Saturday, October 23, 2010
|Me (middle) with Wine Riot founders Morgan First (left) and Tyler Balliet (right)|
I mentioned their mobile application (m.secondglass.com) earlier this week as an impressive addition, and it worked well for me during the event on my iPhone. The wines near the top of the list surprised me a bit. The list was dominated by white and sparkling wines, and I usually expect big, bold reds to be most noticeable in format like this. Perhaps it had to do with the crowd at the Wine Riot. Take note gentlemen: I'd estimate it as a 4:1 ratio of ladies to gentlemen and the crowd was very young. Alas, I'm a married man (and not so young anymore) so the most I'm interested in is getting those lovely young ladies to follow me on Twitter or read this wine blog.
|Diana Magner and Lindsay Douglas with crowd-favorite|
Lambrusco, Si Soave Italia
A wine I tasted at the event that caught my attention was the Educated Guess Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. I've tasted that wine a half-dozen times and each time I've had a favorable impression. Great $20 Napa Cab - highly recommended. I'm thinking it might be the Belle Glos Meiomi of Napa Cabs.
|Brett Vankoski and Kevin Mehra, 90+ Cellars|
Their portfolio has expanded of late to include a diverse range of wines from all over the world (their first wines were primarily domestic) and a Chateauneuf-du-Pape was one of the 5 wines up for consideration. I hear they're working on a Barolo as well. The star of the 90+ Cellars area was an "under the counter" Oakville Napa Cab you might be able to find on retailer shelves for between $20 and $25 if you look hard enough. The original label sold for over $65 and it shows - very nice stuff if you can find it.
|Brian Blomerth, Triumvir|
I felt the food offered at the event was quite compelling and affordable. I had a chance to try a slice of The Swellesley from Upper Crust Pizzeria ($3) which included chorizo - a hard to find commodity in the Boston area. A pair of pulled pork sliders from Red Bones ($5) satisfied as well. I appreciate the food offered at this event as it provides a nice break from the wine tasting which can become a blur after a few tables even if you're spitting everything.
The Second Glass is eyeing replicating the Wine Riot in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington DC in the coming year. Stay tuned for developments on that front. All in all, another good time at the Second Glass Wine Riot. I'd encourage you to check 'em out next time they come around in your area.
As a matter of disclosure I should mention I attended the event with a press pass, and the folks at the Second Glass gave away a pair of tickets to the event on this site earlier in the week. I'd like to thank them for their support.