Unique Wines from Around the World

Oakmonter, Jane Voss, holding a ‘17 Barbaresco, as the winner of the ‘Unique Wines from Around the World’ tasting event at the East Rec. Center.
Oakmonter, Jane Voss, holding a ‘17 Barbaresco, as the winner of the ‘Unique Wines from Around the World’ tasting event at the East Rec. Center.

TEC had another hugely successful and fun event on July 27th at Oakmont’s East Rec Center, tasting and comparing diversity of Unique Wines from Around the World.

For this event, we selected six highly rated, distinctively different varietals from diverse regions:
• Riesling from Nahe Germany: ‘20 Donnhoff Niederhäuser (Rated: 92 – 94 points)
• Gewürztraminer from Marlborough NZ: ‘20 TWR R “Te Whare Ra” (Rated: 92+ points)
• Nebbiolo from Piedmont Italy: ‘17 Paitin “Serraboella” Barbaresco (Rated:93 – 95 points)
• Tempranillo from Rioja Spain: ‘18 Valderiz Ribera del Duero (Rated: 93+ points)
• Carignan from Maule Chile: ‘19 De Martino “Vigno Old Vines” (Rated: 93 – 97 points)
• Cabernet Franc from Loire France: ’18 Manoir “L’Enchentoir” (Rated: 95 points)

As always, the Tasting Events Club (‘TEC’) tastings were ‘blind’, enabling attendees to compare two wines based just on individual taste buds, not on price or label. We interspersed the tastings with overviews of the regions, wine varietals and fun trivia. With a large screen presentation in the East Rec. center, and using wireless keypad technology, the attendees learned about the unique wines and wine regions. This enabled them, in real-time, to rate the wines, answer wine & region related trivia questions, thereby provoking discussion, interaction and friendly competition amongst attendees, resulting in ‘winners’ going home with fine wine gifts!

The next two TEC events should set us up for the Holidays. We will taste wines that should help us buy wines based on our taste preferences, not on labels or price! The first event on Nov. 17th will be themed: “Everyday Wines vs. ‘Exclusive’ Wines”. The second event on Dec. 15 will be the super-popular: “Sparkling Wines and Champagnes”. In both cases we will taste, compare, rate, and enjoy wines, with prices from ~$20 to ~$70. Our credo should be: “Let our tastebuds do the buying”!

Tickets will be on sale in mid-October, initially via direct emails to TEC club members; remaining tickets will be available, via emails and Oakmont Eblast to non-member Oakmonters.
To join our mailing list, please contact us at Tastings.Club@gmail.com

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