Time for some Mourvèdre! Mad Martian requested a night of revelry and tasting centered around Mourvèdre, and I must say, that is a great idea! Note the venue change, we will be returning to Europa to enjoy this wine.
Mourvèdre is a grape that may be most familiar to people as a component of GSM-style wines. GSM stands for Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre, and is a blend of these three grapes that is very popular from the world renown Rhone Valley region in southern France. Australia also has a thriving GSM scene. As a varietal, it tends to contribute a large structure and tannin component to these blends. It is also a popular stand alone varietal, as it is a fairly big wine that can hold its own. Originally believed to be from Spain, Mourvèdre does very well in warm climates with good sun, and can be found prominently in: Spain, southern France, California, Eastern Washington, and Australia. This meetup will explore the offerings of Mourvèdre available from around the world. Any bottle of Mourvèdre from any region is welcome in this blind tasting. Even though it is extremely popular for blending, I want to stick to varietal style so that we can explore the specifics of this grape. I will have a bottle or two of GSM available outside the tasting to compare and contrast for anyone interested.
I am really looking forward to a night of Mourvèdre. Come join us!
Just a note on finding bottles of Mouvedre.
France - Look for wines from the French region of Bandol (Their AOC rules are 100% Mouvedre, Domaine Tempier is the most Famous).
Spain - look for wines from Yecla (80% Yecla's Red Vines are planted to Monastrell aka Mouvedre), Bodegas Castano is probably the most famous.
Jumilla (85% of Jumilla red vines are planted to Monastrell aka Mouvedre), Juan Gill is well known from this area.
USA - For American Mouvedre, Cline makes a few well known Mouvedres. Plus there are a couple from Washington, Syncline comes to mind.
Some other Wa state producers that have a Mourvedre :
$5 if you bring a bottle $15 to just taste. We will put the fees in a pot and the winner (whoever brings the best rated bottle will take home the pot (Minus food expense). Blind Tasting. If we get 20 people to show, the after expense pot should be at least $80, Last week the winner took home $120.
Exotic meat and cheese plates provided.
Great value event, the last 40 times, everyone has tasted 10+ wines, had exotic meat and cheese plates and the winner has taken home money for bringing the best wine.
Think you know Mourvèdre? Bring a bottle and let's find out.
Starts at 7PM, but feel free to show up early, I always have a bottle or 2 open.