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Tour de Mourvedre: My Totally Expert Wine Tasting Review

I like my wine like I like my men: full-bodied, fermented and rich.

Unfortunately, I don’t know what any of that means, so I just go with what I like, and say, “Yeah, that’s good. I’ll take some of that. Say, are these cheese nibbles free? Do you have any of those goldfish crackers?”

Because guys like a woman who can carry on a decent conversation.

News10 invited some local bloggers to a preview tasting of the Tour de Mouvedre, which takes place all Independence Day weekend long at participating wineries in El Dorado County, CA.

And don’t even ask me how to pronounce “Mourvedre”; I can’t seem to get past “Moo…Moo….Moovruh”. It’s like trying to pronounce Brett Favre’s name.

Whoever she is.

california welcome center, el dorado hills

The preview event was held at the California Welcome Center in El Dorado Hills with many wineries representing, so allow me to review what I tried. I’ll be using highly technical winey-type terms, so brace yourself.

Beemer’s Mourvedre, Vintage: (somewhere between 2006 and 2009)

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This wine was red. It tasted good.

Findleton Mourvedre, Vintage: (somewhere between 2006 and 2009)

wine bottles, findleton winery, mourvedre

This wine was also red. It also tasted good.

Sierra Vista Mourvedre, Vintage: (somewhere between 2006 and 2009)

Sierra Vista wine, mourvedre

Red. Good.

Mount Aukum Mourvedre, Vintage: (somewhere between 2006 and 2009)

mount aukum wine, wine tasting, mourvedre

Hey you know what? Now that I think about it, all the Mourvedre wines were red. How uncanny is that?

david girard wine, mourvedre, wine bottle

I trailed behind my friend, Amy, who knew significantly more about wine than I did because she actually goes wine tasting to real wineries and stuff in El Dorado County. (You can read her review of this event on her blog, Limit Reached)

As you know, California is famous for its wines. And since California’s mascot is the Bear, they stationed a big monster grizzly outside the entrance.

dog, big dog picture, bg dog photo

I’m not kidding; this guy was huge. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a quarter to place next to him so that I could show you with some perspective, just how crazy big he was, and when I started walking around the parking lot asking people for a quarter, they looked at me like I was…well, they’d look me up and down and waved their hands in front of their face. I tried to explain that I had been wine tasting and there was a big giant scary Grizzly Bear and I’m a blogger and don’t you people know who I am and Nannzy Goeth in Panties, I mean, Tranny Boats and Panzies, I mean…

Did I mention there were a whole lotta wineries represented at this tasting? And that I tasted them all? And ate every little cheese nibble I could get my paws on?

And not one single table offered goldfish crackers? Who does that?

So here’s what I need you to do. Go to the Tour de Mourvedre this weekend (July 1-4) and help me describe these wines better.

And bring a quarter, in case you see a California Bear.

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  1. I just found your blog thanks to Lorie Shewbridge…you are hysterical!  I’m in the SF Bay Area…nice to meet you!

    That is one really big bear on that porch.  Seriously big.  Sounds like a wonderful day was had by all 🙂

    1. Hello Jennifer so nice of you to stop by and say hello. It’s very nice to meet you too!

      Isn’t Lorie awesome? I love her. And she’s got the most gorgeous eyes.

      I really wished there was a way to show just how big that dog was. I feel the picture doesn’t do it justice. I should have grabbed a baby and put it next to it. I could have put it into its mouth, it was so big.

  2. Sheryl Leamer says:

    I just stumbled on your blog, Margaret. You funny woman!  And thank you for ‘liking’ the mural I painted for the EDH California Welcome Center….I hope you like it, you sure took good photos of it.  And was the huge bear named Stella?  It looks just like a friend’s bear, but on closer look I think it’s a boybear.
    So now I have one more temptation to waste time, um, I mean educate myself, online.  Thanks
    Sheryl Leamer (

    1. Oh my gosh – YOU painted that mural? How fantastic! I did like it, and I should have said so. I’m so glad you stopped by and let us know that you were the artist.

      And now I know the next time I see that bear, I can yell, “Stelluhhhh!!!” like Marlon Brando.

  3. Jayne says:

    This is hysterical.   Next come on down my way and taste the wines of the Santa Ynez Valley.  I know of a very good Grenache Rose.

    Okay.  Now I’m just showing off.  

  4. What is a “fermented” man?  I need to know so that I can improve myself.

  5. joanna jenkins says:

    Nice cheese…. and wine too.  You get invited so some pretty fun stuff!
    xo jj

  6. Ginger says:

    “I’ll be using highly technical winey-type terms, so brace yourself” ha! Red and good are surely better than my usual commentary of ‘urghh’. I have never been a wine loving gal, sue me. Better luck with the goldfish crrackers 🙂

  7. Nicky says:

    No goldfish crackers? Heathens!!

  8. Pricilla says:

    The publicist’s mother used to breed Great Danes.
    And dachshunds.
    It explains a lot about the publicist.

    And she doesn’t drink.
    I like grapes!

  9. Shieldmaiden1196 says:

    This is why I love the Hazlitt winery in the NY Finger Lakes. Any winery that would have a particular wine that was developed some wild weekend that involved hot tubs and various stages of undress and STILL depicts their “Red Cat” in a hot tub on the label will cheerfully tolerate my ignorance, and teach me a thing or two in the process without making me feel like I failed finishing school or something.

  10. SFChick says:

    I love it!  Some wine nerd I am.  I totally forget about vintages.  Is it a good year? Is it wine? Then yes!

    Thanks for the shout out. 🙂