Held at the Hotel Palomar in Dupont Circle, we got to mix and mingle with fellow Mollydooker fans as well as Sparky and his mom, Janet. They've been on a US tour over the past few weeks releasing their latest vintage, 2010. Among these are some award winners..Consumer Report just named The Boxer the World's Best Shiraz!! Now that's an honor. Sparky and Sarah Marquis are also award winners and currently hold the record for being King and Queen of Maclaren Vale, the region in South Australia where they grow their grapes.
Needless to say, this dinner/reception was one not to be missed!
|My spot at the table|
Next came the fun part. Two Left Feet is a blend of The Scooter (18%), The Maitre'D (14%), and the Boxer (68%). Since we had all 3 of those in front of us, we were challenged to make up our own blend and vote at each table for the best one. My blend was 52% Boxer, 36% Maitre'D and 12% Scooter. I came in 2nd at my table and everyone did a great job! As Sparky said, "now you don't need to buy Two Left Feet...you can make your own!" This was a fun, interactive exercise.
Next came the higher end Mollydookers and dinner. On the list were Gigglepot (Cab Sauv), Blue Eyed Boy (Shiraz), Enchanted Path (Shiraz/Cab), Carnival of Love (Shiraz), and lastly Velvet Glove (Shiraz). All of these were outstanding but towards the end my palate was getting tired, needless to say. These great big wines paired perfectly with the steak and potatoes that were served for dinner. Now that's my kinda meal!
Yesterday also marked the day that they would release the name of their new label and someone was going to win a trip to Australia to visit them! I was so excited to be a part of such a release. The new bottle is a sparkling Shiraz which is something they haven't done before and the challenge was to find a name that fit well with their other labels, especially The Boxer and of course the Mollydooker name. Over 5,900 entries were submitted and luckily, the winner was in the room that night. The winner was Jeff from NC with the name....
MISS MOLLY! It was exciting to see him win and they were so grateful to have the opportunity.
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