Vino Train 2011 After Lunch Tastings (Page Ten)

Time for a train ride with friends

So Much Wine, So Little Time.... (Page Ten)

After a great lunch it was time to head-em out to the next pour spot....

Because of the combined short memories we reviewed the wine tasting stages....

The results of the four recognized stages to wine tasting:

– are combined in order to establish the following properties of a wine:

Magnificent day in Santa Barbara

It was a long long brisk walk... about six blocks... many many calories died for us... we will get more

First Stop.... The Wine Cask

Fred was bad and had to stay outside

Mary told him it was OK to come back in...

We filled the place up

Our resident wino just shakes his head wondering if we know a fault from a flaw??

Did You Know? - In wine tasting, there is a distinction made between what is considered a flaw and a fault. Wine flaws are minor attributes that depart from what is perceived as a normal wine characteristics. These include excessive sulfur dioxide, volatile acidity, Brettanomyces or "Brett aromas" and diacetyl or buttery aromas. The amount to which these aromas or attributes become excessive is dependent on the particular tastes and recognition threshold of the wine taster.

Generally, a wine exhibiting these qualities is still considered drinkable by the large masses. However, some flaws such as volatile acidity and Brettanomyces can be considered a fault when they are in such an excess that they overwhelm other components of the wine. Wine faults are generally major attributes that make a wine undrinkable to most wine tasters. Examples of wine faults include acetaldehyde (except when purposely induced in wines like Sherry and Rancio), ethyl acetate and cork taint.

We are discussing the wines in a somber and serious mood

Now Greg has been sent outside

Oh oh.... He is up to something

Did You Know? - In early wine history, the amphora was the vessel of choice for the storage and transportation of wine. Due to the perishable nature of wood material it is difficult to trace the usage of barrels in history. The Greek historian Herodotus noted that ancient Mesopotamians used barrels made of palm wood to transport wine along the Euphrates. Palm is a difficult material to bend and fashion into barrels, however, and wine merchants in different regions experimented with different wood styles to find a better wood source.

The use of oak has been prevalent in winemaking for at least two millennia, first coming into widespread use during the Roman empire. In time, winemakers discovered that beyond just storage convenience that wine kept in oak barrels took on properties that improved the wine by making it softer and in some cases better-tasting.[3] Robert Mondavi is credited with expanding the knowledge of winemakers in the United States about the different types of oak and barrel styles through his experiments in the 1960s & 1970s.

Next door the conversation was the same

The photographer escaped

"I fink wine is jusssssst fine!"

"No Hans... There is no such thing as gooseberry wine!"

"See, I have him whipped into shape... again!"

Scott watches Mon and Dad to make sure they are OK

The photos on the wall were great

Interesting name

Did You Know? - The label explains that "chukker" is a playing period in a polo game. The popularity of polo in some of Santa Barbara's wealthy 'burbs would explain that facet of the definition, but the word descends from a circular concept in Eastern languages. To find that the wine sits round and full in the mouth is no surprise.

They are falling behind

The boys are in deep philosophical discussions

"Irene... you put too much starch in my shirt!!"

When a barrel goes bad....

Then We Go Next Door To The Margeruita Wine Company....

Lip reading through glass is difficult but we think she said "I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not so sure."

Nope... got it this time "To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target."

More serious discussions

"Mom... OMG, you listened to Paul???"

"Dang, Paul was right ... It does spill if you tip it too far!?

Ah ha... The iPhone saves the day

We is drinkked so much it takes two to hold the glass

Paul discovers the glasses are almost empty

Bob discovers a "thing-ah-ma-whoppy:

Kristen has to help Hans remain verticle... Or, is it the other way around

On The Trail Again

This one spot is well marked

Santa Barbara Winery Our Last Stop Today

"I'll take two"

Shopping is important when tasting wine

The soldiers are lined up

Sue discovers a great wine


Kathy was telling us about her two legged horse

Last minute purchases

One last pour for the poor...

Pauls camera caught on camera

A full day of wine drinking has NOT made those legs look better

Pssssst - Paul is flashing again (Courtesy: Hans & Kersten)

Outside, Bob and Greg started teh BBQ

Sasha & Nancy rest between guzzles

We have to break it to Nancy that Sasha is NOT Luke Skywalker

Nope! Not buying it! This is NOT where red wine comes from!

Meanwhile inside the giggles are in overgrive

Wine tasting is like Mardi Gras in some respects

The giggles are catching

Oh oh... It's serious... The train is coming in six minutes

"Yes Donna... If we miss it, we have to stay all night and taste wine!!!"