The Cleve Tastings:
In Which Netizen Winos Descend upon the 
City of Forests
To Indulge in Friendship, Food and Libation

Pam Patt
Co-Host Pam Patt

Larry Meehan
Co-Host Larry Meehan

Mary Meehan and Jon Cook
Co-Host Mary Meehan 
and Jon Cook

Jeff Faunce and Amy McClellen
Co-Hosts Jeff Faunce and Amy McClellan

Gang of Pour LogoStoryline: George Heritier


The Cleve Tastings


The call went out from the Land of Cleve to come and partake of the fruit of the vine. Team Gillikin/Patt and The Merry Larry Meehans would open their homes to any that could make the journey. The time was the weekend of Ten November, but thoughts were on matters other than the legend of the Edmund Fitzgerald. There were Super Tuscans and Pinot Noirs to taste, and we took our task seriously.

'Lil LarryWe arrived in the early evening on Fire’s Day at Meehan Manor, where Larry, Mary and little Larry (right) greeted us, as well as that scalawag, Jon Cook aka Big Dog. Doggie had rescheduled a business trip in order to attend, and was most pleased to be able to rub elbows with friends so far from the Left Coast.  Co-hosts Jeff Faunce and Amy McClellan followed shortly thereafter, as did Pam Patt, sans partner Jeff Gillikin, who was off to Paris on business most pressing. We were also delighted to make the acquaintance of Benjamin Luebbers and Scott Thiede. Benjamin had journeyed from Penn's Sylvania, and Scott from Milwaukee, the home of bottled beer; both have been known to consort with the likes of Russell Bevan aka Bacchus, but we didn't hold that against them. Then there was local wine retailer Bob Eppich, a friend of the host contingent. And last, but certainly not least, was our own Chris Gross aka Chairman Moe Vedre and the "Ice Cream Man," Bob Graeter, who had traveled from Cincinnati to attend. (Mrs. Moe was the dutiful daughter-in-law on this occasion, but would join us on the morrow's eve.)

There were breads and cheese, and smoked salmon and mushroom caps; there were white beans,  lasagna and a haunch of beast that once went "Baah!" But best of all, there was wine, more than we could drink, though we all did our best.  On to Friday's tasting notes or go head on to Satyr's Day.


© Gang of Pour Nov. 2000

Fire's Day Italian Tasting 
The Wines

1999 Belle Pente Willamette Pinot Gris
1998 Galleron Napa Dry Riesling Priest Ranch
1998 Pahlmeyer Napa Chardonnay
1988 Castello Banfi Summus
1994 Castello Banfi Summus
1995 Castello Banfi Summus
1996 Castello Banfi Summus
1988 Castello di Gabbiano Ania
1990 Banfi Brunello di Montalcino
1990 San Martino Villa Cafaggio
1993 Villa la Selva Selvamaggio
1997 Antinori Tignanello
1997 Castello di Fonterutoli Siepi
1997 Joseph Phelps Late Harvest Riesling
1997 Cline Jacuzzi Zinfandel


Satyr's Day Pinot Tasting
  The Wines

1999 Chateay Grand Mayne Entre deux Mers`
1999 Rochioli Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc
1994 Robert Mondavi Napa Pinot Noir Reserve
1993 Williams Selyam Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
1997 Williams Selyam Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard
1997 Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard
1997 Siduri Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard
1997 Siduri Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard
1997 Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir
1998 Belle Pente Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
1997 Gary Farrell Russian River Valley Pinot Noir Allen Vineyard
1997 Wild Hog Russian River Valley Pinot Noir Sara Lee’s Vineyard
1997 Etude Carneros Pinot Noir
1997 Pierre-Bize Coteaux du Layon Chaume
1994 Domaine des Baumard Quartes de Chaume
1997 Chateau la Variere Bonnezeaux “Les Melleresses"
1990 Chateau Rieussec Sauternes