Geekdom Member Mixer Wine Tasting – November


Explore Big Reds & Bubbles seasonal wine picks for holiday celebrations!

You bring a wine and Geekdom will provide the food! If you’ll be attending the mixer, you’re tasked with selecting a wine according to the guidelines outlined in our article Selecting the Best Wine for Your Budget. The price range for wines for this event is $15 to $20.

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The flavor profiles in the Wine Pairing Guide below will help you in making a selection. Once you read the article, you’ll understand the meaning of our mnemonic device “Location, Location, Location” in helping you make a quality selection. The challenge is to avoid wines with only state or country sourcing (i.e. California, Texas, Washington, Oregon or France, Spain, Italy) and to find a wine with at least an AVA or appellation. Our goal is to show you how to determine quality vs. price. This will empower you to find a great bottle at any price range with amazing frequency of success.

The format will be a sip and graze walk around tasting. We highly suggest serving yourself no more than 1 – 1.5 ounces of any single wine in order to experience new varietals or regions that you may not have previously encountered. Remember that a single serving of wine is usually 4 to 5 ounces. So 1 ounce of 8 to 10 wines would be 2 full servings. As wine is best enjoyed with food, there will be charcuterie and light finger foods provided.

Wine Pairing Guide

Look for Methode Champenoise or Traditional Method stated on the label. Another option is Pet-Nat (petillant naturel) wine, produced in the artisanale or rurale style.
France: Champagne, Crémant, Mousseux
Germany: Sekt
Italy: Asti Spumante, Prosecco, Prosecco Rosé
Spain: Cava
Texas: Ruby Cab, Dolcetto
West Coast: Pinot Noir, Barbera, Zinfandel
France: Pinot Noir, Beaujolais, Côtes du Ventoux, Gamay, Cinsault, Counoise
Italy: Bardolino, Primitivo, Chianti Classico, Nebbiolo
Spain: Tempranillo, Grenache, Carignan
Texas: Dolcetto, Tempranillo, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz, Sangiovese
West Coast: Barbera, Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, GSM blends
Argentina: Merlot, Tempranillo, Bonarda
Australia: Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz
Chile: Merlot, Carménère
France: Beaujolais crus, Village Burgundy, Côte du Rhône Village, Grenache/Syrah/Mourvèdre blend, Petite Bordeaux
Italy: Negroamaro, Barbera, Valpolicella, Chianti Riserva, Sangiovese
South Africa: Shiraz, Pinotage
Spain: Tempranillo, Grenache
Texas: Tempranillo, Cabernet Franc, Montepulciano, Cabernet Sauvignon
West Coast: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Meritage (Bordeaux-style blend), Petite Syrah/Shiraz, Mourvedre
Argentina: Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon
France: better Bordeaux (Left Bank = bolder-style Cabernet, Right Bank = softer style Merlot), Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Mourvèdre, Vacqueyras, Gigondas
Italy: Amarone, Barolo, Barbaresco, Brunello di Montalcino, Sagrantino, Montepulciano d’ Abruzzo, Salice Salentino, Super Tuscan
Spain: Tempranillo, Grenache, Monastrell (bolder-style red regions: Priorat, Montsant, Toro, Ribera de Duero)