Happy to report that the first Cosimo (pronounced “KO-see-mo” – don’t worry, I screwed it up too) “Wine Night” was a great time.
The crowd was fun, and it was great to be part of such an educational good time with the Cosimo crew, as well as Russ Burda (one of the Chaddsford Winery wine educators). Between Jason, Russ, and me, there was a fairly serious amount of “wine geekness” available at this event…!
You also can’t really beat being paid in free wine and food from Cosimo. The Wine Nights will be a regular occurence at Cosimo – I’m not sure which of these future events my schedule will permit me to be part of, but I hope to make it back to help present one of the next sessions soon.
Hi all – I will be one of the “guest lecturers” at the tasting event listed below; join us at Cosimo!
Bordeaux Component Tasting
Monday Evening, March 26th 6:30 PM
We are pleased to introduce the first of our regularly scheduled “Wine Nights” (the last Monday of every month). These informative nights focus on an individual wine region or style of wine, featuring plenty of tasting mixed in with classroom style discussion. The evenings will be run by Jason Whiteside, CSW, Wine Director at Cosimo.
Other guest lecturers may appear during “Wine Nights,” based on the topic of discussion and their availability.
Our first evening will focus on the grapes that are the components of Bordeaux and Bordeaux-styled blends (like Meritage). We will taste and discuss: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and possibly Petit Verdot, as well as a Bordeaux and a new world, Bordeaux-style blend. The cost for the evening is $35 and space limits us to 20 participants, so please make your reservations early.
209 Lancaster Avenue, Malvern, PA
Business Route 30 & Malin Road
Many thanks to the Cosimo crew for providing “Wine Madness” this weekend. We tasted several excellent wines, a few standouts are worth mentioning in more detail:
Linne Calodo Rising Tides 2004 - A massive wine, nearly 16% alcohol... which normally would've made me steer way clear of this bottle, but it had tannin structure and fruit to match and was really well-balanced.
Trimbach Reserve Personnelle Pinot Gris 1999 Alsace - Usually an inexpensive producer, you cannot go wrong with these guys (especially if you like wine that tastes like it was filtered over purified gravel).
Stags Leap Wine Cellars Fay 1998 - The upstart CA boys that beat the French and out CA cab. on the map. Lots of secondary aromas going on with this one now, a stark contrast to the...
Opus One 1998 - which was full of fruit and smooth as silk... and they said `98 was a bad year...
Lynch Bages 1988 - One of the smokiest (and enjoyable) wines I've ever tasted... somehow, it got even smokier in the glass over the span of 2 hours... not sure how that happened (maybe I should have paid more attention in Chemistry class).
All in all, a great night hanging out with some great folks and eating some great food. Hopefully we’ll make this a regular occurrence!
Those of you interested in both art AND wine can head out to NYC between now and March 13 to take in the Mouton Rothschild wine label exhibit at Sotheby’s. My awesome wife took me to NYC to check it out this past weekend as a bit of an early birthday gift.
For those who are not students of the drama that is the Bordeaux wine region of France: Chateau Mouton Rothschild is considered one of the finest wine estates in France for producing Bordeaux style, Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines.
It has a history of ‘firsts’ , most notably being the first (and to date only) chateau to have its rank elevated from “Second Growth” (bestowed in 1855) to “First Growth” status (in 1973). It was also the first Bord’x chateau to produce a Napa-valley collaborative wine (Opus One, with Robert Mondavi), and the first to commission and/or feature major artists’ work on its wine labels (hence the exhibit), a tradition that continues to this day (the most recent 2004 vintage featuring a watercolor by Prince Charles).
As for their wines, most have measured up to the fine works of art adorning their labels, most notably the 1945 and 1982 vintages, both considered to be among the best wines ever produced (in the history of modern wine making, that is).
The exhibit is not lengthy and if you are detailed-oriented it may take you an hour max to go through it – but the combination of fine modern art and very fine wine is well worth the diversion if you’re NYC-bound soon. And to top it all off, if you’re also among the world’s millionaires you can head over to one of the many NYC wine shops afterwards and celebrate your cultured self with a bottle of Harlan Estate (some vintages we found for the low, low price of… $1200 per bottle :-).