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- wondersofwine - 05-12-2011

April 28 I attended this event at the Holiday Inn Bordeaux (don't get excited--it's in reference to Bordeaux Shopping Center in Fayetteville, NC.) I paid an extra $10 for the ticket to include the Chateau Room with the more expensive wines. Several area restaurants provided food stations and distributors had booths with some of their wines. In the Chateau Room I liked the 2007 Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2007 Parsons Flat Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon (I ended up ordering one bottle of this Australian wine which I had purchased in some earlier vintages), the 2009 Achaval Ferrer Malbec, Argentina, the 2007 Inniskillen Vidal Icewine, Canada, and the Moet Chandon Nectar Imperial (Champagne region, lightly sweet and too expensive to entice me to purchase.) The Inniskillen Vidal Icewine had a Botrytis nose, deep straw or pale gold color, sugared peaches or nectarines on the palate. I liked it but again found it too expensive to purchase.
In the larger room there were a lot of so-so wines but one bargain (I ordered two bottles which I picked up this Tuesday) was the 2009 Villa Pozzi Nero d'Avola, Sicily, Italy at $9.99 per bottle. I think this could be a crowd pleaser.
I also donated four bottles of wine for the silent auction--two USA wines and two from France, two were white wines and two were red. I threw in a canvas tote that holds six bottles and put a value of $150 on it. The silent auction bids went over $100 the last I checked and about four people were actively bidding on the lot. I'm already thinking about what I will offer for next year's event. I bid on a gift certificate for an Italian restaurant downtown and some beautifully painted Polish Easter eggs but was outbid. Saw several people I knew at the event including the realtor who showed me some rental homes when I first moved to Fayetteville.

- Georgie - 05-14-2011

What a nice event that must have been! I never hear of anything like that around here. That's a very nice donation you made.

- wondersofwine - 05-16-2011

I've let my wine collecting get out-of-hand and I'm glad to contribute to charity as long as it's not my only bottle of something. I also do the wine tastings at church as fundraisers occasionally and use of some of the bottles that way. The next one will probably be in July. Was going to do it this month but things got too busy--a combined church yardsale and bakesale May 6, a funeral service May 20, Memorial Day weekend when some people are away, etc.