to 1500 wines and spirits at supplier trade shows. Tough job, but SOMEBODY'S got to do it! There were a lot of great wines, especially the EXPENSIVE ones. Only the wines offering the best price-quality relationships make it through to the Village Corner stock lists. The best of the rest have a chance at appearing in our monthly "Newly Available" posting.
For this Armistice Day dinner event, I've made eight selections that not only represent great price-quality ratios but also diversity, as well as fascinating subject matter. Get ready for both education and entertainment. Chef Brandon Johns provides the following complementary menu.
Soft Scrambled Eggs, Goat Cheese, Herbs
Carmellized Cauliflower, Sauteed Lake Trout
Grilled Garlicky Lamb Sausage, White Beans, Last of the Tomatoes
Duck Confit Cake, Potatoes, Mushroom Puree
"Dessert" of Pear Jam, Almonds, Foie Gras and Chicken Liver Mousse
WINE LIST with Tasting Notes
M. LAWRENCE ICE3 LEELANAU PENINSULA DEMI SEC (MICHIGAN)
Of late, several sparkling wine specialists have been experimenting with bubblies that can be served on the rocks. It's in deference to the younger generations that seek "casual" wine enjoyment. At a spring trade show, I tasted Larry Mawby's against Moet Chandon's and liked it better. It was great on its own and with ice too! See for yourself
2017 MINHO ALVARINHO, NORTICO (PORTUGAL)
I've loved this for several shows and vintages running, the 2017, like so may Euro dry whites of this vintage, just dazzles. Minho is an elite sub zone of northern Portugal's Vinho Verde region, alvarinho (called albarino across the border in Spain's Rias Baixas area) the top white grape variety.
2017 DE WETSHOF LIMESTONE HILL ROBERTSON CHARDONNAY (SOUTH AFRICA)
Astonishing chardonnay from one of South Africa's inland areas. As the vineyard name suggests, the vines grow in chalky soil like found in Burgundy's Chablis AOC. As with most wines of Chablis, no barrel aging is necessary to augment (or obfuscate) the full varietal and terroir expressions of this example.
2015 DOMAINE VIRGINIE THUNEVIN (FRANCE)
Jean Luc Thunevin is Bordeaux's original 'garagiste' and iconoclast 'bad boy'. His Saint Emilion Chateau Valandraud sells for hundreds of dollars. Luckily we can experience his wines' larger than life' style at a much more reasonable price. Vintage 2015 plays right into his hands.
2015 MONTSANT LA NIT DE LES GARNATXES LIMESTONE, CELLER DE CAPCANES
In the hills above Barcelona, Montsant, like neighboring Priorat, is one of Spain's leading winegrowing regions. It's a land of various soil types. This trade show pairing offered me the opportunity to isolate the impact of soil on two outstanding grenache wines, identical in all other respects. Fascinating exercise!
PEDRO DOMECQ RIO VIEJO DRY OLOROSO SHERRY (SPAIN)
About the only time you're going to get to enjoy sherry at a Tasters Guild dinner is when I'm picking the wines. This one rolled my socks up and down at a spring trade show. Though it's dry, it's also viscous and incredibly concentrated. I have it slated as a potential 'dessert' wine, but count on Chef Brandon to pair it with something different. Foie gras, perhaps?
DANZIGER DER LACHS GOLDWASSER (GERMANY)
It's so great to seen this classic liqueur back in the market. Infused with cardamom, coriander, juniper, caraway, and other spices and botanicals, and replete with 22 karat gold flakes, it makes a great digestif.
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