Deadliest Open Hole #10

•August 9, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Dear world,

I write all the content for the newsletters, etc for our Deadliest Open‚ĄĘ Celebrity Golf Tournament on WordPress because it is really easy to organize and develop my things and stuff.

You lucky subscribers get the newsletter before it goes to our website, lucky dogs ūüėČ

Hope to see you all the Deadliest Open!

If you can believe it, we are a mere 17 days until the kick-off begins for the 2011 Deadliest Open‚ĄĘ Celebrity Golf Tournament! We’d like to share more with you about our great sponsors and the fun events we have planned for Golfers and Spectators on August 27, 2011 at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum, Washington.

Hole Sponsor Highlight

Every day until the tournament we will be highlighting a Hole Sponsor from the 2011 Deadliest Open‚ĄĘ Celebrity Golf Tournament.

Hole #10: Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial

The 2011 Deadliest Open‚ĄĘ Celebrity Golf Tournament charity beneficiary will be the Seattle Fisherman‚Äôs Memorial.

There are many ways to donate to this worthy cause through golf tournament player and spectator ticket sales, online and retail shop purchases, silent/live auctions and raffles and golf tournament events.

Seattle Fisherman memorial

As a charitable non-profit organization established in 1985, the Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial Board is directed by 15 industry volunteers and is devoted to promoting safety in the fishing fleets and easing the emotional and financial burden of the surviving family members of fishermen lost at sea. In recent years, the mission has expanded to address: grief support, safety training and the fostering of community around those in need.

Look for fun events from the Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial on Prospector Hole #10! In addition to their sponsorship, the board members have put together a team and will also be golfing at the Deadliest Open!

Event Spotlight

Cleveland Golf is a major sponsor of the Deadliest Open. Their Master Fitters will be on-site at Prospector Golf Course’s Driving Range all weekend ready to fit everyone with custom drivers, irons, wedges, putters or a full set!

Don’t miss this great opportunity from Cleveland Golf!

Cleveland Masters Tour Fitting Van Hours:

  • Thursday, August 25 10am to 4pm
  • Friday, August 26 11am to 5pm (at Rope Rider course for Grand Opening)
  • Saturday, August 27 8am to 2pm

Celebrity Spotlight

We have to send out a HUGE thank you to Mike Fourtner who has tirelessly promoted this event for us and has helped us get more support and sponsorships for this year’s tournament.

Mike is taking a well-deserved break in Hawaii from fishing and is coming¬†over¬†with some buddies to play both Prospector Golf Course and Rope Rider Golf Course next week. 36 holes in one day…maybe he IS crazy!

Mike Fourtner’s golf team has also been sold out! He is playing with a really¬†good team so we wouldn’t be surprised if he and his team took home some great awards from the Deadliest Open!

Golfer Spots Still Available

Remember, that included in Golfer Registration is:

  • 18 holes of golf on Prospector Golf Course
  • Golf Cart and Range Balls
  • Lunch and Post-Golf Awards Banquet
  • a Wedge from Cleveland Golf
  • Limited Edition Participant Bag including: Tournament Polo and Event Tee
  • An amazing day of golf, games and prizes with your favorite crab fishermen!
  • Golf With a Captain!

There are still spots to golf with your favorite Captains who have already signed on for charity golf with us!

  • Monte Colburn, Wizard
  • Neal Hillstrand, Time Bandit
  • Greg Moncrief, Farwest Leader
  • Derrick Ray, Cornelia Marie
  • Tony Lara, Cornelia Marie
Captain Harry Lewis’ team just sold this morning, so register today to play with your favorite Captains!

Gear Shop Exclusives

We have some totally awesome pieces arriving for the Gear Shop!

Check out the Deadliest Open Tee Packs!

Just For Spectators

Remember, you only have until August 12th at NOON PST to purchase your Spectator Tickets online to be entered to win Post-Golf Awards Banquet Tickets. The more tickets we sell, the more Banquet Tickets we are giving away. What are you waiting for???

Tootles,

Winnie

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Deadliest Open Hole #11

•August 8, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Dear world,

I write all the content for the newsletters, etc for our Deadliest Open‚ĄĘ Celebrity Golf Tournament on WordPress because it is really easy to organize and develop my things and stuff.

You lucky subscribers get the newsletter before it goes to our website, lucky dogs ūüėČ

Hope to see you all the the Deadliest Open!

If you can believe it, we are a mere 18 days until the kick-off begins for the 2011 Deadliest Open‚ĄĘ Celebrity Golf Tournament! We’d like to share more with you about our great sponsors and the fun events we have planned for Golfers and Spectators on August 27, 2011 at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum, Washington.

Hole Sponsor Highlight

Every day until the tournament we will be highlighting a Hole Sponsor from the¬†2011 Deadliest Open‚ĄĘ Celebrity Golf Tournament.

Hole #11: Kirkham Law Firm in Ellensburg, Washington

We spoke with James Kirkham who is an avid golfer about his law firm today. He told us Kirkham Law Firm is a general practice firm focusing on State and Federal criminal defense, bankruptcy, personal injury, traffic tickets and standard wills.

His law office relocated from Spokane to Ellensburg in 2008 and Kirkham Law Firm services all of Eastern Washington.

Look for fun events from Kirkham Law Firm on Prospector Hole #11! In addition to his sponsorship, James will also be Golfing with a Captain for the Deadliest Open!

Entertainment Spotlight

We met the Sourmash Stevedores at the Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial Banquet in July. They happily agreed to come and play for us at the Deadliest Open.

They are a classic country band with harmonica, pedal steel and banjo. Johnny, Hank and Merle type of country with originals that have the same feel.

www.myspace.com/sourmashstevedores.com

The band members are:

Ray Taylor – guitar
Ed Hodge – bass
Alan Echison – drums
Tim Moore – harmonica
Mikey Budd Рguitar, banjo
Tim Dunn – guitar

We can’t wait to hear them perform at the Awards Banquet!

Celebrity Spotlight

A special thanks go out to Dale and Mindy Pruitt. They have generously donated their time to get us some great seafood shipped down for the tournament.

Many of you probably haven’t heard the story about how the F/V Magnum was lost at sea for over 60 hours with Dale and many of his family members. A new book has been written about their ordeal and they are bringing some autographed copies to the Deadliest Open Gear Shop. Author, Jeffrey Mitchell will also be at the Deadliest Open to sign copies of his book, Lost in the Shelikof: An Alaskan Family’s Struggle to Survive (Volume 1).

“Dale Pruitt stood barefoot atop the capsized hull of his fishing vessel. Bobbing in heavy seas, he steadied himself and assessed his situation. His crew was down below him in the water. The ‚Äėcrew‚Äô consisted of his niece, as well as, his only son and his only daughter. The t-shirt and shorts he wore would provide no protection against the dark, icy waters of the Shelikof Strait. But his options had fallen away quickly in the few minutes since he had sent out his mayday from the cabin of the foundering F/V Magnum. Leaning hard into the gale, Dale did what he had to do. He jumped into the Alaskan ocean. Meanwhile back at home in Kodiak, Alaska, wife and mother, Mindy Pruitt was relaxing and preparing for the return of her family after two days and nights at sea. It would be a full 24 hours before she would know for sure that something had gone seriously wrong. Once she realized that her family was missing she would suffer through two more days of agony. Uncertain of the fate of her missing family, Mindy finds support in an inner circle of friends and family while her family struggles for their lives at sea. Sea Storm is the true story of the Pruitt Family of Kodiak, Alaska. On Friday, June 20th the F/V Magnum sank. The skipper‚Äôs mayday went unheard and the emergency beacon aboard the vessel malfunctioned. The crew would be missing for over sixty hours before the harrowing conclusion.”

Come to the Deadliest Open and meet author Jeffrey Mitchell and Dale and Mindy Pruitt in person!

Golfer Spots Still Available

Remember, that included in Golfer Registration is:

  • 18 holes of golf on Prospector Golf Course
  • Golf Cart and Range Balls
  • Lunch and Post-Golf Awards Banquet
  • a Wedge from Cleveland Golf
  • Limited Edition Participant Bag including: Tournament Polo and Event Tee
  • An amazing day of golf, games and prizes with your favorite crab fishermen!

Golf With a Captain!

There are still spots to golf with your favorite Captains who have already signed on for charity golf with us!

  • Monte Colburn, Wizard
  • Harry Lewis, Incentive
  • Neal Hillstrand, Time Bandit
  • Greg Moncrief, Farwest Leader
  • Derrick Ray, Cornelia Marie
  • Tony Lara, Cornelia Marie

Gear Shop Exclusives

We have some totally awesome pieces arriving for the Gear Shop!

Beer koozies, anyone?


Just For Spectators

Remember, you only have until August 9th at NOON PST to purchase your Spectator Tickets online to be entered to win Post-Golf Awards Banquet Tickets. The more tickets we sell, the more Banquet Tickets we are giving away. What are you waiting for???

Tootles,

Winnie


100th Post and a South Dakota-Themed Giveaway! (via The Simple Life of a Country Man’s Wife)

•July 1, 2011 • 1 Comment

Dear world,

In case you aren’t following this blog, and/or you are an idiot who lives in the city and you never open your drapes) do yourself a favor and subscribe to The Simple Life of a Country Man’s Wife. She posts frequently and takes gorgeous pictures and never, ever, bores!

Oh, and there are prizes involved…

Happy Fourth of July Weekend everyone!

Tootles,
Winnie

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Crown Royal Tasting at 301

•June 22, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Dear world,

Last week I was invited to taste through Crown Royal Whiskey’s lineup of fabuolousness! Here are my tasting notes and a few interesting stories about Crown Royal as presented to us by Haley Wirt, representative from Southern-Odom, and West Coast Master of Whiskey, Breck Taylor.

Breck Taylor, West Coast Master of Whiskey

Crown Royal DeluxePurple bag, 80 Proof. Created in 1939 to celebrate a visit to Canada by the King of England.

Winnie’s notes – Crown Royal Deluxe’s flavor profile is dominated by caramel and vanilla from the American oak. A very smooth sipper with a toasty vanilla finish.

Breck’s notes – Canadian Whiskey is typically light and gentle in style. Crown Royal Deluxe goes great with Coke if you using a mixer.¬†Over the years Crown Royal became popularized in the United States by Canadian oil rig workers who relocated to Texas.

Crown Royal Black – ¬†Black bag, 90 Proof. Former American Bourbon casks are “recharged” (re-toasted) for Crown Royal Black which makes it a darker and more intensely flavored whiskey.

Winnie’s notes – Crown Royal Black smells like black cherries and is really toasty. Caramel dominates with a black cherry and vanilla finish.

Breck’s notes – Crown Royal Black is designed to appeal to a higher-end whiskey drinker. Also mixes well with Ginger Ale.

Crown Royal ReserveGold bag, 80 proof. Master Whisky Blender, Andrew MacKay, selects the top 1% of barrels he thinks are exceptional and uses some of those barrels for Crown Royal Reserve. The Master Whiskey Blender also decides when it gets bottled.

Winnie’s notes – Tons of cinnamon in the aroma. This definitely lives up to calling itself “Reserve” smooth and lingering in the mouth.

Breck’s notes – Crown Royal Reserve is NOT a mixer! Crown Royal Reserve has great body and is creamier than Crown Royal Deluxe and Black.

Crown Royal Cask 16Black velvety bag, 80 proof. It sounded so perfect on their website that I just had to paste it: “A blend of fifty whiskies finished in rare cognac casks made out of oak from the Limousin forest in France, and marked ‚Äú16‚ÄĚ to represent their place of origin.” 16 is the postal code in the region of Cognac, France.

Winnie’s notes – I get a lot more spice notes in the Cask 16 with a Maple Syrup finish. The French¬†use French oak (duh) for their Cognac – which imparts a totally different flavor profile than American oak.

Breck’s notes – Crown Royal Cask 16 has great drinkability.

Crown Royal XRRed bag, 80 proof. Anyone looking for something spectacular, rare and fabulous should be drinking Crown Royal XR!

Winnie’s notes – Definitely obvious in the flavors that this is from older barrels of Crown Royal. So much depth and maturity.

Breck’s notes – Crown Royal XR is from the original Crown Royal distillery in Waterloo which burned down in the 1990’s. They were able to salvage some of the barrels which makes up the XR blend. It is all bottled and they predict it will all be sold by the end of 2011. I know what I want for Christmas!

Crown Royal Lineup!

The group had a chance to discuss the whiskeys and ask Breck and Haley some questions…

Haley and Breck

What is Bourbon?

Haley said Bourbon (by law) has to be:

  • at least 51% corn
  • no added color
  • made in new American oak
  • made in the USA

Bourbon (corn) whiskeys are sweeter while rye whiskeys are dryer.

Breck also noted that we should drink Crown Royal (e.g. neat) at room temperature; drinking it colder masks the elegance of the whiskey and emphasizes the oakier flavors.

Crown Royal has a great website that showcases the diverse Crown Royal line-up and gives some great ideas for drink recipes.

What’s your favorite Crown Royal recipe?

Tootles,

Winnie

Press Release: 2011 Deadliest Open‚ĄĘ Celebrity Golf Tournament!

•May 11, 2011 • 4 Comments

Dear world,

I am so excited to announce the Deadliest Open 2011 Celebrity Golf Tournament we are hosting in Washington State on August 27, 2011!!!

2011 Deadliest Open‚ĄĘ Celebrity Golf Tournament

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

May 11, 2011

DEADLIEST OPEN‚ĄĘ 2011 CELEBRITY GOLF TOURNAMENT AT SUNCADIA RESORT ANNOUNCES FIRST CELEBRITY PARTICIPANTS
Captain Keith Colburn and Deckhands Mike Fourtner and Ryan Simpson to Golf for Charity at Prospector Golf Course August 26-27, 2011

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F/V Wizard‚Äôs Captain Keith Colburn, F/V Time Bandit‚Äôs Deckhand Mike Fourtner and F/V Cornelia Marie‚Äôs Deckhand Ryan Simpson will officially be joining us at the 2011 Deadliest Open‚ĄĘ Celebrity Golf Tournament August 26-27, 2011 at the beautiful Suncadia Resort in Roslyn, Washington on the Arnold-Palmer-designed Prospector Golf Course. This one-of-a-kind tournament will benefit the Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial.

Suncadia Resort is located 80 miles east of Seattle and offers numerous lodging options on the sunny eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains including The Lodge at Suncadia – a full-service luxury condominium lodge hotel and conference center overlooking the Cle Elum River, fine and casual dining, three golf courses, driving range, freshwater lake, amphitheater, hiking and biking trails and parks.

Check back often as we toss out the grappling hook and see who else we catch in our crab pots for the Deadliest Open‚ĄĘ Celebrity Golf Tournament! Be sure to register to golf this summer with some of the most loyal, colorful and outrageous fishermen and fans in the entire fleet!

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If you would like more information about this event please contact info@deadliestopen.com.

Tootles,

Winnie

Ladies And Gentlemen: Wine Judging Is Waaay Easier Than This!

•April 28, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Dear world,

Tomorrow I’m off to Hood River, Oregon to participate in the Northwest Wine Summit hosted by Mr. Parks Redwine (his given name).¬†Ahhh, the purple-faced-hard-working¬†glamorous life of a professional wine judge. Alas, this is not to be my week of tasting but instead, my week of hard labor.

Wine Judge - Self Portrait

The Northwest Wine Summit’s rules permit a judge to participate one year only; referred to as ‘one and done‘ by my colleagues. I have judged the competition, but only as a last minute ‘can you please put down the PBR and get your ass here because another judge crapped out and we have an empty seat‘ judge. Not quite the heartfelt invitation I was hoping for but nonetheless, I got my ass down there in the snow to judge wines.¬†As such, I have not officially judged the Northwest Wine Summit. Mr. Vinorosso, I’m still waiting for my invitation ūüėČ

This year I will again attend as a back room staffer. What is that you ask? Why would I even consider working in the back room? Well, to truly understand the scope of a wine competition you MUST participate as a back room slave staffer at least once in your life. The organization, man power and sheer awesomeness of it would humble any wine judge!

Organized Chaos...

I have the ultimate pleasure of tootling down to the judging tomorrow to unpack thousands of wine bottles eagerly waiting to be opened and sniffed by stern-faced wine judges. Lucky back room staffers also get to check in the wine, arrange the wine on tables in order of their category and code, individually sticker each bottle, set out wine glasses in flights and sticker those glasses for the judges…and this is before one wine judge sets foot on the premises.

Things get Wild West-like when the judges file in and take their places. The awesome back room crew we’ve had in the past fews years doesn’t fluctuate much, and I don’t call it a successful wine competition unless someone from the back room has a complete meltdown.¬†My wine competition back room success rate is currently at 100%.

So, as I don my running shoes and prepare for the insanely orchestrated chaos, please wish me luck and check back soon to find out what happens, who judges and which wines are tops in the eyes of the 2011 Northwest Wine Summit!

Tootles,

Winnie

© Winnie’s Wine World, 2011.

Wines of Chile Presents #chilereds Cool Climate Blogger Tasting

•April 15, 2011 • 4 Comments

Dear world,

I was honored to be chosen as one of the 50 bloggers participating online in last night’s Wines of Chile 5th Annual Blogger Tasting. I had never participated in an online event like this, so let me share my experience with you!

Wines of Chile Media Kit - IMPRESSIVE!

Wines of Chile sent this amazing media kit with 8 red wines, thorough tasting notes, maps of Chile’s wine growing regions, a Wines of Chile corkscrew and some tasty¬†Huerto Azul Myrtleberry Chutney with Merkin.

This packaging is GREAT!

Preparing for this took me nearly all day; tasting wine is fun but only with proper preparation. I spent much of Tuesday extricating my Riedel red wine glasses for the tasting and selecting the proper decanter for the Pinot Noir the Master Sommelier suggested could use some decanting prior to tasting.

Cono Sur Pinot Noir in the Riedel Amadeo Decanter

Then, Wednesday I found many of the bloggers and wine makers on Twitter so I could follow the conversation and check out all of the posts for #chilereds. I did not want to miss out on the conversation and commentary by my colleagues because I was hassling with Twitter. During the tasting I was also re-Tweeting and replying to the other bloggers via Twitter and on the tasting chat-stream itself.

If you want to see what we talked about then look up the hashtag #chilereds and follow @WinesofChile and @DrinkChile on Twitter.

By 2:30 I was ready and eagerly (if not impatiently) waiting to swirl, sip and savor the wines. I was especially excited to have all the bloggers online, in conjunction with the wine makers live from Chile and Wines of Chile wine educator Fred Dexheimer, MS live from NYC!

I AM READY!!!

So, 5pm rolls around and I log onto the chat and it went a little something like this:

Pinot Noir starts off the tasting!

We begin #chilereds tasting with Valdivieso Reserve Pinot Noir 2009 from the Casablanca Valley.

Valdivieso Reserve Pinot Noir 2009 Casablanca Valley $16.99

Medium brick-red appearance. Spicy strawberries, earthiness, hint of black fruit aromas. Flavors of ripe strawberries, rich mushrooms, toast and a spicy balsamic finish.

The wine was presented by winemaker Brett Jackson who had such a lovely lilt in his New Zealand accent, I loved it!

During the tasting there were also¬†questions¬†from the bloggers posed to the wine makers in Santiago, Chile and the first was about fruit sourcing. A blogger wanted to know if wine makers work exclusively in one valley or in many wine valleys in Chile and how the fruit is different? ¬†That complex question could have been answered in about 5 hours… Brett said many wine makers are¬†working with fruit in Casablanca Valley and in other valleys in Chile and the climate, the terroir and many other factors all vary and that is why wine makers choose more than one area to work with the different grapes Chile has to offer.

Next wine up is¬†@x_pacheco¬†Vi√Īa Casablanca Nimbus Estate Pinot Noir 2009¬†@drinkchile #chilereds.

Vi√Īa Casablanca Nimbus Estate Pinot Noir 2009 Casablanca Valley $19.99

Garnet appearance. Aromas of black fruit, fresh red berries, spice with a hint of raspberry jam. More black fruits, spice and depth of fruit mid palate: blackberries and prunes with velvety tannins. A fresh and elegant wine. Fred Dexheimer, MS called this wine a “sexy little number” and I would have to agree.

The wine was presented by winemaker¬†Ximena Pacheo, the only woman winemaker on the panel. Suggestions were made that women have better palates and therefore make better wines…and¬†the men just moved onto another topic :). Someone got technical and asked what was the barrel regime for Nimbus? “Only 20% new oak, all French oak which spends approximately 12 months in barrel before bottling.” Then we talked about the Nimbus line;¬†Nimbus¬†is a cloud formation and in the Casablanca Valley the cooler climate created by fog in the morning giving way to warmer afternoons helps craft these very distinctive wines.

Another question was, how are we going to get more Chilean Pinot Noir in America? “Well, order and drink more Chilean Pinot Noir” replies one of the Chilean wine makers!

Veramonte’s Ritual Pinot Noir 2009¬†@drinkchile #chilereds.

Veramonte’s Ritual Pinot Noir 2009 Casablanca Valley $19.99

Rich garnet color all the way to the rim of the glass. Aromas of cherries, smoke, spice and some forest floor. On the palate the tannins are chewy and well-integrated with flavors of cherries, raspberries, with a dose of toast and oak that complements rather than overpowers the smooth, lingering finish. A rich and decadent wine say the bloggers who love the label, and the wine, saying it had more of an old world style.

I noted to the bloggers that Agustin Huneeus of Veramonte also makes a wine for @LongShadowsWine in WA state #chilereds.

The wine was presented by head winemaker Cristian Aliaga. There was talk about Pinot Noir clones, and I wondered if clones were used as a marketing tool on Chilean wine labels? But the conversation went too fast and we had to move onto the next wine.

Cono Sur Ocio Pinot Noir 2008 was decanted for an hour or so prior to tasting #chilereds @drinkchile.

Cono Sur Ocio Pinot Noir 2008 Casablanca Valley $65

The appearance is deep ruby. Inviting aromas of cherry, strawberry and raspberry; red fruit dominated with some hints of Cassis. Flavors include raspberry jam, hyper ripe black fruits, a layer of spice, silky smooth tannins with an evolution of finish that lingers for a long time. Beautiful.

Winemaker¬†Mat√≠as R√≠os Langevin¬†talked about the soft tannins and fruit ripeness potential from the great vineyard they use in the Casablanca Valley. He said it was more of a southeast¬†facing terroir which grows more sophisticated wines. Bloggers asked how long do you spend looking at the weather as a winemaker? Does it take much of your time to predict and look at frost, rain etc? Wine makers¬†reply in unison, “Yes, all of the above is the answer.”

Wines of Chile noted that $15-$20 is a great price range for Pinot Noir. The bloggers agreed and said that quality and the value of Chilean Pinot Noir gives Oregon and New Zealand a run for their money. Does Wines of Chile plan to exploit this $15-$20 Pinot Noir market since there is such great value and the wines are awesome? Wine makers? Are you passionate about getting into the US market at this price point? They all reply, yes.

Fred Dexheimer, MS answered the many regionality questions posed by the bloggers by saying, “In Chile we isolate parts of each wine growing region to identify which grapes work best and where to promote these grapes in their optimal growing regions.”

My comments thus far:

  • The oak regimes on some of the Pinot Noir wines are pretty heavy given the delicate nature of the grape. They make it work but I’d like to see more fruit expression since I know the grapes are well suited to the Casablanca Valley growing region.
  • More black fruit flavors instead of the hallmark cherry flavor I’m used to from Pinot Noir.
  • While sampling the wines I had crackers, some Cheddar, Manchego, a Norwegian goat cheese and homemade meatballs with the¬†Huerto Azul Myrtleberry Chutney with Merkin. And, lots of water in between wines.
  • Bloggers thought the flight of Pinot Noir was worthy of great commendation! Cheers to Chile!

Only one wine tonight @drinkchile is not 100% varietal. The Tamaya Syrah Reserva 2009 Limarí Valley was co-fermented with Viognier #chilereds .

Tamaya Syrah Reserva 2009 Limarí Valley $16.99

The appearance is a deep purple. Aromas of gamey meats, fusel alcohol, blackberries and green olive juice. Flavors include olive juice and a hint of the sweet gamey aromas. Finishes with raspberries. NOTE: re-tasted in the morning and much less olive juice notes.

Winemaker¬†Rodolphe Bordeau¬†led the discussion on this wine. A blogger asked him what the growing conditions were in 2009?¬†Limar√≠ Valley 2009 had¬†“Aromatic intensity. Wines from the Limar√≠ Valley¬†are meaty, stone fruits – limestone “stony” – with more graphite, with red and black fruits and are quite delicate.”

One of the bloggers squealed that this winemaker (bottom) looks like Mario Batali. What do you think?

The Mario Batali of Chile!

Some of the questions about grapes,¬†Syrah in particular, were as follows. Are there places in Chile that are great for growing everything? “Yes, I have been experimenting in¬†new areas until people quit calling me crazy and start calling me a genius.” I wish I could remember which winemaker extolled that little gem!

Fred Dexheimer, MS also noted that Syrah is new to Chile, the “new kid on the block” so to speak; 1996 was the first Syrah bottling. The Syrah grape is taking Chile by storm by winning many best of show in recent wine competitions. Fred Dexheimer, MS prefaced the Syrah tasting by noting that the Syrah grape is adapting to Chile and that tonight we would be tasting¬†4 regions and 4 wine makers.

Loma Larga Syrah 2006 #chilereds @drinkchile from Casablanca Valley.

Loma Larga Syrah 2006 Casablanca Valley $29.00

The appearance is almost an opaque deep purple, this wine is much darker than other Syrah in the flight. Aromas of leather, Bing cherry, Cassis, spice, some sweet caramel oakiness and a hint of white pepper and, again, a faint whiff of green olive juice (note: I did use different glasses for each wine). On the palate I get more boysenberry, sweaty saddle leather (YUM) with some great structure and a long, lingering black fruit finish.

Winemaker,¬†C√©dric Nicolle,¬†commented that they have incredible wines and unique terrior in Chile and that they are still¬†“terroir hunters”¬†searching out the best places to plant new vineyards in Chile.

Undurraga T.H. Syrah 2009 from the Leyda Valley #chilereds.

Undurraga T.H. Syrah 2009 Leyda Valley $24.99

The appearance is deep ruby. Aromas of ripe raspberries, Cassis, tobacco leaf and some black pepper. Flavors consisting of showy Cassis, smooth tannins, well-integrated smoky oak with dried plums and spice and the faintest hint of eucalyptus on this exceptional wine. Best wine pairing with the tasty Huerto Azul Myrtleberry Chutney with Merkin!

Winemaker¬†Rafael Urrejola¬†was dubbed “hot” by the blogger ladies. I wasn’t rating the wine makers…so again, what is the consensus on cuteness factor of the Undurraga winemaker (insert chuckle here from me)?

Winner of the cutest winemaker award goes to...

Hacienda Araucano Reserva Syrah 2009 Lolol Valley #chilereds @drinkchile.

Hacienda Araucano Reserva Syrah 2009 Lolol Valley $13

The appearance is medium purple. Aromas of black pepper, blackberry and a hint of tobacco. Intense blackberry followed by a mid-palate dose of green olives with a seamless peppery and jammy finish.

My comment to this producer was: your wine company has economy of scale. You have the resources to make a great wine at a great price point. Wine maker¬†Luca Hodgkinson¬†replies “Yes, we can and we have a large team and we can do it for a better price. From¬†Portugal to Argentina to Chile, there is a lot of international influence in Chile.”¬†Araucano¬†is also the name of Chile’s indigenous people.

Another blogger asked vintage vs. region? “There is much more diversity in the regions as opposed to vintage.” And,¬†what other reds are suited to Chile’s cool climates? “Carmenere, even though many other wine makers don’t think it can ripen here. There is an ‘almost natural freshness’ to the grape”.

My closing comments:

  • I was impressed with the wide scope of participants and really impressed that the wine makers were in attendance to answer some of our questions and put a face and personality to the wines.
  • Many bloggers were pushing for a trip to Chile. I can’t blame them, having been there I am infinitely more inclined to taste and to spread the good word for Chilean wines. I do think Wines of Chile should organize a “Familiarization Visit” of some sort for serious buyers, bloggers and professional wine individuals whom Wines of Chile may realize they should start working with to promote Chile in North America. Every wine commission needs a handful of people in the industry who are great at promotion and speaking; Fred Dexheimer, MS is a great addition to the Wines of Chile team.

Gracias, buenos noches from NYC and Santiago and Washington state!

Winnie

© Winnie’s Wine World, 2011.