Even though it was a rainy evening, we knew we couldn’t miss the Georis Wine Club Holiday Party. Good music, good wine, good food—our kind of event. We were not disappointed.
First, let’s start with the setting—Paloma, the newest addition to the Georis venues in Carmel Valley, is beautiful. The building was filled with green garlands and white lights, round tables covered with dark green tablecloths adorned with poinsettias and festive servers busily bearing appetizers and pouring wine.
Two wines were served throughout the evening—the Georis 2008 Sauvignon Blanc ($24) which we love. Unlike many Sauvignon Blancs, it is aged in French oak for a year. The other wine was the tasty and friendly 2008 Hacienda Red ($18). A blend of Merlot, Cab, and Syrah, it is a very drinkable, “everyday” wine. One of the evening's hosts was Damien, the amiable Georis winemaker. Damien studied agricultural engineering at a Belgian university and then received a degree in Enology from the University of Bordeaux.
The Gypsy Tribe provided the music—a Latin sound that had everyone clapping, smiling, and eventually dancing. They, too, were a perfect blend-- of smooth and spicy. The party ran from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. and was followed by a dinner and wine pairing at the Corkscrew for those who wanted to continue the fun.
We were happy and satisfied, however, and strolled out through the twinkly lights of the Paloma grounds and into a misty Carmel Valley night. Next year we’ll plan to try the dinner as well.
We know there are other wonderful wine clubs in Carmel Valley. We love ours and want to learn about any that you might like. Let us know.