As an avid wine lover eager to expand my wine horizons, as soon as I received the email from Bottlenotes.com describing the Chicago 80 Sips Challenge, I knew I was up to the task of tasting new wines and commenting on the experience.
For the Kick-off Party on January 18, my favorite Urban Explorer, Jess, (check out her blog!), my friend Martha, and I gathered at SUB51 (the downstairs of HUB51) to sample some Domaine Carnaros 2006 Sparkling Wine & 2008 Pinot Noir, as well as hear from the head winemaker.
Now I love hearing from winemakers regarding their favorite qualities of their wines as well as how they became interested in wine. Domaine Carnaros did not disappoint.
We started with the 2006 Sparkling Brut Wine which is composed of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. It’s a classic style Brut that is dry and buttery with a very smooth finish. Excellent start to the evening (especially a Tuesday).
Following the Sparkling wine, we enjoyed a 2008 Pinot Noir. I am starting to fall in love with recent Pinots, and I know that I’m not the only one given the recent article in the NYTimes. It was the epitome (in my opinion) of what a Pinot Noir should be: mellowed tannis, slight fruit at the front (think cherry/strawberry), finishing with a bit of tobacco. Wonderful.
Throughout the entire evening we snacked on various nibbles provided by HUB51 like spicy tuna rolls, fish tacos (yum), and mini grilled cheese.