PCMS Wine Lovers Attend 2019 Tasting

On the evening of Monday, June 10, wine enthusiasts in the PCMS Membership gathered for a "California Uncorked" tasting in the classroom at Total Wine and More in Puyallup.  The instructor talked about California's leading role in global wines coming out of the United States noting that if California were a nation of its own, its production of wine would rank fourth in the world behind France, Italy, and Spain.  He reviewed the history of the California wine industry from its beginnings by Spanish missionaries in what is now Orange County to the present where expansion is still underway in new growing areas north of the famed counties of Napa and Sonoma which he discussed in detail due to their individual high quality AVAs.  

The group was able to sample examples of all the major wine grapes grown successfully in California from highly regarded producers with price points per bottle of $10-$25--a high quality to value ratio.  A refreshing Sauvignon Blanc from Napa, 89 point ranked unoaked Chardonnay, oaked Chardonnay, lighter bodied Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County, Zinfandel from Amador County, Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa County, and another Cabernet with a 93 rating from the Oak Knoll AVA of Napa County were all enjoyed by attendees along with finger foods.  One wine that was not a universal hit with tasters was a red blend aged in bourbon barrels that demonstrates the new techniques being attempted with all kinds of new red blends.  

Total Wine gift cards were also raffled off.  In the mood to pick up some bottles to take home, some attendees went shopping in the vast store after the event.  

The next PCMS collegiality event will be the Membership Picnic and Medical Resident Social held in partnership with the AAFP Chapter of Pierce County on Thursday, August 15, 6-8pm at the TRA Lounge in Tacoma.  Details about, and registration for, that event will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.