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Hill Country Council for the Arts

August, 2010

Hill Country Council for the Arts Newsletter
July 27, 2010 Celebrating the Arts in the Texas Hill Country

You don't want to miss -WINE SHARE BOERNE!



Thursday, August 5, 2010

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

August themed wine:  Red Wine Blends

August Host:  Lauren Moore

Boerne Cooking Cottage - Meet Boerne's newest entrepreneur!

Location:  140 E. Bandera Road      Phone:  830/331-4151 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              830/331-4151      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Special offer from Boerne WineSeller:  10% discount on wine purchased for WineShare events!

The Purpose is Simple:

To discover new businesses; to meet new people passionate about the arts; and to enjoy new wines! 

Please join like-minded people in conversation regarding the arts, culture, and good wine, in Boerne!!

The Rules:

1. Bring a bottle of your favorite wine and your favorite wine glass.
2. Bring a Friend.
3. Check your e-mails for September Wine Share Boerne! at Cosas Gallery.

Red Wine Blends 101

At its most basic, vintners blend wine made from different grapes in order to add more complexity to the flavor and texture of a wine. The goal of blending wine made in different vintages is more to balance out the flavor characteristics. Some wine blends are made from classic recipes handed down from generation to generation. Other vintners create brand new blends in an attempt to produce a new and exciting wine that has flavor characteristics like nothing else on the market.                                                    

Super Tuscan Blends
Super Tuscans got their start in the 1970s when Italian wine makers decided to create a new and exciting red wine. Italy has strict wine blending laws of the DOCG; producers of Super Tuscans decided to break the rules and make a new wine blended from grapes of their choosing such as: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese, Syrah, Merlot, and Petite Verdot. As a result of these rogue wine blends, the DOCG stuck Super Tuscans in the lower class "table wine" category because they did not conform to DOCG regulations. Eventually, these wines got a designation all their own, IGT.

Bordeaux Blends
In France, the only grapes allowed for use in a bottle labeled "Bordeaux" are: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petite Verdot, Carmenere, and Cabernet Franc. If the vintner uses any other grapes, the wine cannot be labeled Bordeaux. Wine makers generally choose two to three different grapes from the approved Bordeaux list, but rarely, if ever, use all six grapes.

Pronounced Mer-a-tij is a blend of the words merit and heritage. Meritage wines found their beginnings as a result of vintners producing a Bordeaux style blend of wine, but the grapes, nor the wine were from Bordeaux. Only wine made in Bordeaux can bear the name. Just like its French counterpart, there are rules to labeling a bottle Meritage: The vintner must produce 25,000 cases or less of Meritage wine per year (vintage); it must be considered one of the wineries higher quality wines; and wineries must be approved by the Meritage Association in order to use the name on the label. Meritage blends are made in the same style and using the same grapes as the Bordeaux blends described above. Source: Wine Bible.

 Thanks to our July host, Dan Harris - the conversation was as stimulating as the art and wine shared!

*When doing business in Boerne, please remember our recent WSB! hosts: Garden Path Gallery, Tryst Salon, Burlap Horse and Tootie Pie Company, Boerne WineSeller, and Gallery 605.

 For more details, or to host a Wine Share Boerne!, contact Paula Horner, Membership Chair,, or 830/537-5317 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              830/537-5317      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

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