Friday, September 7, 2007

Denver Food & Wine Classic

The Colorado Restaurant Association and Southern Wine & Spirits really did a fantastic job of organizing what was a wonderful event. If you live in the Denver area and are at all interested in food and wine do not miss this event next year. The ticket price of $50 is nothing short of a bargain as you will likely consume at least $75 worth of food and wine. The wines were all selected by Southern Wine & Spirits and were premium wines for the most part. Although Southern includes a few luxury wines in their catalog, they were not being poured at this event. It is possible, though, that they were available in the VIP section, which I did not explore.

I tasted over 40 wines at the event, however, if I found the wine to be innocuous, poor or pinot noir I most likely did not assign a score. I kid pinot noir, really. It makes decent wine, but a good one is just very hard to come by. The food was provided by area restaurants, which included locally owned establishments as well as chains. In fact, one of the best food samples served was Outback Steakhouse's seared Yellowtail. It was sashimi like in that it was just kissed by the grill and melted in the mouth.

If it had been a competition I would have given Best in Show to the 2005 Far Niente Chardonnay, which I reviewed in a previous post. The following is a list of wines and scores from the event. Normally I use Robert Parker's 100 point scale to assign ratings, but because I was tasting so many different wines in such a short period of time in an uncontrolled environment I used the 10 point scale (borrowed from Alder Yarow's Vinography) for this event. The wines within each category are listed in no particular order.
Wines rated 9.0 - 9.5
1. 2005 Far Niente Chardonnay
2. 2006 Dr. Loosen Bernkasteler Lay Kabinett

Wines Rated 9.0
1. 2005 Summerland Winery Paradise Road Viogner
2. 2005 Conundrum
3. 2005 Dutton Goldfield, Dutton Ranch Russian River Chardonnay

Wines Rated 8.5 - 9.0
1. 2006 Dashwood Suvignon Blanc
2. 2006 Aussieres Blanc
3. 2006 Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc
4. 2006 Summerland Winery Pinot Noir Wolff Vineyard Edna Valley
5. 2005 Summerland Winery Chardonnay (Central Coast Collection)
6. 2004 Hanzell Vineyards Sonoma Chardonnay
7. 2006 Silver Unoaked Chardonnay
8. 2005 Nickel & Nickel Darien Vineyard Syrah
9. 2005 Nickel and Nickel Ponzo Vineyard Zinfandel
10. 2003 Trefethen Merlot
11. 2003 Swanson Merlot
12. 2005 Cosumano Nero d'Alvo

Wines rated 8.5
1. 2003 Castello di Meloeto Chianti Classico
2. 2005 Colosi Rosso
3. 2003 Raymond Merlot

Wines rated 8.0 - 8.5
1. 2003 Raymond Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
2. 2004 Dutton Ranch Cherry Ridge Vineyard Syrah

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