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10th Annual 2017 Northwoods Wine Challenge, Wisconsin

Posted by rckr1951, Jul 14.

As usual the event will be at my house.  South American wines will poured for the most part - and most of those will be from the local area.  What does that mean?  Won't be any high end wines, just wines that are readily available to the people attending - which will be a different group also.

This going to a family style backyard bbq, just friends  - with SA flair.  People are bringing things to pass and it's going to more laid back for Rick, Glen and myself...the ones that start par cooking and prepping 7 days in advance.

I'll start posting pictures for to see and harump over  tonight, or this afternoon or tomorrow, including the exceptions.

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Reply by rckr1951, Jul 14.

Amalaya makes this 2016 Torrontes/Riesling blend that should prove interesting.  Never had it before but have had Amalaya malbec before and liked it, so why not try.  The 2016 Felino Vina Cobos Chardonnay is the Paul Hobbs effort in Mendoza.  I'm leery of SA chards anyway (Had some less than stellar efforts.) but Hobbs makes good wine so I figured this may be the way to go.

Was told to expect a surprise in the box - been buying wine from these guys for 30 yrs so every once in awhile they through a bottle for me to try.

Looked this up and was really surprised, for 2 reasons.  Montes makes good wines - their pinot noir offerings are wonderful - #1 - this cabby turned out to be in the top 50 WS Top 100 for 2016, not bad at all for a starting point,  #2 - it sells for $10 - even better.

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Reply by EMark, Jul 14.

I read your initial post a few hours ago, and I wondered if Matambre with Chimichurri would be on your menu.  It would fit right in with your theme, Paul.

Then, this recipe appeared in my e-mail in-box, today.  It's different from the one we usually make, but no recipe was ever chiseled on a stone tablet, and, I have to say, it looks pretty darned good to me.

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Reply by rckr1951, Jul 14.

Actually the Matambre/Chimichurri is already planned - it's a favorite here.  I really like the recipe and if I can I might - think it would be better for me to try that with a smaller group first.  I've already kicked in the amount of money that I saved last year for this so a smaller group would be better.

Besides I like to cook and drink wine to experiment on pairings - so a little time to prepare would be better.

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Reply by EMark, Jul 14.

;-)

We'll be looking forward to your report, Paul.

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Reply by rckr1951, Jul 14.

A couple of Argentinian wines that were donated by Super ! Foods (That usually means they aren't selling and they'd like to know why.)

A Sauvignon Blanc and Malbec from Alma Mora.  Both are from the 2016 vintage so we'll see.

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Reply by rckr1951, Jul 14.

There will be 3 Chilean Pinot Noirs at the NWC - 2 are here:

The CyT 2012  pinot is entry level so no great expectations here - will see if it's as solid as others in that line.  The Trivento 2015 Malbec is well received and should be quite good.

Lapostolle is a storied winery, alas I only have this from them - thought I had at least 2.  The 2012 Rapel Valley Carmenere is a good, solid food offering.  The 2nd pinot is the highly hyped Terra Noble 2013 El Algarrobo Vineyard Reserva bottling - no personal knowledge - bought on advice from friends that live across the street and have been there.

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Reply by dmcker, Jul 17.

Not wine per se, but what's going on up in Wisconsin, Paul? I thought Fairbanks was bad, but apparently multiple Wisconsin municipalities beat it like a slow mule....

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Reply by rckr1951, Jul 17.

I saw that list when it first came - for some it's a badge of honor.  There are a lot of people that blame it on the large German heritage and customs.  Me - I think that thinking is outmoded and they just like to drink to drink - anything, but especially beer.

"Not wine per se" - 

Some of those are not what we'd buy on a regular basis, or for some not at all.  But Chile does make good wines and to a lesser extent so does Argentina.  I teach Argentina and Chile in the wine course and their development parallels each up until the Peron's took over.  Chile took a better economic path and Argentina, well we know what happened then.

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Reply by Really Big Al, Jul 17.

Looks like a very good time.  Our next wine party is in early August, prior to our drive out to Wyoming to see the solar eclipse.  It's lots of fun to pour wines and have people learn / taste wines from different regions.

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Reply by rckr1951, Jul 17.

Al - I wholeheartedly agree with you.  Some may have heard of torrontes wine, but nobody has had the torrontes/riesling ( the top pic) blend - including me. So it will be interesting for everyone.

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Reply by rckr1951, Jul 19.

A couple of Argentinian wines for the NWC:

I like bonarda and Maipe makes a decent one. Never had their Reseva, but then again Reserva has lost it's meaning so....  The A Lisa from Bodega Noemia is from a Patagonia specialist that also make good pinot noir wines.

A couple of additions from Chile:

The Santa Ema is decent enough, but there again is that Reserva word - being old school I know this doesn't bring out that level of wine.  

I like Primus "The Blend" better than their cabby, especially after 2-3 yrs after laying down.

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Reply by rckr1951, Jul 21.

Prep day for the wine challenge:

1. Mow the yard for the 2nd time this week.

2. Clean the smoker/grill and get meat rubbed to sit for 18 hours, start the BBQ sauce, bacon potato salad:

3. Get the tables organized and fill all 8 Tiki tourches and prep garage just in case:

4. Applewood has has been split, ready for smoking meats and ready to move inside:

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Reply by rckr1951, Jul 21.

Except for a bottle of Carmenere to pick up this is the last of the Argentinian wines:

And these are the last of the Chilean wines:

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Reply by vin0vin0, Jul 21.

RCKR, looking good!!!  Have great time, if I weren't tooling around the UK at the moment I'd be tempted to head up north and crash that party.

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Reply by dmcker, Jul 21.

2nd the sentiment.

Vino, doing any research into English sparkling while you're there?

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Reply by rckr1951, Jul 22.

Everyone would be welcomed for sure.

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Reply by EMark, Jul 22.

It sure looks like a great event.

When we lived in Madison, I was amazed at how fast the grass grew.  I was convinced that Wisonsin was the Dairy State because there was plenty of grass for cattle to eat.

Here's a bit of off-topic trivia.  Showing Washington how true bipartisanship works, yesterday, the governor signed legislation declaring that California now has four official state nuts:  Almonds, Pecans, Pistachios and Walnuts.

I've already heard the joke that California has 20 million state nuts.  So, if that came to mind, you're too late.

Back on topic:  We're looking forward to your report, Paul.  I hope you include pictures.

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Reply by vin0vin0, Jul 22.

Very much interested in hearing about the wines as well, haven't had a whole lot of experience with the South American offers.

DM, there are a couple wineries near where we're staying (Bourton-on-the-water) but only one is open for tasting.  Haven't seen an English wine, sparkling or otherwise, on any of the menus so far, most are from Chile, Argentina, New Zealand or Australia, a couple Spanish and Italian but a definite lack of anything French.

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Reply by dmcker, Jul 23.

My experience (limited) and impression (greater), Vino, is that if you have the opportunity to chase down as many examples of British Fizz as possible, you will likely be rewarded more greatly than you expect. Maybe even a little road trip to Sussex, Kent, Surrey, Devon or elsewhere in southern England that shouldn't be all that far from the Cotswolds?

Bourton-on-the-water (Gloucestershire):

 

English wine country (need to cherry pick the good bubbly places, of course):

 

Now just need a sporty runabout with sufficient space in the boot!

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Reply by Really Big Al, Jul 23.

What a wonderful event.  Is today the day or was it yesterday?

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