The next wine tasting will be at the LT Alumni House in Southfield (see below) on March 13, 2019. Kareem and Fritz will take us on a tour of South African and South American wines. Keep in mind that the final tasting on April 24, 2019 will return to the Affleck House in Bloomfield Hills.
Mike treated us to our tastings of the first part of our 2000 vintage of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. (The second round will be presented in winter of 2020). The "lesser" names did not stand up much to the years, but the better offerings were wonderful. These were paired with three odiferous cheeses and a canned Washington cheddar. Ken's marked cards made their mark.
The November (blind!) winetasting of high-end Napa CS was a delight. Ben challenged tasters to rate their preferences and guess what the value of each wine was. These wines were paired with three cheeses with a variety of flavors and textures but all with rich mouthfeel. Ken, busy with arranging to new accomidations for the tasting, allowed his magic to have a vacation.
The October winetasting of the 2003 Bordeaux vintage was superlative, with David and BordeauxJoe providing insight into the very challenging conditions of that growing season and the remarkable re-evaluation that many wines have since enjoyed. These wines were paired with a dense Comte and a gooey, runny and delicious Saint Angel. Ken's magic was, as usual, spellbinding.
Club and Website News
Important! Club meetings have been changed! The October 2018 and April 2019 meetings will be held at the Affleck House, and the November 2018, January 2019 and March 2019 meetings will take place at the Lawrence Tech Alumni House (GPS coordinates: N 42.4740, W -83.2523), off of 10 Mile west of Lasher Rd.
The sortable and searchable tables for both wine tastings and cheese pairings have been updated, and made more useful when browsing with multiple devices, including smartphones and tablets.
The wine listings table now has over 700 entries.
A number of articles are predicting a rise in wine prices in response to 2017 extreme weather events, particularly in Europe
Famous Paso Robles wine producer facing backlash for tree-clearing practices
The historic drought affecting the American west, California in particular, is now resulting in wildfires that are threatening many of California's famous wine-producing regions. Recently, the storms barrelling through California may promise relief.
Peer reviewed article in PNAS on a modeled impact of climate change on ecosystems and wine production: Hannah et al. (2013) write "...on a global scale, the impacts of climate change on viticultural suitability are substantial, leading to possible conservation conflicts in land use and freshwater ecosystems. Area suitable for viticulture decreases 25% to 73% in major wine producing regions by 2050 in the higher RCP [model] 8.5 concentration pathway and 19% to 62% in the lower RCP 4.5. Climate change may cause establishment of vineyards at higher elevations that will increase impacts on upland ecosystems and may lead to conversion of natural vegetation as production shifts to higher latitudes in areas such as western North America." Telling is Figure 1 with the impacts graphically illustrated on maps. Most important has to due with current vs. future land use and ecosystem management. The authors note: "Freshwater habitats may be particularly at risk where climate change undermines growing conditions for already established vineyards." Given the fact that many (if not most) freshwater habitats (springs, stream and rivers, wetlands and lakes) and surrounding supportive watersheds are over-stressed due to changing precipitation patterns and increasing human water diversion, both from surface and groundwater sources, and increasing landscape modification, this may be a increasingly important environmental and political issue that stakeholders and policymakers are probably ill prepared to handle.
International Variety Catologue (Vitis) is an on-line resource documenting grape genetic resources, facilitating the exchange of material and an information source for breeders, researchers, and wine growers. Want to know the country of origin of a variety pedigree? The ancestral information breeder name and/or location of the breeding institute holding institution? The area planted with the variety in grape growing country? This and more information is included in this site.
Le Tastevin Wine Club is Michigan's most prestiguous - and best - wine tasting club. Established by Graham Jackson in 1970, members enjoy tasting wines from all around the world. Our cellars have wines that span vintages of over 40 years. Le Tastevin offers our members outstanding wines and cheeses in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Membership is very limited, and is granted by invitation only.