–submitted by Mike Wilson
The Wine Fellowship met at our home for a “Bring Your Own Bottle, Story and a Snack” tasting on January 29. Thirteen tasters arrived with a bottle of wine and a snack together with the story. Some of the stories included:
The best Syrah in my collection.
Please help me select a good wine for a “fancy pants” tasting.
A Michigan Pinot Noir.
Favorite best buys.
Each wine had a very interesting story.
Photo 1: Ginny & Ken Yuska; Photo 2: Mary Janet & Karl Wellensiek; Photo 3: Meryl & Steve Mixtacki
All of the wines ranked well in quality (I rated them from 17.5 – 19.0 on a 20 point scale), no doubt assisted by the fun and gaiety had by all.
Photo 1: Ellie & Paul Schatz; Photo 2: Cheryl Wittke & Ken Yuska; Photo 3: Meryl Mixtacki & Mary Janet Wellensiek
The pairings included:
A New Zealand and the very excellent Michigan Pinot Noir.
A Grenache and a Syrah.
A Bordeaux and a US Cabernet.
We feasted on multiple cheeses, a variety of crackers and breads, proscuitto and salami wrapped mozarella, hot quesadillas with salsa, spinach roll ups, spicy shrimp, and chocolate coated strawberries.