Many tasting notes will originate from my home base of Tulsa. Recently, I attended An Evening of Wine and Roses, under a sunny sky in the Tulsa Rose GardenAfter tasting almost fifty wines, here are my favorite discoveries:

  1. Poggio al Tesoro Sondraia Bolgheri 2011 (Premier Tasting) - Intense, delicious, and begging for beef.
  2. Highway 12 Carneros Highway Pinot Noir 2012 - A lively Carneros.
  3. Bodegas Faustino I Gran Riserva Rioja 2001 (Premier Tasting) - Earthy and rustic, with a multitude of awards.
  4. Bodegas La Candalaria Cubo Tempranillo 2011 - Straightforward value pick.
  5. Tempus Alba Malbec 2011 - Balance of spices and jams.

Honorable Mention to Black Sheep Finds Holus Bolus Syrah 2011 from the Premier Tasting, and its inky octopus label.

Among restaurants, Mahogany Prime Steakhouse was the winner, serving up their standard event dish, a medium-rare, thickly-shredded prime rib. Old School Bagels offered a tasty dessert treat with samples of several of their mountainous cookies.

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