Summer has finally (really this time) arrived in the Cleve! Being in a mood to celebrate a few continuous days of sun, my friend Shelly, HubbyDoug and I went to Tastings on the Terrace at the Cleveland Museum of Art. As luck would have it, the featured wines were West Coast Pinots (score for Dougie).
Even in the face melting heat ~ we felt a little like the guy who looks at the sacred chest at the end of ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’, we knew we were there for a good time. The evening’s flights featured Meiomi, Bridlewood, and Willamette Valley.
Starting with the lightest:
- Meiomi: blackberry, cherry vibe that was light tannin and mild. A nice sipping wine for a patio.
- Bridlewood: smoky and toasty and less fruit forward at the start. More of smooth fruit essence came alive when paired with the cheese samples. We noticed more tannin than the Meiomi.
- Willamette Valley: beautiful, bold plum vibe that, while having more body than the rest, was the most complex and felt more like a Cab (which Shelly liked best) without the added heat that a Cab can sometimes bring.
Last night’s event ran from 5-8pm and continues again next Friday with summer cocktails.
As hot as it was last night, I never like to complain too much about the heat. Because like a wonderful wine sample, it doesn’t always last as long as you think it should.