tuscany2023The Tuscany at St. Joseph is a highly successful wine tasting and art show. This fundraiser, in it's fifth year (2020), is held every two years to help the church's capital improvement fund.

Below are pictures of the 2023 Tuscany at St. Joseph's held on Sunday, Feb. 19, inside the Fr. Charles J. Murray Parish Hall. Thanks to all those who worked hard to make this event a success. Below is a list of sponsors, the wines that were made available for tasting and the Tuscany at St. Joseph Committee members! See you all at this event again in Feb. 2025!!

 

 

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Art of Wine Tasting

Wine tasting can be fun, educational and very enjoyable. The fun starts when you realize it’s a completely sensory experience and so completely subjective. This simple guide will take you through the correct procedure for tasting wine.

Step 1: Begin by twirling the glass around. The gentle action helps oxygenate the wine inside the glass to fully release its flavor.

Step 2: Tilt the glass at a 45-degree angle to observe and appreciate the color and clarity of the wine. A white wine will have colors such as green, gold or straw. A red will have colors such as deep purple, cherry red or hints of brown. Is it clear or cloudy? Does the color permeate the entire glass or does it fade near the top? Now swirl the wine again. As it settles, observe the legs that run down the glass; the thicker the legs generally means the thicker the body.

Step 3: This step is where beginners come to fully realize the complexity and character of wines. Lean over the glass and inhale deeply. Do this a few times to get a sense of the overall impression. Is the aroma fruity, earthy, musty, oaky? Now twirl the glass around again and note additional aromas you may be picking up. If a white wine, do you smell the fruit characteristics of apples, pears, peaches, apricots, lime, lemon, grapefruit? If a red wine, do you smell the fruit characteristics of cherry, black cherry, raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, plum? Most aromas depend upon the wine grapes used and where they were grown, harvested or blended.

Step 4: Now, it’s time to taste. Take a sip of the wine and swirl it in your mouth for a few seconds. Let it reach all of your palate and even suck in some air to help further liberate its perfume. How does it taste? Is it sweet, fruity, dry or somewhere in between. Think about the texture (also called body). Is it heavy or light? Light will have a thin texture like low-fat milk; heavy will have a thicker coating like heavy cream. Now think about the flavors of the wine. What fruit or other essence (such as vanilla, grass, cocoa, mint, and pepper among many more) are prominent. Swallow the wine and pay attention to the finish, or aftertaste. Is it pleasant or awkward? Does it entice you to take another sip? Do the flavors linger on your palate or disappear quickly?

Now that you have tasted the wine through these four steps, what do you think of the wine. Is it one you would enjoy without the accompaniment of other flavors or would it taste better with a certain food? Generally, if a wine is fruity or sweet, it can be enjoyed alone. If a wine is dry, tart, heavy-bodied or acidic, it would probably taste better accompanied by food. Of course, the most important question is “Do you like it?” No matter what – Divertiti! (Enjoy yourself!)
Information provided by Barb Spaccomonti

Tuscany Planning Committee

  • Donna Bottini, Chair
  • Jim & Deb Cozzolino
  • Nancy Bachicha
  • Patti Pugh
  • Marge Davied
  • Judy Martinez
  • Elaine Gardner
  • Liz Chapman
  • Lucy Vigil
  • Fr. Steve Murray

 

 

Parish Hall Inquiries


For those of you wishing to inquire about the availability of the Fr. Charles J. Murray Parish Hall, please contact the parish office directly. No inquires will be answered on Facebook Messenger. Thank You!

Fr. Charles J. Murray Parish Hall
1145 S. Aspen Road
Pueblo, CO 81006

  • (719) 544-1886
  • (719) 544-5137
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Shirts & Scarves

St. Joseph Council of Catholic Women have shirts and scarves available for their members. Stop by to see Josie Marrufo in the Parish Office or call her at 719-544-1886 (ext. 100).

Shirt prices: (S/M/L/XL $7.00)
(2XL $9.00) (3XL $11.00)
Blue Scarves: ($5.00)

Quinceanera Information

If you are planning a Quinceanera the requirements are:

  • the young lady be registered in Religious Ed and must have attended classes the year prior.
  • Must attend class with Maria Cornejo with explanation of what the Quinceanera celebration is about

Please contact the office to register 719-544-1886.

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