Friday, August 13, 2010

'Wine'ing Down With A Sunset Series of Sips

I always look forward to Friday afternoons that signal the end to a work week and the beginning of weekend leisure time. Recently, I found a new way to 'Wine Down' my week here in the desert.
Fantasy Springs Resort is hosting a weekly wine tasting in their scenic 12th Floor Wine Bar & Cocktail Lounge. For $30, guests will receive samples of six of the featured winery’s best varietals, nibble on assorted fruits, crackers and cheeses and get to rub elbows with a winery representative, who answers questions and discusses the various offerings tasted.
On this particular night, we tried some yummy offerings from Silver Oak and Twomey Cellars in Napa. First a delicious Twomey Sauvignon Blanc that was more reminiscnet of the crisp New Zealand style than what is produced here in California. I enjoyed the Twomey Pinot, which was full on raspberry and very food-friendly, and really liked the Merlot we tried, which was warm on the tongue and reminded me of a welcoming relative who makes you feel good deep down in the pit of your soul.
Silver Oak's Cabernet Duo was fabulous! First up was the Alexander Valley incarnation, rich and full of spicy winter fruit. The Napa Cab is a blend of Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot so its technically a Meritage,  big and ideal for lamb or hearty game. 
Speaking of game, Vino Chick is certainly up for a repeat visit to this enjoyable and well-attended event, sunset included please.
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Special thanks to:
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino

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