Friday, May 3rd was the second meeting of the Naples Sunset Chapter of the American Wine Society. As our primary function is educational, tonight was dedicated to learning all about the pinot grapes. Pinot noir, pinot gris, pinot blanc, pinot grigio and pinotage. Specifically,
Meiomi, Pinot Noir, 2011- California
Hugel, Pinot Blanc, 2009- Alsace
Valley of the Moon, Pinot Blanc 2010- Oregon
A to Z, Pinot Gris, 2011- Oregon
Riff, Pinot Grigio, 2011- Italy
Fairview, Pinotage, 2011- South Africa
After a very nice pot luck dinner, which was way over the top volume wise with food, our president started the presentation with announcements and suggestions.
We then started into the educational part of our meeting. This was graciously presented by our member master sommalier, henceforth referred to as MS.
As we learned about the wines, we evaluated them based on standardized American Wine Society (AWS) criteria. These are Appearance, Aroma & Bouquet, Taste & Texture, Aftertaste, and Overall Impression.
Also taken into consideration is the so called "aroma wheel" developed by Dr. Ann Nobel (emeritus). She was a faculty member at the world-class viticulture and enology (V and E) program at U.C. Davis.
The aroma wheel provides a way to standardize the complex tastes and aromas derived from wines. Here is a sample AWS evaluation sheet.
This was a novel, and very different way of looking at wine than most of us were used to.
I think it was a learning experience for all of us not only as forming as a group, but how we individually will start to approach wines in the future.
I for one, am glad to be a part of this and look forward to future meetings.
I urge readers to consult the 2013 AWS vintage chart described in a former post.
One of the topics addressed in our meeting was how people do not pay attention to vintage years. If you have a $80.00 bottle wine that is at the top of it's game in 2009 and you get the same one that's at the bottom in 2010 you will still pay $80.00. With a little bit of knowledge one can maximize their experiences with wine.