Member, TCWS Board of Directors
The Bastille Day Party at Meadow Springs Country Club was a fun evening with a good turn out. French wines were excellent and the food fabulous! One guest exclaimed, “The food was to die for.” Another said,” What a great selection of wines!” Chef Clarke, the new executive chef at Meadow Springs, put out 2 beautifully presented heavy hors d’oeuvres buffets. We feasted on lots of yummy food, with plenty of variety, served over a 2-hour period. I liked everything, but my 2 favorites were the baked brie en croûte with berries and the house made chocolate truffles.
When guests arrived, they received a passport for the wines and the instructions for the “guess-who-I-am” game. Everyone had the name of a famous French personality attached to their back. The objective was to ask questions of other guests until they discovered the name. The prize was a bottle of wine for the first 8 people who solved the puzzle. I was surprised at how quickly those 8 bottles went! I think everyone was really into the game, having fun and circulating.
We started with a sparkling wine from southern Alsace rated 90 pts. by James Suckling and Wine Enthusiast. Next were 2 white wines. One was a dry Riesling from Alsace, rated 92 pts. by Wine Enthusiast, and the other a classic Sancerre from the Loire Valley, rated 91 pts. by Wine
Spectator. This was my favorite wine of the night. It was amazingly complex with perfect balance – herbaceous with citrus notes, hints of peach and a chalky minerality.
There were 4 red wines. The first one served was from Côtes-du-Roussillon in southern France. Rated 93 pts. by Robert Parker, the grapes for this amazing wine came from
70-year-old vines. The wine had lots of ripe dark berry fruit. The second was a Côtes-du-Rhône rated 95 pts. by Decanter. It was blend of 4 grape varieties with peppery flavors of black cherry and dark berry fruit. The third came from the Graves area of Bordeaux and was a classic blend
of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. It was rated 95 pts. by Decanter and 93 pts. by Wilfred Wong of Wine.com (Wilfred is an international wine judge who has participated in the Tri-Cities Wine Festival judging a number of times). The 4th red, rated 93 pts. by Wine Spectator, is from the Saint-Émilion area in Bordeaux. It is a Bordeaux-style red blend that is elegant and complex with beautiful black currant fruit. The tannin structure means that this wine will age well.
We ended with a rosé sparkling wine from Burgundy’s Nuits-Saint-Georges area, rated 90 pts. by Decanter. Wow! What great perlage and beautiful strawberry color!
Special thanks to the volunteers who helped make this event a success. The pourers were: Kurt Ammann; Ted & Judith Davis; Dave Levinskas; Tony & Marie Pennella; Mary Peters; Lois McGuire; Ken Kramer; and, Chuck & Sue McCargar. Also thanks to Marjorie Casper for decorations and Muriel Templeton for helping with the name game.
Vive La France!