Huge kudos to Tony Pennella for one of the most entertaining and educational events I have attended lately! As a “blind tasting” of 2 flights with 3 wines in each – 1 from Washington and 2 from elsewhere – this proved to be a fascinating exploration of Syrah.
After a lovely French Syrah greeting wine, we went into the actual comparisons. Tony introduced the wines with a great brief description to aid guests in determining the country of origin but without revealing which one was which. While I did not do so well in determining the origins, other guests did! [Note: Wine info in March and April EVOEs.]
The CG Public House served excellent hors d’oeuvres with each flight – from chicken skewers to savory meatballs – and nuts, cheese, summer sausage and thin, crispy breadsticks to help clean the palate. This variety was very helpful in showing Syrah’s versatility as a food wine as there were many different textures and flavors. Thank you, CG Public House!
And finally, as a Barnard Griffin Syrah Port was served, Tony wrapped up the afternoon with a lively vote of Washington Syrahs vs. the World. Yes, Washington won!