Tuesday, September 16, 2008
VINO LAS VEGAS samples wine at Marche Bacchus when 4Winesplusmore came to town with "Winemakers from around the World"
Many of us wish we had the time to travel to
Australia , Chile , Spain , South Africa and
California to sample their great wines and meet the men and women who make them
When wine distributor and importer 4Winesplusmore made a stop at Marche Bacchus in Las Vegas with their " Winemakers from Around the World" VINO LAS VEGAS had to attend.
This was a great chance to sample many wines from all over the world. They
told me there were over 50 but we think it was much more than that.
The lakeside venue of Marche Bacchus provided a relaxing atmosphere to walk through this great event
One of our first stops was to meet Danelle van Rensburg winemaker for
Van-Lovern-Robertson in South Africa. As we were sipping on some wonderful Cape Rock Sparkling Shiraz when we found out that Danelle had be
voted one of the top 6 women winemakers in South Africa. She was pouring
many of her wonderful Cape Rock wines as well has the Wolverine Creek
Cabernet Sauvignon and Shriaz.
We continued down our wine path and stopped at Sandalford Wines which are from the Margaret River in Western Australia. Grant Brinklow CEO of Sandalford had quite a crowd around him as he was pouring these highly rated wines. The Sandalford Sauvignon Blanc/ Semillon and of course the very limited production Prendiville Cabernet Sauvignon were stand outs for us.
We moved out of Australia on to Chile where we stopped at Santa Monica wines from the Rapel Valley. Ian Hutcheon from the winery was there pouring his Blue Fin and the very nice Santa Monica wines which have age on them. One that really stood out for us was the Santa Monica
Gran Resrva Cabernet Sauvignon 2000.
We made a quick trip back to South Africa where we enjoyed wines from Clos Malverne from Stellenbosch and of course those great wines from Lanzerac as well.
The Spanish section was a real treat when we had the opportunity to try D.O Rioja Alabanza and Entrecepas wines. But those Spanish wines just kept coming with D.O Ribera Del Duero Gondomar and Mirat wines as well.
One last stop in Spain was the lovely D.O Somantano Di Superi and the
Absum which we had in the past.
It was now time to sample those wines from the USA and we had some
good ones to choose from. John Monich from Silkwood wines our first
US stop where we sampled his very nice Silkwood Syrah , Petite Syrah
and his Duet which is a blend of Cabernet and Syrah. Silkwood wines
have been very highly rated and those fuzzy labels make it a stand out.
Stama wines from winemaker Gus Kapiniaris was also represented by their Stama Merlot , Stama Cabernet Sauvignon and their very fun Zany Zin
Our last stop was to visit Dalia Ceja and those great Ceja wines from Napa valley. We were at her table for a while as she insisted she take us through the entire line. She did not have to twist our arms and we were glad to comply. These wines are all highly rated and in a word "awesome". We finished this lovely afternoon with the limited production Ceja Dolce Beso a late harvest desert wine which is a blend of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Dalia explained there only 300 cases of this great desert wine and it to is highly rated as well.
This was a fantastic event and for VINO LAS VEGAS the day was not over as we had a chance to unwind and have dinner with this great group of people from all over the world. Elaine from VINO LAS VEGAS sat down with each one and spoke to them about their wines .