A friendly gathering of wine and food enthusiasts enjoyed some very tasty wines and delicious food after the wine society’s annual meeting at the Tri-City Country Club, Saturday, May 14. President Ted Davis kept the meeting short while still giving all the officers and committee chairs time to summarize the year. He recognized resigning board members – Scott Abernethy, Nancy Beitel, Bob Carroll and Dominique Vetrano – for their service and welcomed new board member, Cher Case. He also thanked member Maureen Hamilton for her long-time support of the society, especially during its early years, including when the society took over the annual Tri-Cities Wine Festival from the then Tri-Cities Visitor & Convention Bureau.
According to the comment cards, the draw for this event, beyond the annual meeting, was the chance to try New Zealand Pinot Noirs and compare them to Oregon’s. Co-chair Randy Schreiner did an excellent job of researching and presenting information on each of the wines, and the wineries and where they obtain their grapes.
The 2013 Domaine Drouhin and 2014 Vincent Wine Company tied for favorite Oregon Pinots. The 2013 Escarpment Estate and 2012 Amisfield tied for favorite New Zealand Pinots. However, the Tasmanian dark horse, the 2014 Holm Oak Vineyards, was the favorite by twice the votes! Attendees seemed to be in general agreement that they liked the New Zealand/Tasmanian wines over those from Oregon. Further, the food pairing favorite was also the 3 New Zealand/Tasmanian wines with the lamb!
There was general agreement that the Tri-City Country Club was a wonderful venue and that the food was deliciously prepared. And, with the 3 flights arranged on 3 separate tables, attendees had a chance to get up, move about and visit with others beyond those at their tables. Congratulations, too, to the 5 drawing winners who each went home with a bottle of wine!
It was a wonderful afternoon! We only wished that even more of you had been able to attend.