USA wine night: Cheeseburgers and Pinot Noir!

The final in our Autumn wine tasting evenings was held last night.

We tasted the Chateau Ste Michelle Riesling from Washington which was delicious. Absolutely brimming with fruit character and ever so slightly off dry with fresh acidity, it was perfect with the lemon sole we served up. So many people run a mile at the mention of Riesling, but this example is sure to convert any doubters! We then tasted the best of USA reds served up with our famous organic burgers: Erath Pinot Noir from Oregon, Chateau Ste Michelle Merlot from Washington State and the cult classic and much coveted Stag’s Leap ‘Artimus’ Cabernet from Napa Valley. Each wine brought something special to the table, the Pinot had gentle aromas of cherry fruit and spice whilst the Merlot, which we all agreed was outstanding value for money, has a velvety smooth texture, excellent weight and was brimming with plummy fruit characters, chocolate and caramel aromas. It really was pleasure in a glass! To celebrate the end of our tasting evenings for 2010 we opened a few bottles of the ‘Artimus’ Cabernet from Stag’s Leap. A ripple of excitement spread across the room when everyone saw Stag’s Leap on the tasting sheet and it did not disappoint. Dark and intense, with layers of cassis fruits, wood, smoke, cedar and spice. Dare I say it was better than the Pauillac we tasted last week (but only marginally!!)!

Lot’s of happy wine tasters left ely wine bar last night eagerly awaiting news of the agenda for Spring. Watch this space, we will be finalising details in the coming weeks and will have some of the best winemakers in the world – no exaggerating – at ely.

We must pay a special thanks to Dale Gatcum who works for Stag’s Leap and Chateau Ste Michelle. He spent the evening giving us history on the wines and sharing some of the secrets behind their success: Thanks Dale!

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