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Drinking with Red Foxes on Zoom
Hey. I’m full of school spirit.
Particularly when my alumni association organizes a virtual wine tasting! Go Red Foxes, baby.
The alumni association collected the money, and In Good Taste provided the wines. They come in these ridiculously cute little bottles!
Each bottle is 187ml, one-fourth of a standard wine bottle. So for $75, you get the equivalent of two full bottles and an hour-long Zoom call tasting led by one of their educators. Rylee was super fun and very engaging!
Our set was the Passport Collection, eight different wines from France and Italy. Most of these grapes or regions were ones I haven’t had a whole lot of exposure to. We had a Côtes du Rhône, but it was a blend of white grapes marsanne and roussanne, instead of a red like I typically can get. We tried some Verdicchio, which Rylee called similar to Italian chardonnay, but with a little more salinity. We sipped a red blend from the Coteau Bourguignons, a newer classification in Bordeaux, and Nerello, a big meaty Sicilian grape.
There were about 36 folks on the call from different parts of the country, and with eight wines, there was a little something for everybody. It was nice to hear from red-wine-only drinkers that they gave the whites and rosés a try, and liked some of them a lot!
For me, honestly, I could not pick a favorite. I thought this was a great selection, with lots of things I can’t find easily at any old wine shop. If French and Italian wines aren’t your thing, check out their website. They have curated collections from other places including California and Washington State (I’m looking forward to that being back in stock.)
It makes for a great Zoom activity for any group. It’s too late to ship for Christmas now, but it’d make for a very fun party in the new year. If you have couples who would be sharing a box (which would bring costs down), at over 6 ounces per bottle that’s plenty for everyone to have a good taste. I’m going to see if my supper club folks would like to do one. I’ve also got a list of new types of wine to go shopping for. And thanks to Rylee for indulging my wine nerdery during the call!