Charlie’s Weekly Wine-ings
We are preparing to go south for some much needed rest and relaxation before the start of the 2013 season at our bed and breakfast. Although we may be closed, you know I will continue my search for great wines to serve our guest.
Even as I plan ahead, I looked back on the wonderful year we had in 2012 and the great wines I was fortunate enough to enjoy. Wine wise, last season started off great with a very nice article in the May issue of Cape Cod Life magazine entitled "An Impromptu Tasting with Charlie Preus". The article recounted how much I enjoy when friends spontaneously stop by the Inn to share a bottle of their favorite wines with Jan and me. Last year, as one of our best seasons ever came to a close, I was treated to one of the best impromptu tasting I have ever experienced. Our friend Spencer Knowles from Horizon Beverage Company had his parents stay at our Inn to enjoy the seasonal experience of Gardens Aglow at Heritage Museums and Gardens just up the road from us. He reached into his personal cellar to share and, since he is a wine professional, that means it was a very special treat for all of us.
John Shafer has been famous for his Napa Valley Cabernets for years, but Relentless is a wonderful blend of Syrah and Petite Sirah. Wine Spectator also praised Relentless as an example of the ascendance of Rhone-styled wines in California, based on grapes other than the historically traditional Merlot and Cabernet. I am not sure of all that hype, but with only a small production of 3,300 cases and the increased demand that comes from a Wine of the Year award, I am overwhelmed that I had the pleasure of sharing this great wine.
Mauritson Rockpile Ridge Zinfandel. Earlier in the year we did a Mauritson tasting of which the Rockpile was the star. We finished the evening with great pizza matched with a great Zinfandel.
What a perfect way to end a great year at our Sandwich Inn with another magnificent impromptu wine tasting with friends. Come and stay with us this new season and perhaps one of these tastings will occur, I promise you it will be an experience you will not soon forget.
Charlie Preus, the Innkeeper’s Assistant and Wine Steward at the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center, Sandwich, Cape Cod Massachusetts