I hosted my first wine tasting at V. Picasso on Thursday, May 13 and went wonderfully!  My guests seemed to have had a lot of fun and also learned a thing or two.  The sit down tapa / wine event started with an endive amuse-bouche and a sip of Cava.  Here are the wines that I served and we discussed:

Maycas del Limari Sauvignon Blanc 2007, Limari Valley, Chile

This is a crisp and refreshing Sauvingnon Blanc with notes of green apple and citrus.  Light and   fruity with high amounts of acid.  This paired well with V. Picasso’s Zucchini Tosta – baguette      with goat cheese and grilled zucchini.

Wente Nth Degree Chardonnay 2005, Livermore, CA

A heavily oaked Chardonnay that was a great contrast to the bright and crisp Sauvignon Blanc.  This    Chardonnay is buttery with notes of vanilla and fruit that follows.  A nice complement to brie and crackers.

Manyana Tempranillo 2006 Carinena, Spain

A spicy oaked Tempranillo with rich aromas of black currant.  This wine is much more enjoyable   with a small bite of Bacalao Frito (fried salt cod).

Sanctuary Mariah’s Zinfandel 2005, Mendocino, CA

Very rich and high bodied Zin.  A heavy wine with notes of dark fruits.  We paired this with a high intensity jerk-seasoned pork skewer over butterscotch mashed potatoes.

Me pouring the Tempranillo

Some of the group after the tasting was over

Many more tastings and events to come!