I have been meaning to write this post for a few weeks, both as a recap of the event, and as a reminder to myself of the wine I want to keep a lookout for.
For those not familiar with Wine Riot, it’s basically a beer festival/tasting, but with wine. A bunch of retailers, distributors and vineyards themselves come to the event and give samples of their product to attendees. This happened to be the biggest surprise for me. Having been to several beerfests previously, I am used to the brewer themselves being there. This gives patrons the ability to speak to the people behind the product. You can really learn a lot from those people, all the nuances and thought behind a new series of brews, and upcoming products. Wine Riot had a much higher percentage of distributors and wine purveyors on-hand, as opposed to winemakers themselves. To the best of my memory, I don’t remmeber speaking to more than a handful of actual winemakers or people from the actual vineyard. In total, there were about 50 booths set up in the Cyclorama in Boston’s South End.
Below is the list of wine I vaguely scribbled as myself, M, and some friends made our way ‘around the world of wine.’ In no particular order.
- Oyster Bay Marlborough Pinot Noir 2008 (New Zealand)
- Esporao Reserva White 2008 (Portugal)
- Sequana Vineyards Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir 2007 (California, Russian River Valley)
- Corvidae Wine Co Wise Guy Sauvignon Blanc 2009 (Washington, Columbia Valley)
- Corvidae Wine Co “Lenore” Syrah 2007 (Washington, Columbia Valley)
- Charles Smith Wines Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2009 (Washington, Columbia Valley)
- K Milbrandt Syrah 2007 (Washigton, Wahluke Slope)
- K Viognier 2009 (Washington, Columbia Valley)
- Terra Rosa Old Vine Malbec 2007 (Argentina)
- Porta Wines Syrah WInemaker Reserva 2008 (Chile, Acongagua Valley)
- Terra Andina Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 (Chile)
- Yellow+Blue Torrontes 2009
- Herdade do Esporao Touriga Nacional 2007 (Portugal, Alentejo)
- Podere San Lorenzo Rosso di Montalcino DOC 2007 (Italy, Toscana)
- NV Mionetto Moscato Dolce (Italy)
- Corelli 34’ Malbec 2008 (Argentina, Mendoza)
- Cahteau Lacombe Noaillac 2006 (France, Bordeaux)
- Domain La Croix Belle Champ du Coq 2007 (France, Languedoc)
My biggest surprise was the Yellow+Blue Torrontes, a wine served from a plastic container, almost like Franzia’s popular low cost wine in the square box. It was surprisingly good for the connotation that boxed-wine has. Overall the event was worth going, especially because I was able to use a Groupon I purchased, saving me $10/ticket from the normally $30/ticket price. Local restaurants Upper Crust Pizza, Legal Seafood, and Redbones BBQ were among others selling food at the event. Given a Groupon being offered for next year, I highly recommend the event for those interested in wine, and will return myself.