Thursday, May 26, 2011

Wine Tasting Texas-style

A group of sophisticated wine tasters...

Delaney Vineyards, 2000 Champagne Boulevard (this is the short drive into the parking lot) Grapevine, TX 76051 817-481-5668

It was Barbara's birth day and she wanted to celebrate by going to Delaney's Thursday night wine tasting and live music deal. We were all in acquiescence.

It's $10 to get in and have three tastes of their various products (and presumably pay a percentage to the band.) These tastes were proffered in what I can only think of as plastic sputum specimen cups, approximately 1/3 in. deep and 1 1/2 in. wide. Any winemaker (or amateur drinker) should know that what you're going to get a taste of is ... plastic.

After you've sampled the wares, you're supposed to buy a normal glass of any of the wines being tasted for between $8 and $10 per glass. For another $8, you can buy their cheese board which came with four mini-quiches, mozarella and prosciutto roll slices, a single sheet of Kraft American cheese cut in quarters and a pile of what looked like Ritz crackers. "Big" hospitality, my grape-soaked foot!

The following wines were new to me (their descriptive words, not mine)

Cynthiana - a robust dry red wine with blackberry flavors and a deep color. This wine shows off its Norton varietal characteristics.

Sweet Texas Red - a blend of four grapes, supple and smooth with a balanced and consistent finish. Can be served chilled or at room temperature.

Texas Rose (not rose-ay) a fruity, semi-sweet beginning this Petit Verdot, Chardonnay, Muscat blend is a treat for both novice and experienced palates. Serve chilled.

And lose the plastic tasting cups!

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