Day two of taste camp was jammed packed with lots of tasting, talks, and relationship building. I enjoyed everyone’s company, made new friends and look forward to the next TasteCamp.

We met at Roanoke Vineyards at 10AM sharp Saturday morning. The five of us staying at the Red Barn B&B were the first to arrive. Of course we all came together (Tom, Robbin, Melissa, Paul and myself) We were quite the Five Some! I enjoyed their company and would stay with them again at a B&B.

I will share with you our tasting at Roanoke Vineyards with owner Richard Pisacano. We tasted some wonderful wines with Richard. The 2004 Blend One ws very nice. It was comprised of 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 43% Cab Franc. It had pepper mid taste, with a nice balance, aroma and plum color. Unfortunately this one is a tease as they are all sold out. It sold fro $30. What was very interesting is the 2006 Cab Franc ($32) and the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon ($40) were blends of complete opposite. The Cab. Sauv. was 88% Cab Sauv, 3% Merlot and 9% Cab Franc, while the Cab Franc was 9% Cab Sauv, 3% Merlot and 88% Cab Franc. The Cab Franc brings the pepper to each of these wines in different places. The last one we tasted was 2007 Marco Tulio (Blend Three – named after Richard’s father-in-law)). The 2007 growing season was spectacular! This blend was aged 12 months in barrels and was just bottled in February. It is a drink NOW wine, not to be cellared. Price is undecided but will be aroud the $22 mark.