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April Casual Night at Sandy and Lorraine's

The theme for this month's event is Pinot Wars!

Pinot Grigio vs. Pinot Gris – definitely the style difference is linked to Italy (Pinot Grigio) vs. everyone else. In general, Pinot Grigio is usually fruitier and kind of spritzy (it's a technical term). Pinot Gris tends to be more subtle, emphasizing some layers to it where you may get some honey or spice nuances mixed in with the fruit. They're both lighter wines with higher acidity, so drink it up with some good creamy cheese! Pinot Grigio can be found crafted by many winemakers in Italy and California. Pinot Gris can be readily found from California, Oregon, and France.

Pinot Noir - Old World vs. New World styles of wine - this varietal can be one of the most polarizing when it comes to what people like. Old World essentially refers back to the homeland of Pinot Noir (the Burgundy region of France) and their wine making practices. New World basically refers to winemakers in the U.S., but even more so it is about some style differences (and freedoms) they are allowed to exercise when making their wine.

Old World style Pinot Noir is all about managing the fine line of power with restraint. You will oftentimes get lots of wood, spices, and earth on the nose of these wines. The fruit is there, too, but it will be joined by many other flavors. These wines can be very "in your face" on the bouquet, but then very subtle on the palette. The color of Old World Pinot can be a lighter red, but also sometimes it has a darker, almost brownish tone.

New World Style Pinot Noir is all about the fruit first. That doesn't mean it's sweet (far from it), but the fruit doesn't take a backseat to earth, wood, or spice. You will get all of these, but usually not to the extent of an Old World version. New World style tends to be richer and also deep red in color.

There are many winemakers outside of Burgundy that make their Pinot Noir in the Old World style, so it can be found pretty easily. France, California, Oregon and Washington all offer wines in this style.

New World style can also be found in California, Oregon and Washington. However, I'd say that California offers the most New World options (Sonoma County and the entire Central Coast offer many selections).

When in doubt, ask a salesperson in your favorite wine shop for help. They will usually know which style the wine represents.

>These flavor profiles are based upon our humble views and you may have different opinions on them. The main thing is tasting the various styles and seeing how the same grape can be made so differently. Most of all, have fun with it!! Read on for the details of what to bring.

What to bring – food and wine
WineFor this event; if your first name begins with A - F, bring a Pinot Gris, if your first name begins with G - L, bring a Pinot Grigio, if your first name begins with M - R, bring an Old World style Pinot Noir, if your first name begins with S - Z, bring a New World style Pinot Noir.

***IF you REALLY don't want to bring what you have been assigned, you may bring something else in the lineup, but ONLY IF YOU POST WHAT YOU ARE BRINGING. And be forewarned that if we need other kinds or styles of wine, I may request that you bring what you were originally assigned so we have a good representation of taste profiles.

We’d really like to know a little bit about the wine you brought, so please write a note and attach it to your bottle indicating – your name, where you bought it, your "review" of the wine, and it’s cost (don’t cover the bottle’s label). We have printed labels available when you sign in if you want to use one of them instead.

Food – Any member whose first name begins with M to Z and anyone that’s bringing a guest (more than one person on the RSVP), bring a dish to share, along with serving utensils. If it’s not your turn to bring food, but you have a dish you’d like to bring, please feel free to. And we’d appreciate it if you post an idea of what you are going to bring when you RSVP.

RSVP and Directions
Please respond to the invitation no later than the Thursday evening before the event. Only those who respond YES by Thursday night will be sent the address on Friday morning. If you haven't received directions by Friday evening, email Tana. You are always welcome to bring a guest to an event; but you need to include that person in your RSVP (and provide the appropriate amount of food and wine).

*If your plans change, we request you change your RSVP right away. Since most events have a guest limit, if you do not show up, then someone else who wanted to come did not get to because you had that spot. Also, Tana gets really mad at no-shows.

Wine and Drive
These don’t mix, obviously. Each person attending these events is responsible for his/her own behavior, safety and sobriety. The host is in no way liable for anything that might occur at the event or afterward, including driving home. You are responsible to designate a driver for yourself and your companions for every event.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Smoking - Please note that smoking is NOT permitted at this, or ANY event.

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  • Pam & D.

    Had a wonderful time, great hosts, good food and of course new wines to add to list

    April 29, 2013

  • Paul

    Some very nice wines and some so so!! Tana you always do a nice job explaining many of the differences in vintner's and wine's.

    1 · April 29, 2013

  • Marcia

    Really enjoyed the evening with good food and wine, great conversation, and wonderful hosts.

    1 · April 28, 2013

  • Kathleen K.

    A great Meet-Up loved the theme and learning more about wine! Some of the wines I tasted last night; I would have never tried on my own!

    1 · April 28, 2013

  • George R.

    Pinot Grigio and ravioli (of course)

    April 27, 2013

  • Cleve C.

    Sorry, won't be able to make this one.

    April 26, 2013

  • Paul

    I will be bringing a Pinot Noir and because my guest prefers Pinot Grigio's I'll be bringing a Main and Geary Pinot Grigio and a dish, however, I'm still undecided at this time.

    April 24, 2013

  • Kathleen K.


    Sorry, gave you the wrong impression, I am bringing PG I think that was the one. I did not mean I would bring red because that is my favorite; I am actually looking forward to trying something new and I would not do it without the meetup. I have already bought the wine, and look forward to seeing you.


    April 23, 2013

  • Kathleen K.

    Whites are not my favorite wine, but I am bringing what the outline of the event requested. Love the fact, information about the wine of the evening had been featured.

    I want to learn about the different wines, but have fun doing that with people that communicate and learn through, the meetups and within our group.

    April 22, 2013

    • Tana E.

      Sandy is inviting some guests - I can see what they are bringing and perhaps you can switch - I'll let you know if I find out.

      April 22, 2013

    • Tana E.

      hey Kathleen, checked w/ Sandy and his guests are bringing PN, so best if you bring your white for our variety....

      April 23, 2013

  • Keith T

    We have a wedding to attend the same day (not ours LOL). Have fun and we'll see you next time :)

    April 22, 2013

  • Imre K.

    O Frabjous day, Caloo Calay!

    April 15, 2013

  • Kathleen K.

    Looking forward to it; I missed the last one, hope to see some of my new meet up friends there.

    April 12, 2013

  • CJ (AKA S.

    I'm a strong maybe. I was supposed to go to Texas that weekend, but I think plans have changed. I'll bring a salad and Patty.

    April 12, 2013

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