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2005 WINE TASTINGS

The Wines of France
Saturday, January 8, 2005
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Wrentham, MA

France is considered by many to be the most important winemaking country in the world. Her wine laws have become the basis of nearly every countryís wine law system and with her average production of 1.5 billion gallons of wine a year, she leads the way in total wine production. At this event we will taste six representative wines from several important French wine regions.

This event has been completed.



The Wines of Spain
Saturday, March 19, 2005
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Wrentham, MA
 
Spain has always been a haven for easy drinking, high-value wines. With a long tradition of wine making and winemaking regions peppered throughout the country, Spain offers many different types of wine to suit just about any discerning wine drinkerís palate. At this event we will taste six of Spainís most popular offerings, each exemplary of Spainís great diversity, quality and high value.

This event has been completed.



Dessert Wines
Wednesday, April 6, 2005
Time: 6:00pm
Location: Marlboro, MA
 
Dessert Wines
Dessert wines run the gamut from light, sweet, refreshing crowd pleasers to syrupy, alcoholic knock-outs that will stand the test of time. No matter what style, dessert wines all seem to find a warm place in our hearts, especially as winter's chill takes hold. This event will showcase six wonderful dessert wines, exposing the wide range of unctuous, heady delights that are dessert wines.

This event has been completed.



Syrah/Shiraz
Around the Globe

Saturday, April 30, 2005
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Wrentham-area
 
Syrah, or Shiraz as itís known down under, is an old, well-traveled grape. Said to have originated in the Old Iranian city of Shiraz, the noble grape traveled west to Europe where it became royalty in the Rhone Valley of France. Syrah continued its journey across the great oceans, where it has achieved celebrity status in California and Australia. At this event we will taste six representative Syrah/Shiraz wines from a variety of regions across the globe.

This event has been completed.



King of Grapes:
Cabernet Sauvignon

Saturday, May 14, 2005
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Wrentham-area
 
Cabernet Sauvignon, the noble grape of Bordeaux, France that has virtually conquered the winemaking world, is a grape of unparalleled proportion. Grown in almost every major winemaking country, its flavor and style are unmistakable. Not considered flashy or showy, Cabernet is considered a constant performer making wines in a variety of styles at a variety of prices. At this event we will taste six representative Cabernet Sauvignon based wines from a variety of regions, including the famous areas of Bordeaux, France and Napa Valley, California.

This event has been completed.



A Misunderstood Grape: Chardonnay
Saturday, June 18, 2005
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Wrentham-area
 
As of 2000, Chardonnay was the most planted grape variety on the planet, eclipsing even the ever-popular Cabernet Sauvignon. A grape known for its polarizing effects at wine tasting classes and events, Chardonnay is either loved as much as it is loathed. Chardonnay provides the backbone of some of the most expensive wines in the world: white Burgundy and yet is also responsible for a veritable ocean of modestly priced wine coming out of the New World. At this event we will taste six representative Chardonnay based wines from a variety of regions, including its famous home of Burgundy, France.

This event has been completed.



The Elusive Pinot Noir
Saturday, September 17, 2005
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Wrentham-area
 
Pinot Noir is known to be a difficult grape to cultivate, which in turn makes it a variable producer of fine wine. The grape has achieved greatness in the regions of Burgundy, France and is enjoying a growing success in California and Oregon in the US. Other winemaking countries have taken up the task of producing Pinot Noir, like New Zealand, but its production is a true labor of love. At this event we will taste six representative Pinot Noir based wines from a variety of regions, including its famous starting point of Burgundy, France.

This event has been completed.



The Wines of Italy
Saturday, October 15, 2005
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Wrentham-area
 
Italy, a country synonymous with winemaking, consistently produces the most wine of any other winemaking country in the world. Think of Italy and one thinks of fine food and lots and lots of wine. Sometimes known for its lower quality ďstraw basketĒ Chianti wines of the 1970ís and 1980ís, Italy has emerged over the last few decades as a producer of high quality, oftentimes high-value wines. The combination of superb recent vintages, improved viticulture and improved winemaking techniques has elevated Italy to new heights. At this event we will taste six wines from a wide variety of regions within Italy, showcasing the renewed quality and value that is now defining Italian wine.

This event has been completed.



Fortified Wines
Saturday, November 19, 2005
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Wrentham-area
 
Much fortified wine was born out of a need to preserve fragile wines on long voyages over land and sea. The presence of alcohol in excess of 15% by volume has a preservative effect on wine. Often sweet, but not always so, fortified wine is usually reserved for after dinner, where it is the accompaniment to dessert or cheese. At this event we will taste six fortified wines from a variety of regions and styles, both sweet and dry.

This event has been completed.



The Magic that is Sparkling Wine
Saturday, December 10, 2005
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Wrentham-area
 
Mention sparkling wine and the results are almost always the same: oohs and aahs from the crowd. Made in almost every winemaking country, sparkling wine achieved its greatest fame and notoriety in Champagne, France. So much fame and notoriety in fact, that countries other than France have been successfully sued for calling their own versions Champagne. At this event we will taste six representative sparkling wines from a variety of regions in a variety of styles.

This event has been completed.



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