It was a winter night, the full moon was shining down, and a sold-out crowd was ready to hear about Pete’s Holiday Faves from Marczyk Fine Wines. Pete brought 10 wines to taste, and by the end of the night there were some obvious winners.
We started with the Gruet Blanc de Noir sparkling, a sexy grape, and a deal at under $20.
Then on to the X white. Both X wines are big blend fruit bombs from northern CA. “I could drink this every day” was the comment. Under $15 you actually could…
Daisy Hill Sauv Blanc was super light, super fresh.
Secateurs Chenin Blanc, well here’s what one guest had to say:
By now people were chatting, Pete was shouting, but he powered through. It’s hard not to want to catch up with friends at a festive event!
Moving on to the Sottimano Dolcetto d’Alba, a great conversation started about rating wine. Pete hates it. We hate it. Why?
Let’s say you visit a small town in Italy, and they serve you their local wine. And it’s great. Actually, you love it! But if that same wine ended up being rated by Mr. Parker, it would most likely get a low rating, even though it perfectly represents the vernacular “which uses locally available resources and traditions to address local needs”. And if that makes it special to you, then the hell with ratings.
An exciting Colorado wine that we all love love love is the Alfred Eames Syrah. “I would put this up against any other Syrah” Colorado vintners are making huge strides planting grapes that love the high and dry climate, and turning them into wines that can go grape to grape with any other American wine.
The X red blend: “these guys blend this shit right.” ‘Nuff said.
And to close the evening, a very special Madeira from Blandy’s. Maderia is a fortified wine from Portugal. They can be tooth-achingly sweet, or rich and complex, like this one. It is a beautiful way to end an evening.
Many thanks to the DAC for such a fun event! It’s a beautiful club!Tags: cocktails, denver, holiday wines, Marczyk Fine Wines, Wall Street Journal wine value pete's picks denver | 26 Comments »