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Archive for April, 2011

It’s been some time since our last wine club meet, and so for the sake of sustainability we had a bit of a membership drive last night. With 14 in attendance, including new friends and old, we had a lot of catching up and socializing to do…oh yeah, and we drank a few bottles of Grüner Veltliner, though you wouldn’t know it from the looks of my notes, which contain more scribblings of summer plans (camping at Cedar Point on the South Fork!) than reflections on the bottles we drank.

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In 2006, when Ellen and I were in Romania, this is how we bought wine.  Sec or Demi-Sec.  Those were the options at the co-op in Suceava, and I remember thinking that the wine wasn’t bad.  It was certainly better than what we’d been drinking in bottles, and it was fresh.  But, unlike Bulgaria–where Ellen and I had just visited, after spending time there in ’96, years before we met–Romania was still producing wines that didn’t seem qualified for export.  Bulgaria’s wine industry had exploded in the past ten years; we couldn’t believe the variety and quality of wines we could get.  In Romania–blame Ceausescu–if such a market was in existence, we hadn’t been able to find it.  And so, five years later, I was delighted to attend the “Select Wines of Romania,” a tasting downtown featuring six Romanian Wineries.

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The other week, the Wine Media Guild of New York hosted a luncheon to showcase a number of California’s Centenary Wineries.  Schramsberg, Wente, Buena Vista, Charles Krug, Beaulieu, Simi, and Gundlach Bundschu–all the players were there.  And with a number of older vintages on hand, this was an awesome opportunity to taste the state of west coast wines before they fell victim [in]to the vat of jam.

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