I met Michael Wangbickler early October last year at a tasting of Virginia wines when Frank Morgan, possibly the Virginia wine industry’s best ambassador, arranged the tasting for northern California online wine writers, bloggers, at the home of Marcy Gordon in Sebastopol in Sonoma County.
Michael works for Balzac Communications & Marketing, and he invited me to partake in a tasting of greener packaged premium box wines shortly after, and more recently has included me in tastings of wines from Bordeaux France.
Today, Friday, March 18, from 4:00 pm PT (7:00 pm EST) to 7:00 pm PT (10:00 pm EST), a group of wine bloggers will be tasting wines, all from the Bordeaux Supérieur AOC.
I know what you are thinking – at least 16,882,848 of you as of this moment anyway. You are thinking “It’s Friday, Friday, getting’ down on Friday, fun fun fun fun, we so excited, partyin’ partyin’ yeah we gonna have a ball today, gotta get down on Friday; nosin’ with my Chateau, sippin’ with my Chateau, gotta make my mind up, which wine can I taste?”
Answering that question, here is what is up for tonight:
- Château La Gatte La Butte 2006 ($14.99 at KLwines.com)
- Château de Parenchère Cuvée Raphaêl 2007 ($17.98 at WineChateau.com)
- Château Penin Tradition 2008 ($20.99 at SeaGrapeWines.com)
- Château de Lugagnac 2008 ($12.99 at KLwines.com)
- Château de Terrefort-Quancard 2008 (couldn’t find it – yet)
Not being tasted: Costes de Château Féret-Lambert 2008, having arrived too late for shipping – I didn’t receive it, so I am guessing that is the case.
Today is my son Charlie’s 14th birthday, and we will be joining family an hour north of our Ukiah home, so I will not be tasting on time live with my fellow wine bloggers, but I will write the wines up as I taste them and post my reviews here or on facebook or on twitter.
That said, the tasting will be happening and you can follow along with the other 34 bloggers tasting by visiting http://www.tastelive.com/planetbordeaux.
The hashtag for the evening will be #PlanetBordeaux, so you can catch up on twitter as well.
I will confess a wry amusement at wanting to focus more on Mendocino County wines, while tasting wines from Virginia or Bordeaux but events like the sale of Fetzer to Concha y Toro and biblical rains delay tours and tastings with pretty pictures of more local wineries, and the UPS truck isn’t making stops at my house to drop off sample bottles of local Mendocino County wines for review, so I am grateful to folks like Frank Morgan and Mike Wangbickler, and happily taste and write up the wines of Virginia and the Planet-Bordeaux.com initiative.
Have a great weekend. Tomorrow is Saturday, Sunday comes afterward.
Disclosure: I am stunned at the viral explosiveness of Rebecca Black’s anthem Friday, and while acknowledging that it is horrible I must admit I enjoy it for all the same reasons I enjoy William Shatner’s acting and most of the singers on American Idol. Over the top cheesiness can be enormously entertaining when not taken seriously.
If you are not one of the many millions who are hip to the Friday meme, here’s a link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CD2LRROpph0