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Often the beginning wine drinker prefers a sweeter variety of wine, amongst white wines German Riesling would be a good example, and amongst red wines, perhaps a lighter wine like merlot, or a more fruit forward wine like zinfandel or shiraz would suit the palate of the early wine drinker.
The dry, dusty "Old World" style of classic French wines can take some time to fully appreciate - and lots of sampling different wines, appreciating the fine nuances revealed by their grapes, terroir, barrel aging, even the way they are tended can greatly affect the end product.
Probably a middle ground would be the American Napa Cabernets, outstanding in their own right - and other "New World" more fruit forward wines.
What REALLY matters is what YOU enjoy, both NOW, and as your wine tasting and comparing journey continues - its a lifetime of enjoying the bountiful harvest from the vineyard - enjoy! Take the risk of trying new, different wines, and seeing if you can appreciate the wodnerful qualities of each, and see if you enjoy one more than others. Every now and then "treat" yourself to a jump UP the price scale, to enjoy a better wine - this can be done inexpensively by buying the best "by the glass" product offered, or purchasing at "wholesale cost" at your liquor store and enjoying at home. It's an enjoyable wine tasting journey - and you will see many variations, many approaches to making a fine, fine wine!
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Gary Vaynerchuck explores 4 great napa valley cabernets. Napa is California's most famous wine-growing region, and Cabernet, it's most famous grape.
Oregon Pinot Noir Tasting at Wine Watch
I remember my trip to Oregon in the summer of 1994 for the IPNC (International Pinot Noir Celebration) this is one of the best wine parties that I have ever attended. The festival is limited to 500 attendees as it is hosted by McMinnville College and that is all they can accommodate in their lecture facilities. I remember not only were the quality of the wines at the highest level but the people in attendance were some of the most passionate Pinot Noir lovers that I had ever come across. And although winemaking began in the 19th century in this state it is only recently that its potential has been recognized by the rest of the world. It was in 1979 when serious wine producers started to look at the potential of this area as Eyrie Vineyards' 1975 South Block Pinot Noir placed in the top 10 of Burgundy-style wines at the Gault-Millau French Wine Olympiades, and was rated the top Pinot Noir. This send the news around the wine world and shortly after Robert Drouhin, head of Burgundy's legendary Maison Joseph Drouhin, was visiting America's west coast promoting the Drouhin Burgundies. The California wine industry was just starting to receive its first recognition back then, but there was little if anything going on in Oregon. Robert's first visit to the Northwest and its earliest vineyards left him with the impression that it quite possibly would be Oregon, not California, that would ultimately prove to be the best place to grow the great grape of Burgundy - Pinot noir. Inspired by his trip to Oregon and the results of 1979 tasting that was held in Paris, where, for the first time, the best new Oregon Pinot noirs were tasted in competition with the finest Burgundies. Robert decided to hold his own blind tasting in 1980 at the Drouhin cellars in France, with several of the best Oregon Pinot noirs going up against the finest Drouhin Grand Crus. It was a Drouhin Grand Cru that took first place this time, but an Oregon wine (the now legendary 1975 Eyrie Vineyards South Block) placed 2nd by a very narrow margin with the French experts. News of this tasting brought the first widespread international attention to Oregon Pinot noir. After a few years time Robert's daughter Véronique just graduated with an advanced degree in enology from the University of Dijon, and wanted to expand her experience by working in Oregon. Véronique interned with Adelsheim Vineyards, Bethel Heights, and Eyrie for the 1986 vintage. Later on, Robert mentioned to David Adelsheim that it might be interesting to buy a piece of land in Oregon, to see what it might produce. What started as a passing thought began its transformation into reality when Adelsheim phoned the Drouhins in Beaune not long thereafter to tell them of a property that was for sale that they might be interested in. The rest is history and with one of Burgundies foremost wine producing families moving to Oregon the writing was on the wall that this wine producing region would soon get its much deserved recognition as one of the world's premier Pinot Noir growing regions. Today, the state of Oregon in the United States has established an international reputation for its production of wine. Oregon has several different growing regions within the state's borders which are well-suited to the cultivation of grapes; additional regions straddle the border between Oregon and the states of Washington and Idaho. Wine making dates back to pioneer times in the 1840s, with commercial production beginning in the 1960s. American Viticultural Areas entirely within the state include the Willamette Valley, Southern Oregon, Umpqua Valley, and Rogue Valley AVAs. Parts of the Columbia Gorge, Walla Walla Valley, and Snake River Valley AVAs lie within Oregon. Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris are the top two grapes grown, with over 16,000 tons (14,515 metric tons) harvested in 2005. As of 2005, Oregon wine makers produced over 1.5 million cases combined. Currently there are over 300 wineries in Oregon and a bustling tourism industry has developed around wine tasting. Much of the tourism focuses on the wineries and tasting rooms in and around the Yamhill Valley southwest of Portland. You don't have to travel to Oregon to see some of the top wines being made here as we have brought the wines to you. Tonight we will taste over 30 of this state's top wines and Wine Watch Catering's Toni Lampasone is making a few tasty treats to accompany the tasting wines and the fee for this event is $35 + tax, for reservations call 954-523-9463.
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