Around the World in 80 Sips

Another exciting perk to having this blog, besides occasional bottles of free wine, is that we sometimes get invited to wine events! Last week, we had the opportunity to attend Bottlenotes’ Around the World in 80 Sips.  Bottlenotes is an online wine community where you can find reviews, recommendations, and explanations of just about any type of wine you can think of.  They started this event a couple years ago, and it’s now in 11 cities around the country.  Winemakers from all around the world gather in one space to offer unlimited tastings of over 80 wines.

This year’s Los Angeles event was held at the Petersen Automotive Museum, and it was pretty entertaining to be tasting wines alongside shiny Hollywood picture cars.

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We really appreciated that the first hour was open to only VIPs and press, so there was a lot of room to walk around and comfortably spend a couple minutes at each table. Here are a few of our top picks of the night:

One of the first wines we tried was Astrolabe Wines’ 2012 Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region of New Zealand, and it was a great start to the evening. Lemony and citrusy with a mineral finish, this wine was super delicious and refreshing. It retails for around $22.

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Since we’re big suckers for pretty labels, we especially appreciated the offerings from Wine Sisterhood. They’re an online wine community for women and produce a bunch of their own wines. We tried the Chardonnay (peachy and pearish) and the Purple Cowboy red blend (berry, earthy, full bodied), and both were great. Also, everything they have for sale on their website is under $15!

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We  really enjoyed this Loire Valley Chenin Blanc from Domaine de Cézin which retails for $20. Green apple and mineral-y, it would be awesome with any sort of fish or shellfish.

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The Lot 345 2010 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon from Cameron Hughes was one of the most beautifully fragrant Cabs we’ve ever smelled. Tons of ripe berries and fruit and a little chocolatey…yum. At $24, this would be a Cheap Wine Girls special occasion splurge and totally worth it.

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The Bordeaux Wines table was our favorite of the night, and as an added bonus, all of the wines they were pouring were under $20. We absolutely loved the 2010 Chateau Le Dame Blanche Sauvignon Blanc. It was the most pineapple-y wine we’ve ever had and it was so tropical tasting and refreshing.

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 Our other favorite was the 2009 Chateau Segonzac – a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec. It was a gorgeous garnet color, well-balanced and silky.

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One last thing worth mentioning is that one of the event sponsors was Haagan-Daas, which equaled FREE ICE CREAM.  Go get yourself some of their sea salt caramel gelato ASAP.  It. Is. The. Shit.

All in all, a very fun evening and we would love to go back next year!  (We’ll never say no to 80+ wines in one room.)

alex & ali

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