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New Meetup: Uncommon Reds, the Bigger, the Better! (a/k/a I want a new grape!)

From: Jen
Sent on: Monday, October 5, 2009 10:28 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Austin Wine Tasters!

What: Uncommon Reds, the Bigger, the Better! (a/k/a I want a new grape!)

When: October 16,[masked]:45 PM

Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)

Hey Everybody!

We have a couple of tastings scheduled for mid-October. Anthony is doing our first, and the theme gives us an opportunity to learn about some (possibly many) lesser-known wines. Anthony has a venue rule, so please keep in in mind when deciding upon whether or not to attend: no smoking on premises, indoors or out.

I'll send out Anthony's address to Yes-es on the Thursday before the event, and to Maybes the Friday of the event. He provides information below on the area town where he lives.

Shun the most popular (top five in sales) red varietals of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Syrah/Shiraz and introduce us to a new grape.

Please bring a wine of a single varietal that is not one of the top five and an accompanying hors d'oeuvre. Although many European wines are usually named after the appellation where the grapes were grown, please find the name of the grape varietal (for example, Gamay is used in Beaujolais, Sangiovese in Chianti) and be prepared to provide the proper pronunciation (

A few examples of big, full bodied reds, in order from dry to sweet:
Alicante Bouchet, Baga, Bobal, Mourverde, Negro Amaro, Nero d'Avola, Tannat, Touriga Nacional

Reds with slightly less body, in order from dry to sweet:
Aglianico, Kadarka, Nebbiolo, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, Pinotage, Ruby Cabernet, Uva di Troia

Lighter, but still acceptable for the event (in dry to sweet order):
Barbera, Carignan, Cinsaut, Lladoner Pelut, Nerello Mascalese, Norton, Touriga Franca

If you do not already have a favorite from the above list, and want some idea of the varietal taste prior to purchase, click on the varietal at the Jelly Belly bar (, which also warns you to avoid poorly-made Carmenere ( Episode 14 of the Wine for Newbies podcast ( also provides some suggestions.

The event will be hosted by Anthony Edw. J Campbell at his home in West Lake 78746 a few blocks west of Rollingwood. You can also enjoy works of local artists Megan Van Groll (, Phillip Wade (, and Shannon Hamann ( on display in his home gallery, as well as works by Sasso ( and Tim Raines ( in his permanent collection. The property is smoke-free: no smoking on premises, indoors or outside. Address and directions will be sent via private e-mail prior to the event.

As always, please give Jen $1 at the event to defray the cost of hosting this MeetUp group.

See you the 16th!


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