Thursday, May 8, 2008

Bracing Myself for Tonight's Double Feature

Once in a while, we do two tastings in one afternoon/evening, and this is usually due to a sudden impromtu visit by a German winemaker.

Because, you see, we already have weekly Thursday afternoon "Commuter Tastings" planned weeks and months in advance, where we invite guests such as winery reps or importer reps or brand managers to come and show their stuff. Then out of the blue we get a call to see if we can host a world-renown German producer and of course, I answer, "Sure!"

The last time this happened was when Fritz Hasselbach was in town, and we had only one week to assemble an audience of almost 30 folks come and listen and learn and taste and savor the best of the Rheinhessen.

Tonight, we are hosting Dorothee Zilliken of Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken, one of the best houses in the Saar region of Germany.

But before that, we are hosting a Commuter Tasting put on by my friends Susan Sykes, importer and owner of Mendoza Wines and Abbe Rabenn of the same company, who will show their line-up of Sauvignon Blanc, Malbec and other fine wines from the foothills of the Andes. That will be from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm.

When the clock strikes 6:30, we will fold everything up and rearrange and clear and get ready in a matter of 30 minutes for the next event, which will start at 7:30. Very soon I'll have to start putting all the wines in the cooler...

Here's hoping we have a smooth and fun Double Features Night!

Tasting notes will follow.

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