This past Saturday was the Uncorked and Unplugged wine and music event held in the Rose Ballroom at John Ascuaga's Nugget. It was a charity event to raise money for the Perry Foundation and featured wines, spirits, hors d'oeuvres and music. All the wines featured at the event are readily available in local Reno stores. While several distributors participated, there were a few really stand-out wines to taste. From the Foley Family of Wines were three sensational choices. Roth Cabernet Sauvignon is out of Alexander Valley in Sonoma. With dark red berry flavors mingled with a hint of savory herbs, this wine retails in the 20's. Also, from Foley was Kuleto out of Napa Valley. Rich, dark and complex with smooth tannins, this beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon retails in the 50's. Finally from Dry Creek in Sonoma comes a wonderful Sebastiani Zinfandel that is big on fruit aromas with a healthy dose of oaked vanilla. Retailing in the low 20's and rating in the high 80's this wine is a great value. From the Trinchero Family Estates comes Terra d'Oro out of Amador County. Their Sangiovese is crisp and tangy. It retails for less than $20. Bonterra Vineyards out of Mendocino County offered three wines, a Cabernet Sauvignon, a Merlot, and a Pinot Noir. The Pinot Noir offers berry and earth aromas, both bright and easy to drink. The Cabernet Sauvignon is elegant with plum and cedar aromas. The Merlot is smooth with velvety tannins. All three wines retail under $20. Costco carries the Cabernet Sauvignon for right around $10. Along with the wines, there were spirit and beer tastings, and a beautiful array of hors d'oeuvres including mini salmon wasabi tarts, duck and blackberry toasts and an assortment of cheeses and fresh fruit. But the highlight of the evening was the music provided by the band, The Brass Knuckles. They are an 8 piece jazz band, and they played a great mix of music including Tommy Dorsey, ZZ Top, Big Bad Voodoo Daddies, and even a Disney tune! Between the wine, the food and the music, this event was well worth the price of the ticket. It was a great way to find some new wines and hear some stellar live music. That it was all for charity made it even more enjoyable.
March 4, 2014