Jefferson Winery, after the WBC11

Aug 05, 11 Jefferson Winery, after the WBC11

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“Can I come along?”  The 2011 WBC had just officially ended and I was hanging around the hotel lobby when I heard Liza of Brix Chix and Melanie of Dallas Wine Chick talking about visiting a winery that afternoon. As with most out of hours events at the WBC, if you didn’t invite yourself along, you ain’t going. Luckily, we bloggers are a friendly lot and besides, Liza drank all my English fizz at the last WBC I attended back in ’08 so I felt I was entitled to invite myself. During the winebloggers conference we had a series of wine speed dating events and one of the wines that caught my attention was from  Jefferson Vineyards. No relation to ol’ TJ but the vineyard is situated on the very same hills that Jefferson thought would be most suitable to grow grapes. First planted in 1774, that pesky War of Independence (or that “spot of bother in the Colonies” as the English refer to it) got in the way and the fields were left alone until 1981 when they were replanted with pinot gris, chardonnay, viognier, merlot, petit verdot and cabernet franc. Andy Reagan, chief winemaker at the vineyard, had invited any stragglers left after the conference to head over to the winery for an informal lunch and tasting. The winery is a small operation but they seem to be doing pretty well, with a cute little tasting room plastered with newspaper articles lauding their wines. The wine barn/cellar doubled as the setting for our tasting and what better way to be greeted then by a winemaker with a few big slabs of steak in hand. While the steaks were resting (it’s hard work being a steak), we got to try some of the wines. Andy’s intention is to make a bottle of wine to relax and enjoy and he scored a hit with one of my favourite’s the 2007 Jefferson pinot gris, an elegant, full bodied mouthful of ripe peaches and lime notes....

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Adelsheim ’07 pinot gris in the S. Carolina Low Country

Even though I’m on holiday in South Carolina, I’m still finding time to do a bit of winetasting in between golf and beach. Yesterday we went to a fabulous place called Palmetto Bluff, hung around the pool there and drank mojito noirs (mojitos made with dark rum) all day. I’m staying with my friend Debra and she loves the restaurant at the Inn at Palmetto Bluff so you can guess where  we went for dinner. Deb is not a wine buff but she knows what she likes and on the advice of the female sommelier there, we had the Adelsheim 2007 pinot gris from the Willamette Valley, Oregon. The Adelsheim’s are devoted to sustainable viticultural practices and aim to produce handcrafted elegant wines. Just a short vid with my off the cuff remarks. It’s very casual here in the South, we went straight from the pool to the dinner table so I’m still in my beach togs…  Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInPocketRedditGoogleTumblrEmailPrintPinterestLike this:Like...

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Sunday dinner, Pt 2 – The dessert wines

 I got a bit sidetracked last week with wineblogging Wednesday but here is pt. 2 of  my Sunday dinner. Since I was tweeting all night long ( and those were the only notes I took), I’m posting the tweets verbatim. Unfortunately, after dinner and all that red wine, the tweets got shorter so I’ve add a comment or two now that I’m a bit more sober. We had 4 dessert wines, 2 Tokaji Aszu, a German icewine, an Alsatian vendage tardive pinot gris, and an unplanned Cognac. The desserts were apple tart, raspberry pavlova – some sort of meringue-y thing with raspberries in the middle, and two cheeses. Tweets says : tokaji, icewine and alsatian pinot gris ’96 gassman, vendage tardive for dessert . That about sums it up. There were two Hungarian tokaji’s, an ’88 and a ’96, both 5 puttonyos (sounds dirty but it’s not). The botrytis affected grapes are made into a paste and collected in baskets called puttonyos which weigh about 55 pounds. The puttonyos are then made into wine, the more puttonoys, the sweeter and richer the wine. So 5 puttonyos is a pretty rich wine (thanks for the 411 epicurious.com). The tweet: Tokaji 88 – nutty, almost sherry-ish, dried apricot, almonds, luscious but lite for a tokaji. Ch. Messzelato ’88 (Oddbins, £14.99), we all agreed it was a major disappointment. It was past it, certainly didn’t taste like a tokaji. This wine was a bin end and I can see why. Next up was Penny’s contribution, an Alsatian tokay pinot gris vendage tardive, which mean late harvest. Even though it’s called tokay, it’s not made the same way as the Hungarian tokaji’s or even the same grapes. The tweets: vendage – Vin d’Alsace Rolly Gassman ’96– orange blossoms noses, quite herby a bit tropical, dried fruit, guava and pineapple  – wonderfully complex,excellent with apple pie  – Another comment on the ‘88 tokaji : more like a sherry – oloroso or sweet amontillado. vendage tardive ’96, James says it’s nice and tropical, pure elderflowers  –...

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