Saturday, September 8, 2018

5th Annual Back Porch Wine Bash - France vs. Croatia - a World Cup Rematch

A few weekends ago friends gathered chez moi for my 5th Annual Back Porch Wine Bash.  The theme this year was a rematch of the World Cup final back in July - France vs. Croatia. Needless to say, France overwhelmed Croatia just in terms of volume and number of bottles, but tiny Croatia put up a good fight with a few intriguing and powerful whites and reds.  These require extra sleuthing to find in the wine stores, but are worth the effort!

The weather gods granted us a break this year as it turned out to be one of the most pleasant weekends of the whole summer - lots of sunshine, comfortable temps and low humidity.

Here's wishing everyone a beautiful fall season and look out for  my class at the Mt Airy Learning Tree in October and November featuring Cru Beaujolais wines!


Xavier Vignon Ventoux  (Southern Rhone)

Zlatan Otok


Quality dry wine made from native grape varieties, among which dominate bogdanuša, PRC, Mekuja and Cetinka from areas of Milna, Zavala and Hvar. Aged in stainless steel tanks until bottling. Golden yellow color, lemon and green apple aroma with a pronounced acidity. Fresh and easy to drink.

Alcohol 12.5%

Christian Salmon Sancerre  (Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley, France)


Zaca Mesa Syra Santa Ynez Valley (Santa Barbara County, Calif - not French but very tasty!)

L'Aumérade, Cotes de Provence Rosé

The true identity of the Croatian imposter revealed!