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2007 WINE TASTINGS:

All 2007 Wine Tastings

     
The Wines of Greece
February 24, 2007
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Wrentham, MA

The Wines of Greece
When most people think about the wines from Greece, Retsina is what comes to mind, which is largely why the wines of Greece are overlooked. In the last few years, Greece has been steadily improving their still, dry wine production and exporting more and more fine wines to the US. The wines are remarkably good, although the grape varieties are strangers to most of the wine drinking crowd. At this event we will taste at least six wines from a number of regions in Greece.

The cost:$50
Location: Wrentham, Massachusetts
Time: 3:00pm



Wines of Burgundy
March 10, 2007
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Wrentham, MA
 
Wines of Burgundy
Burgundy, like Bordeaux is a classic wine region with a long-standing tradition of fine wine production. Unlike Bordeaux, the wines of Burgundy are not as well-known, largely because the complicated arrangement of appellations and vineyard ownership. Home to Pinot Noir (red wines) and Chardonnay (white wines), Burgundian wines can be magical and remain the benchmarks by which other Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producers measure their success. At this event we will taste at least six wines from the key regions in Burgundy.

The cost:$75
Location: Wrentham, Massachusetts
Time: 3:00pm



Vertical Tasting
March 24, 2007
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Wrentham, MA
 
Vertical Wine Tasting
A vertical tasting is where several vintages of a single winery or varietal are tasted and assessed. Vertical tastings are valuable and fun, because it gives the wine aficionado an opportunity to review a series of wines (often from much older vintages) that often demonstrate the history of quality production for a particular wine maker. At this event we will taste at least six wines in a vertical tasting of a single producer. The precise producer will be named as we get closer to the event, but be sure to save the date.

The cost:$100
Location: Wrentham, Massachusetts
Time: 3:00pm



Bordeaux vs. Napa
Taste-off Revisited

April 21, 2007
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Wrentham, MA
 
Bordeaux versus Napa Taste-off Revisited
Back in 2004, we conducted a simulation of the famous 1976 tasting that pitted Cabernet-based wines from Napa Valley against the some of the best that Bordeaux had to offer. Popular demand has brought this event back to Musings, so once again we will put these two regions to the test. At this event we will taste at least six wines in a reenactment of the historic 1976 tasting. Of course, the wines will be from more recent vintages, but the experience should be quite similar.

The cost:$100
Location: Wrentham, Massachusetts
Time: 3:00pm



Riesling
May 5, 2007
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Wrentham, MA
 
Riesling
Most people are very familiar with the Riesling-based wines that come from Germany, but what most people don’t realize is that Riesling-based wines are produced in regions around the globe. A very food friendly wine, Riesling is often misunderstood. We hope to dispel the confusion and demonstrate the appeal of this fine noble grape. At this event we will taste at least six wines from a variety of countries and regions where Riesling is made.

The cost:$50
Location: Wrentham, Massachusetts
Time: 3:00pm



Older Wines Revisited
May 19, 2007
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Wrentham, MA
 
Older Wines Revisited
Back by popular demand! Most wine today is meant to be consumed the moment it is bought. Ripe, fruity wines that are “ready to drink” are the order of the day. Given this fact, many wine drinkers today have not had a chance to taste older, well aged wines. At this event we will taste six wines that have at least 15 years of bottle age on them. The wines will be from varieties and regions where aging wine is a requirement (like Bordeaux).

The cost:$100
Location: Wrentham, Massachusetts
Time: 3:00pm



Wines of Priorato
June 23, 2007
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Wrentham, MA
 
Wines of Priorato (Spain)
The region of Priorato is found in the eastern part of Spain, closest to the Mediterranean Sea. It is a remote region with steeply-terraced vineyards that make grape growing truly a labor of love. The region is known for its full-bodied, darkly-colored red wines and arguably its most famous producer: the Priorato de Scala Dei, a 12th-century Carthusian monastery from which the region takes its name. The monastery, once home to 60 monks and 100 lay brothers, is now half ruined but its legend lives on. Hundreds of years ago a shepherd boy, out tending his flock one night, woke up to see angels descending a celestial ladder. So the monastery was named: Priorato de Scala Dei, or ‘Priory of the stairway of God'. At this event we will taste at least six wines from a variety of producers in Priorato.

The cost:$60
Location: Wrentham, Massachusetts
Time: 3:00pm

     
Wines of South America
September 15 , 2007
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Wrentham, MA

Wines of South America
Twenty years ago, the wines of Chile and Argentina were just emerging as the latest high-value wines. Quality was somewhat variable, but you couldn’t beat the prices. Today, both countries have invested significant capital in improving viticulture and wine making practices, efforts that have dramatically improved the consistency of their wines. At this tasting we will taste several high-quality, high-value wines from both Chile and Argentina.

The cost:$50
Location: Wrentham, Massachusetts
Time: 3:00pm



Wines of the Pacific Northwest
September 29 , 2007
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Wrentham, MA
 
Wines of the Pacific Northwest
When people think about the wines from the west coast of the US, most think California. If that’s all you think about, then you’re missing a lot of really good, high value wine. While Pinot Noir made a name for itself in Oregon, many other varieties have become stars. Washington State was home to some of the finest Merlot-based wines, there again, the number of killer varietals has grown dramatically. At this tasting we will taste several wonderful wines from Oregon and Washington State.

The cost:$50
Location: Wrentham, Massachusetts
Time: 3:00pm



Non-Vinifera Grapes
October 13 , 2007
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Wrentham, MA
 
Non-Vinifera Grapes
For centuries, fine wine has been a product of the “noble” grape varieties, all stemming from the family of grapes called vitis vinifera. Wines made from vinifera grapes have set the standard by which all other wines are judged, but with improved technology in both the vineyard and the wine cellar, non-vinifera and hybrid varieties are making fine wines of distinction. At this tasting we will taste several wines made from non-vinifera varietals.

The cost:$50
Location: Wrentham, Massachusetts
Time: 3:00pm



Wine & Food Pairing
October 27 , 2007
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Wrentham, MA
 
Wine & Food Pairing
Taste is perhaps the most subjective of our senses. This is due to the fact that human physiology causes people to interpret tastes in a manner unique to each individual. Add to this the now dizzying array of cuisines and wines that are available and you have a recipe for gourmet disaster. In this one-night class, we'll examine the concepts of how we taste and how this applies to matching wines with food. Our samplings will include a series of white and red wines, each paired with a selection of cheeses.

The cost:$100
Location: Wrentham, Massachusetts
Time: 3:00pm



White Burgundy
November 10 , 2007
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Wrentham, MA
 
White Burgundy
Earlier this year we featured a tasting event of fine red Burgundy. It was so well received that I thought giving equal time to the white wines of Burgundy would only be fair. While Burgundy is so well known for their Pinot Noir, their white wines made from Chardonnay are among wine royalty. The white wines of Burgundy have set the standard by which all Chardonnays are judged. At this tasting we will taste several white Burgundy wines.

The cost:$75
Location: Wrentham, Massachusetts
Time: 3:00pm



Champagne
December 15 , 2007
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Wrentham, MA
 
Champagne
Holiday celebrations would somehow be diminished without the inclusion of fine Champagne. In the past, we’ve looked at the overall category of sparkling wines, all very nice. However, sometimes there is nothing like the real thing to set one’s heart aflutter. At this tasting we will sample several wines from Champagne, including many vintage and tête du cuvee bottles.

The cost:$100
Location: Wrentham, Massachusetts
Time: 3:00pm



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