11/14 – Relationships Built on Taste Cocktail and Wine Tasting Notes

The latest Relationships Built on Taste event proved to be another wonderful evening of networking, a fabulous cocktail and fantastic wines! We kicked off the event with what is probably the best Rye cocktail I have ever had. Everyone commented about how delicious and comforting the cocktail was, perfect for our November night, and the winter nights to come; as you sipped it, it almost became a sweater you wore on the inside.

The Sazerac Cocktail
Ingredients:
2 oz. rye whiskey
½ oz. simple syrup (1:1)
2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
Absinthe or Herbsaint

Preparation:
Give a chilled glass an absinthe or Herbsaint rinse and set aside. Stir the other ingredients in a mixing glass, strain into the chilled glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

Onto the wines!
Henri Perrusset Macon-Villages, France
Ah, Burgundy  – the legendary wine region setting the benchmark for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay worldwide. This Chardonnay does not disappoint, unlike the butter and oak of California Chardonnays (which I also love) this is a dry mineral driven Chardonnay showcasing the finesse of the grape – perfect as an aperitif or with your first course. During the tasting Cari also shared with us the story of how Kermit Lynch (the Wine Merchant) happened to serendipitously be seated at the the table of Henri Perrusset (the winemaker) at a small local Beaujolais hangout when the restaurant ran out of tables one night. If it weren’t for this chance encounter we may never have been able to enjoy Henri’s wines here in the US.

Abbazia di Novacella Kerner, Italy
Kerner may be the only grape varietal named after a famous drinking songs poet, Justinus Kerner. Kerner once wrote a poem entitled Wohlauf, noch getrunken which translates as “Arise, still drunk”. Simply because of this I liked the wine. I’d like it even if it wasn’t the love child of Riesling and Schiava. This wine shows tons of character, similar to Justinus Kerner himself, it’s tart and sweet and balanced, with a hint of honey. It definitely made it into my BRIX bag that night, as it’s one of the most interesting wines I have tasted in a while (and believe me, I taste a lot of wines!)

Pierre Gelin Bourgogne Rouge, France
We’re going back to Burgundy folks, for one of my favorite varietals, Pinot Noir! We learned a little about the small village of Fixin (pronounced Fees-an) that this wine is produced in, and Pierre Gelin who founded the winery in 1925 and is now run by his grandson, also named Pierre. With it’s high acidity, low tannins and medium alcohol Pinot is your food wine. Drink up and eat up!

Fattoria del Pino Rosso di Montalcino, Italy
Here’s our Under the Tuscan Sun wine. 100% Sangiovese and made to enjoy with food. So grab this bottle, and share with great friends while enjoying a good hearty meal. Mangia tutti!

As always, thank you for coming, helping to create such a great event, sharing your energy and being part of my network!

Cheers,
JB

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