Stepping out to the Woodstock Inn

May 20, 2010

Got a last minute notice about a tasting happening at the Woodstock Inn, of a flight that was supposed to offer great QPR.  Wednesday is wine project night anyway and our Chilean Vendimia 2010 was safely percolating, so I grabbed wine making helper Don Fielder and we skipped over from the White River Valley to the Ottauquechee River Valley.

The tasting delivered, as did Baker Distributing’s Erika Smatana and her colleague Joe Hurley.  Don and I are both former employees of the Inn, in former lives, and so this was a fun home coming of sorts.  I’ll lay out the list with some quick notes based on memory, since I was not recording at the time…even so, all of the wines were very well made, and internally balanced.  I could see how some folk’s personal tastes might lean them one way or another, but if you are committed to wine as an exploration…each one was a find unto itself, and due to QPR, a little treasure as well.

The tasting was organized in concert with Eric Wegner of Gillingham’s Store in downtown Woodstock…a veritable warren of goodies, crafts, and necessities, I have pent numerous hours and dollars in their surprisinglymontaud dense wine section.

This night, almost every wine appealed in some way, and I will be putting a couple on order.  The Cotes des Provence Chateau Montaud Rose was my favorite of the evening…fresh, crisp, acidic, dry red fruits up front and a tannic mineral trail on the way out…great food wine, screaming for the summer swimming hole.

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