The Northern Colorado Wine Tasting Group, hosted by WineFlights Consulting (Suzanne Alley) and Fly By Diner (Jan Findlater), enjoyed their third meeting at the Savory Spice Shop in Fort Collins. Savory Spice Shop owner Susan Kirkpatrick, generously offered her beautiful store for the wine tasting. Our theme was Spanish and Portuguese wines, and as always, Suzanne selected another batch of lovely wines for the tasting. It was a perfect follow-up to last month’s tasting hosted by Sally Davidson, owner of the award-winning Winery at the Holy Cross Abbey, in Canon City, CO. and James Blanchard, from Blanchard Family Wines in Healdsburg, CA.
1. 2009 Auratus (50% Alvarinho/50% Trajadua), with Greek-Style Shrimp with a Salty Lemon Sauce.
2. Rioja Muga (a full-bodied lovely blend of 90% Viura and 10% Malvasia), with Roasted Mushrooms with Thyme and Garlic.
3. 2010 Petalos (made of 100% Mencia grapes),- the only organic wine to make this year’s Wine Spectator Top 100 list. It was fabulous paired with Aged Spanish Manchego Cheese and Membrillo!
4. Churchill’s 10-year-old Tawny Porto from Portugal, a blend of over 7 varietals, paired with Chocolate-covered Strawberries, Dark Chocolate Fig and Fennel Bark, and a creamy blue cheese.
Our next wine event will be on August 21 at the Independence Galley in Loveland, CO. Contact Suzanne Alley at firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on our mailing list. Where else can you taste exquisite wines with great food pairings, receive a world-class wine education, and meet great people for $20 (pre-paid)!