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Next Week-- $20 Pinot Noirs for $20

Barbara Williams
 

Next Tuesday, October 22 we will have our first $20 class of the year.  You might ask—how can you possibly do a class of all Pinot Noirs anywhere close to the budget for a $20 class!  Well, it was difficult, but through ordering on-line and getting some free shipping and some other concessions on shipping rates, I did it!  

 

The idea for this class came from an article in the Wall Street Journal on June 29 by their wine columnist Lettie Teague.  She starts the article by saying “Why is it so hard to find a reasonably priced Pinot Noir that actually tastes like the grape?”  She tried a group of 16 Pinots which were $20 or under and selected 5 which she liked and these are the wines we will be having on Tuesday. 

 

She noted that with the notable exceptions of these five, she found three basic types: the simple, the sweet and the vegetal.  She says the simple ones tasted like lightly fermented red juice of indeterminate origin.   The sweet ones recalled cherry cheesecake and the vegetal ones tasted like a bowl of green beans.  To answer the question about why it is so hard to produce a good Pinot at an affordable price, Lettie interviewed several winemakers whose Pinots she liked and I will discuss their answers in my lecture. 

 

The five winners included some wines I has tried before and liked, as well as some new ones.  They include one from France, the Joseph Drouhin LaForet, one from California, Angeline Vineyards California Pinot Noir, two from Oregon, the La Crema Pinot Noir Willamette Valley and the Stoller Family Estate Pinot Noir Dundee Hills, and one from New Zealand, the Dashwood Pinot Noir Marlborough.

 

We will of course have two cheeses especially selected to match with Pinot Noir and plenty of crusty baguettes.  So please join us next Tuesday to discover some tasty bargains!

 

 

Reminder: WWCS October 15 Class on San Benito County Wines, California: Paicines AVA

Paula Leonardo
 

Well, I have to start this reminder email with an exclamation - last night I attended a tasting at Pearmund Cellars where Sharon Houy presented eight wines from Monterey County and they were fabulous!!  The event was an American Wine Society (AWS) tasting where Sharon had been invited to present.  Chris Pearmund hosts AWS tastings regularly.  She featured three whites (Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay) and five reds (Pinot Noir, two Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon blend, and a Zinfandel blend).  I am excited for Tuesday's tasting, because the wine selection is different.  Having seen the steep discounts Sharon received, we are truly fortunate to experience these wines, because most cannot be found beyond California. Sharon arranged for all the wine to be shipped here for both tastings.  Her presentation last night was interesting and quite informative.  Wish we had a slide deck, but I do have maps to distribute. 


Ok - now again, about tomorrow's tasting:


On Tuesday, October 15, we'll taste wines from Paicines AVA, San Benito County, California.  Paicines AVA designations are increasingly showing up in Monterey County tasting rooms, which got our presenter’s curiosity up: Where the Heck Is Paicines and Why Should I Care?”  Just east of Monterey County, Paicines stretches between Hollister and the Pinnacles National Park.  It’s all grapes, baby.  Once known as a hideout for bandit Tiburcio Vásquez and later a bulk brand growing region by Almaden and others, Paicines is now being reclaimed - this time as a high-end grape growing region.

During this class, we will sample one white and four reds from the region.  We will introduce you to three wine families, two for the first time at WWCS.  And one of the wines will be from the San Francisco Chronicle’s 2018 Winemaker of the Year! 

Sharon Houy will present the class.  Sharon is a specialist on wines from Monterey County, but has expanded her research into neighboring San Benito County.  After decades of living in the Washington D.C. Palisades neighborhood, she has made her home permanently in Monterey County, California.  Due to her membership in several wine clubs in her area and luck in stumbling upon some 50% off sales, she was able to purchase the wines for class at steeply discounted prices, which allowed for this class to be offered at $30.

We'll start the evening with a delicious, bright, and well-balanced Chardonnay from the Pedregal de Paicines Vineyard.  Judged by my tasting experts as the best Chardonnay available under the Paicines designation.

We will then jump into the reds, starting with a 91-point Claret (Bordeaux blend), brimming with sour-cherry and blackberry aromas.  Claret is a British term used, unofficially, in reference to red Bordeaux wine including those produced outside of Bordeaux.  Quelle horreur!

The we will put our palates to the test to compare two Cabernet Francs.  One is rated 92 points and is lean:  bright red berries, cranberries, mild spice and herbal qualities.  The other has bold, rich dark cherry and cedar, followed by hints of licorice, and a caramel finish.  How could two wines from the same varietal taste so different?  Is it the vintage, the vineyard (soil, elevation, etc.) or the winemaker?  Help us unravel the mystery. 

We will end the evening with a rich Cabernet Sauvignon blend, showcasing the power Bordeaux varietals grown in the region. 

The wines for the tasting are rarely found on the East Coast, so they will be a special treat. 

The wines will be accompanied by two fine cheeses and baguettes.

The cheese selection (Calvert Woodley received excellent pricing on two selections that we haven’t tried:

Comte Gruyere from Haut Savoie region in France

English Cheddar from Quikest – cloth wrapped, one of two from England not wrapped in wax

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Thank you, Sharon!

We'll start at 7:45 pm at Saint Patrick's Episcopal Church, 4700 Whitehaven Parkway in northwest DC. See you Tuesday!


All the best,

Paula

Subject: Reminder: WWCS October 15 Class on San Benito County Wines, California: Paicines AVA

Paula Leonardo
 

Newsflash - breaking protocol, I am providing more information about Tuesday's tasting ahead of our typical Monday reminder (little birdie told me it may be helpful to members to read more about the wine earlier):

On Tuesday, October 15, we'll taste wines from Paicines AVA, San Benito County, California.  Paicines AVA designations are increasingly showing up in Monterey County tasting rooms, which got our presenter’s curiosity up: Where the Heck Is Paicines and Why Should I Care?”  Just east of Monterey County, Paicines stretches between Hollister and the Pinnacles National Park.  It’s all grapes, baby.  Once known as a hideout for bandit Tiburcio Vásquez and later a bulk brand growing region by Almaden and others, Paicines is now being reclaimed - this time as a high-end grape growing region.

During this class, we will sample one white and four reds from the region.  We will introduce you to three wine families, two for the first time at WWCS.  And one of the wines will be from the San Francisco Chronicle’s 2018 Winemaker of the Year! 

Sharon Houy will present the class.  Sharon is a specialist on wines from Monterey County, but has expanded her research into neighboring San Benito County.  After decades of living in the Washington D.C. Palisades neighborhood, she has made her home permanently in Monterey County, California.  Due to her membership in several wine clubs in her area and luck in stumbling upon some 50% off sales, she was able to purchase the wines for class at steeply discounted prices, which allowed for this class to be offered at $30.

We'll start the evening with a delicious, bright, and well-balanced Chardonnay from the Pedregal de Paicines Vineyard.  Judged by my tasting experts as the best Chardonnay available under the Paicines designation.

We will then jump into the reds, starting with a 91-point Claret (Bordeaux blend), brimming with sour-cherry and blackberry aromas.  Claret is a British term used, unofficially, in reference to red Bordeaux wine including those produced outside of Bordeaux.  Quelle horreur!

The we will put our palates to the test to compare two Cabernet Francs.  One is rated 92 points and is lean:  bright red berries, cranberries, mild spice and herbal qualities.  The other has bold, rich dark cherry and cedar, followed by hints of licorice, and a caramel finish.  How could two wines from the same varietal taste so different?  Is it the vintage, the vineyard (soil, elevation, etc.) or the winemaker?  Help us unravel the mystery. 

We will end the evening with a rich Cabernet Sauvignon blend, showcasing the power Bordeaux varietals grown in the region. 

The wines for the tasting are rarely found on the East Coast, so they will be a special treat. 

The wines will be accompanied by two fine cheeses and baguettes.

The cheese selection (Calvert Woodley received excellent pricing on two selections that we haven’t tried:

Comte Gruyere from Haut Savoie region in France

English Cheddar from Quikest – cloth wrapped, one of two from England not wrapped in wax

-----

Thank you, Sharon!

We'll start at 7:45 pm at Saint Patrick's Episcopal Church, 4700 Whitehaven Parkway in northwest DC. See you Tuesday!


All the best,

Paula

WWCS October 15: San Benito County, California, Wines: Paicines AVA

Paula Leonardo
 

On Tuesday, October 15, we'll taste wines from Paicines AVA, San Benito County, California.  Paicines AVA designations are increasingly showing up in Monterey County tasting rooms, which got our presenter’s curiosity up: Where the Heck Is Paicines and Why Should I Care?”  Just east of Monterey County, Paicines stretches between Hollister and the Pinnacles National Park.  It’s all grapes, baby.  Once known as a hideout for bandit Tiburcio Vásquez and later a bulk brand growing region by Almaden and others, Paicines is now being reclaimed - this time as a high-end grape growing region.

During this class, we will sample one white and four reds from the region.  We will introduce you to three wine families, two for the first time at WWCS.  And one of the wines will be from the San Francisco Chronicle’s 2018 Winemaker of the Year! 

Sharon Houy will present the class.  Sharon is a specialist on wines from Monterey County, but has expanded her research into neighboring San Benito County.  After decades of living in the Washington D.C. Palisades neighborhood, she has made her home permanently in Monterey County, California.  Due to her membership in several wine clubs in her area and luck in stumbling upon some 50% off sales, she was able to purchase the wines for class at steeply discounted prices, which allowed for this class to be offered at $30.

The wines for the tasting are rarely found on the East Coast, so they will be a special treat.  More details to come in my next email before class.

Thank you, Sharon!

See you all next week,

Paula

Reminder: Margaret River (Australia) Tasting tomorrow at Washington Wine and Cheese Seminar

Jean Bolan Peaslee
 

Tomorrow night, we will be tasting wines from the Margaret River region of Western Australia.  We have had wines from Australia in the past, but generally they have come from the wine regions in the Barossa Valley and elsewhere in eastern Australia.  This is the first tasting to present wines from Margaret River, on the west coast, which is becoming known as one of the premium wine-growing regions in Australia.  We will be tasting two whites, a Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon blend, and a Chardonnay.  Then we will have three reds: a Shiraz and two Cabernet Sauvignons.   The chardonnay and the cabernet sauvignon are wines that this area is particularly well known for.

As usual, the wines will be accompanied by cheese and bread. 
This will be a $25 tasting.

I hope that you can join us for this exciting tasting.

Margaret River (Australia) Tasting on October 8

Jean Bolan Peaslee
 

On Tuesday October 8 at Washington Wine and Cheese Seminar, we will be tasting wines from the Margaret River region of Western Australia.  We have had wines from Australia in the past, but generally they have come from the wine regions in the Barossa Valley and elsewhere in eastern Australia.  This is the first tasting to present wines from the Margaret River, on the west coast, which is gaining notice as one of the best wine-growing regions in Australia. I travelled there last winter and visited several small wineries and was very impressed by the quality of the wines.  We will be tasting two whites, a Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon blend, and a Chardonnay.  Then we will have three reds: a Shiraz and two Cabernet Sauvignons.   The chardonnay and the cabernet sauvignon are wines that this area is particularly well known for.

As usual, the wines will be accompanied by cheese and bread. 
This will be a $25 tasting.

I hope that you can join us for this exciting tasting.

[Reminder] October 1: Fine Selections from the Willamette Valley

Kevin Maskornick
 

Hello!

Tomorrow evening, Tuesday, October 1st, we invite you to join us for a spectacular class showcasing five of the Willamette Valley's best producers. The Willamette Valley, located in Oregon and just an hour’s drive south of Portland, is a cool climate region that has earned a reputation for producing wines of nuanced complexity, balance, and distinction. Its principle grape is the notoriously finicky Pinot Noir, where decades of hard work, scientific progress, and experimentation have overcome the challenges of cultivation and yielded what many wine writers now consider to be among the varietal's greatest expressions---and one which is notably closest in style to that of Burgundy, Pinot Noir's ancestral home.

While Tuesday evening's lineup will squarely focus on excellent examples of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, the region also produces high quality white wine, which we'll explore during the beginning part of our tasting. This will include a cool climate Viognier, made by one of the region's reference producers, and a back vintage, fully mature, and opulently-styled Chardonnay. This tasting is designed to be a true cross-section of what the region has to offer, and at $30, captures both value and quality. As prices and demand continue to rise for the Willamette's relatively modest production, these classes will be harder to come by, so my best advice is to make sure that you don't miss these delicious, handcrafted wines! As always, our selections will be accompanied by two cheeses and crusty baguettes. We look forward to seeing you then!

Cheers,

Kevin

October 1: Fine Selections from the Willamette Valley

Kevin Maskornick
 

Hello!

Next week, we invite you to join us for a spectacular class showcasing five of the Willamette Valley's best producers. The Willamette Valley, located in Oregon and just an hour’s drive south of Portland, is a cool climate region that has earned a reputation for producing wines of nuanced complexity, balance, and distinction. Its principle grape is the notoriously finicky Pinot Noir, where decades of hard work, scientific progress, and experimentation have overcome the challenges of cultivation and yielded what many wine writers now consider to be among the varietal's greatest expressions---and one which is notably closest in style to that of Burgundy, Pinot Noir's ancestral home.

While next week's lineup will squarely focus on excellent examples of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, the region also produces high quality white wine, which we'll explore during the beginning part of our tasting. This will include a cool climate Viognier, made by one of the region's reference producers, and a back vintage, fully mature, and opulently-styled Chardonnay. This tasting is designed to be a true cross-section of what the region has to offer, and at $30, captures both value and quality. As prices and demand continue to rise for the Willamette's relatively modest production, these classes will be harder to come by, so my best advice is to come next week and enjoy these delicious, handcrafted wines! As always, our selections will be accompanied by two cheeses and crusty baguettes. We look forward to seeing you then!

Cheers,

Kevin

Reminder--Crimson Wine Group Tasting Tomorrow Night!

Barbara Williams
 

Tomorrow will be our first $30 tasting of the season.  There will be 3 high end red wines that would normally be outside our budget.  My spouse, Tom, is a stockholder in the Crimson Wine Group and once a year he gets significant discounts and free shipping on wines from their portfolio.  We have done this tasting twice in the past and it is always popular. 

 

This time, in addition to 2 whites, a Chardonnay from California and a Sauvignon Blanc from Washington State, we will have two reds from prestigious AVA’s in Washington State, Walla Walla and Red Mountain, as well as the always popular Old Vines Zinfandel from Seghesio in Sonoma.

 

And we will have two cheeses that are perfectly matched to the wines—Bucheron, a goat cheese from France, and an aged Manchego, a sheep’s milk cheese from Spain.  Plus plenty of crunchy baguettes of course!

 

Please come and bring a friend for this special tasting.  

 

Crimson Wine Group Tasting on September 24

Barbara Williams
 

On September 24, we will have our first $30 tasting of the season.  This tasting will include 3 high end red wines that would normally be outside our budget.  My spouse, Tom, is a stockholder in the Crimson Wine Group and once a year he gets good discounts and free shipping on some of the wines from their portfolio.  We have done this tasting 2 times in the past and it is always popular. 

 

This time, in addition to 2 whites, a Chardonnay and a Sauvignon Blanc, we will have two reds from prestigious areas in Washington State, Walla Walla and Red Mountain, as well as the crowd pleasing Old Vines Zinfandel from Seghesio in Sonoma.

 

I just talked to Carlos and we will have two cheeses that are perfectly matched to the wines—Bucheron, a goat cheese from France, and an aged Manchego, a sheep’s milk cheese from Spain.  Plus plenty of crunchy baguettes of course!

 

Please come and bring a friend for this special tasting.   Also, note the following. 

 

 

 

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Reminder: Rosso di Montalcino - September 17, 2019

Tom Ahern Jr.
 


The district surrounding the small Tuscan hill town of Montalcino is the finest location on earth for the Sangiovese grape. Sangiovese is the sole grape used in the production of Brunello di Montalcino, one of Italy's greatest red wines. It is also the sole grape in Rosso di Montalcino, a wine that offers much of the taste and heft of Brunello in a youthful, approachable, and considerably more affordable package. 

On Tuesday, September 17th, we'll sample Rosso di Montalcino from five excellent small producers who export little or none of their production to the United States. Generous pricing on the part of friends in Montalcino permitted direct shipment of the wines for this tasting.

The countryside around Montalcino is remarkably varied, and the grapes ripen in very different ways in different parts of the district. Both Brunello and Rosso can range from rich, smooth, and powerful to lean, structured, and elegant. Differences in microclimates, geological substrates, vineyard altitudes, and aging techniques will enable Tuesday's Rossos to present you with five distinct variations on the theme of delicious.

For Joanie and me, Rosso di Montalcino is a great personal favorite. We hope you will enjoy these wines as much as we do.

This will be a $25 tasting. The wines will be accompanied by two fine cheeses -- Pecorino Toscano and Grana Padano -- and baguettes. 

We'll start at 7:45 pm at Saint Patrick's Episcopal Church, 4700 Whitehaven Parkway in northwest DC. 


Tom Ahern
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Rosso di Montalcino - September 17, 2019

Tom Ahern Jr.
 


The district surrounding the small Tuscan hill town of Montalcino is the finest location on earth for the Sangiovese grape. Sangiovese is the sole grape used in the production of Brunello di Montalcino, one of Italy's greatest red wines. It is also the sole grape in Rosso di Montalcino, a wine that offers much of the taste and heft of Brunello in a youthful, approachable, and considerably more affordable package. 

On Tuesday, September 17th, we'll sample Rosso di Montalcino from five excellent small producers who export little or none of their production to the United States. Generous pricing on the part of friends in Montalcino permitted direct shipment of the wines for this tasting.

The countryside around Montalcino is remarkably varied, and the grapes ripen in very different ways in different parts of the district. Both Brunello and Rosso can range from rich, smooth, and powerful to lean, structured, and elegant. Differences in microclimates, geological substrates, vineyard altitudes, and aging techniques will enable Tuesday's Rossos to present you with five distinct variations on the theme of delicious.

For Joanie and me, Rosso di Montalcino is a great personal favorite. We hope you will enjoy these wines as much as we do.

This will be a $25 tasting. The wines will be accompanied by two fine cheeses and baguettes. 

We'll start at 7:45 pm at Saint Patrick's Episcopal Church, 4700 Whitehaven Parkway in northwest DC. 


Tom Ahern

First tasting of the season - Portuguese Wines

Ken Sanford
 

All

For our first class of the season we will taste some of the often-overlooked wines of Portugal. Portugal possesses a large number of native grape varieties, producing a wide array of different Portuguese wines. A unique hallmark of Portuguese wines is the absence of widespread use of international grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.

 

The wines we will be tasting are from indigenous grapes, including Encrusado, Antao Vaz, Alicante Bouschet, and Touriga Nacional. (Note that this tasting will not include Ports and Madieras, those wonderful Portuguese fortified wines.) 

 

There will be two whites and three reds. Two of the reds received high ratings from reputable wine raters.  The wines will be accompanied by two specially selected cheeses and the usual crusty baguettes. 

 

We will begin at the usual time of 7:45 PM at Saint Patrick's Episcopal Church at 4700 Whitehaven Parkway, NW, Washington, DC.

 

This will be a $25 tasting

 

Hop you can join us!

 

Ken Sanford

WWCS First tasting of the season! Portuguese Wines

Ken Sanford
 

All

For our first class of the season we will taste some of the often-overlooked wines of Portugal. Portugal possesses a large number of native grape varieties, producing a wide array of different Portuguese wines. A unique hallmark of Portuguese wines is the absence of widespread use of international grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. 

The wines we will be tasting are from indigenous grapes, including Encrusado, Antao Vaz, Alicante Bouschet, and Touriga Nacional. (Note that this tasting will not include Ports or Madieras, those wonderful Portuguese fortified wines.) 

There will be two whites and three reds. The wines will be accompanied by two specially selected cheese and the usual crusty baguettes. 

We will begin at the usual time of 7:45 PM at Saint Patrick's Episcopal Church at 4700 Whitehaven Parkway, NW, Washington, DC.

This will be a $25 tasting

Ken Sanford

WWCS starts September 10, 2019

Sandra Hoexter
 

Save the date!  Wine Wine and Cheese Seminar class starts up again on Tuesday, September 10.  Enjoy a long Labor Day Weekend.

In honor of our 50th anniversary we are planning even more special classes in the upcoming year.

Also a class member, Karel McClellan, has offered to write our history when hearing that no one had done it.
Karel would like to hear from class members who have special memories about the class they would like to share.
Her email is karelmcclellan@....  She will also be at class on Sept 10.

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See you on September 10!



Cost of tonight's tasting

Barbara Williams
 

I forgot to indicate.  The cost of tonight’s Greek Food and Wine Tasting is $25.

 

Mari will present a slideshow prior to the tasting, showing the Greek Wine country which may make you want to immediately book a trip.  This will cost considerably more, however.  So please come to get a preview!

Re: Reminder--June 25 Greek Island Wine and Food Pairing--Tomorrow Night!

Barbara Williams
 

I found out that, in addition to all  of the delicious food and wine, there will be a slide presentation of the wineries.


On Jun 24, 2019, at 9:45 AM, Barbara Williams <barbholtcamp@...> wrote:

 

 

Note that tomorrow night is our final tasting until September.   Come early and bring friends, this is a good one!

 

 

Next Tuesday is the last class before our summer break and we have a treat for you. Class member Mari Clarke will be the presenter. She is very knowledgeable about Greek wines and foods, having lived there at one time. Below is her description of the class. This is one you won't want to miss!

Join us for a trip to the Greek islands sampling indigenous varietals carefully crafted into fine wines by outstanding winemakers recommended by Sotiris Bafitis who has guided us on previous Greek tastings. These are wonderful wines for your summer entertaining. We begin in the Omala valley on Cephalonia, an Ionian island on the West Coast of Greece, with Robola -- a light refreshing white wine produced by the Wine Cooperative of Cephalonia. We move to the east of Greece, in the Cyclades, to the volcanic island of Santorini a taste of Karmolegos Assyrtiko -with intense vibrant flavors full of minerality and acidity. Next, we go to nearby Paros for Moriatis Estate Rose made from the Aidani Mavro grape. Our last stop is in Crete for two very different and delicious reds. Douloufakis Dafnios, from Dafnes, south of Heraklion, is made from Liatiko, an ancient varietal exported by Venetian traders in the middle ages. The final wine is Lyrarakis Mandilaria from Alagni also south of Heraklion. Each wine will be paired with a Greek meze (appetizer) including spanakopita, shrimp, Tzatziki (yogurt and cucumber dip), feta cheese, Greek salad, soudzkakia (meat balls), and pita bread. This is our last tasting until we meet again in September so join us to celebrate the beginning of summer. Come early and come hungry. We usually fill all the tables for this annual event.

 

Reminder--June 25 Greek Island Wine and Food Pairing--Tomorrow Night!

Barbara Williams
 

 

 

Note that tomorrow night is our final tasting until September.   Come early and bring friends, this is a good one!

 

 

Next Tuesday is the last class before our summer break and we have a treat for you. Class member Mari Clarke will be the presenter. She is very knowledgeable about Greek wines and foods, having lived there at one time. Below is her description of the class. This is one you won't want to miss!

Join us for a trip to the Greek islands sampling indigenous varietals carefully crafted into fine wines by outstanding winemakers recommended by Sotiris Bafitis who has guided us on previous Greek tastings. These are wonderful wines for your summer entertaining. We begin in the Omala valley on Cephalonia, an Ionian island on the West Coast of Greece, with Robola -- a light refreshing white wine produced by the Wine Cooperative of Cephalonia. We move to the east of Greece, in the Cyclades, to the volcanic island of Santorini a taste of Karmolegos Assyrtiko -with intense vibrant flavors full of minerality and acidity. Next, we go to nearby Paros for Moriatis Estate Rose made from the Aidani Mavro grape. Our last stop is in Crete for two very different and delicious reds. Douloufakis Dafnios, from Dafnes, south of Heraklion, is made from Liatiko, an ancient varietal exported by Venetian traders in the middle ages. The final wine is Lyrarakis Mandilaria from Alagni also south of Heraklion. Each wine will be paired with a Greek meze (appetizer) including spanakopita, shrimp, Tzatziki (yogurt and cucumber dip), feta cheese, Greek salad, soudzkakia (meat balls), and pita bread. This is our last tasting until we meet again in September so join us to celebrate the beginning of summer. Come early and come hungry. We usually fill all the tables for this annual event.

 

Re: Problem with sending out messaage

Howard Jeffrey Bender
 

Barb and y'all -

I just copied the Wine Seminar announcement into my groups.io and sent it out.  You should have received it.  I'll also try it via Yahoo.

Hope others aren't doing the same thing or everyone will get lots of messages!!  :-/


Cheers,

Howard


At 07:31 PM 6/19/2019, Barbara Williams wrote:

Im having a problem.  I first sent it from my Hotmail address and got a message saying it needed to be approved.  So I then sent it from barb@... and nothing happened.  It isnt even in the outbox.  I was sending it to wwcs@groups.io.  Isnt that right?
 

Last Seminar this Year - Greek Wines!

Howard Jeffrey Bender
 

Next Tuesday is the last class before our summer break and we have a treat for you. Class member Mari Clarke will be the presenter. She is very knowledgeable about Greek wines and foods, having lived there at one time. Below is her description of the class. This is one you won't want to miss!

Join us for a trip to the Greek islands sampling indigenous varietals carefully crafted into fine wines by outstanding winemakers recommended by Sotiris Bafitis who has guided us on previous Greek tastings. These are wonderful wines for your summer entertaining. We begin in the Omala valley on Cephalonia, an Ionian island on the West Coast of Greece, with Robola -- a light refreshing white wine produced by the Wine Cooperative of Cephalonia. We move to the east of Greece, in the Cyclades, to the volcanic island of Santorini a taste of Karmolegos Assyrtiko -with intense vibrant flavors full of minerality and acidity. Next, we go to nearby Paros for Moriatis Estate Rose made from the Aidani Mavro grape. Our last stop is in Crete for two very different and delicious reds. Douloufakis Dafnios, from Dafnes, south of Heraklion, is made from Liatiko, an ancient varietal exported by Venetian traders in the middle ages. The final wine is Lyrarakis Mandilaria from Alagni also south of Heraklion. Each wine will be paired with a Greek meze (appetizer) including spanakopita, shrimp, Tzatziki (yogurt and cucumber dip), feta cheese, Greek salad, soudzkakia (meat balls), and pita bread. This is our last tasting until we meet again in September so join us to celebrate the beginning of summer. Come early and come hungry. We usually fill all the tables for this annual event.