Some wines at Fayetteville Wine Society's 2009 Charity Wine Tasting - Printable Version

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- wondersofwine - 05-04-2009

Go to URL for photos of the grounds where this event was held. Dorothy, you're not in Fayetteville any more:

A successful event due to good planning and generous sponsors (local BMW dealer was the primary sponsor.) Charities benefiting are the Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund and Children's Charity International which brings drinkable water and other life improvements to impoverished families in Mexico, Peru or elsewhere.
The Fayetteville Jazz Orchestra played two sets and then a more rock and roll band took over. Four restaurants contributed food and at least four distributors contributed wine.

It started under beautiful weather and if the rain had held off for another 30 minutes, most of us would have been out of there. Unfortunately a real cloud burst came without much warning at 8:50 PM. I got under one of the larger tents in the first few sprinkles but ended up bolting for my car when the lightning diminished somewhat and got completely drenched head to toes. I had just seen the bubble over the Dallas Cowboys practice field collapse and injure people before heading to the gala so was dubious about the endurance of the tents and lightning striking the aluminum poles holding up the tents.

About 80 wines were availalbe for sampling. I didn't try to take notes on the wines but these are the ones I will be ordering (one or two bottles of each):

Il Poggione Rosso di Montalcino, Italy (2 bottles of this bargain wine at $9.88)

2008 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc,m Marlborough, New Zealand (will have to see if the grocery store price is cheaper but 10% of proceeds of wine sales go to the charities) This had almost no color but was tasty and more citrusy than grassy.

Ballentine Old Vine Zinfandel,Napa Valley, CA
($29.70) (I think this was upward of 15% alcohol)

and from the Reserve Room (free tasting for FWS members and $15 extra for others):

2004 Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet "Morgeot", Burgundy, France white wine
$43.20 (I really liked this one)

Beckman Purisma Syrah, Santa Ynez Valley, CA
$49.48 (and I didn't visit this winery while in Santa Barbara County last fall)

Columbia Riesling Ice Wine, Columbia Valley, WA 375 ml. for $28.35

Others I liked but didn't order:

some Semler wines (upper tier of Malibu Family Wines in southern California; also includes Saddlerock wines)

Wakefield Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Barossa Valley, Australia

(the St. Hallet "Faith" Shiraz from Barossa Valley tasted sweet to me, perhaps from the oak)

I looked for the Emeritus Russian River Valley Pinot Noir that was supposed to be available in the Reserve Room but it didn't seem to be there.

I hope this becomes an annual event.