–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.
We welcomed new Rotarian Mark Brant and his wife, Tracy (pictured at left) to their first Wine Fellowship Event. We were glad to have you with us!