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Snooth User: pboss

A recent wine tasting

Posted by pboss, Feb 3, 2014.

Hello all. I am somewhat new to Snooth and this is my first time posting, but I am happy to be a part of the community here. I discovered Snooth at the beginning of this year and have been hooked since! My wife and I had some great wine and met some interesting people this past weekend, and I thought I would share the story with you.

My wife and I have begun visiting a local restaurant that offers wine tastings in their wine shop every Saturday (the restaurant is Chef and the Farmer which is at the center of the series "A chef's life" airing on PBS). This past Saturday we came in as usual and started off with a Muscadet which was very good, but whose bright acidity did not really complement the rainy day we were having.

We moved onto the next selection - a Valpolicella from Viviani, a bold, funky wine with plenty of complexity.

We finished the tasting with two beers - one from Bell's and one from Ballast Point Brewery. We had enjoyed our time there and were about ready to leave when several eccentric individuals walk into the shop with wine and cheese in tote. Come to find out, these were winery owners from Tuscany here to help train the staff in Italian wines. Similar to several Italians I have met, they were very talkative but not overbearing, and overall a joy to be around. They insisted we taste their wines, and of course we were happy to oblige. We started with a white that turned out to be rather unremarkable and moved to a Rosato which was very good. We then moved onto a red which must have been forgettable (or I had had too much wine by this point).

We ended with a Chianti, which was very good but not great (I have yet to find a Chianti that I love - am definitely open to suggestions).

Despite the excellent wine and conversation, the real star of the whole experience was when the wife of the winemaker began slicing her homemade sheep's milk cheese she brought from Tuscany (I have no idea how this made it through customs). It was fantastic - just stinky enough to be interesting and yet still very creamy. Lastly, they would not let us leave without trying some of their olive oil, which of course, was also fantastic. All in all, an awesome couple of hours spent at the local wine shop with good people. Just an interesting story I thought I would share.


Reply by outthere, Feb 4, 2014.

Nice first post Boss! Welcome to Snooth and continue sharing with us.

Reply by JenniferT, Feb 4, 2014.

Great posting! Welcome! 

Maybe if you elaborated a bit on what you'd like to see (or not see) in a Chianti? I'd guess that some people here might have some suggestions for you.

Reply by EMark, Feb 4, 2014.

Terrific story, Pboss.  Thank you, very much.

We then moved onto a red which must have been forgettable (or I had had too much wine by this point).

Been there, done that.

Regarding Chianti, friend Foxall has commented recently on Monsanto.  I have had one experience with this wine, and I have to agree.  It's darned good.  The tariff isn't bad, either--<$20.


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