The Noble Grapes Wine Group kicked off the year in style. We had lovely weather to be outside in Lora and Steve Simonsgaard’s amazing yard. Designed for entertainment and fun, it was the perfect location to meet our new members and catch-up with old friends. October’s theme was GSM (Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre) The ‘GSM’ red blend is made from Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre and it’s a classic from the Côtes du Rhône region. When you taste Côtes du Rhône you’re tasting all three grapes together. Grenache adds candied fruit, raspberry, cinnamon spice and Ruby Red grapefruit flavors. Syrah is famous as the grape of the northern Rhône region and adds the darker fruit flavors of blueberry, plum and even black olive to the Côtes du Rhône blend. Mourvèdre itself is a deeply rich dark wine, similar to Syrah, but with a more persistent finish.
If you want to try some out for yourself, these were the favorites:
- 1 – H to H Chateauneuf Du Pape
- 2 – Saint Cosme
- 3 – Flux
- 4 – Pillsbury Wild Child
Next month there will be something for everyone when Cherie and Scott Malkoff host us for Sonoma Reds and, adding a new feature, a whiskey tasting.
The Wine Group is an Open Group. Please contact Audrey Sangerman or Pam Gill if you would like to join us or would like more information.