The “Judgment of Pittsburgh” – one of a kind tasting event!!

So far as I am aware, there has been no other tasting in the world that combined the film “Bottleshock”, an actor guest (Hal B. Klein who played “Shenky” in the film), a history lesson (guest Elizabeth Downer was a member of the Academie du Vin in Paris, and knows Steve Spurrier, played by Alan Rickman in the film) AND a blind wine tasting with wines representing modern versions of the varietals featured in the film.   In addition to this event’s rarity, we are quite stoked because we think that a blind tasting with food and a little history and movie-making experience will make for a really fun time!  It has been sold out for weeks but we are finally here and ready for a great time – here are the wines to be tasted (blind, just like in the actual “Judgment of Paris” tasting):

  • US Chardonnay – the subject of the film: Chateau Montelena 2009
  • French Chardonnay (White Burgundy) – Louis Latour Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot Blanc 2006
  • US Cabernet Blend – Josh Cellars Cabernet 2009
  • French Cabernet (Bordeaux Blend) Cordier Chateau Andron 2009
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My Picks for the Pittsburgh Wine Festival – 12 must-try wines!

Here are my top twelve picks for the Pittsburgh Wine Festival (with comments and table numbers so you can find them!)   Enjoy the Festival!!!

1999 Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne

Winery:Nicolas Feuillatte


Notes:Vintage Champagne is always worth trying and 1999 was known to be a great vintage. Table 150


2004 Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne

Winery:Louis Roederer


Notes:Cristal is the holy grail for many Champagne purchasers – worth trying for sure! Table 165


2006 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon

Winery:Ridge Vineyards

Region:Santa Cruz Mountains

Varietal:Cabernet Sauvignon

Notes:Table 24


2007 Masi Agricola Costasera Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico Corvina

Winery:Masi Agricola

Region:Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico


Notes:Many Americans do not know this type of rich, flavorful Northern Italian wine – worth trying. Table 107


2008 Allegrini Palazzo Della Torre Valpolicella Classico Superiore Corvina


Region:Valpolicella Classico Superiore


Notes:Table 83


2008 Hall Wines Cabernet Sauvignon

Winery:Hall Wines

Varietal:Cabernet Sauvignon

Notes:Super Napa Cab from former Ambassador to Austria, Kathryn Hall. Table 47


2008 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Margaret River Chardonnay

Winery:Leeuwin Estate

Region:Margaret River


Notes:Arguably Australia’s benchmark Chardonnay. Table 125


2008 Penfolds Wines Kalimna Bin 28 South Australia Shiraz

Winery:Penfolds Wines

Region:South Australia


Notes:Well-made Shiraz from Australia’s most famous winery – great to compare with the Dead Arm. Table 139


2009 Chateau Montelena Winery Napa Valley Chardonnay

Winery:Chateau Montelena Winery

Region:Napa Valley


Notes:The Chardonnay that won the white competition at the famous “Judgement of Paris.” Table 69


d’Arenberg Wines The Dead Arm Mclaren Vale Shiraz

Winery:d’Arenberg Wines

Region:Mclaren Vale


Notes:Benchmark Australian Shiraz, smooth, deep, and savory from family owned winery. Table 98


Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot

Winery:Duckhorn Vineyards

Region:Napa Valley


Notes:Napa Merlot may be out of fashion, but Duckhorn makes fantastic Merlot that should never be out of fashion. Table 59


Quinta do Noval 20 Year Old Tawny Douro

Winery:Quinta do Noval


Notes:Vintage Ports can be pretty rough when young, but the 20yr Ports are superbly approachable. Table 168

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