Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Wine Tasting At Morton's

A misty night in Copley Square brought us to Morton's The Steakhouse in the Back Bay recently for their monthly wine tasting, a really fun event for wine enthusiasts of every level.

Uncorking some of the bottles.

The wine tastings at Morton's are not at all pretentious, although the setting is elegant. You don't even need to know much about wine at all. Just come with an eagerness to learn, as any wine lover does. Part of the fun of this group was that everyone was learning about wine, no matter how experienced, and willing to share their observations.

The 2007 Domaine Joseph Voillot Bourgogne Rouge (Burgundy, France).

Our first wine was lighter in color, almost a rose from Burgundy, France. Subtle, fruity and less dry than some of the others.

2006 Two Paddocks "Picnic" (Central Otago, New Zealand)
The next wine was the Two Paddocks Winery "Picnic". The winery is owned by actor Sam O'Neil of Jurassic Park fame and boasted a richer, ruby red, fruity aroma and drier taste. It also paired exceptionally well with the Caprese hors d'oeuvre with balsamic dressing.

Lisa Kaplan of Ruby Wines was our tour guide for the Pinot Noir wines we tasted.

Pinot Noir wines require a cooler climate and a longer growing season. Thus, most of the wineries that produce the best grape will be in cooler climates.The Willamette Valley in Oregon is at the same latitude as Burgundy, France.

The cheese and beef cracker was a perfect pairing for the 2008 Forefront by Pine Ridge (Willamette Valley, Oregon.)

The mini crab cake served was impeccable. Can't wait to get back to Morton's just for more of these.

It was a great opportunity to play wine expert.

A rich, creamy, very good chocolate mousse finished up the tasting.

Morton's The Steakhouse
699 Boylston at Exeter
Boston, MA 02116
Telephone 617.266.5858

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