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Wine Cruise-Oct. 13

Wednesday was a night to travel two by two–two wines from France, two from Germany, two from Italy and two from Napa. It was a nice way to introduce some wine-themed packages from Trip Quest Travel Services. One is an 8 day river cruise through the Rhone region October 2011. Think about it! A trip up the Rhone River in France stopping at all the small towns along the way and tasting their wines! The other cruise is around Italy stopping at the beautiful ports enjoying wines we never heard of before.
For those preferring land a California Wine Train tour departs San Francisco July 11 that visits Napa and Hollywood.

The tasters were treated to the usual great nibbles at the Vineyard and some door prizes handed out by the Trip Quest folks.

Here are the wine we tasted:
Reserve de la Dame a l’Oiseau Cotes du Rhone 2009
From: Rhone, France
Winery: Dame a l’Oiseau
Year: 2009
Grapes: Grenache Blanc 70%, Marsanne 20%, Roussanne 10%

Vidal-Fleury Cotes Du Rhone
From: France
Winery: Vidal-Fleury
Grapes: Grenache 65%, Syrah 20%, Mourvèdre 10%, Carignan 5%

Luna Nada Pinot Grigio 2008
What: Golden reflections in the glass tell you right away that you are going to taste a different Pinot Grigio. This is not your standard Pinot Grigio. Soft lemon and lime flavors with a little golden delicious apple for good measure. Nice weight and mouth feel with a little mineral or wet stone to add complexity. Simply lovely. Fresh…very fresh….great by itself or with many dishes…simply prepared fish, sushi, salads, light tapas, and much more. If you like Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, or many aromatic whites you will love this wine. In one word…elegant.–From their website
From: Italy
Winery: Luna Nuda WInes
Year: 2008

Rèmole Toscana 2008
From: Italy
Winery: Frescobaldi
Year: 2008

Peter Mertes Platinum Kabinett 2008
From: Germany
Winery: Peter Mertes Weinkeller
Year: 2008

Schlink Haus Red 2009
What: Red Wine – Sweet. Dornfelder – A delightfully fruity red wine that is full-bodied with flavors of blackberries.
From: Germany
Winery: Schlink Haus
Year: 2009

Striped Bass Sauvignon Blanc 2009
From: Napa, California
Year: 2009

Chasing Lions Red 2006
What: The 2006 Chasing Lions exhibits a fragrant bouquet of black currant, cedar, spice box and espresso accompanied by flavors of licorice, mocha, black cherry and toasty oak. Dense and medium-bodied with beautiful elegance, texture and equilibrium this cuvee showcases the wonderful and complex terroir of the Napa Valley.--From their website
From: Napa Valley, California
Winery: Nine North Wine Company
Year: 2006
Grapes: 55% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 7% Syrah, 3% Petit Verdot

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