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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Cape Cod Wine Tasting: A great way to try new wines.

Charlie’s Weekly Wine-ings

What a week for wine!  Since my June 17 blog I have gone to two official wine tasting and a few not so official ones.  It is my job to stay as current on the available wines so I can find great wines to share with guests at our Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast. It’s tough work, but someone has to do it.

A formal wine tasting is a great way to learn about new and different wines. The more wines you taste, the more you also learn what you like. Because, it doesn’t matter what anyone else says about a wine, the key is if you like it, you should buy it and enjoy it. Wine tastings expose you to a broader range of wines in a setting where everyone else is also exploring and leaning more about wine. We are lucky here in Sandwich Center to have weekly wine tastings at the Belfry Bistro that also pair each wine with food. So, not only are you tasting new wines, but have the double benefit of savoring how the wine and selected foods actually improve when experienced together. This is my kind of continuing adult education.

So my two formal tasting last week, sponsored by my friends at Cellar 55 Wine Merchants, introduced me to Joseph Phelps’ wines from Napa and Sonoma and Drappier Champagne from France. The Phelps tasting was an opportunity to try some higher priced wines by the small glass that I may not have bought a full bottle just to sample. Good wine tastings are also an economical and fun way to explore the vast world of wine. The Drappier tasting was Wednesday, June 23rd, and special since it was also Jan’s and my 37th wedding anniversary. We made an evening of sipping great Champagnes with friends. Here’s to the next 37 years.  

My guest wines this week actually came from a less formal tasting with Rick, the wine manager at Blanchard’s Liquors in Hyannis. I found a new French white and revisited a nice Paso Robles’ red. My white is a 2007 Le Poule Blanche, a blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Viognier that yields a delightfully refreshing wine. My red is a 2006 Clayhouse Syrah, mainly made from central coast Syrah grapes with a unique blending of minor amounts of Grenache, Mouvedre, Cabernet, Petite Sirah, and Malbec that makes a big but still smooth wine. I am anxious to see what my quest think of my choices and will let you know next week.  

Happy Wine-ing,

Charlie Preus, the Innkeeper's Assistant and Resident Wine Steward at the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center, Sandwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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