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Ok, full disclosure; I did not taste every single wine at the High Museum Wine Auction’s Trade tasting today.  So, this short list of my personal faves is not all-inclusive.  My apologies to those of you out there whose fabulous, hand-crafted juice I missed.  The tasting is an exercise in restraint as one is overwhelmed by the dazzling buffet of boutique, artisanal producers. Imagine a candy-lover in Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory and you get the idea.  That said, I did do the following—which everyone should do when seriously tasting wine:

  • Skipped the perfume and smelly-good soaps in the morning shower.
  • Wore no makeup—none—lipstick makes wine taste funny, and you’ll get rosy lips from all the red wine anyway.
  • Ate hours before and kept the meal simple.

Smell free and ready to roll, this is what I enjoyed:

1.      Croze Cabernet Franc—I acre vineyard, small lot stuff. Sexy, just plain sexy wine.

2.      Croze Cabernet Sauvignon—aged for 55 months!  Silky, lush, good acidity for such a wine.  A very uncommon Cabernet S. from Napa’s Silverado Trail.

3.      Big Table Farm Syrah–Dang!  Elegant, ripe with loads of blue fruits, rich, and a serious crowd-pleaser.

4.      Cu’ello white blend—Georgia’s perfect summer wine, crisp friendly fruit, but some nice body too.  Lovely.

5.      The Scholium Project-—Petite Sirah.  Wow, what a wine…loaded with off-the-hook concentrated dark red fruits. Mostly Petite Sirah, but some Mouvedre, Cinsault, Merlot and Syrah for added panache.

6.      Stag’s Leap Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon–An exquisite example of how lush, complex and serious California wine can be.