Tuesday Tasters

March winner, Cyndi Stampf

March winner, Cyndi Stampf

Darlene Lamb

On March 21 the Tuesday Tasters gathered at the beautiful home of Bob and Ann Jones and their adorable four-legged friends! A warm welcome was given to our newest members, Juris and Linda Klovans.

The featured wines of the evening were from Spain. To accompany the wine we enjoyed bacon-wrapped shrimp, stuffed jalapeños and an olive/artichoke tapas with ricotta cheese, to name a few. It was a tight race as all the wines were very good, and the results were as follows:

Third place was a 2012 Marques de Caceres Crianza grown in Spain’s Rioja wine region brought by John and Jane Thompson. This red is a blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Graciano grapes and has spicy aromas and berry fruit flavors.

Second place was tied with a 2012 URO Toro Finca La Rana brought by Tom And Vicki Moses and Rick and Darlene Lamb. Made with 100% Tinta de Toro grapes, this wine scored 92 points with Wine Advocate. It is bright ruby red in color and a nose mixing red and black fruit and an earthy, spicy twist developing a floral note with some hints of Mediterranean herbs, cured meat and licorice.

And the winner was a 2015 Agoston from the Carinena wine region of Northern Spain brought by Cyndi Stampf. This blend is 50% Garnacha and 50% Syrah. It’s a modern-style Spanish red wine that’s young, fresh and easy-drinking with lots of bright berry fruit. Garnacha and Syrah are especially popular for the reminiscence to forest fruit, notably raspberries and black cherries with a smooth juicy richness and truly relaxed style.

It was a beautiful evening which ended telling stories and enjoying each other’s company by the fire. Until next time, Cheers!