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L.A. Wine Elite Society: Sommelier-Guided Wine Tastings Pages

here's a summary of a typical session for member review. please join our next session!!

Fine Members of the Wine Tasting Society LA:

We had a grand dinner evening with 10 remarkable wines at the Beverly Hilton. Just as planned we had a full table of 15 members and it was a very enjoyable session, as we explored the important wine regions of France and Italy over dinner. The Beverly Hilton gave us a nice quiet corner, and one of our fine members Steve even brought two additional wines that we blind-tasting together. It was not easy to indicate the regions in the blind-tasting, but some of our experienced members actually achieved impressive results.

Here is the wine line up with quick review, ordered from best to worst, from my perspective. Overall I found the flight less impressive that many of the past ones I have put together. Gladly we were here for the learning experience and appreciated the full scope of wine sensations.

1. CORVINA, Amarone della Valpolicella, Veneto Italy. 2006, Zenato. 95 by Wine Spectator
Joey: 8/10 (it needed time in the glass and developed onto a beautiful creamy wine with hints of dried berries)

2. CABERNET SAUVIGNON, Saint Estephe Bordeaux, 2005. Chateau Lafon-Rochet. 92 points by Wine Spectator
Joey: 7/10 (one can rely on Bordeaux... a solid representative from the top French quality class that also needed time to open up)

3. BARBERA, Piemonte Italy, 2009. Marcarini.
Joey: 6/10 (a fruity little wine. cheerful and not complicated)

4. PINOT NOIR, Yamhill Oregon, 1999. Soter Beacon Hill. 93 points by Wine Spectator
Joey: 6/10 (a very Burgundy-style Oregon Pinot. that alone is a great achievement)

5. CABERNET FRANC, Bourgueil Loire France, 2010. Domaine de la Chanteleuserie.
Joey: 5/10 (maybe a weaker expression of the great Loire wines. yet, characteristic)

6. BRUNELLO, Tuscany Italy, 2006. La Poderina. 95 points by Wine Spectator
Joey: 4/10 (this wine didnt offer much in the tasting. the mystery of the evening)

7. MONTEPULCIANO, Abruzzo Italy, 2009. Gaetano D' Aquino.
Joey: 4/10 (Trader Joe's representation of a cheap Montepulciano. Mixed reviews from the tasting group and nothing to write home about)

8. SHIRAZ, McLaren Vale, Australia 2005. Aramis Vineyards.
Joey: 3/10 (a bland wine with nothing to mention that would be noteworthy)

The two donated wines (by collector member Steve) were a nice Bordeaux from the Medoc's Margaux and a rare grape from Central Italy, with most intriguing tasting notes.

This was a great event and all members are encouraged to look for upcoming sessions on our calendar. Tentatively, we have scheduled a session for Thanksgiving weekend but if that doesn't fill up we will push it to a better date. More fun topics will be posted and announced shortly. While the holiday season may slow us down, we will go full throttle in January. Thanks for only RSVP'ing when you can keep your calendar clear for our events. And thanks for not flaking :)


Marlene and Joey
Humble Sommeliers of Wine Tasting Society LA

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