It was a few nights before the Oscars and the preparations were frenetic and round the clock at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. But just down the corridor from the preparations, SingularCity members and friends held their own pre-awards festivities. It was Wine-Tasting evening at Vino 100, hosted by SingularCity’s Girls, Guys and Grapes group. Vying for the top taste considerations were a bevy of promising wines and vintages from around the world.
For those of us who are unused to discerning sipping, tilting and swirling (like me), the experience was delicious and a bit giddy. However, most of the participants were connoisseurs, able to relish the eclectic selections without their mission going — literally — to their heads. The house-offered cheese, bread and grapes helped to keep feet on the ground.
Vino 100 provided expert guidance and a tour that began with a refreshing white Bernard Griffon Semillon 2006 (Richland, Washington State), and proceeded to a light and surprisingly fruity Neethlingshof Gewurztraminer 2007 (Stellenbosch South Africa) — now there’s a mouthful (do not attempt to pronounce after the third sampling) and a Chardonnay called Queen of Hearts from Santa Barbara, Calif.
The “intenditori,” or rather, knowledgeable participants, rolled up their sleeves as the anticipated reds were poured and swirled: a 2004 Angeline Syrah (Dry Creek Sonoma), La Violette 2002 vintage (Cotes de Castillon, Bordeaux, France) and the winner of the evening, the Marcelina Cabernet 2004, a Napa Valley production.
Vino 100’s warm and inviting atmosphere provided the right catalyst to make this an enjoyable — and informative — evening with friends.
Join Guys, Girls and Grapes and get in on the fun!
Photos Marva Marrow except where otherwise noted