Sunday, May 15, 2011

PinkOut Tastelive Event 2011 San Francisco

Unfortunately I was unable to participate due to an illness but I received the wines and tasted a couple days later. Cailyn and Joe the folks with Tastelive and Creative Furnace do a great job with these events and I can't thank them enough for the opportunity to enjoy great wines. For readers new to the blog, Tastelive events typically center (for me) around new wine releases/celebrations shared by locals as well as bloggers across the country.

This event featured Courtney Cochran, certified sommelier, entrepreneur and author of "Hip Tastes," and held at Butterfly restaurant. The virtual tasting was sponsored by CellarPass, Mutineer magazine and featured a blogger panel with Theda Sandiford of Austin Yankee, Grace Hoffman of The Cellar Mistress, Dan Goderis of The Iowa Wino, Frank Morgan of Drink What You Like, Amy Cleary of Wine Book Girl, Katie Pizzuto of Gonzo Gastronomy, Dezel Quillen of My Vine Spot, Meghan Malloy of Travel, Wine, Dine, and The Swirl Girls of the Palm Beach Post." A very distinguished panel if I do say so myself :)

Wines for the evening included the 2007 Gloria Ferrerr Brut Rose, 2010 Robert Oatley Rose' Of Sangiovese and the 2007 Chateau D'Esclans Garrus Rose. Watching the comments the tasters all agreed the 3 wines were outstanding this evening and I would agree.

The evening started with the 07 Gloria Ferrer (I followed the same tasting lineup) and what a great starter. Nice fruit and of course bubbles! Flavors of raspberry, cherry and citrus. Hints of vanilla and red fruit on the nose. Always a pleasure to drink Gloria Ferrer wines. Next the 2010 Robert Oatley was also very tasty. Strawberry, citrus, crisp loved this wine as well. I can picture myself enjoying on the back porch on a hot Midwest evening. Finally the 07 Chateau D'Esclans Garrus Rose. Cherry, raspberry, vanilla, the aroma was so pleasing. Loved the red raspberry and red cherry, the creamy vanilla was evident long into the finish. Spoiled drinking this elegant wine.

Another excellent Tastelive event Cailyn. The wines were awesome. To the winemakers kudos you are masters of your craft.


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