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"Que Syrah, Syrah" from All Over The World! Friday, Nov 23rd@6pm - No Corkage!
Dear PDX Wine Members/Winos, With Turkey Day approaching I was thinking we should have a non-Turkey meetup on the Friday after Thanksgiving. What a great way to spend a Friday night! Our event on Friday, November 23rd at 6pm we are meeting up at Q Restaurant & Bar, the old Veritable Quandry. No corkage fee! Our theme is Syrah from All Over The World. Check out the wines we’ll be having: 1. 2005 Charles Cimicky Shiraz Reserve Barossa Valley - $49 Coats the glass with a thick purple film. Purple/black, it gives up a splendid perfume of cedar, Asian spices, pepper, violets, bacon, blueberry, and blackberry. On the palate the wine is dense and plush, admirably combining elegance and power. There are gobs of sweet blue and black fruits, ripe tannins. Rated 95 The Wine Advocate (WA) 2. 2014 Martinelli Syrah Lolita Ranch Russian River Valley - $58 Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Syrah Lolita Ranch has youthful black cherry, mulberry and black pepper notes with hints of cloves and cinnamon stick. Big, concentrated and full-bodied, the generous fruit is well-supported by firm, rounded tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing long and spicy. Only 89 cases were made. Rated 90 WA 3. 2013 Tensley Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard Santa Barbara County - $48 The largest-scaled Colson Canyon to date, the 2013 Syrah Colson Canyon is classic cassis, black raspberry, graphite and toasty notes to go with a full-bodied, concentrated and layered profile on the palate. This got a big "Wow" in the notes, and while it doesn't pull any punches with regards to fruit or texture, it stays lively and elegant. It will have 10-15 years of longevity. Rated 94-97 WA 4. 2013 Lucia Gary's Vineyard Syrah Santa Lucia Highlands - $37 Vivid purple. An exotically perfumed bouquet displays vibrant black and blue fruit and violet pastille aromas, along with suggestions of incense, olive paste and cracked pepper. Alluringly sweet and concentrated, offering palate-staining blueberry and cherry-cola flavors and a subtle touch of candied licorice. A vanilla note comes up on the youthfully tannic finish, which hangs on with outstanding tenacity and repeating sweetness. 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar 5. 2012 Terre Rouge Syrah Sentinel Oak Vineyard Shenandoah Valley - $40 Built for aging, this tightly wound, elegant and yet grand wine is sure to develop more nuances and smoothness with time. It smells enticingly like cedar, tobacco and dark chocolate-covered blueberries, yet retains a firmness and reserve that doesn't let those melt into richness on the palate quite yet. Rated 95 Wine Enthusiast Magazine Cellar Selection 6. 2015 Betz Family Winery Syrah La Cote Rousse Red Mountain Washington - $59 "The 2015 Syrah la Cote Rousse is a blockbuster Syrah from Red Mountain that’s from the Ranch at the End of The Road and Ciel du Cheval vineyards. It’s a mix of four different clones and is brought up in barrel. This deep, inky, seriously black Syrah gives up Hermitage-like notes of scorched earth, charred meats, graphite and licorice. It’s a big, concentrated effort that’s going to benefit from short-term cellaring and keep through 2035." Rated 96 WA 7. 2015 Eberle Syrah Steinbeck Vineyard Paso Robles - $28 Savory aromas of black pepper, teriyaki-glazed steak, charcoal and elderberry jam converge for a compelling nose on this bottling. There is a strong soy richness to the sip, with grilled black plums and alder smoke flavors. It's the perfect barbecue wine. Rated 91 Wine Enthusiast 8. 2009 Tulocay Syrah Napa Valley Haynes Vineyard - $25 Garnet purple color. Aromas of stewed berries, Greek yogurt, and char-roasted nuts with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, blackberry, cream, peppery spice and cedar finish with powdery tannins. Rated 88

Q Restaurant & Bar

828 SW 2nd Avenue · Portland, OR

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If you like wine and food, this group is for you. This group was started as a place to find other people who want to learn about wine and food in a casual, fun, and stimulating setting. This is not a dating or pick-up group. We meet at least once per month at a local venue that allows us to bring our own wine.

There are so many great places in and around Portland that are BYO/BYOB we can enjoy wine and food in a casual, fun, interesting, affordable atmosphere. I have access to great wine and I am always looking to enjoy it with like minded people.

I am a wine educator, wine writer, and former retailer. For over 15 years I have owned and operated a wine education and wine tasting company, Vin de Vin Wine Tasting and Collecting Consultants, .

Since I love wine, food, and socializing, I have been lucky enough to discover many places that are wine friendly and love to host groups like ours. My aim is to promote the love of wine by providing other wine lovers the chance to learn about the wonderful world of wine and sample world-class vino as we socialize and meet a diverse group of people with similar interests. Our primary emphasis is to have fun by fusing these three activities - enjoying wine, food and meeting interesting people. The joy of a great meal and wonderful wine together.

The venues of our meetings will generally be BYO/BYOB restaurants whenever possible, that also offer to great food and ambiance.

We plan to taste wines from all over the world that have been rated by The Wine Advocate, International Wine Cellars, Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast magazines, James Halliday, Jancis Robinson, and other renowned experts.

Everyone is welcome! From new people to wine, to long time wine lovers. So lets join up and have fun meeting and mingling while indulging in three of life's most satisfying pleasures - PEOPLE, WINE & FOOD. CHEERS!!!

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