Reading Between the Wines, Anjoleena Griffin-Hoist


Imagine a warm fall evening — a breeze sweeps over the manicured lawns and carries the sound of music across a small lake. The only interruption is the clink of wine glasses and soft conversation. The scents from the greens waft indoors and mix gently with the heady aromas of the wines that are being sipped and savored. The quartet’s pace quickens as you tip back your glass, take the outstretched hand of your partner and join the others on the dance floor as they sway to the ‘Latin Side of Jazz’.

You can be part of this great evening that brings wine, jazz and charity together to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The people at Passion Vines in Somers Point and Egg Harbor Township are working in concert with The Somers Point Jazz Society to present The Right Notes 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at Greate Bay Country Club. Dr. Michael Pedicin, a renowned tenor saxophonist, and his quartet will inspire you as they showcase the influence that Latin America has had on jazz for decades.

The music will move you and the wines will inspire you. You’ll have the opportunity to taste more than 100 top-scoring wines from around the world while nibbling on hors d’ouevres from the Greate Bay culinary team and artisanal cheese from Di Bruno Brothers. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the wines they’ll be pouring.

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Karine Lauverjat Sancerre Rose 2011 is Pinot Noir from the village of Sancerre in the Loire Valley. Although this village is most famous for its Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot is permitted and when made into rose it’s a lovely little sipper with fresh raspberry, cherry blossom and refreshing acidity with a hint of chalky minerality.

You can also sample Roagna Barolo La Pira 2005. La Pira is a sublime vineyard in the enclave of Castiglione Falletto in Piedmont. Nebbiolo is a fussy grape that takes its name from the fog (nebbia) that permeates the region. This effect is created when the cool air from the Alps meets the warm hills of this majestic northern Italian wine region. Aromas and flavors of crushed Bing cherries infuse with dried violets, tobacco and fertile dark earth. The finish is both gripping and mouth-watering at the same time.

Run, don’t walk, to get a taste the Chateau Margaux 1992. This is one of the pre-eminent properties of Bordeaux, France. When Thomas Jefferson ordered the 1784 vintage from Margaux he wrote, ‘There couldn’t be a better Bordeaux bottle.’ He was on to something because in 1855 this estate was only one of four to be named a First Growth. Wine from this region is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Cabernet leads the blend and emits aromas and flavors of black currant, bramble berry, Cherry pipe tobacco, dusty earth and potpourri.

At only $75 per person, tickets are limited, so reserve yours as soon as possible. Call Maria Oberst at 215-271-1500 or go to

Enjoy this wonderful event!

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