Charlie Opines About Wine

In my search for interesting wines to serve to guests at our Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast, I attend many planned and impromptu wine tastings. I am happy to share my experiences with you. It's a tough job but someone has to do it.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Last Wine Tasting of 2011

Charlie’s Weekly Wine-ing

So what do I do when the formal weekly tastings are over? The Belfry is closed for the month of January and the Cellar 55 team has gone off to their other business, Cruz, in the US Virgin Islands. I still need to keep looking for wine to serve guests who stay at our inn, so I take advantage of less formal opportunities.

Luckily, right before Cellar 55 closed, I got a call for one last impromptu tasting when Polly, from Classic Wine Imports, stopped by with a special treat. At a recent Belfry tasting, Polly had presented some delicious Cline Vineyards wines from their Ancient Vines collection. That night we enjoyed the 2009 Carignane, the 2010 Cashmere, and a great 2010 Zinfandel. After these three nice wines, Polly said that one she did not bring to the tasting was even better, the Ancient Vines Mourvèdre.

Mourvèdre is one of the thirteen grapes permited in the making of Chateauneuf-du-Pape in France’s Southern Rhone Appellation. It is seldem bottled as a single varietal, even in the United States it is more often blended with other Rhone grapes. Most of Cline’s Ancient vines, including the Mourvèdre, are between 80 and 120 years old, giving this wine a unique character that only comes with age. Polly was right, it was an exceptional bottle and I am very pleased that she shared it with us.

This impromptu tasting happened on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve, and it was the perfect way to end the old year, with good friends and a great wine. For a number of reasons we have not yet left for our annual RV trip and, since we here, our Sandwich Inn is open and we would love to have you visit us. We can sit around the fire and have an impromptu tasting of our own.

Happy Wine-ing

Charlie Preus, the Innkeeper’s Assistant and Wine Steward at the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center, Sandwich, Cape Cod Massachusetts

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